Like many of us, my discovery of Burgundy began in a car.
Driving seemed to be the most easy way to get to and around this vast region
Years ago, on my earliest holiday visits to France, a drive anywhere south of Calais was a tortuous affair with the drivers of Paris waiting to introduce me to the art of Latin motoring.
Now, with impressive autoroutes, the drive is easy on the state of mind and fast. It is leisurely too, if this isn’t contradiction in terms, because the autoroute from Calais to Burgundy is generally so light with traffic, it is actually enjoyable.
I could have considered rail or plane. TGV super fast trains from London to Dijon, via Lille or Paris make this part of Burgundy within easy reach. Equally, if Paris is your entry point into France, these fast trains operate to several destinations within the Burgundy region and make short break holidays and weekends in Burgundy very easy.
But, my choice was to ‘take to the road’ and it seemed like just a few hours from Calais. The A26 autoroute allowed me to miss rush hour Paris as it completely bypasses the city by a considerable distance.
And, after crossing the vast cereal fields of northern France, the scenery changed, quite suddenly. Rolling, thickly wooded hills became the welcoming landscape. ‘Dijon’ said the autoroute sign and my discovery of Burgundy awaited.
Coming to Burgundy
A5, A6, A31, A38, A39, A26, A36, A40, A77
Paris > Dijon (1h40)
Paris > Beaune (2h10)
Paris > Le Creusot (1h20)
Paris > Mâcon-Loché (1h30)
Marseille > Mâcon (2h15)
Marseille > Chalon-sur-Saône (2h45)
Marseille > Dijon (3h20)
Montpellier > Mâcon (2h35)
Montpellier > Chalon-sur-Saône (3h05)
Montpellier > Dijon (3h40)
Lausanne > Dijon (2h20)
Brussels (via Lille) > Dijon (5h20)
Tel. +33 3 80 67 67 67
Fax +33 3 80 63 02 99
Nearest airports :
Paris/Charles de Gaulle (direct TGV link to Dijon, 1h55), Paris-Orly,