Dijon Travel Guide, France
Dijon – Travel guide - Facts
Capital of Bourgogne region, Dijon is classified as the 18th city in France, with 150,000 inhabitants, as per 2008 census, being the most populated city situated between Paris (at 310 km) and Lyon (at 200 km). At 254 m altitude, winters in Dijon are cold and dry and summers rather warm, with rare rainfalls.
If you are looking for culture or for nature there is everything to match your desires, whether you decide to visit the museums, monuments, churches and cathedrals, castles, or opt for the many parks, gardens or squares in the city and the vineyards around Dijon.
Dijon – Travel guide - How to get there?
If you are traveling by car, take the highway A6 from Paris or Lyon. From Besancon by highway A36/A39 and from Orleans A6/A38. By train: with more then 20, 000 voyagers by day, Dijon Railway Station is one of the most important in the region. From Paris take the 2 hour train from Gare de Lyon. Or if you come from London, then the Eurostar will take you directly to Dijon. By plane: There is Aéroport Dijon Longvic with national and international flights.
Inside the city, there is a good bus network, with regular races from 7 am to 7 pm and a late correspondence for cinemas, theater or shows up to 00:20 am. There is also a special bus for the historical center of Dijon with free races from 8 am to 8 pm. And of course the taxis and the Velodi, the urban bicycle network with 350 bicycles available for the sport type visitor.
Dijon – Travel guide – Where to stay
Dijon offers all kinds of accommodation. From 4 star hotels (in the historic center of the city: Hostellerie du Chapeau Rouge, Sofitel la Cloche), a charming little hotel (Hôtel le Jacquemart, Hôtel-Restaurant du Stade) to a Youth Hostel (Ethic Etapes Dijon). If the budget is not a problem for you there is also the option of checking in to a chateau hotel situated in the heart of a vineyard (Hôtel la Gentilhommière, Château de Gilly, Hermes Hôtel) or at the proximity of a golf course.
Dijon – Travel guide - Tours
The city attracts tourists by offering them a series of guided tours. Thematic visits will give you a better insight of certain corners of the city, monuments or historical periods. With different language guides (English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese or Russian) they suggest you at least one hour and a half for a classic visit throughout Dijon, be it in group or by yourself.