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Travel by Train

On Track in Burgundy

The train system in France has been much admired for its fast, efficient and comfortable services. The TGV, the high-speed train comes through Montbard to Dijon and on to Beaune and Chalon-sur-Saône, and via Sens to Le Creusot, Mâcon and on to Avignon and Marseille. The new Rhine-Rhône TGV line from Lyon to Mulhouse via Dijon, improves the access to Germany and Switzerland.

The regional services run at a more leisurely pace and these trains have been getting a facelift. Most noticeable is the Corail Téoz, a super-smart train on the Paris to Nevers route to Clermont-Ferrand. This has all sorts of luxuries from a children’s play area to leather seats and points for the laptop in first class.

Our maps show the current routes at a glance.

Be sure to re-check times before starting your journey.

Eurostar from London
St.Pancras to Lille (1hr 25 mins) or Paris, Gare du Nord (2hrs 16mins)


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Cross Paris (by RER D line) from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon for train connections to Burgundy.

You can book your onward journey by TGV with Voyages sncf.

From Airport Paris Charles de Gaulle (Roissy) to Montbard and Dijon direct (1 hr 46 mins Dijon)       Departs 19.58

From Lille to Montbard and Dijon daily (2hrs 07mins and 2hrs 43mins resp.)


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Direct departs Lille 19.00.
Departs Dijon 07.13

Lille to Lyon via Le Creusot
(3hrs 22mins)


Frequent service to Lyon. The 20.02 is direct from Lille Europe to Le Creusot. The 06.30 from Le Creusot goes to Lille.

From Paris, Gare de Lyon to:

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Dijon (1hr 45mins)


Frequent service

Mâcon-Loche -TGV (1hr 40mins)


6 trains a day

Le Creusot -TGV (1hr 25mins)


5 trains a day

Lyon, Part Dieu(2hrs)


Frequent service

For Beaune, Chagny and Chalon-sur-Saône


Direct trains are slow, often quicker to change at Dijon

Marseille to:

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Mâcon-Ville (2hr 50mins)


Chalon-sur-Saône (2hr 39mins)


Dijon (3hr 15mins)

Sens (3hr 30mins)       Yonne-Med TGV via Lyon, Le Creusot

Montpellier to:

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Mâcon-Ville (2hr 15mins)


Chalon-sur-Saône (2hr 55 mins)


Dijon (3hr 25mins)


Geneva to Mâcon (3hr 10)


Lausanne to Dijon
(2hr 15mins)


Zurich to Dijon (2hr 25 mins)


Metz to Dijon (2hr 50mins)

Strasbourg to Dijon (1hr 56 mins)        

The regional network


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Trains leave from Gare de Lyon and Paris- Bercy

Connecting across Paris



A useful number in Paris: English speaking Taxi reservations: 01 41 27 66 99

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Lille from Paris centre


You will arrive at station Lille Flandres. It is a short walk to Lille Europe for Eurostar.

The Regional Network

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Connecting Across Paris

Paris Métro and RER

The Paris underground network consists of two separate linked systems: the Métro which has 14 lines referred to by their number and terminus names, and the RER, a network of five suburban services, known by the letters A,B,C,D,E that pass through the city centre. Métro tickets are valid on the RER.
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