Getting Around Burgundy
The best way to get around Burgundy is by car and train. These quick and efficient modes of transportation will get you where you want to go on your own timetable. There are also networks of buses throughout Burgundy, and taxis are an option, too, though they are far from affordable. Cycling is another increasingly popular and scenic means of traveling between villages or wineries.
To reach Burgundy, many travelers fly into Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), Paris Orly Airport (ORY) or Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport (LYS), and either take trains to the Burgundy region or rent a car and drive. Burgundy sits about 200 miles southeast of Paris and about 120 miles north of Lyon. If you're hoping to take the train into the region, you'll find a high frequency of trains running from Paris to Dijon, the region's capital. Trains from Paris to Dijon take approximately 90 minutes, with tickets starting at $18. From Dijon, you can hop local trains to other hot spots within the region, including Mâcon, Beaune and Montbard, among others.
The region's rail system offers an affordable, hassle-free and scenic way of getting around. There are a number of train networks available across Burgundy, including regional high-speed trains called inOui (formerly TGV) and slower, local trains called TER, both operated by SNCF, the state-owned railway company. You'll likely rely on TER trains for traveling throughout Burgundy. Rates and timetables vary by route.
Having your own wheels gives you the freedom to explore Burgundy on your own timeframe, and indeed, many travelers have likely booked a rental car just for the opportunity to drive the storied Route des Grand Crus wine route, which runs from Dijon in the north to Santenay in the south. Keep in mind that speed limits are posted in kilometers and gas prices (which are by the liter) might be higher than you're used to in the U.S. Though it's not required that U.S. drivers obtain an international driving permit, it is recommended. You can apply for one on the AAA website .
If you're touring the region in the spring, summer or fall, cycling can be a scenic (and healthy) means of getting around. Le Tour de Bourgogne à vélo, a circuit of cycling routes, offers a handful of itineraries and nearly 500 miles of bike paths, which make it easy to just jump on a bike and go. Visitors can rent bikes at more than a dozen shops throughout the region, found on the Designed by Bourgogne website.
Traveling by bus is another way that Burgundy visitors can get around the region. Mobigo is a helpful website and app that can assist passengers in planning their journeys via the region's various bus networks. For instance, Divia serves the Dijon area, and TréMA operates in Mâcon.
Taxi service is available in Burgundy through various local companies, but keep in mind that ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft have not broken into this market yet. If you don't plan to rent a car, relying on public transportation is your best bet.
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