The foundation of the city goes back to ancient times. Dijon used to be the capital of the duchy of Burgundy. It is only 310 km far from Paris and 190 km far from Lyon. It is a town you definitely need to go to.
Population : 152 071 inhabitants
Population Density : 3763 inhab/ km2
Area : 40,41 km2
Demonym : Dijonnais, Dijonnaise
Region : Burgundy
Postcode : 21000.
Traveling to Dijon is very easy, it’s like the city is at the heart of Europe.
Leaving from Paris, first take the A6 to Lyon and change for the A38 to Dijon/Autun/Pouilly-en-Auxois. After a 3h15 journey and a €17,90* bill (thank you tolls..), you can finally relax and enjoy the former capital of Burgundy.
Once in town, you won’t have to worry about where you should leave your car. With 4125 parking spaces, there has to be one for you!
The city car parks are divided into sevral zones. The average price for one hour is €1* and if you stay between 1h30 and 4h, the average price is €2,80*, depending on the car park you chose.
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Many trains stop at Dijon. If you leave from Paris, go to Gare de Lyon and hop in a TGV. The journey lasts 1h35. Leaving from Paris Charles-De-Gaulle or Lyon, the journey lasts 1h35 as well; 3 hours from Lille and 2h25 from Zurich.
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For those who travel by plane, you will arrive at Dijon-Bourgogne Airport, which is only 15 km away from the city center. Many shuttles operate 24/7 from and to the airport.
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Going around the town
By bus and tram
The public transport network is well-developed, meaning that getting around Dijon is very easy. You can catch a bus every 3 to 10 minutes and a tram every 5 to 7 minutes. As you don’t to wait that much, you will have plenty of time to visit the city.
As for the pricing, a Pass-1h costs €1,20*. You can use it on the entire network for an hour. If you plan to take the bus/tram more than once or twice a day, you should take the Pass-24h for €3,60*; it allows you to travel on the entire network for 24 hours.
To find the best bargain, please visit the DIVIA website.
If you don’t want to miss a thing, get on your bike. There are 40 stations and 400 bikes scattered around town : take it easy with the Velodi network! If you won’t travel that much, you should try the Formule Liberté. You need to subscribe to a 7-day contract for just 1€. You will pay €0,50* every 30 minutes and after 2h, you will pay €1* every 30 minutes.
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- February :
Office du tourisme : http://www.visitdijon.com/en/
Emergency number: dial 112 (European number)
Fire brigade: dial 18
Ambulance / Paramedics: dial 15
Police: dial 17
Missing children: dial 116000
National center for emergency calls for people with hearing problems: dial 114
Museums and Places to be
Le Palais des ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne:
La Chartreuse de Champmol et le Puits de Moïse :
Dukes and gastronomy:
Between heritage and wine:
Dijon City Card :
Pass Dijon Côtes de Nuits:
Visite de la fromagerie Gaugry :
AccommodationEconomical accommodation (between €30 and €50) : You will stay in comfortable and cosy hotels around the city center, some even have 2 or 3 stars.
If your budget goes over €100 : you will stay in sophisticated hotels, apartments and B&Bs.
From €3 to €9,70 : ‘Want to have a quick and tasty bite ? Go to Bagel Zée, a place loved by all.
Discover many different bagel recipes, delicious hot-dogs and wraps. Prices are teeny tiny, so no second thought here!
(Bagel Zée, 15 rue Bossuet)
From €15 to €30 : Try balanced and tasty recipes at the Cordina They aime at offering a “light and gourmet” cuisine. Even if this restaurant a bit far from the center, it’s definitely worth it.
(Le Cordina, 3C rue Jeanne Barret)
From €30 to €95: Loiseau des Ducs is the best place to go if you want to taste delicious dish. Located not that far from the Musée des Beaux Arts, this gourmet restaurant will make you come back.
(Loiseau des Ducs, 3 rue Vauban)
Over €125 : What can we say about the Chapeau Rouge. This 2-star restaurant is fabulous. The Chef wonderfully cooks tasty recipes that you can eat in the sophisticated room. Bon appétit!
(Chapeau Rouge, 5 rue Michelet)
L’ Imaginarium : Burgundy is famous for its wine. You can visit this quirky place in an original and interactive way to discover how you produce this elixir.
Your journey is divided into 3 parts; it starts with a sound and light show and ends with a wine tasting.
The Imaginarium is a place for the parents as well as the children.
Le Palais des ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne : The palace was the dukes’ residence until 1477 and it is made of several buildings. The first foundations go back to the 14th and 15th centuries.
Today, this palace has turned into the town hall and the Musée des Beaux Arts. During your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to see several rooms and sights such as the Philippe Le Bon Tower (and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view on Dijon) or the Guard Room and its tombs.
As for the pricing, the entry costs €3* for any visitors (€1,50* for students).
La Chartreuse de Champmol et le Puits de Moïse : This former monastery has now disappeared. There used to be a church and several other buildings around the cloister. In the middle of this cloister, you could have seen a majestic fountain: le Puits de Moïse [Moses’s Well].
Malheureusement, les seuls vestiges encore visibles de cette époque sont la base de la fontaine et le portail de l’église.
Unfortunately, the only visible remains are the basis of the fountain and the church gate. Fun fact: To see this religious site, you will have to go to the Chartreuse special hospital.
Dijon offers several packages that allow you to visit many sites in a minimum amount of time. Why taking one you may ask? You can choose the theme of your package and it’s a good way to not to miss a thing in town.
Cherry on the cake: the price for a one-night stay in the city and dinners at the restaurant are included. Here are two packages you may like.
The Dukes and gastronomy : After a good meal at the Porte Guillaume, restaurant, you will be able to wander in the streets to marvel at the architecture. After that, you will visit the Musée des Beaux Arts and participate in a wine tasting at the restaurant.
On Day 2, you can visit the city by yourself and use this time to buy some souvenirs.
History and wine : If you love History and wine, this package is for you. From the Musée des Beaux Arts to the Puits de Moïse or the Philippe Le Bon Tower, you won’t miss a thing!
The City Card : This nominative card costs only €12* and you can use it for a whole year. You have 12 months to visit 6 must-see monuments and sites for free. You won’t miss a thing thanks to the City Card!
The Pass Dijon “Côte-de-Nuits” This card costs €16* (only €8* for young people between 12 and 18). It works just like the city card but instead of visiting 6 sites, this card allows you to visit 11. It is up to you to choose between the two!
Segway ride : Visit Dijon on this futuristic machine! You can choose between two itineraries :
La fromagerie Gaudry : What’s better than enjoying a cheese platter with a good glass of wine? You can do so at the Gaudry cheese factory. You will be able to see all the manufacturing steps for just €5*.
*This travel guide was published in March 2015, prices may then vary.