Paris to Burgundy

My husband and I are thinking of flying into Paris mid July and would like to tour the Burgundy are for about a week. Mostly interested in food, wine, non big city. Should we take the train or rent a car? Any other suggestions?

Posted by Anita
Philadelphia, PA, USA
347 posts

Susan, I think you'll have a better experience if you rent a car. This will make visits to small towns and wineries much more convenient. Your choice, then, is between picking up the rental car at the airport, or taking a train to one of the bigger towns in Burgundy and picking up the car there. There are lovely small hotels and b&bs throughout the area, but I'd make my reservations soon for a midJuly trip. Write if you have any specific questions.

Posted by Adam
2923 posts

A car for sure, but rent in Burgundy. (I should admit that what I actually did in Burgundy to get about was to rent a bicycle.) You really do need wheels to see the pleasures of this largely rural region. I would not drive from Paris unless there are things you want to see enroute. The train will be faster and to my mind more pleasant. If the idea appeals to you, consider starting in Beaune and including some short day trips by bicycle. A great way to get a feel for the land and see wonderful sights. Then rent your car on day 2 or 3 and take off.

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6888 posts

Do both. First, you take the high-speed train to Dijon. Inside the Dijon train station, there are three rental car counters. Zippo, you're on the road. Make sure you have a GPS. You can stay in Dijon or Beaune or in any of the small towns in Burgundy. From Dijon or Beaune, you can get to the Grand Cru trail and drive along that wonderful road.