Paris to Saint Martin de la Mer (Cote d'Or) - realistic?

My great grandmother and her family were from Saint Martin de la Mer and Brazey en Morvan in the Cote d'Or region. I want to go there and see where she was from but am worried about if it's hard to get there and time it would take. Does anyone know about public transportation to this area (I won't have a car) and the time it would take to make this trip?

Posted by Adam
Boston
2633 posts

The German rail site shows train and bus connections to Saint Martin de la Mer and Brazey en Morvan. These are slow, but the two towns are only 10 minutes from each other by bus. Based on my experience, your options will be very limited in this rural region at the edge of a national park. The bus runs out of Autun and you could base yourself there or in Beaune or Dijon. You will be limited in what you can see and do. I do not know these towns but when I was in Burgundy I found many small villages without as much as a bakery, let alone a hotel or cafe. Do not assume anything.

Posted by Lindsay
Florissant, CO, USA
2 posts

Thanks for the info. I was kind of worried about how rural it might be considering that all together the two towns have less than 450 people. It just might be too far out of the way and take too much time. I'll have to look at the bus and rail schedules really close considering we're going to be based in Paris. Thanks again for the help!

Posted by Adam
Boston
2633 posts

I think you'll find it very difficult to visit as a day trip from Paris. On the other hand Burgundy is a great destination in its own right, if a bit challenging to navigate without wheels. You might really enjoy a night or two in Beaune (2 hours from Paris by train), with a bus day trip to these villages, very much. By the way, "wheels" includes bicycles, available locally. They are a great way to see a bit of France.