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Auxerre is an historical city in the French region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. It has an attractive medieval core, and a picturesque location on the Yonne River. It sits at the heart of one of the country's largest wine-producing areas


In 2020, it was home to 34,000 people.

It might interest mathematicians and engineers that this beautiful old city with historic churches was also the birthplace of Joseph Fourier, who is considered the founder of modern engineering.

Get in[edit]

Tour de l'Horloge

By car[edit]

Auxerre is located half way between Paris (170 km) and Dijon (150 km) on the A6 autoroute, at the junction of the proposed A26 Troyes-Bourges autoroute. The city is a good base for discovering northern Burgundy.

Auxerre is 15 km from Chablis, famous for its white wines, 20 km from Pontigny Abbey, 45 km from St Fargeau Castle, 60 km from Vézelay and 78 km from Troyes.

By train[edit]

Trains to 1 Gare d'Auxerre-Saint-Gervais are a wonderfully cheap option if you are coming from Paris or Dijon. Trains usually run every hour. You might have to make a connection at Larroche-Migennes. You can easily walk from the station to the old part of town in 10-15 minutes.

By bus[edit]

Cheaper than the train, several buses run each day between Paris and Auxerre. Flixbus departs from "Gare de bercy" in Paris and drop you 2 hours later near the city center of Auxerre.

Get around[edit]

On foot[edit]

Auxerre is small, so walking is strongly recommended for most purposes and is a pleasant thing to do in the old city.

By bus[edit]

There are free mini-buses that circle the periphery of the old town and a bus system that serves suburbs (for the suburb bus, tickets are €1.75).


Cathédrale Saint-Étienne d'Auxerre
  • Old Abbey of St. Germain. No longer in use as an abbey, it has an important crypt with frescoes dating from the time of Charlemagne. There is a museum of Gallo-Roman archaeological finds, and exhibition on the history of the abbey, temporary exhibitions and the church. Explanatory panels are mostly only in French. Free, except for the crypt, which costs €8.
  • 1 Cathédrale Saint-Étienne d'Auxerre (Auxerre Cathedral). A splendid Gothic cathedral whose flamboyant façade gives its exterior an unusual appearance. Free. Auxerre Cathedral (Q1518999) on Wikidata Auxerre Cathedral on Wikipedia
  • Tour de l'Horloge. A clock tower from the 15th century, with a golden façade and needles depicting the sun and moon.
  • 2 Guédelon Castle (Château de Guédelon), Route départementale 955, 89520 Treigny (45 min west of Auxerre, between the towns of Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye and Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye), +33 3 86 45 66 66, fax: +33 3 86 45 66 67, . Jul Aug: daily 08:30-18:30; Apr-Jun Sep Oct: Th-M: 08:30-18:30. An archaeological experiment to recreate a 13th-century castle started in 1997, it is being built using only tools, materials, and techniques known in medieval France in that era. All handling, transport, and masonry work is completed with manual labour. Construction is expected to be completed in 2029. The construction site is open to the public and can be visited to collect funds for further construction. There are no train or bus connections to the site. Adults €14, students €13, children €11, under 5 free. Guédelon Castle (Q1557685) on Wikidata Guédelon Castle on Wikipedia


  • Walk across the pedestrian bridge that spans the river as it gives a nice postcard view of the city.
  • If you visit for the whole day, or more, you can plan to rent a bike at "la maison du vélo" and bike south along the Yonne river for a marvelous ride. The bicycle path goes almost 200 km south and passes by beautiful villages and sceneries. Bikes cost €3 for 1 hour, €5 for 2 hours and €10 for half a day (2017 prices). For half a day, you can easily reach "Vincelles" village.
  • Rent a kayak and paddle around the river next to the Parc des arbres secs.
  • Football: AJ Auxerre were relegated in 2023 and now play soccer in Ligue 2, the second tier in France. (The "AJ" stands for Association de la Jeunesse.) Their home ground Stade de l'Abbé Deschamps (capacity 18,500) is on the riverside along Route de Vaux two km southeast of town centre.


You can buy quality wines from the Yonne region for cheap. There are also antique stores and workshops both downtown and along the river.


A chapel in the Old Abbey of St. Germain

If you want, to cook your own food or buy food for a picnic, Leclerc is the giant supermarket that has most of what you need, located on the northeast side of the river (14 Avenue Jean Jaurès). As you are in France, avoid buying baguettes, wine or cheese in a large commercial store; try buying those kinds of products in a local boulangerie, cave à vin or fromagerie: the charm of these such stores is the reason that you came to France and something that you cannot get at a chain store.

  • Le Schaeffer, 14 Place Charles Lepere, +33 3 86 52 16 17. Tu-Sa 08:00-18:00. The local brasserie, where you can have lunch and enjoy some French and local speciality. The croque monsieur sandwich is a popular cheap eat.


Auxerre is surprisingly quiet at night, but if you fancy some drinks and bumping music, head to the Place des Cordeliers in the centre, where you will find a couple of bars: Les Brimborions and Le Copacabana.

  • Le Pub, 3 rue Camille Desmoulins. 17:00 to late. A classic night out for the young (and even older) crowd but the atmosphere stays relaxed. The bar has a huge range of beer and is also specialised in rum. Can get crowded on the weekend


There is a row of hotels, including some budget hotels, on a ring road on the outskirts of the city that is part of National Route 151. Part of the road is called Boulevard Vauban. The location is not bad as the city is small enough that a walk from that ring road to the old city and its sights is only a few minutes.

Campers will have a look at the "Camping Municipal d'Auxerre" (generally open from April 1st to October 15th), 2 km from the centre of the town.

  • 1 Ibis Auxerre Centre, 1 Av. Jean Jaurès, +33 3 86 48 30 55. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. A standard Ibis hotel, 8 minutes walk from the Auxerre–St-Gervais train station, right across the river from the old town. Double from €68, breakfast €12.


As of June 2022, Auxerre has 5G from all French carriers.

Go next[edit]

Trains run almost every hour to Dijon and Paris.

If driving toward Dijon, Vézelay and Avallon are worth a stop.

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