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Briançon is a city in Hautes-Alpes near to France's Italian border. It is the highest town in France.

Get in[edit]

Map of Briançon

By plane[edit]

The closest airports are

  • Grenoble airport (lowcost airport), 2h45 by car
  • Lyon, 3h by car
  • Milan, Italy, 2h40 by car
  • Turin, Italy, 1h45 by car

By train[edit]

There is a train station in Briançon.

  • The main line is Marseille-Briançon.
  • A night train comes from Paris.

If you want to come by TGV (high speed train) from Lyon or Paris, the most efficient way is to take the Paris-Milan line and to step out at Oulx, Italy. Then there is a bus (30 mn) to Briançon.

By car[edit]

  • If you come from Grenoble, you have to take the D1091 and cross the Lautaret pass.
  • If you come from Italy, you have to take the SS24 and cross the Montgenèvre pass.
  • If you come from South (Marseille, Sisteron) you have to take the highway A51/E712, then the N85 to gap and the N94 to Briançon.

By bus[edit]

There is a bus from Grenoble to Briançon (2/day) and a bus from Marseille and Gap to Briançon.

Get around[edit]


Vauban's fortifications.

Fortifications built by Vauban in the 17th century to defend the region from the Austrians


Wintersports sports[edit]

Briançon is a part of the famous ski resort Serre-Chevalier.




Restaurants aren't that plentiful in Briançon; there are several pizza places but only a few French eateries.

The restaurant le Panicaut on Rue Centrale does a good 3-course menu for around €32, and is run by a pleasant French Woman who speaks reasonable English (but will indulge schoolboy French too).



  • Peak Retreats (Briançon and Serre-Chevalier Accommodation Specialist), +44 2392 839 310. A range of self-catering apartments in Briançon and Serre-Chevalier. Accommodation sleeping 2-10, lift passes, ski school, equipment hire can be arranged. Bookable from the UK.


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