illustration How to get to the citadel
Practical info

How to get to the citadel

By city bus: March 30 to October inclusive

Easy access to La Citadelle! We recommend that you take the GINKO CITADELLE bus line from Parking Chamars (downtown).

Good plan: " GinkoTOUR lets you discover Bisontin's heritage as you go!
Free digital guided tour at the Chamars stop and on board the Ginko Citadelle bus.

Good plan: " Ginko subscribers offers you special rates for admission to the Citadelle.
- Reduced admission to the Citadelle de Besançon
- One free entry for one paying entry

Good to know: "Ginko Guide is a new application to help visually impaired people use the bus and streetcar network in the Greater Besançon Metropolitan Area.
Download the application from the Apple store (Apple smartphones only, Android coming soon).

By car and motorcycle

GPS coordinates Citadelle :
N 47°13'55 "
E 6°1'54 "

Follow the Citadelle signs from downtown. Pay parking Citadelle (€0.70/hour, max €7/day).

Free parking at La Rodia, access to Citadelle on foot or by bus from downtown (April to October).

From April to October: we recommend parking in the Chamars parking lot, then taking the bus (free counterfoil given at the Citadelle entrance with your parking ticket for Besançon Pass Tourisme holders), as the Citadelle parking lot quickly sells out in high season.

La Citadelle has been awarded the Motards Bienvenue label! We welcome motorcyclists in the best conditions for their excursions.
Find out more here.


On foot

Nice walks to access the site and take full advantage of the panoramic views over the old town and the loop of the Doubs that surrounds Besançon.

Allow around 30 minutes. The route includes some stairways, so bring comfortable shoes. 

We invite you to consult the presentation document for these signposted routes.

By train

La Citadelle de Besançon is easily accessible from Besançon's Viotte train station.

More information on the SNCF website


By tourist train

The Little Train runs from April to September (please enquire beforehand).

For groups: from March to October by prior arrangement (please enquire in advance).

Information and reservations on (individuals and groups) or by e-mail at 

Find out more on the service provider's website.