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The French city of Dijon is world-famous for its mustard, but it offers a whole lot more than a spicy condiment. As one of the largest cities in Burgundy, Dijon is a wine lover's paradise. It's blessed with a remarkable collection of medieval and Renaissance architecture, has a tradition of baking delectable gingerbread pastries, and hosts a superb classical music festival every June. Thanks to the train station Gare de Dijon-Ville, the city is also a couple of hours from Paris via TGV. That's why most tourists who visit Dijon need to pass through the station at some point during their stay. And when they do, it's always useful to know the best way to get there from city center locations.
Dijon-Ville station is the city's primary rail hub, and is located just west of the historic center, so reaching train services should pose few problems. Taking taxis or walking are the best options when coming from the cathedral, the area around Dijon town hall, or city center museums like the Musee Magnin. Travelers coming from locations in the west of the city, such as the Well of Moses sculpture, can take the 117 bus. If visitors need to make a transfer from Dijon Port Neuve station (which serves regional routes), they can catch direct trains or SNCF buses. And those coming from Dole-Jura Airport (the nearest aviation facility), can catch trains from Dole Ville after taking a brief bus transfer. So, whether visitors are at the heart of Dijon or some way out of town, finding a transfer will be simple.
The Gare de Dijon-Ville is located almost at the center of modern Dijon, ensuring that most tourists will have very short transfer distances. For instance, the station entrance is 550 meters (half a kilometer) away from the cathedral, less than one mile (1.5 kilometers) from the central market, and 950 meters (one kilometer) from the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy. These distances mean that buses aren't really a good option. Instead, visitors can walk to the station in 10 minutes, or take taxis which will get there in 4-5 minutes. The Well of Moses sculpture is one mile (1.6 kilometers) west of the train station Gare de Dijon-Ville, and transfers by bus take six minutes. Trains from Porte Neuve Station take eight minutes to cover the 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) distance, while bus and train combinations from Dole-Jura Airport will take approximately 1 hour to get to Dijon-Ville Station.
The Gare de Dijon-Ville has been well-adapted for disabled visitors, ensuring that those with limited mobility can use the facility with ease. All platforms come with boarding ramps that can be applied for the benefit of wheelchair users, while wheelchairs can also be provided on request if needed. SNCF provides in-person assistance for any mobility-impaired travelers, although it's important to note that this must be booked 48 hours in advance. Even so, when travelers need help to access rail services, staff will generally be available to help. Away from the station, disabled visitors will want to plan carefully when they travel to their train from Dijon city center. There are few buses in central Dijon, and walking may be out of the question. Because of this, it's worth picking a suitable taxi company, with the ability to cater for wheelchair users. It may also be useful to check out the Divia Mobilités App, which provides transport information for disabled passengers.
Sometimes, having a few hours to fill before catching trains is hard to avoid. In that situation, travelers won't need to worry about what to do near the Gare de Dijon-Ville. For one thing, the cathedral is within five minutes' walk. The soaring pair of towers and spooky crypt are highlights of this 1,000-year-old local landmark. Slightly further away, travelers can tour the superb Palace of the Dukes and Duchesses of Burgundy. Befitting its regal title, the palace doubles up as Dijon's Museum of Fine Art, as well as a captivating local history museum. Finally, Dijon is a foodie nexus, so visiting the city market (Les Halles) is essential. It's an amazing place to stock up for journeys, with wines, cheeses, ham, pastries, and - of course - a jar or two of Dijon mustard.