Leaving Your Trip in CORMATIN — 2015

This page offers help (concrete or informational) on leaving your trip.  Topics include...

  1. Where you leave your trip (see immediately below)
  2. The closest airports.
  3. Our “Access Packages,” designed to help you travel onwards from your trip.
  4. Suggestions on how to time your ongoing travel, whether you are having us arrange it, or doing it yourself.
  5. Service information regarding train travel from your trip end location.
  6. Suggested post-trip visits, especially when these are not geographically obvious, but are rendered economical and convenient by direct rail connections.
  7. Hopefully helpful hints for those setting up their own travel from the trip.

If you wish to arrange some or all of your travel through us, please tell us what by means of this response questionnaire, designed to collect all the information we need to be able to book your travel.

1. WHERE and WHEN Do You Leave Your Trip?

Your trip disbands in Cormatin, a pretty village in southern Burgundy, on Saturday afternoon, at the end of a full day.  Local rail stations (Mâcon, or Chalons-sur-Saône) are reached in under an hour by public bus.

If you wish to arrange your own ongoing travel (in other words, you do not want to set up any ongoing travel arrangements through us), a couple of hints regarding ongoing travel are offered at the bottom of this page.  Otherwise, look over our “Access Packages,” below.


The closest airports are in Lyon, Paris, and Zurich.  Geneva is the same distance away, but travel time to get there is longer. 


Our “Access Package” includes an end-of-the-afternoon bus and train ticket to Dijon, a hotel night there, breakfast the next morning (if you have time for it), and train tickets to Paris, Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, Zurich (+10€), Geneva or Lyon (the closest airport cities).  Connections to London are available at additional cost.

Base (Starting) Access Package Price:  126€, based on shared occupancy.
Shared occupancy rate is guaranteed to singles willing to share, until 35 days before trip start, and provided the trains are available.  After that, you may request a roommate, and we will pair you with one if someone else does, too.  But you must be willing to pay the single supplement if not.  A 20% discount is available to children under 12.

To see what this means in your currency, look here: http://www.bluemarble.org/CurrencyConv.html
Availability is usually good until about a month prior to trip start.   We try to hold allotments of space for the most common projects until then, and there is generally a discount seat open on one or another of the many trains.  Within 35 days, availability must be confirmed, and costs can be higher ( discount rail tickets may no longer be available).


  • A rail ticket from Mâcon or Chalons-sur-Saône (the two local rail stations) to Dijon.
  • A Saturday hotel night in Dijon, based on double occupancy. 
  • Breakfast, if you have time / get up for it.
  • Sunday train tickets via from Dijon to Paris, Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, Zurich, Geneva, or Lyon.
    Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable once ordered (see below for extra cost first class and / or flexible tickets).
    Add 8€ for tickets to Geneva Airport, 10€ for tickets to Zurich downtown, 18€ for tickets to Zurich Airport.
  • Seat reservations on the TGV (high-speed train), and on any other trains which require them.
  • All taxes, baggage and booking charges.
  • A printed schedule / itinerary, highlighting any connections.

Options Offered at an Extra Cost (subject to availability)
Prices are in addition to the “Base” Access Package Price.  For a general discussion of train upgrades, see here.  Topics include the relative comfort of first versus second class, and different types of accommodation available on overnight trains.

  • 1st class tickets to Paris or to Charles de Gaulle Airport:  +19€, +12€ discount rate.
  • Tickets to London.  Add 79€ if you are also purchasing tickets from London at the start of your trip, 109€ if not, or if you prefer a changeable ticket (in 1st cl., add 119€ or 159€; 1st class tickets include meal service).
    For travel to London via Paris, with or without stop-over, add 15€ (see “Service Information,” below).
  • Daylight trains to any of the following (prices include required seat reservations):
    - Nice:  +31€ 2nd class, +49€ 1st class.
    These rates are capacity-restricted and represent substantial discounts.  Subject to availability.
    - Milan:  +61€ 2nd class, +89€ 1st class.
    - Venice or Florence:  +78€ 2nd class, +115€ 1st class.
    - Rome:  +105€ 2nd class, +154€ 1st class.
    Tickets to any of the above are train-specific, 50% refundable once ordered, provided they are canceled at least 48 hours in advance of train departure.  See below for extra cost of more flexible tickets.
    A discount rate (-25%) is sometimes available in first class.

    Overnight train after a night in Dijon.
    To Venice:  +69€.   To Florence or Rome via a connection in Milan:  +89€.
    Comfort couchette included.  See below for upgrade options.  Morning connection required for travel to Florence or Rome.
  • Overnight Train Upgrade from “Comfort Couchette.”  Sleeping car cabins:  +29€ to a triple cabin, +49€ to double cabin, +109€ to a private single cabin.
  • Higher fare code exchangeable and partly refundable tickets:   +19€ to points included in the Access Package (Paris, Geneva, Lyon, or CDG Airport), in either class. +29€ to other points.
    These tickets are exchangeable at any station, on a space-available basis (space must be available in the same fare code, or a step-up charge will apply), at any time until the train’s departure, for free if the exchange is made prior to the date of travel, or for 10€ on the date of travel.  Cost of the exchange is +10€ if you make it through us, as opposed to standing in line at the station yourself.  Tickets are refundable less 20%, provided they are turned in at a station before the train’s departure.
  • Single room in Dijon, +27€.
  • Additional nights in Dijon:  +36€ / person double, +41€ / person twin, +61€ single.
    Including taxes and booking, but not breakfast.  Breakfast is availalbe in the hotel, and can be ordered and paid for there.
  • Paris airport train tickets, to Charles de Gaulle or Orly from anywhere in downtown Paris.  Follow this link for details.
    This ticket is not necessary if you are taking the one daily TGV from Dijon direct to the airport.

Alternate Arrangements, in lieu of our usual packages (subject to availability)
Prices are complete (in other words, they are not in addition to the “Base” Access Package Price).

  • Same-day evening train to Paris:  2nd class, 49€ non-modifiable, 70€ changeable.
    1st class:  59€ non-modifiable, 80€ changeable.
    Non-modifiable discount tickets are subject to availability.  Booking one at the end of a biking day can put unpleasant pressure on the day, unless you are content to book a late train.  Children under 12 pay 50% of the changeable fare.
  • Same-night overnight train to Venice:  109€.  To Florence or Rome:  129€.
    Comfort Couchette included.  Sleeping car upgrades are available.  See below for upgrade options.
  • Hotel in Dijon without ongoing train:  66€ / person double, 71€ / person twin, 100€ single.
    Includes train to Dijon, hotel taxes, booking charge, and breakfast.
    - 10€ for children 11 and under.

4. TIMING Your Trip

If we may influence your thinking on the topic of timing...  Dijon is interesting.  Indeed, it is one of France’s most beautiful cities, a former national capital (of the Duchy of Burgundy, once a nation larger than France).

It also offers an excellent (though early-morning) train direct to Charles de Gaulle airport, in Paris.

We thus recommend spending the evening after the end of your trip in Dijon, and travelling onward the next day. 

If you are headed for an airport, allow ample time to connect to a flight:  the airline is not responsible for train delays, and though these are rare, they can happen.  Moreover, it can take a while to get from train to check-in counter. Note that there is only one direct daily train to Charles de Gaulle airport (see “Service Information,” below).  At all other times, you must travel to downtown Paris and catch the airport shuttle train from there.

5. Service Information
Service is described from Dijon on Sunday, except as otherwise noted.
Schedules are approximate – exact timetables can be consulted at
Best trains are mentioned.  Others are slower or have multiple connections.

  • To Paris.  Travel time is 90 minutes.  Sunday services start at 7:30a, and operate every couple of hours through the morning and early afternoon, then hourly from 4p. 
    Saturday travel from Cormatin involves departure at 7:30p, arrival in Paris at 10:15p.
  • To Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport (direct, not via downtown Paris).  One direct Sunday train, departs Dijon at 7:15a.  Journey time is 1 hour 50 minutes.
  • To Lyon.  Travel time 2 hours, service from 6a.  Schedule is irregular, but no gap of longer than 2 hours.
    A shuttle train operates every 15 minutes from the city center rail station to Satolas Airport.   Trip time = 30 minutes.
    Saturday evening service from Cormatin departs 5p or 7p, 2-hour trip.
  • To Geneva (downtown or airport).  Travel time is 4 - 5 hours, service from Dijon is every 2 hours, from 6a.
    A connection is required in either Lyon or Lausanne.  A second connection in downtown Geneva is necessary to reach the airport for services travelling via Lyon.
    Saturday evening service from Cormatin at 5p, arrive Geneva 10:30p.
  • To Nice.  Direct Sunday trains run at 9:30a and 4p.  Trip time is a shade over 6 hours.
    Other services exist with a connection in Lyon or Marseille:  the train change adds an hour.
  • To Milan.  Fast services at 9:30a, 12n, and 2p, 7-hour trip time.
    The first morning train requires two connections, the others require one.
    Many other trains run throughout the day, taking an hour longer and requiring two connections.
    An overnight sleeper service also operates, but it is a short night:   depart 11:30p, arrive 6a.
  • To Venice, Florence or Rome.
    - Overnight, depart 11:30p.  Or...
    - ...by daylight train at 12n.  9-hour trip to Florence or Venice, +1 hour to Rome, 2 connections.
    Other services exist with slightly longer trip times or an additional connection.
  • To Zurich.  2.5-hour trip time.  Direct services from Dijon at 9a, 12n, 2p and 8p.
    Add 30 minutes to any time to reach Zurich Airport.  The first morning train (9a) gets to Zurich airport at 12:30p. 
  • To London.  Via Lille at 7:15a, journey time circa 6 hours.
    Via Paris, frequent service throughout the day, 6 - 7 hour trip including the Paris station change.


Switzerland is close by, and easy to reach, as are the south of France, and the French Alps.  An overnight “hotel train” lets you snuggle into a bed in Dijon, and wake up on the Grand Canal, in Venice.

Guests subscribing to an “Access Package” need not read this section.

See also “Timing Your Trip” and “Service Information,” above, as either of these may additionally help.

We gladly provide travel consulting (schedule or routing information) concerning post-trip individual travel.  In particular, we have invested a great deal to become railway experts.  Our service fees are reasonable:  a 20€ charge for all but the most complex projects – or the most simple (for instance, only a 10€ charge applies if the service is limited to the preparation of a routine rail ticket).  You will generally find them well-justified by the time they will save you in research, standing on line, overpaying for your tickets, or all three.

But, for some, this type of research is fun.  So, here are some hints, intended to start off hardened “do-it-yourselfers.”

Trains. Schedules for all routes can be consulted on this web site:

Dijon is served by TGV (high-speed train) to Paris, and once a day direct to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport.  Main line trains also run to elsewhere in France, Switzerland, northeastern Spain, and northern Italy.  Overnight sleeper trains go to Germany, Austria, Italy....

If you wish to arrange some or all of your travel through us, please tell us what by means of this response questionnaire, designed to collect all the information we need to be able to book your travel.

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