About Branges

Owing to the operational challenges that coronavirus has presented us with, we have taken the decision not to open our base in Branges for the rest of the 2020 season. If you have a booking that is affected by this base closure, where possible, your booking will be switched to a different base within the same cruising region. Will be contact you to let you know, although we are extremely busy at present, so please bear with us while we work through affected bookings in departure order. We thank you for your patience. 

Branges is situated on the pretty River Seille, bursting with wildlife and beauty. Be sure to stop for a walk (or hike) through the nature reserve at La Trunchère (4hrs from Branges) where the Seille intersects with the River Saône. South lies historic Mâcon (7.5hrs from Branges), one of the oldest cities in France or head north to explore Burgundy’s premium Cru vineyards from Chagny (13.5 hrs from Branges).

From Branges it is:

  • 49hrs (38 locks) to our base in Fontenoy-le-Château
  • 17hrs (6 locks) to our base in St. Jean-de-Losne

What you get on the base

Facilities

  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Wifi

Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Holiday Extras' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.

 

Practical Extras

  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • Boat cleaning
  • Parking - (see 'Travel info' tab)
  • Car transfer (see 'Travel info' tab)
  • Eco cleaning pack
  • L.E.D. lantern
  • Top-deck cushions
  • Grocery packs
  • Wifi packs

Fun Extras

  • Bike hire
  • Special occasion gift baskets
  • Gas barbecues
  • Angling dinghy and outboard

Payment Means

Please note that payment of fuel, deposit & any extras booked and paid locally are required in the local currency of the base. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express.

Hotels

De Cheval Rouge - Louhans - Tel: +33 (0) 385 752 142

Moulin de Bourgchateau - Louhans - Tel: +33 (0) 385 753 712

Hôtel du Jura - Tel: +33 (0) 385 751 419

Terminus - Tournus - Tel: +33 (0) 385 510 554

Aux Terrasses - Tournus Tel: +33 (0) 385 510 174

Le Rempart - Tournus - Tel: +33 (0) 385 511 056

 

Restaurants

De Jura - Louhans - Tel: +33 (0) 385 751 419

Moulin de Bourgchateau - Louhans - Tel: +33 (0) 385 753 712

Terminus - Tournus - Tel: +33 (0)3 85 51 05 54

Aux Terrasses - Tournus - Tel: +33 (0)3 85 51 01 74

Le Rempart - Tournus - Tel: +33 (0)3 85 51 10 56

 

Shops

In Branges, 300m from the base you will find bakeries, butchers, a patisserie, a chemist, a general store, etc. In Louhans (4.6km from the base) you will find all shops and facilities.

Fishing

Fishing is allowed throughout the season. A fishing permit is required and is available from the local Epicerie (300m). Approx. cost is 30 Euros for two weeks (prices can change).

Local Market

Monday mornings

Tourist Info

Louhans

Tel: +33 (0) 385 750 202

https://www.bresse-bourguignonne.com

Opening hours

2021 season: Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat: 9am – 5pm. Tue, Thu and Sun: 10am – 4pm

Address

Le Boat Branges
870 Rue Du Bourg
F - 71500 Branges
France

Telephone

+33 (0) 385 749 233

Travel to Branges

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the numbers below.

 

Taxi Bonin (+33 (0) 385 760 303)

Pont Noir (+33 (0) 385 760 213)

  

Approximate price (4 passengers) from:

  • Lyon airport (LYS) 220€
  • Geneve airport (GVA) 300€
  • Louhans Train Station 10€
  • Chalon-sur-Saône Train Station 60€

By Train

Closest train station(s):

  • Louhans: 4 km
  • Chalon sur Saone: 35km

By Road

Be prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For example, there is a new legal requirement in France to carry a breathalyser, triangle & florescent jacket in your car. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe

Directions from Calais

From Calais take A26 to Reims, then A4 to Châlon-sur-Marne, then A26 direction to Troyes follow onto A5/A31 to Dijon and then A39 direction Lons-le-Saunier - Louhans. Leave A39 at exit No 8 Lons-le-Saunier, Montmorot, Louhans. Follow N78 for 12km to Louhans then N78 for 4km, D13 3km, D413 for 3km and D280 for 2km to Branges and Port de Plaisance. Road distance approximately 676 kms 6 hrs 10 mins.

Directions from Paris

From Paris take the Auto route du Soleil A6. Leave at junction signposted Châlon Sud. Shortly after the toll booth, turn right onto N80 towards Châlon-sur-Saone. Follow signs for Lons-le-Saunier. Turn right onto D978 towards Epervans. Follow D978 for approximately 28 kms, and then opposite Agricultural Machinery Agency turn right onto D460 signposted Branges le Bourg. After 400mtrs turn left onto D160 and after 900mtrs you will see the Port de Plaisance on your right. Road distance approximately 370 kms 4 hrs.

Parking 

Pre-booked parking available

By Air

Closest airport(s):

  • Lyon: 137 km (E21)
  • Geneve: 166 km (E62/A39

Arrival at Branges

For more details about:

  • when to arrive at our bases
  • what to expect when you arrive 
  • how to prepare for check-in
  • what happens on your final day when you return your boat

visit our 'arrivals' page.

Local info