Besançon is the capital and principal city of the Franche-Comté region in eastern France. Located close to the border with Switzerland, it is the capital of the Doubs department. The city has one of the most beautiful historic centres of any major town in France. The old town, "la Boucle", is enclosed in a broad horse-shoe of the river Doubs, which is blocked off at the neck by Vauban's imposing Citadelle. The historic centre presents a remarkable ensemble of classic stone buildings, some dating back to the Middle Ages. The citadel, the city walls and Fort Griffon were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2008, as part of the "Fortifications of Vauban" group.
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The workshop will be held in the Fort Griffon (see the map):

        IUFM de Franche-Comté
        Fort Griffon
        25042 Besançon cedex
        Tél. 03 81 65 71 00   

Fort Griffon is 10 min by feet from the railway station (see the route) and is 5 min by feet from downtown (see the route).

Several bus lines link the station and downtown (go to Ginkobus website).     

For any questions, please contact us

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Near the railway station:

Coming by plane

The four airports closest to Besançon are:

Coming by train

Besançon can be accessed by train from Paris - Gare de Lyon (about 2 hours), Lyon (about 1h30) and Strasbourg (about 2 hours). The railway station is "Besançon Viotte" (see the map).

To book a journey, go to the SNCF website.

Coming by car

There are several parkings near Fort Griffon. We recommend the parking between "avenue de la paix" and "avenue Edgar Faure" (entrance by "avenue de la paix", see the map, GPS 47.243312, 6.016425).

There is no parking inside Fort Griffon.