Travelling on Thalys/TGV
The Le Creusot-Montceau-Monchanin TGV station is 45km from Clos Laraison
(buy tickets on Oui.sncf). In most cases, travelling to this station will include a transfer in Paris, i.e. from Gare du Nord – which is the Eurostar terminal station – to Gare de Lyon, to catch a southbound TGV. The journey from Paris to Le Creusot is just over an hour. Make sure you have at least 1.5 hours for the transfer in Paris.
At Le Creusot, you can rent a car or take a taxi. We do advise you, though, to rent a car to get around, because there is very little public transport in the area. Various car rental firms have an office near the station, but do bear in mind that these have limited opening hours on weekends.
By car via Paris
Driving down from Calais and Arras, take the A1 motorway to Paris. Then take the A6 to Lyon. After 90km, take the A77 at Nemours, following the signs to Nevers. Just before Nevers, the motorway turns into highway N7 for a stretch, but it then becomes A77 again. Take exit 36 to Autun/Decize. Now take the D981 from Decize in the direction of Fours and Luzy. In Luzy, take the D973 towards Bourbon-Lancy. About a kilometre onto this road, just outside Luzy, take a left onto the D25 to Issy-l’Evêque. Clos Laraison is on the village square.
The drive from Nevers to Clos Laraison takes about 75 minutes.
An alternative route is via Reims-Troyes (A26 > A5). Take the Magnant exit (no. 22) and follow the route Bar-sur-Seine (D443), Châtillon-sur-Seine (D971), and then onwards past Montbard – Semur-en-Auxois – Saulieu on the D980. Drive through Saulieu and take the D15 to Autun (which becomes the D4 and then the D981). Cross Autun and take the D981 from Autun to Luzy. In Luzy, take the D973 towards Bourbon-Lancy. About a kilometre onto this road, just outside Luzy, take a left onto the D25 to Issy-l’Evêque. Clos Laraison is on the village square.
By car from the south
Take the northbound A6 and take the first exit at Chalon-sur-Saône (Sud). Continue along the N80 towards Montchanin. On the roundabout, exit onto the N70 to Montceau-les-Mines. Once you have passed Montceau, take the exit for Perrecy-les-Forges/Gueugnon (D60). Pass through Gueugnon and take the D25 to Issy-l’Evêque. Clos Laraison is on the village square.
The drive from Chalon-sur-Saône to Clos Laraison takes about 75 minutes.