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Besançon is the capital and principal city of the Franche-Comté area; 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 event will be held at The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Doubs

Address: 46 avenue Villarceau - F - 25042 Besancon Cedex

Parking: there is a capacity of 50 parking places at the venue.

Several bus lines link the station and downtown city

Hotel list 

Downtown :
- Hotel du Nord
- Hotel Regina
- Hotel Granvelle
- Hotel Ibis

Near the railway station :
- Etap Hotel
- Hotel Florel
- Hotel Foch

Coming by plane :

The four airports closest to Besançon are :
- Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse (then drive about 2h)
- Geneva airport (then drive about 2h30)
- Lyon Saint Exupery airport (then drive about 2h30  or take the train to Lyon then to Besançon)
- Paris Charles de Gaulle airport ( then take the train to Paris - Gare de Lyon (about 1 hour), then the high speed train (TGV) to Besancon (less than 3 hours).

Coming by train :

Besançon can be accessed by train from Paris (Gare de Lyon) – Besançon Franche-Comté TGV: 2h - 9 high-speed trains per day
Lyon – Besançon Franche-Comté TGV: 2h20 min.
Strasbourg – Besançon Franche-Comté TGV: 1h50 min. - 5 high-speed trains per day

IMPORTANT 2 railway stations:   Besançon Franche-Comté TGV and Besançon Viotte (center of the town)

To book a journey, go to the SNCF website

Coming by car :

From Basel-Mulhouse airport : about 2h
From Lyon Saint Exupery airport : about 2h30
From Geneva airport : about 2h30