Departments in France

France is officially divided into 22 administrative regions (plus four overseas), then further divided into 96 departments.

Each French department falls entirely within one region, and has its own local 'capital' town - called a prefecture. Each department is further subdivided into 'communes' - locally administered areas (there are approximately 37,000 communes in France, approximately representing each place in France).

Confusingly some parts of France that you might visit are best known by their 'department' name e.g. Dordogne is a department forming part of the Aquitaine region, while others are better known under their region name eg Brittany (where the region includes several departments)

The departments below are listed by department number - these department numbers are very widely used, including being the first two digits of French postcodes. and the last two digits of a car registration number (until spring 2010).

Dept No.: Department
Region / Prefecture
Communes*

01: Ain
Rhone-Alps / Bourg-en-Bresse

02: Aisne
Picardy / Laon

2A: Corse-du-Sud
Corsica / Ajaccio

2B: Haute-Corse
Corsica / Bastia
see Corsica above

03: Allier
Auvergne / Moulins


Provence / Gap


Rhone-Alps / Privas

08: Ardennes
Champagne Ardenne / Charleville-Mezieres

Midi Pyrenees / Foix

10: Aube
Champagne Ardenne / Troyes

11: Aude
Languedoc Roussillon / Carcassonne

Midi Pyrenees / Rodez

Provence / Marseille

Lower Normandy / Caen

15: Cantal
Auvergne / Aurillac

Poitou Charentes / Angouleme

Poitou Charentes / La Rochelle

18: Cher
Centre (Loire Valley) / Bourges

Limousin / Tulle

Burgundy / Dijon

Brittany / Saint-Brieuc

23: Creuse
Limousin / Guéret

Aquitaine / Périgueux

25: Doubs
Franche Comte / Besancon

26: Drôme
Rhone-Alps / Valence

27: Eure
Upper Normandy / Evreux

Centre (Loire Valley) / Chartres

Brittany / Quimper

30: Gard
Languedoc Roussillon / Nimes

Midi Pyrenees / Toulouse

32: Gers (see Gascony)
Midi Pyrenees / Auch

Aquitaine / Bordeaux

Languedoc Roussillon / Montpellier


36: Indre
Centre (Loire Valley) / Chateauroux

Centre (Loire Valley) / Tours

38: Isère
Rhone-Alps / Grenoble

39: Jura
Franche Comte / Lons-le-Saunier

40: Landes
Aquitaine / Mont-de-Marsan

Centre (Loire Valley) / Blois

42: Loire
Rhone-Alps / Saint-Etienne

Auvergne / Le Puy-en-Velay

Pays de la Loire / Nantes

45: Loiret
Centre (Loire Valley) / Orleans

46: Lot
Midi Pyrenees / Cahors


Languedoc Roussillon / Mende

49: Maine-et-Loire (see Anjou)
Pays de la Loire / Angers

50: Manche
Lower Normandy / Saint-Lô

51: Marne
Champagne Ardenne / Chalons-en-Champagne

52: Haute-Marne
Champagne Ardenne / Chaumont

Pays de la Loire / Laval

54: Moselle
Lorraine / Nancy

55: Meuse
Lorraine / Bar-le-Duc

Brittany / Vannes

57: Meurthe-et-Moselle
Lorraine / Metz

Burgundy / Nevers

59: Nord
Nord Pas de Calais / Lille

60: Oise
Picardy / Beauvais

61: Orne
Lower Normandy / Alencon

62: Pas-de-Calais
Nord Pas de Calais / Arras

Auvergne / Clermont-Ferrand


Midi Pyrenees / Tarbes

Languedoc Roussillon / Perpignan

Alsace / Strasbourg

Alsace / Colmar

69: Rhône
Rhone-Alps / Lyon

70: Haute-Saône
Franche Comte / Vesoul


72: Sarthe
Pays de la Loire / Le Mans

73: Savoie
Rhone-Alps / Chambery

Rhone-Alps / Annecy

75: Paris
Paris / Paris
 

Upper Normandy / Rouen

77: Seine-et-Marne
Paris / Melun

78: Yvelines
Paris / Versailles

79: Deux-Sèvres
Poitou Charentes / Niort

80: Somme
Picardy / Amiens

81: Tarn
Midi Pyrenees / Albi

Midi Pyrenees / Montauban

83: Var
Provence / Toulon

Provence / Avignon

Pays de la Loire / La Roche-sur-Yon

86: Vienne
Poitou Charentes / Poitiers

Limousin / Limoges

88: Vosges
Lorraine / Epinal

89: Yonne
Burgundy / Auxerre

90: Territoire de Belfort
Franche Comte / Belfort

91: Essonne
Paris / Evry
see Paris (no 75 above)

92: Hauts-de-Seine
Paris / Nanterre
see Paris (no 75 above)

93: Seine-Saint-Denis
Paris / Bobigny
see Paris (no 75 above)

94: Val-de-Marne
Paris / Créteil
see Paris (no 75 above)

95: Val-d’Oise
Paris / Cergy-Pontoise
see Paris (no 75 above)

* Note: these listings provide complete alphabetical list of all the communes in France, by department - which in turn will provide you with maps, tourist information, hotels and places of interest for each of these communes (Paris communes are grouped together).

The four overseas departments are Guadelope, Martinique, La Réunion and Guyane

See 'Places to visit in France' for a map of the regions of France. This list of departments in France should help if you know what department you want to visit e.g. Dordogne 24 but you don't know which region it forms part of.

Map of the departments of France.

map of the departments of france