Arbois tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: After exploring the old town centre in Arbois you can visit the scenic Cirque de Fer à Cheval nearby

Arbois is situated in the Jura department and Burgundy-Franche-Comté region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Arbois. For detailed visitor information see the Arbois travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Arbois include "town of art and history".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Arbois in Burgundy-Franche-Comté.

Popular places to visit nearby include Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans at 15 km and Chateau-Chalon at 20 km.

Arbois, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 9 km (direction east-north-east)

The salt mines at Salins-les-Bains operated from the 13th - 20th century...

See Salins-les-Bains guide
Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans

Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans

Heritage Site at 15 km (direction east-north-east), in the Doubs department

The Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans is an entire factory and living spaces...

See Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans guide


Most Beautiful Village at 20 km (direction south-west)

One of the key reasons to visit the pretty village of Chateau-Chalon...

See Chateau-Chalon guide


Most Beautiful Village at 23 km (direction south-south-west)

The attractive village of Baume-les-Messieurs is surrounded by cliffs and steep wooded...

See Baume-les-Messieurs guide
Chateau de Cleron

Chateau de Cleron

Castle at 30 km (direction north-east), in the Doubs department

The gardens of the Chateau de Cleron can be seen next to...

See Chateau de Cleron guide


at 30 km (direction south-west)

Lons-le-Saunier is a traditional local town of the Franche-Comté region, well placed...

See Lons-le-Saunier guide


at 30 km (direction north-west)

The Collegiale Church that dominates the town skyline is the principal attraction...

See Dole guide


at 36 km (direction east-north-east), in the Doubs department

The highlight of your visit to Ornans is the section along the...

See Ornans guide


Most Beautiful Village at 40 km (direction east-north-east), in the Doubs department

Lods is quite small but very pleasant to explore, in particular the...

See Lods guide


at 41 km (direction east-north-east), in the Doubs department

The small village of Mouthier-Haute-Pierre is well placed to explore the source...

See Mouthier-Haute-Pierre guide


at 43 km (direction north-east), in the Doubs department

The citadel, cathedral and some impressive 16th century townhouses are among the...

See Besancon guide


at 44 km (direction east), in the Doubs department

Pontarlier is usually visited as part of a trip to enjoy the...

See Pontarlier guide


Most Beautiful Village at 45 km (direction north-north-west), in the Haute-Saone department

The quaint village of Pesmes is one of the prettiest in Franche-Comté...

See Pesmes guide
Chateau de Joux

Chateau de Joux

Castle at 46 km (direction east), in the Doubs department

The Chateau de Joux is an imposing clifftop castle with a 1000...

See Chateau de Joux guide

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Markets in and near Arbois

Market days in Arbois: weekly market: Friday;

  • Arbois: market Friday (0km)
  • Champagnole: market Saturday (20km)
  • Levier: market Wednesday (27km)
  • Bletterans: market Tuesday (30km)
  • Dole: market Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday (30km)
  • Lons-le-Saunier: market Thursday all day (30km)
  • Clairvaux-les-Lacs: market Wednesday (36km)
  • Pierre-de-Bresse: market Monday (39km)
  • Besancon: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday all day & Sunday & Saturday & Friday (42km)
  • Auxonne: market Friday (43km)

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Tourist attractions near Arbois, France

What to do at Arbois? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Arbois.

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin des jeux du château d'Arlay (24km)
  • Jardin à la Faulx (30km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Source - la Seille (16km)
  • Forêt de la Joux (19km)
  • Lac de Chalain (26km)
  • Cascade de la Billaude (27km)
  • Lac du Fioget (28km)
  • Lac de Chambly (29km)
  • Confluence - Le Hérisson (29km)
  • Lac du Vernois (30km)
  • Gorges de la Lemme (30km)
  • Lac de Narlay (31km)
  • Lac du Val (31km)
  • Lacs de Maclu (32km)
  • Lac d'Ilay (32km)
  • Source - Le Hérisson (36km)
  • Lac de Bonlieu (36km)
  • Lac de l'Abbaye (43km)
  • Lacs d'Étival (44km)
  • Gouffre de Poudrey (47km)
  • Lac des Rousses (50km)

Towns of Art and history

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Citadelle de Besançon (42km)

Geography and distances

Arbois is in the east of France at 30 kilometres from Lons-le-Saunier, the department capital (general information: Arbois is 335 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Arbois

Canton: Arbois

Arrondissement: Lons-le-Saunier

Department: Jura

Region: Franche-Comte

New region: Burgundy-Franche-Comté

Postcode: 39600

Distance to Arbois

from Lons-le-Saunier (prefecture): 30 km

from Paris: 335 km

from Calais: 533 km

from Nice: 374 km

from Bordeaux: 542 km

from Strasbourg: 238 km

Getting here

Most visitors drive via Paris (from the north and west) or via Lyon (from the south), or fly into Geneva to the south For driving distances to Arbois from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 15 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Abergement-le-Petit, Aiglepierre, Buvilly, Grozon, La Chatelaine, Les Arsures, Les Planches-Pres-Arbois, Marnoz, Mesnay, Montigny-les-Arsures, Pretin, Pupillin, Saint-Cyr-Montmalin, Vadans and Villette-les-Arbois.

This page in French: Visiter Arbois