Chartres tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: Although most famous for its cathedral, you will also find plenty to explore elsewhere in the town of Chartres

Chartres is situated in the Eure-et-Loir department and Centre-Loire Valley region.

Important note

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

Attractions in Chartres

The 13th century cathedral in Chartres is generally considered to be one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in the world: Chartres Cathedral

Tourist classifications for Chartres include "heritage site", "secteur sauvegarde" and "ville fleurie 4*". It is unusual for a town to have 3 awards, which indicates how important Chartres is as a tourist destination!

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Chartres in Centre-Loire Valley.

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateau de Rambouillet at 33 km and Chateaudun at 43 km.

Chartres, France: places to visit and attractions

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

Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral

Cathedral less than one km (direction north-north-west)

The 13th century cathedral in Chartres is generally considered to be one...

See Chartres Cathedral guide
Chateau de Rambouillet

Chateau de Rambouillet

Castle at 33 km (direction east-north-east), in the Yvelines department

Once a Royal castle, the Chateau de Rambouillet is now the summer...

See Chateau de Rambouillet guide


National Monument at 43 km (direction south-south-west)

Both the castle and the town along the Loir River make Chateaudun...

See Chateaudun guide


at 51 km (direction west)

Within the Perche Regional Natural Park, in Nogent-le-Rotrou you can discover the...

See Nogent-le-Rotrou guide
Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace

Castle at 61 km (direction east-north-east), in the Yvelines department

A short distance outside central Paris, the Palais de Versailles is an...

See Versailles Palace guide
Chateau de Chamerolles

Chateau de Chamerolles

Castle at 66 km (direction east-south-east), in the Loiret department

The chateau de Chamerolles is an attractive chateau with a pretty Renaissance...

See Chateau de Chamerolles guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Eure-et-Loir

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Map of places to visit near Chartres


Markets in and near Chartres

Market days in Chartres: weekly market: Saturday;

  • Chartres: market Saturday (0km)
  • Luce: market Sunday (3km)
  • Maintenon: market Thursday (18km)
  • Courville-sur-Eure: market Thursday (18km)
  • Auneau: market Friday (21km)
  • Voves: market Tuesday (22km)
  • Nogent-le-Roi: market Saturday (23km)
  • Bonneval: market Monday (30km)
  • Dreux: market Wednesday & Sunday & Monday all day & Friday (34km)
  • La Loupe: market Tuesday (35km)

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Tourist attractions near Chartres, France

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

National Monuments

  • Rambouillet Chateau (34km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Haute Vallee de Chevreuse (44km)

Churches and religious monuments

Remarkable gardens

  • Le pré Catelan (24km)
  • Domaine national de Rambouillet (33km)
  • Parc du château de Groussay (45km)
  • Parc du château de Breteuil (47km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Château de Sauvage (24km)
  • Forêt de Rambouillet (37km)
  • Vaux de Cernay (42km)
  • Vallée de Chevreuse (49km)

Towns of Art and history

  • Rambouillet (33km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Moutiers (27km)

Geography and distances

Chartres is in the eastern-center of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Eure-et-Loir department (general information: Chartres is 78 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Chartres

Canton: Chartres

Arrondissement: Chartres

Department: Eure-et-Loir

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 28000

Distance to Chartres

from Chartres (prefecture): 1 km

from Paris: 78 km

from Calais: 280 km

from Nice: 690 km

from Bordeaux: 431 km

from Strasbourg: 461 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into Paris CDG or Orly airport and hire a car. The drive from the channel ferry ports such as Caen or Le Havre takes around 3 hours. For driving distances to Chartres from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 13 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Barjouville, Champhol, Chartres Cathedral, Fontenay-sur-Eure, Gasville-Oiseme, Gellainville, Le Coudray, Leves, Luce, Luisant, Mainvilliers, Morancez and Saint-Prest.

This page in French: Visiter Chartres