Crans tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Baume-les-Messieurs at 25 km from Crans

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

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Baume-les-Messieurs at 25 km and Arbois at 27 km.

Crans, France: places to visit and attractions

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



Most Beautiful Village at 25 km (direction west)

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

See Baume-les-Messieurs guide


at 27 km (direction north-west)

After exploring the old town centre in Arbois you can visit the...

See Arbois guide


Most Beautiful Village at 27 km (direction west)

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

See Chateau-Chalon guide


at 27 km (direction north-north-west)

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

See Salins-les-Bains guide


at 32 km (direction west)

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

See Lons-le-Saunier guide
Chateau de Joux

Chateau de Joux

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

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

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at 37 km (direction east-north-east), in the Doubs department

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

See Pontarlier guide
Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans

Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans

Heritage Site at 39 km (direction north-north-west), in the Doubs department

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

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at 41 km (direction south-south-east), in the Ain department

A pleasant 19th century spa town, Divonne-les-Bains also now has a leisure...

See Divonne-les-Bains guide
Chateau de Cleron

Chateau de Cleron

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Most Beautiful Village at 46 km (direction south-east), in the Haute-Savoie department

The village of Yvoire on the banks of Lake Geneva is extraordinarily...

See Yvoire guide


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

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

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Map of places to visit near Crans


Markets in and near Crans

  • Champagnole: market Saturday (7km)
  • Morez: market Saturday all day (21km)
  • Clairvaux-les-Lacs: market Wednesday (22km)
  • Arbois: market Friday (27km)
  • Levier: market Wednesday (30km)
  • Lons-le-Saunier: market Thursday all day (33km)
  • Pontarlier: market Thursday (36km)
  • Saint-Claude: market Saturday (37km)
  • Bletterans: market Tuesday (40km)
  • Divonne-les-Bains: market Sunday & Friday (41km)

More information about Crans, Franche-Comte

Tourist attractions near Crans, France

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

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Haut-Jura (31km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin des jeux du château d'Arlay (34km)
  • Le Labyrinthe - Jardin des Cinq Sens (46km)
  • Jardin à la Faulx (57km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Cascade de la Billaude (4km)
  • Gorges de la Lemme (5km)
  • Lac du Fioget (6km)
  • Lac de Narlay (8km)
  • Lac du Vernois (9km)
  • Lacs de Maclu (9km)
  • Lac d'Ilay (10km)
  • Lac de Chalain (14km)
  • Lac de Chambly (14km)
  • Lac du Val (15km)
  • Source - Le Hérisson (15km)
  • Lac de Bonlieu (15km)
  • Forêt de la Joux (15km)
  • Confluence - Le Hérisson (20km)
  • Lac de l'Abbaye (20km)
  • Source - la Seille (22km)
  • Lac des Rousses (24km)
  • Lacs d'Étival (26km)
  • Lac de Lamoura (34km)
  • Cascade de la queue de cheval (35km)
  • Col de la Faucille (37km)
  • Défilé d'Entre-Roches (49km)
  • Gorges de Remonot (59km)

Towns of Art and history


Geography and distances

Crans is in the east of France at 32 kilometres from Lons-le-Saunier, the department capital (general information: Crans is 361 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Crans

Canton: Planches-en-Montagne

Arrondissement: Lons-le-Saunier

Department: Jura

Region: Franche-Comte

New region: Burgundy-Franche-Comté

Postcode: 39300

Distance to Crans

from Lons-le-Saunier (prefecture): 32 km

from Paris: 361 km

from Calais: 560 km

from Nice: 349 km

from Bordeaux: 548 km

from Strasbourg: 248 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 Crans from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 18 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Bief-Des-Maisons, Billecul, Bourg-de-Sirod, Champagnole, Chatelneuf, Chaux-Des-Crotenay, Cize, Conte, Gillois, La Faviere, Le Vaudioux, Lent, Les Chalesmes, Les Planches-en-Montagne, Pillemoine, Sapois, Sirod and Syam.

This page in French: Visiter Crans