Lons-le-Saunier tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: Lons-le-Saunier is a traditional local town of the Franche-Comté region, well placed to explore the Jura

Lons-le-Saunier 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 Lons-le-Saunier. For detailed visitor information see the Lons-le-Saunier travel guide.

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateau-Chalon at 11 km and Arbois at 31 km.

Lons-le-Saunier, France: places to visit and attractions

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



Most Beautiful Village at 8 km (direction east-north-east)

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

See Baume-les-Messieurs guide


Most Beautiful Village at 11 km (direction north-east)

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

See Chateau-Chalon guide


at 31 km (direction north-east)

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

See Arbois guide


at 39 km (direction 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 44 km (direction north-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


at 47 km (direction north-north-east)

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

See Dole guide
Tournus abbey

Tournus abbey

Abbey at 50 km (direction west), in the Saone-et-Loire department

The abbey at Tournus is a 12th century abbey in roman style...

See Tournus abbey guide


at 50 km (direction west), in the Saone-et-Loire department

The Abbey of Saint-Philibert is the highlight in Tournus, but you will...

See Tournus guide


at 58 km (direction east-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 60 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 66 km (direction north-east), in the Doubs department

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

See Ornans guide

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Markets in and near Lons-le-Saunier

Market days in Lons-le-Saunier: weekly market: Thursday all day;

  • Lons-le-Saunier: market Thursday all day (0km)
  • Bletterans: market Tuesday (11km)
  • Clairvaux-les-Lacs: market Wednesday (19km)
  • Saint-Germain-du-Bois: market Saturday (25km)
  • Louhans: market Monday (25km)
  • Champagnole: market Saturday (29km)
  • Arbois: market Friday (30km)
  • Mervans: market Friday (31km)
  • Saint-Amour: market Saturday (31km)
  • Pierre-de-Bresse: market Monday (32km)

More information about Lons-le-Saunier, Franche-Comte

Tourist attractions near Lons-le-Saunier, France

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

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Haut-Jura (40km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin des jeux du château d'Arlay (9km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Confluence - Le Hérisson (14km)
  • Source - la Seille (15km)
  • Lac de Chalain (19km)
  • Lac de Chambly (20km)
  • Lac du Val (21km)
  • Lac du Vernois (26km)
  • Source - Le Hérisson (27km)
  • Lac de Bonlieu (27km)
  • Lac d'Ilay (27km)
  • Lacs d'Étival (27km)
  • Lac du Fioget (28km)
  • Lac de Narlay (28km)
  • Lacs de Maclu (28km)
  • Cascade de la Billaude (30km)
  • Gorges de la Lemme (30km)
  • Lac de l'Abbaye (32km)
  • Forêt de la Joux (39km)
  • Cascade de la queue de cheval (41km)
  • Lac de Lamoura (45km)
  • Lac des Rousses (46km)
  • Col de la Faucille (49km)

Towns of Art and history


Geography and distances

Lons-le-Saunier is in the east of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Jura department (general information: Lons-le-Saunier is 340 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Lons-le-Saunier

Canton: Lons-le-Saunier

Arrondissement: Lons-le-Saunier

Department: Jura

Region: Franche-Comte

New region: Burgundy-Franche-Comté

Postcode: 39000

Distance to Lons-le-Saunier

from Lons-le-Saunier (prefecture): 0 km

from Paris: 340 km

from Calais: 547 km

from Nice: 357 km

from Bordeaux: 517 km

from Strasbourg: 269 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 Lons-le-Saunier from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 25 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Briod, Cesancey, Chille, Chilly-le-Vignoble, Conliege, Courbouzon, Courlans, Frebuans, Geruge, Gevingey, Lavigny, Le Pin, Macornay, Messia-sur-Sorne, Moiron, Montaigu, Montain, Montmorot, Pannessieres, Perrigny, Plainoiseau, Revigny, Saint-Didier, Vernantois and Villeneuve-sous-Pymont.

This page in French: Visiter Lons-le-Saunier