Pontarlier tourism and travel guide

Photo of Pontarlier in Doubs

Visit Pontarlier: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: Pontarlier is usually visited as part of a trip to enjoy the local scenery and outddor activities, and has several monuments of note

Important note

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

Pontarlier is situated in the Doubs department and Franche-Comte region (now part of the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region), in the eastern-center of France at 45 kilometres from Besancon, the department capital (general information: Pontarlier is 369 kilometres from Paris).

Tourist classifications for Pontarlier include "recommended detour".

Popular places to visit nearby include Mouthier-Haute-Pierre at 16 km and Lods at 18 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Pontarlier, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Pontarlier in Burgundy-Franche-Comté.

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


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Map of places to visit near Pontarlier

Markets in and near Pontarlier

Market days in Pontarlier: weekly market: Thursday;

  • Pontarlier: market Thursday (0km)
  • Levier: market Wednesday (18km)
  • Champagnole: market Saturday (38km)
  • Arbois: market Friday (44km)
  • Besancon: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday all day & Sunday & Saturday & Friday (45km)
  • Morez: market Saturday all day (49km)

More information about Pontarlier, Franche-Comte

Tourist attractions near Pontarlier, France

Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Pontarlier.

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Défilé d'Entre-Roches (13km)
  • Gorges de Remonot (23km)
  • Forêt de la Joux (27km)
  • Gouffre de Poudrey (28km)
  • Gorges du Doubs (34km)
  • Saut du Doubs (34km)
  • Cascade de la Billaude (40km)
  • Gorges de la Lemme (41km)
  • Lac du Fioget (43km)
  • Lac de Narlay (44km)
  • Lacs de Maclu (45km)
  • Lac du Vernois (45km)
  • Lac d'Ilay (46km)
  • Lac des Rousses (48km)
  • Lac de Chalain (50km)
  • Lac de Chambly (51km)
  • Source - Le Hérisson (51km)
  • Lac de Bonlieu (51km)
  • Lac du Val (51km)
  • Lac de l'Abbaye (53km)
  • Lacs d'Étival (61km)

Towns of Art and history

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Citadelle de Besançon (44km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Pontarlier

Canton: Pontarlier

Arrondissement: Pontarlier

Department: Doubs

Region: Franche-Comte

New region: Burgundy-Franche-Comté

Postcode: 25300

Distance to Pontarlier

from Besancon (prefecture): 45 km

from Paris: 369 km

from Calais: 557 km

from Nice: 363 km

from Bordeaux: 583 km

from Strasbourg: 214 km

Getting here

Pontarlier is in the eastern-center of France. 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 Pontarlier from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 9 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Arcon, Chaffois, Dommartin, Doubs, Granges-Narboz, Houtaud, La Cluse-et-Mijoux, Oye-et-Pallet and Vuillecin.

This page in French: Visiter Pontarlier