There are connections with Paris and Lyon as well as other regional destinations at the Chalon-sur-Saône railway station and, by road, these cities are 340km and 130km away respectively. When exploring the town there are plenty of car hire options, but hiring bikes is one of the better ways of getting around, and the entire Burgundy area has networks of cycle paths.
A stay at Campanile Chalon-sur-Saône Hotel will give you the chance to sample some local gastronomic treats. Snails, jambon persillé and oeufs en meurette are specialities, and whether it be central to town or relaxing on a terrace, you will find something to suit everyone. Le Clown Gourmand has a quirky aesthetic, La Reale is a seafood specialist, while Le Bistrot offers traditional food.
The main event to pull tourists to Chalon-sur-Saôneis the annual Chalon dans la Rue festival, held over four days. This event welcomes performers from all over Europe. Music, comedy and acrobatics are headline disciplines and the town produces a program to keep everyone informed of events.
Chalon-sur-Saône is famed for being the birthplace of photography. Nicéphore Niépce – born in 1765 – invented the first photograph and appropriately there is a museum dedicated to him. The aforementioned museum not only has early photographic relics but also has Niépce's 1807 Pyréolophore, which is believed to be the worlds inaugural internal combustion engine.