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Branges Base Information

From the base, on the banks of the river Seille, you can wind your way through the meadowlands and fields to the splendid town of Louhans, famous for its poultry fair. Or perhaps you’ll choose to follow the majestic Soane river south towards Macon, famous for its rich red wines or head north towards Verdun where the Canal du Centre and the Canal du Rhone au Rhin open up your choice of cruising routes and destinations still further.

At the Base

Base Opening Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 09:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday: 10:00 to 16:00

Late Arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or the general sales office where you booked.

When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open for you to stay on board that night, but cruising will not be permitted. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive

Your boat will be ready to depart for 15:00 - 17:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions.

If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base from 11:00.

Upon Arrival

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive our base staff will:

  • Give you a welcome booklet which contains important safety advice and contact numbers.
  • Ask you to sign documentation to show that certain information has been read and unserstood.
  • Take a Damage Deposit and Engine Hours Deposit.
  • Let you know what time to expect your pre-departure briefing.

Hotels and Restaurants

De Jura - Louhans - Tel: +33 (0) 385 751 419
Moulin de Bourgchateau - Louhans - Tel: +33 (0) 385 753 712
Terminus - Tournus - Tel: +33 (0)3 85 51 05 54
Aux Terrasses - Tournus - Tel: +33 (0)3 85 51 01 74
Le Rempart - Tournus - Tel: +33 (0)3 85 51 10 56

Burgundy Canal


Pre-bookable closed parking
Unsecured parking available nearby

Extra Information

Payment Means

Please note that payment of fuel, deposit & any extras booked and paid locally are required in the local currency of the base. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express.

Local Shops

In Branges, 300m from the base you will find bakeries, butchers, a patisserie, a chemist, a general store, etc. In Louhans (4.6km from the base) you will find all shops and facilities.

Tourist Information Centre

At Louhans
Tel: +33 (0) 385 750 202


Fishing is allowed throughout the season, a fishing permit is required and is available from local Epicerie (300m) approx. cost is €30 for two weeks.

Transport Information

By Road

Be Prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For example, there is a new legal requirement in France to carry a breathalyser, triangle & florescent jacket in your car. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit

Directions from Calais

From Calais take A26 to Reims, then A4 to Chalon sur Marne, then A26 direction to Troyes follow onto A5/A31 to Dijon and then A39 direction Lons Le Saunier - Louhans. Leave A39 at exit No 8 Lons Le Saunier, Montmorot, Louhans. Follow N78 for 12km to Louhans then N78 for 4km, D13 3km, D413 for 3km and D280 for 2km to Branges and Port de Plaisance. Road distance approximately 676 kms 6 hrs 10 mins.

Directions from Paris

From Paris take the Auto route du Soleil A6. Leave at junction signposted Chalon Sud. Shortly after the peage turn right onto N80 towards Chalon sur Saone. Follow signs for Lons le Saunier. Turn right onto D978 towards Epervans. Follow D978 for approximately 28 kms, and then opposite Agricultural Machinery Agency turn right onto D460 signposted Branges le Bourg. After 400mtrs turn left onto D160 and after 900mtrs you will see the Port de Plaisance on your right. Road distance approximately 370 kms 4 hrs.

By Train

Closest train stations:
Louhans - 4 km
TGV Chalon sur Saone - 35km

By Air

Closest airports:
Lyon - 1.5 hrs (137 km)
Geneva - 2 hrs (166 km)


The following ferry companies operate to Northern France.

  • Dover to Dunkirk: DFDS Seaways (previously Norfolk Lines)
  • Dover to Calais: P&O
  • Newhaven to Dieppe: DFDS Seaways
  • Portsmouth to Le Harve: DFDS Seaways
  • Portsmouth to Caen: Brittany Ferries