Migennes Base Information

Situated at the confluence of the Yonne, the Armencon and the Serein, the history of Migennes has been tied to the canal for centuries. Since ancient times, it has been at the heart of the crossroads of the commercial routes through Burgundy and has been an important town in the religious landscape of France.

At the Base

Base Opening Hours

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 09:00 to 12:30, 14:00 to 17:30.

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 with the lights on for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive:

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. 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 ready to depart between 11am and 12pm or from 2pm.

Your Return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 9am on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

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 or base staff will:

  • Take a fuel deposit to cover the fuel you use during your holiday. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit – if you have not purchased collision damage waiver. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your holiday
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Hotels and Restaurants


Le Terminus - 0033 (0) 386 800 666
Modern Hotel - 0033 (0) 386 621 038
Le Rive Gauche - 0033 (0) 386 914 666
Normandie - 0033 (0) 386 525 780


Restaurant du Canal - +33 (0) 386 80 17 30
Aux Rives de L'Yonne - +33 (0) 386 800 570
L'Orée des Champs - +33 (0) 386 912 039
Le Rive Gauche - +33 (0) 386 914 666
L’Auberge de Pékin - +33 (0) 3 86 80 40 16

Briare Aqueduct

Extra Information


Open parking - free of charge
Garage: £45.50 per week
Outside enclosed parking: £35 per week


There is a supermarket situated just 80m from the base. Opening Hours: Monday- Saturday: 09:00 – 20:00, Sunday: 09:00 - 12:30

Market Day

Traditional market is held in the town centre every Thursday morning.

Tourist Information Centre

1 Place François Mitterrand,
89400 Migennes,
Tel - +33 (0) 386 800 370


Fishing licenses are available at the base from June to October. It will cost 30 € for 4 lines and 7 days of fishing. Fishing tackle is on sale at the supermarket near the base.

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 www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas

Car Rental:

Avis - 0033 (0) 386 468 374
Ada - 0033 (0) 386 460 102
Europcar - 0033 (0) 386 469 908

By Air:

Closest airports:
Paris Orly: 151km (D2)
Paris Charles de Gaulle: 174km

By Rail:

Closest train stations:
Laroche Migennes: 500m


The following ferry companies operate to Northern France.

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