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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

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


Aux Rives de l'Yonne – Tel: +33 (0) 386 800 570
Le Rive Gauche - Tel: +33 (0) 386 914 666
Le Mitigana - Tel: +33 (0) 358 449 011


Restaurant du Canal - Tel: +33 (0) 386 801 730
Aux Rives de L'Yonne - Tel: +33 (0) 386 800 570
B Chef - Town center - Tel: +33 (0) 386 560 372

Briare Aqueduct

Extra Information


Secure parking available at the base (pre-bookable, fees apply)
Unsecured parking available close by


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

Car Rental:

Avis - Tel: +33 (0) 386 468 374
Europcar - Tel: +33 (0) 386 624 030

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: DFDS Seaways
  • Portsmouth to Le Harve: DFDS Seaways
  • Portsmouth to Caen: Brittany Ferries