About Branges

Branges is situated on the pretty River Seille, bursting with wildlife and beauty. Be sure to stop for a walk (or hike) through the nature reserve at La Trunchère (4hrs from Branges) where the Seille intersects with the River Saône. South lies historic Mâcon (7.5hrs from Branges), one of the oldest cities in France or head north to explore Burgundy’s premium Cru vineyards from Chagny (13.5 hrs from Branges).

From Branges it is:

  • 49hrs (38 locks) to our base in Fontenoy-le-Château
  • 17hrs (6 locks) to our base in St. Jean-de-Losne 

What you get on the base


  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Wifi

Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Prepare for your departure' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.


Practical Extras

  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • Boat cleaning
  • Parking - (see 'Travel info' tab)
  • Car transfer (see 'Travel info' tab)
  • Eco cleaning pack
  • L.E.D. lantern
  • Top-deck cushions
  • Grocery packs
  • Wifi packs

Fun Extras

  • Bike hire
  • Special occasion gift baskets
  • Gas barbecues
  • Angling dinghy and outboard

Opening hours

Every day 9am - 12:30pm & 2pm - 5:30pm


Le Boat Branges
870 Rue Du Bourg
F - 71500 Branges


+33 (0) 385 749 233

Travel to Branges

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the numbers below.


Taxi Bonin (+33 (0) 385 760 303) 

Pont Noir (+33 (0) 385 760 213)


Approximate price (4 passengers) from:

  • Lyon airport (LYS) 220€ 
  • Geneve airport (GVA) 300€ 
  • Louhans Train Station 10€ 
  • Chalon-sur-Saône Train Station 60€

If you are doing a one-way cruise (i.e. returning your boat to a different base), we can transfer your car from your departure base to your end base.


Our staff are insured to drive your vehicle on your behalf. Please bring with you your car registration document and car insurance certificate. Our base teams can transfer hire/lease cars, but you should check with your hire/leasing company first as the terms of your agreement may not permit this. If it is permitted, your hire/leasing company may charge you extra to add a member of our base team as a named driver. We may not know the name of the driver until the week of your departure, so you should check with the hire company to see if they will add an additional ‚un-named‛ driver to the hire agreement. All the cars can be transferred except: cars heavier than 3.5 tonnes, cars pulling trailers or caravans, trucks, bikes, motorbikes, camping cars and red license plates.


Car transfers are available for a charge, must be pre-booked before departure and are subject to availability. Please contact the sales team for more information and prices.

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 https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe

Directions from Calais

From Calais take A26 to Reims, then A4 to Châlon-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 Châlon Sud. Shortly after the toll booth, turn right onto N80 towards Châlon-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.


Pre-booked parking available


Closest train station(s):

  • Louhans: 4 km  
  • Chalon sur Saone: 35km


Closest airport(s):

  • Lyon: 137 km (E21) 
  • Geneve: 166 km (E62/A39)

Arrival at Branges

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 11:00 and 12:00 or from 14:00.

Late arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or our sales team. 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. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

Upon arrival

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

When you arrive our base staff will:

  • Take a deposit to cover the fuel and gas you use during your vacation as well as engine wear and tear. 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. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your vacation. The amount collected (and thus your liability) can be reduced by purchasing a Collision Damage Waiver in advance. Please contact our sales team for details.
  • 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.

Your return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 09:00 on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Local info

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. 


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



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.


Local market

Monday mornings



Fishing is allowed throughout the season. A fishing permit is required and is available from the local Epicerie (300m). Approx. cost is 30 Euros for two weeks (prices can change)


Tourist Info


Tel: +33 (0) 385 750 202