About Châtillon-sur-Loire

Châtillon-sur-Loire is a great choice for wine lovers, with the vineyards of Sancerre just 6hrs to the south – be sure to take a wine tasting tour – and historic Nevers is a further 11 cruising hours after that. 45mins north of this base will take you over the iconic Briare Aqueduct and then a further 14hrs of boating on you’ll reach bustling Montargis, a lively city where there’s lots to do and see.

From Châtillon-sur-Loire it is:

  • 43.5hrs (69 locks) to our base in Migennes (via Montargis)
  • 48.5hrs (94 locks) to our base in Tannay (via Decize)
  • 21.5hrs (24 locks) to our base in Decize

What you get on the base






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 & late check-out

Boat cleaning

Parking - (see 'Travel info' tab)

Car transfer (see 'Travel info' tab)

Eco cleaning pack


Top-deck cushions

Grocery packs

Fun extras

Bike hire

Special occasion gift baskets

Gas barbecues

Opening hours

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


Le Boat Châtillon-sur-Loire
Rue du Port
F - 45360 Châtillon-sur-Loire


+33 (0)238 310 964

Travel to Châtillon-sur-Loire

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


Taxi Rosemonde (+33 (0)6 08 21 37 59)

Taxi Creimer’ (+33 (0)6 08 18 80 67)


Approximate price (4 passengers) from:

  • Paris Orly Airport 275€
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle 320€
  • Braire 25€

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


A77 exit Chatillon sur Loire / Briare follow the N7 south until the D50, turn to Chatillon, cross the Loire and the canal and turn left.


Secure & garage parking available (fees apply)


By Train

Closest train station(s):

Briare - 8km


Closest airport(s):

  • Paris Orly: 155 km (E15/A77)
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle: 197 km (A6/A77)
  • Paris Beauvais: 257 km

Arrival at Châtillon-sur-Loire

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. 



Auberge du Pont Canal – Tel. +33 (0) 238 312 424

Hôtel du Cerf – Tel. +33 (0) 238 370 080



Le Vieux Port - Tel. +33 (0) 238 311 826

L'Arlequin - Tel. +33 (0) 238 314 220

Hotel-restaurant Lafayette - Tel. +33 (0) 2 38 38 18 63

Les Artistes de Châtillon (restaurant cabaret) - Tel. +33 (0)2 38 31 18 52

Les Gourmandises (crêperie) - Tel. +33 (0)2 38 31 42 28

Le Nancray - Tel. +33 (0)2 38 31 17 31

Le Relais de Mantelot - Tel. +33 (0)2 38 31 12 35



In the town you will find 3 bakeries, 1 chemist, Banks with ATM and a Post Office.

Le Panier Sympa Open every day: 08:00 - 20:00

G20 Monday to Thursday: 09:00-12:30 and 14:00-19:30 Friday & Saturday: 09:00-19:30 Sunday: 09:00-12:00


Local market

Thursday mornings


Tourist infomation

Office du tourisme

47 rue Franche,

45360 Châtillon-sur-Loire

Tel – +33 (0) 238 314 288

Email – [email protected]