Frequently asked questions

To help you plan your stay, here is a list of the questions visitors ask most frequently.

Where is the château of Fontainebleau and what are its opening hours ?

The Château is situated in the town of Fontainebleau. It is open to visitors every day except Tuesday from 9.30am to 6pm (from April to September) and from 9.30am to 5pm (from October to March). The gardens are open every day of the year from 9am.
Details :

You can travel here from Paris Gare de Lyon on the Transilien railway, see How to Get Here

Where and how can I get to the forest ?

Several accesses are possible to get to the Forest. The Forest offers a vast network of signposted paths for walkers, cyclists. Several paths start at the city center or at Fontainebleau-Avon train station. The forest is also a site known worlwide for rockclimbing. Visit our section for more details The Forest.
Note that no public transport is available for getting to the forest from Fontainebleau.

How can I get to Barbizon ?

By car from Paris :
Southring road direction A6 Lyon exit Fontainebleau/ Milly La forêt/Barbizon (50 minutes)

– D637 direction Fontainebleau

– Exit D64 direction Barbizon village


Train station Trancilien SNCF and Bus :

– Take a train at Paris Gare de Lyon direction Montargis, Montereau or Laroches-Migennes, stop at Fontainebleau-Avon Train Station (40 minutes)
– And take bus line 21 / Avon Gare Sncf / Fontainebleau /  Barbizon / Chailly-en-Bière / Villiers-en-Bière / Boissise-le-Roi / Pringy / Saint-Fargeau-Ponthierry. Schedules from Monday to Saturday.


Airports :

Roissy Charles de Gaulle : 83 km

Orly South and West : 50km

Can I hire a bike in Fontainebleau ?

We have a list of bike-hire shops  Details

How do I get to Fontainebleau ?

By car :

From Paris or the Nord region, take the A6 then the N7 to Fontainebleau.
From the Centre region, take the A19 then the A77. Take the N7/D607 exit at Grez-sur-Loing and follow Fontainebleau.
From the South, take the N7/D607 exit at Grez-sur-Loing and follow Fontainebleau.

By public transport :

1 – From Paris Gare de Lyon, take the Transilien line R to Montereau, Montargis or Laroche Migennes and alight at Fontainebleau-Avon. To get to the town centre, take a number 1 bus to Château-Les Lilas.

2 – From Paris Gare de Lyon, take the RER D to Melun. From there, take a number 34 bus to Fontainebleau town centre.
You can use the Navigo pass on these lines (train + RER +bus).

What parking facilities are there in town ?

On the street : 20 minutes free, flat rate charges for 2h or 24h. Free of charge from 7pm to 9am and all day on Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays.

Public car parks (Interparking) : there are several overground and underground car parks in the town centre.

Where are the public toilets in Fontainebleau ?
  • At the château of Fontainebleau (closed on Tuesdays)
  • On Rue Richelieu (adjacent to the Municipal Theatre, closed in winter, open on market days)
  • At 2, Rue de la Paroisse next to the church.
Where are the nearest camper van services ?
  • Milly-la-Forêt (18km) :
    Station Total, Avenue de Ganay in Milly – Tel : 00 33 (1) 64 98 82 38
  • Souppes-sur-Loing (34km) :
    Layby with services :
    rue des Mariniers (à côté du camping) – 77460 Souppes-Sur-Loing
    Layby without services :
    Hameau de la Sucrerie – 77460 Souppes-Sur-Loing
    Camping les Bords du Loing, rue des Mariniers – 77460 Souppes-Sur-Loing
Where can we camp wild in the forest ?

Several wild camping sites are available in the forest :
– The first is situated at La Faisanderie in Fontainebleau.
– A second site is near to Hippodrome de la Solle: take the N6 from Fontainebleau to Melun. After about 3km, turn left at the hippodrome. The camping area is 500m further along, on the left.
– A third is located near to Bourron-Marlotte: head for this village along the N7, then turn left toward Thomery as far as the Saint Hérem Cross. Then take the first on the right to Maison Forestière de la Grande Vallée. Long Rocher car park (space to pitch tents, tap and toilets). .

Drinking water is available :
– At La Faisanderie car park in Fontainebleau
– At the Ecotourism Centre in Franchard (drinking fountain and drink distributors inside the centre)
– At Noisy-sur-Ecole car park
– At the wild camping sites in Bourron-Marlotte.

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