Preparing your visit

Preparing your visit

Practical information

Less than 2 hours 30 from Paris, Lyon or Geneva, the Saline royale is between Jura and Doubs, in an eight-hectare area and five minutes from Chaux forest, the second largest natural forest in France.

French, English, German
On-site catering
Free parking
Partial accessibility to people with disabilities
3-star hotel

Opening times


  • November to March: 10am/12pm ; 2pm/5pm
  • April, May, June, September and October: 9am/6pm
  • July and August: 9am/7pm
  • Closed on 25/12 and 01/01

The site is partially accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Dogs are permitted on leads on the premises of the Saline royale but arenot allowed inside the buildings.

Prices entry fee

  • Adult: €14
  • Youths from 16 to 25 years: €10.50
  • Children from 6 to 15 years: €9
  • Children under the age of 6: free
  • Students, job seekers, people on income support, people with reduced mobility: €10.50
  • Family rate (2 adults + 2 children between 6 and 15): €41
  • Concessions (ask for information): €12.50
  • Yearly subscription from €27

Including rental of the Histopad digital tablet as part of the new visitor trail



EPCC Saline Royale
Grande rue, 25610 Arc et Senans


Besançon (35km), Dole (30km)


  • TER Arc et Senans
  • TGV direct from Paris 2 hours 20, from Lausanne 1 hour 30, TER direct from Lyon 2 hours 20
    Go to the SNCF website


Mulhouse-Basel, Geneva, Dôle/Tavaux and Lyon


A36 exit Gendrey/Saline royale; A39 exit Poligny

Guided tours

A guide will show you the 11 buildings, the living and working quarters for the salt workers and provide commentary on the “Salt Stories” exhibition before introducing you to the life and work of Ledoux.

Self-guided tours

Visitors can wander independently through the grounds and the temporary and permanent exhibitions with the Histopad tablet (included in the ticket price and translated into 10 languages: French, English, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese) for an augmented reality visit.

Lunch and accommodation

Treat yourself to a break during your visit with lunch at the Table des Jardins, or extend your visit by staying in the 3-star hotel in the grounds of the Saline royale.


The site can be discovered on your own, with a tour guide, with an app you can download onto your SMARTPHONE or with the HISTOPAD, a touchscreen tablet for an augmented visit of the Saline royale translated into 10 languages: French, English, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese. Visitor booklets are available in seven languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Japanese. If you are a group of adults, you can contact our booking service to plan your visit together: If you are a school group, you can contact our mediation service to plan your visit together: