Saint-Etienne is located 600 km south of Paris and 60 km southwest of Lyon on the eastern edge of the Massif Central at an altitude of about 600 m. You can also reach the Col de la République at an altitude of 1200 m in the surrounding area quickly (in about 30 minutes).
The distance to the Mediterranean Sea is only about 300 km, in just under three hours you can reach Paris by TGV.
Since the incorporation of St.-Victor in 1969, Saint-Etienne has been located on the Loire and even has a marina and a beach at the Grangent reservoir.
Public transport connections
There is an airport (St.-Etienne Bouthéon) with only national and few international charter flights (about 45 minutes flight time to Paris).
Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport is about 60 km away, from here there are direct connections to Düsseldorf several times a day and many international flights.
You can reach the Rhône Valley and Lyon in 30 minutes via the A 47 motorway or Clermont-Ferrand in about 1 1/2 hours via the A 72 motorway.
The first railway line in France ran from Saint-Etienne to Andrézieux on the Loire in 1827 and was used for coal transport at that time.
Located on the eastern edge of the French Massif Central, you will find the city of Saint-Étienne, which has about 172,000 inhabitants. The capital of the Loire département in southern France is located directly on the Furan River and is best known for its magnificent location next to the Pilat Regional Nature Park. If you happen to be in Lyon for a few days, you should definitely consider a short detour here.
About 60 kilometers southwest of Lyon is the beautiful and still quite unknown Saint-Étienne. If this name doesn’t mean anything to you, you should be very attentive now, because I’m taking you on a little tour of this pretty, historic place.
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