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Besançon is the capital and main city of the Franche-Comté region in eastern France. Located close to the border with Switzerland, it is the capital of the Doubs department. The city has one of the most beautiful historic centers of any major town in France. The old town, "la Boucle", is enclosed in a broad horse-shoe of the river Doubs, which is blocked off at the neck by Vauban's imposing Citadelle. The historic center presents a remarkable example of classic stone buildings, some dating back to the Middle Ages. The citadel, the city walls and Fort Griffon were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2008, as part of the "Fortifications of Vauban" group. (more on and


The doctoral course will be held in SUPMICROTECH ENSMM (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et des Microtechniques) (see the map) ROOM 0.34.32:


SUPMICROTECH ENSMM - Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et des Microtechniques

26 Rue Epitaphe 25000

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ENSMM is 15 min by bus (number L3) from the railway station to "U-sport" or ENSMM stop. Several bus lines link the station and downtown (go to Ginkobus website). For any questions, please contact us



For the early registrations (before the 15th of February) it will be possible to book a room (renovated rooms with confort) at CROUS for the following prices

Price: 20 euros / night

Hotel list

 Near ENSMM (Recommended)

Hôtel: All Suites Besançon (***)
Hôtel Siatel Downtown: Hôtel du Nord (**)
Hôtel Regina (**)
Hôtel Granvelle (**)
Hôtel Ibis Besançon Centre Ville (**)
Near the railway station:

Etap Hotel Besançon Centre Gare(**)
Hôtel Foch (**)
Hôtel Florel (**)
For more information about hotels, please the office of tourism site.


Coming by plane

The four airports closest to Besançon are: Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, then take the train to Paris - Gare de Lyon (about 1 hour), then the high speed train (TGV) to Besancon (less than 3 hours).Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse, then drive to Besançon (about 2 hours). Lyon Saint Exupery airport, then drive to Besancon (less than 3 hours) or take the train to Lyon then to Besançon. Geneva airport, then drive to Besançon (less than 3 hours).


Coming by train

Besançon can be accessed by train from Paris - Gare de Lyon (about 2 hours), Lyon (about 1h30) and Strasbourg (about 2 hours). The railway station is "Besançon Viotte" (see the map). The newly built railway station TGV Franche-Comté is dedicated to high speed trains (see the map). From this station take a taxi or a train heading to Besançon Viotte (see schedule). To book a journey, go to the SNCF website.


Coming by car

From Basel-Mulhouse airport: about 2h00 (see the route). From Lyon Saint Exupery airport: about 2h30 (see the route). From Geneva airport: about 2h30 (see the route). There are several parkings in ENSMM.