Access on foot

Access on foot

On foot to Vézelay from 4 train stations.

Access on foot

Here you will find information on the access routes, on foot, from 4 train stations to Vézelay:

  1. Sermizelles-Vézelay station (9,5 and 11 km)
  2. Avallon station (20 km)
  3. Auxerre station (50 km)
  4. Montbard station / Fontenay abbey (63 km to Avallon)

On the map opposite, the access routes are indicated by red lines, the stations by green markers. You will find more information if you click on a line or a marker.
(You will find more information on the map here, top left).

Information on the go:

  • files to install on your smartphone:
    > itineraries (all access routes):
    KML (, Google Earth) (January 24, 2021)
    - GPX (other applications) (January 24, 2021)
    > directions (PDF):
    see below (one link / file per route).
    The information about accommodation, shops, etc. is not included, but can be downloaded from: facilities (PDF and KML/GPX).

Tip: this is a manual (PDF) to install KML/GPX-files on your smartphone.

Railway stations (SNCF)
The Auxerre, Sermizelles-Vézelay and Avallon stations are on the same line, from the Paris Bercy station. See our travelling information.
As for the access route from Fontenay abbey: travel by TGV from Paris Gare de Lyon to Montbard, on the line to Dijon. See the Route Planner of the French Railways (English).


Map updated on February 22, 2021.
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1. Sermizelles - Vézelay (9,5 and 11 km)

This is the shortest access route, but is also really worth it. There are two variants:

  • via Givry (9,5 km); this variant largely follows a quiet asphalt road through the valley of the Cure (east side)
  • via Blannay (11 km); this variant goes over the flank of the valley (west side), so has greater height differences and is much less on asphalt.

> ** directions ** (PDF, both variants, ** soon **)

The Cure near d'Asquins, with Vézelay in the background.

2. Avallon - Vézelay (20 km)

Avallon is an old fortified town, beautifully situated on the edge of the Cousin valley. (If you choose the variant via Pontaubert you first follow that river for about 6 km). From that valley you cross, via hills, forests and farmlands, to the valley of the Cure. When descending you have beautiful views of Vézelay. Then you ascend again, up the 'eternal hill'.

There are two variants (about the same length):

  • via Pontaubert
    > ** directions ** (PDF, ** soon **).
  • via Tharoiseau. This is the last stage of the 'Chemin des Hongrois' (Hungarian pilgrimage route). The last part, from Tharoiseau to Vézelay (5.5 km), overlaps with the Tour de Vézelay (in the opposite direction).
    > ** directions ** (PDF, ** soon **).

3. Auxerre - Vézelay (50 km)

Auxerre is the capital of the Yonne department, beautifully situated on the river after which it is named. First you follow the river upstream to Cravant. From Cravant you follow the river Cure, again upstream, to Asquins and Vézelay. A very varied, beautiful route.
> ** Directions ** (PDF, ** soon **).


4. Montbard < > Fontenay Abbey - Avallon (63 km)

Fontenay Abbey was founded in 1118 by Bernard of Clairvaux. (Nearly 30 years later, at the foot of Vézelay, he called for the Second Crusade. You will pass that spot). The austere Romanesque abbey church is impressive.

The route to Vézelay is very varied: hills, forests, farmlands, castles and old towns, including Avallon. (For the continuation from Avallon to Vézelay: see above, 2.).

Directions (PDF): 
   - French (including maps) (2017)
   - ** English ** (** soon **)

> Facilities:
   - French (PDF, april 2020)
   - ** English ** (** soon **)



Fontenay Abbey