Welcome to Ain!


The département of Ain takes its name from the beautiful river which traverses its territory and is located in Eastern France in the region of Rhône-Alpes

Ain is bordered to the north by the region of Franche-Comté and the Jura Mountains, to the east by Switzerland and the city of Geneva, to the south by the River Rhône and the city of Lyon and to the west by the River Saône and the vineyards of Beaujolais and Mâcon

Ain is a département of contrasting landscapes and is divided into 4 distinct territories the Pays-de-Gex a mountainous area close to Geneva, Bugey a picturesque region in the foothills of the Jura Mountains, Dombes & Saône is an area of amazing lakes and rivers and Bresse with its lush green rolling countryside and Ain's capital Bourg-en-Bresse.

Landscapes of Bugey, vineyards, wines, mountains...

How to get here?

Ain is served by 2 international airports, Lyon-Saint Exupéry and Geneva International which are both less than an hour's drive from Ain.  It is also possible to take the TGV or TER trains to get to Ain with stations at Bourg-en-Bresse, Mâcon, Lyon and Geneva that can be accessed from many parts of Europe.  The A6 motorway (l'autoroute du soleil) runs right past Ain, the A40 motorway also crosses the département from Geneva in the east to Mâcon in the west.  Additionally Ain is served by the A42 motorway from the direction of Lyon and the A39 motorway which runs from Dijon in the north to Bourg-en-Bresse.  


Vue de l'Ain dans l'europe

By train, plane or car, Ain is not far and very accessible to all curious quest holiday!

By plane

Geneva International Airport 

International airport of Lyon-Saint-Exupéry
0 826 800 826 - www.lyon.aeroport.com

By train

From Geneva

> Nantua = 1h00
> Divonne-les-Bains = 1h30
> Bourg-en-Bresse = 2h00

From Paris

> Bourg-en-Bresse = 1h50
> Bellegarde-sur-Valserine = 2h30 
> Nantua = 2h20

From Lyon

> Bourg-en-Bresse = 50'
> Nantua = 1h45      
> Divonne-les-Bains = 2h30

Coming home by car: calculate your route!

Distance from Bourg en Bresse to:

Genève > 120 km

Milan > 420 km

Zurich > 420 km             

Frankfort > 570 km

Bruxelles > 620 km

Munich > 680 km

Amsterdam > 920 km

Paris > 420 km                             


A part of the picturesque Jura Mountains
Pays de Gex

The one time home of Voltaire. Pays de Gex is situated in the north-east corner of Ain, high in the Jura Mountains along the border with Switzerland. Most of the territory of Pays de Gex is part of the picturesque Haut-Jura Regional Park. 4 of the highest peaks in the Jura Mountains including the incredible Crêt de la Neige are located there as well as the beautiful Valserine River Valley.

- See more at: http://www.ain-tourism.com/ain-destinations/pays-de-gex#sthash.8U2damfU.dpuf

A region of authentic natural beauty and simple pleasures!
Dombes & Saône

The territory of Dombes & Saône lies a short distance from Lyon close to the A6 motorway. It is a region of authentic natural beauty and simple pleasures which gives it a unique character.  There more than 1,000 lakes in Dombes & Saône and from the 12th century onwards the Benedictine order of monks recognised the potential of these lakes for fish farming, a tradition that lives on in Dombes & Saône today.

A green and tasty escape

Bresse is a charming and quaint region of Ain that is located between the River Saône to the west and the foothills of the Jura Mountains to the east. Bourg-en-Bresse, the largest town in the département of Ain is situated in Bresse and has been the region's capital for over 700 years.