Chalon-sur-Saône is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France.

It is a sub-prefecture of the department. It is the largest city in the department; however, the department capital is the smaller city of Mâcon.

CantonChalon-sur-Saône-1, 2 and 3
 Mayor (2020–2026)Gilles Platret
Area115.22 km2 (5.88 sq mi)
Population (2017-01-01)45,096
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)


Chalon-sur-Saône lies in the south of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of France. It is located on the Saône river, and was once a busy port, acting as a distribution point for local wines which were sent up and down the Saône river and the Canal du Centre, opened in 1792.


An institute of research of the engineering school Arts et Métiers ParisTech was established in Chalon in 1997. This institute offers graduate and doctoral programs in the domain of virtual reality and image engineering.


In 2009, the city had a hospital center ( William-Morey ) and a clinic ( Sainte-Marie ). 

The new William-Morey hospital center is 100 × 200 m minivan building on 5 levels is an innovative hospital construction, meeting the specificities of a modern, sustainable and lively health establishment.

The old hospital, dating from 1549, will not be completely destroyed because it is partly classified as a historical monument.

The organization brings together nine medical-technical poles and a management / training pole  :

  • pole 1: cardiology , neurology , diabetology , endocrinology  ;
  • pole 2: digestive diseases , general surgery and specialties;
  • pole 3: pneumology , oncology  ;
  • pole 4: medicines , hemodialysis  ;
  • pole 5: mother – child;
  • pole 6: SAU , SAMU – SMUR  ;
  • pole 7: block , anesthesia , resuscitation , ortho-traumatology  ;
  • pole 8: gerontology  ;
  • pole 9: medico-technical and rehabilitation .


Employment, industry, services 

The agglomeration of Chalon-sur-Saône is the second economic hub of Burgundy. Chalon-sur-Saône is an economically independent city but for several years, the influence of Lyon is made more and more present as in Mâcon .

The main fields of employment are specialized in nuclear , chemistry ( plastics , photography ), metallurgy and mechanics .

We note the presence of the Bureau of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Saône-et-Loire which manages the School of Management and Commerce of Chalon-sur-Saône as well as the river port of Chalon-sur-Saône .

The most important companies are Areva , Saint-Gobain , Nordeon , Cartonnerie Laurent ( International Paper ), Chalondis , Carrefour 2000 , Géant Casino , Comptoirs des Fers, Cayon, Le journal de Saône-et-Loire , Gerresheimer, etc.

The Industrial Campus


The city of Chalon-sur-Saône is, in 2018, the first commercial center of Saône-et-Loire and the second of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. The shops are located:

  • in the city center with brands such as Monoprix , Sephora , Micromania , Armand Thiery  ;
  • in La Thalie shopping area with Géant , Conforama , Bricoman , Go Sport …
  • and in the Chalon Sud shopping area which is booming with the Carrefour , Boulanger , Célio , Sport 2000 , Devred and Kiabi brands among others.


The city attracts tourists coming for several reasons: the historical attraction, the art, the gastronomy and the wines ( vineyards of the Chalonnaise coast ).



The Gare de Chalon-sur-Saône railway station offers connections with Paris, Dijon, Lyon and several regional destinations.


The city is also located on the pan-European bicycle route the EuroVelo 6, which stretches from Saint-Nazaire on the Atlantic Ocean near Nantes to Constanta on the Black Sea.

Air Transport

The closest major commercial airport is Lyon-Saint-Exupéry, located about 120 kilometres away.

Public Transport

The public transportation company STAC offers a bus network ZOOM, including a free bus in the center, lines to surrounding communities, and services for handicapped riders. There also exists a bike sharing scheme Réflex.


Places and monuments 

Civil monuments

  • Nicéphore Cité: platform for resources in images and sounds.
  • The Abattoir  : a former regional slaughterhouse , the Abattoir has become a cultural structure that accompanies and supports street artists throughout their creations. 
  • The regional conservatory of music , dance and theater.
  • The houseboat. Contemporary music room. 
  • The watering can. Jazz club created in 1971.
  • The Arts Space.
  • Municipal theater. Italian-style theater (facade completed in 1783).
  • Grain de Sel Theater. 
  • The exhibition center and the Colosseum .
  • The wine house of the Côte Chalonnaise .
  • Former Episcopal palace on Gallo-Roman remains and medieval, all the xvii th and xviii th  centuries.
  • The Saint-Laurent bridge 
  • The Hospital of St. Lawrence Island ,
  • Obelisk commemorating the construction of the canal du center.
Art Space

City of art and history, Chalon-sur-Saône has an important historic district with old half-timbered houses , numerous alleys, towers and turrets: Turret of the impasse de la Gravière, tower of the Belfry, Tower speaker of the former bishopric , Deanery Tower, hexagonal, Medieval Bishopric Tower, and Marcilly Tower. 


  • Megarama Axel
  • Megarama Chalon-sur-Saône
  • Espace des Arts


The municipal library, which has its headquarters at the town hall, is made up of four libraries spread over the town. It has an old collection which has more than 238 manuscript numbers, including 37 medieval manuscripts


The city has three museums:

  • the Nicéphore-Niépce museum , on photography. Located in the former Hôtel des Messageries Royales. Since 2000, the museum presents contemporary photographs;
  • the Denon museum . It is located on the Place de l’Hotel-de-Ville in Chalon-sur-Saône;
  • the Combatant’s Memorial Museum, dedicated to war memories in order to preserve the memory. It is located in the Chapel of the Templars.
Vivant-Denon Museum

Green spaces 

The largest green space in the city is called the Saint-Nicolas rose garden . The Georges-Nouelle park and square Chabas are two other green places in Chalon-sur-Saône. In project, a green corridor along avenue Niépce where the passage of the BHNS was envisaged.


In 2012, 17,000 licensees were distributed among the 118 sports clubs in the municipality. The main sports facilities are the Coliseum , the Léo-Lagrange stadium , the Maison des sports , the nautical area , the Garibaldi stadium and gymnasium , the Verrerie gymnasium and the golf course.

The Elan Chalon ( Basketball ) is the headliner of Chalon sports in 2019. The club is currently playing at the Coliseum , a hall with a capacity of 4,540 seats in 2017, previously the club was playing at the Maison des Sports until 2001.

Pro A Elan Chalon against 
Rouen in 2015.

The Racing Club Chalonnais ( rugby union ), after a prosperous period in the 1970s and 1980s, went down in level but tried to find the way to the top level at the end of the 2000s (for a rise in Pro D2 ) and currently playing in federal 1 . 

The Rowing Circle of Chalon-sur-Saône (CAC) ( rowing ). The club has 7 world titles.


  • The Handball Club Chalonnais ( Handball )
  • The Football Club Chalonnais ( football )
  • The Cercle nautique chalonnais ( swimming )
  • Tennis club Chalon and its tennis school ( tennis ).
  • Le Chalon sur Saône Badminton Club ( badminton )
  • Roller Hockey Chalonnais ( roller hockey )



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