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Clermont-FerrandFrance

This culturally rich university town in France’s Auvergne region is set amid beautiful landscape, surrounded by volcanoes including the famous Puy-de-Dôme.

Although not yet as well-known as some other French cities, Clermont-Ferrand is quickly gaining a reputation for being a great place to visit. Discover its beautiful nature and lively arts scene for yourself and you will soon see why.

Clermont-Ferrand is circled by a string of 80 volcanoes, which stretch for 25 miles (40 kilometers). Head to the most famous one, the Puy-de-Dôme, for amazing views of the Chaîne des Puys volcanic mountain range. The city’s medieval inhabitants made the most of their natural amenities, using the black volcanic rock to build the city’s iconic Gothic cathedral, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.

As it is a city with a large student population, it’s easy to find music and culture wherever you go in Clermont-Ferrand. Take an evening wander around the squares of the old town to experience live music. The abundance of creativity on show has led to the city being called “France’s Liverpool.” Clermont-Ferrand is also home to a famous international short film festival. France’s largest film festival after Cannes, it attracts around 150,000 visitors every February.

A major industrial center for the region, Clermont-Ferrand is the proud home of Michelin tires. Look for the famous Michelin man. If you spot him you could be close to the company’s headquarters.

For a moment of peace, head to the tranquil gardens of Jardin Lecoq. Stroll through the rose garden and spot waterfowl on the pond. This is a popular place with locals, as well as geese.

The city is an excellent destination for cheese lovers. Taste delicacies of Auvergne, such as Cantal and Bleu D’Auvergne. The region is widely regarded as a producer of some of France’s best cheeses. And with the large student population, alcohol prices remain relatively cheap compared to other French cities.

Clermont-Ferrand is easily accessible from France’s major cities. Multiple trains run daily from Paris. The trip takes 4 hours. From Lyon, it’s 2 hours by train. You could also fly from one of Paris’ airports to Clermont Auvergne airport, which takes around 1 hour.

Where to stay in Clermont-Ferrand

Jardin Lecoq featuring bird life, a park and a river or creek

Clermont Ferrand City Centre

5/5Exceptional!(5 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the restaurants and museums in Clermont Ferrand City Centre. You might want to make time for a stop at Place de Jaude or Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral.

Clermont Ferrand City Centre
Jardin Lecoq featuring a river or creek and a bridge

Sablon - Trudaine

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Sablon - Trudaine and surrounding area, you can visit Place de Jaude and Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral.

Sablon - Trudaine
Montjuzet Park featuring landscape views and a city

Montjuzet

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Montjuzet and surrounding area, you can visit Place de Jaude and Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral.

Montjuzet

Top Hotels in Clermont-Ferrand

Novotel Clermont Ferrand
Novotel Clermont Ferrand
4 out of 5
32-34 Rue Georges Besse, Le Brezet, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
The price is $109 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

This family-friendly Clermont-Ferrand hotel is located near the airport, 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from L'Aventure Michelin, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Place de Jaude ...

4.1/5Very Good! (376 reviews)
Road trip stop over

"Great choice for a road trip stop-over. Medium sized hotel, good breakfast room. Very kid friendly."…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2019

Novotel Clermont Ferrand
Best Western Plus Hotel Litteraire Alexandre Vialatte
Best Western Plus Hotel Litteraire Alexandre Vialatte
4 out of 5
16 Place Delille, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
Free Cancellation
The price is $94 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24

Located in Sablon - Trudaine, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Notre Dame du Port and Place de Jaude. Blaise Pascal University and Clermont-Ferrand ...

4.2/5Very Good! (338 reviews)

"Adequate hotel, located on the fringes of the old town, walking distance from the Cathedral (which is the centre of it all). Neighbourhood is ok, looks better in photos than reality, but safe enough. Room is spacious, clean and adequate. Overall, a good deal for the money, but no frills."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Best Western Plus Hotel Litteraire Alexandre Vialatte
Campanile Clermont Ferrand Centre
Campanile Clermont Ferrand Centre
3 out of 5
120 Avenue De La Republique, Clermont-Ferrand
The price is $52 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17

Located in the heart of Clermont-Ferrand, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from L'Aventure Michelin and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Place de Jaude. ASM Experience Rugby ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (382 reviews)

"Quick check in, super friendly staff and proactive"…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2020

Campanile Clermont Ferrand Centre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Clermont-Ferrand

Les Lauréades
Les Lauréades
9 Rue Giscard de la Tour Fondue, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
The price is $36 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1

Located in Blatin, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Musee Bargoin and Place de Jaude. Musee du Ranquet and Musee Lecoq are also within 10 minutes. Clermont ...

3.7/5Good! (473 reviews)
Mostly good before the trip, but can improve

"The good: it was rather clean and quiet. Check-in after hours was easy despite the reception being closed. They gave us 3 pieces of paper related to laundry, wifi, and breakfast. Nothing on check-out. A small kitchen in the room -- really helpful. We had a fridge, kettle, dishes, and other cookware. ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

Les Lauréades
Appart Albert'House
Appart Albert'House
21 Rue de la Pradelle, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome 
The price is $66 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4

Located in the heart of Clermont-Ferrand, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Blaise Pascal University and Place de Jaude. Musee Lecoq and Musee Bargoin ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)

"Personnel très accueillant, bonne organisation à l'arrivée. Bel endroit, bien reposant. Conviens parfaitement si vous voulez faire une pause sur la route des vacances et visiter Clermont-Ferrand. Petit point négatif concernant la chambre "standard" car elle se trouve sous la cage d'escalier et on ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2020

Appart Albert'House
Residhome Clermont Ferrand Gergovia
Residhome Clermont Ferrand Gergovia
3 out of 5
125 Avenue de la Republique, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
The price is $52 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Situated near the airport, this residence is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from L'Aventure Michelin and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Place de Jaude. ASM Experience Rugby Museum and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (211 reviews)
Romantic stopover

"It was very quiet and clean- Everything was perfect !!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2019

Residhome Clermont Ferrand Gergovia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Clermont-Ferrand

Place de Jaude
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Place de Jaude

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Visit one of Clermont-Ferrand’s major squares. Come in the daytime to enjoy its cosmopolitan feel and take in the sights, including statues of French heroes.

Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral
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Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral

5/5(13 reviews)

Built entirely from black lava stone, this imposing Gothic cathedral stands on a hill in the city center, facing toward the Puy de Dôme volcano. 

Vercingétorix Statue
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Vercingétorix Statue

In the Place de Jaude is a monument to France’s original Gallic hero, a statue created by the same sculptor behind the Statue of Liberty. 

Top things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Vulcania Theme Park
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Vulcania Theme Park

$28
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
1/2 day rental mtb electric
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1/2 day rental mtb electric

$31
Per adult

Reviews of Clermont-Ferrand

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Top Destination

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2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Dec 23, 2018

Nada interesante para ver o visitar en la ciudad, muy complicado conducir en la ciudad.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 10, 2018

les gens sont super sympatrique et tres serviable excellent séjour d'ailleur j'y retourne bientôt

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