Clermont-Ferrand

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Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral featuring outdoor eating, a city and night scenes

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

Kyriad Clermont-Ferrand Centre
Kyriad Clermont-Ferrand Centre
3 out of 5
51 Rue Bonnabaud, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
Fully refundable
The price is $66 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
Located in Blatin, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Place de Jaude and Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral. Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park and L'Aventure ...
4.2/5Very Good! (64 reviews)
"1 day stay here this time but have stayed here before for 3 nights.3 star hotel close to Jaude the main shopping mall.Close to Gare Routiere which is the coach station.Free wifi was ok.Breakfast was 11 euro for Contintental breakfast but did not partake.Had room with air-con,hair dryer included with ..."

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2019

Kyriad Clermont-Ferrand Centre
Hôtel Le Lion
Hôtel Le Lion
3 out of 5
16, place De Jaude, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $83 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
Located in Clermont Ferrand City Centre, this hotel is steps from Massif Central and Place de Jaude. Musee du Ranquet and Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (366 reviews)
"Good, except that this hotel is located in a major pedestrian area and is only accessible on foot. The closest parking is a public parking named Vercingetorix"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Hôtel Le Lion
Mercure Clermont Ferrand Centre Jaude
Mercure Clermont Ferrand Centre Jaude
4 out of 5
1 Avenue Julien, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
The price is $112 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 16
Located in Blatin, this hotel is steps from Massif Central and Place de Jaude. Musee du Ranquet and Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Clermont-Uni-T2C ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (277 reviews)
"Very well situated. Great staff"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Mercure Clermont Ferrand Centre Jaude
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.
Les Lauréades
Les Lauréades
9 Rue Giscard de la Tour Fondue, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
The price is $41 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Blatin, this residence is within a 5-minute walk of Massif Central and Place de Jaude. Musee Bargoin and Musee du Ranquet are also within 10 minutes. ...
3.7/5Good! (539 reviews)
On a tight budget
"A cheap budget aparthotel right in the commercial centre. It is basic, but clean. Its location does mean there are a few beggars and homeless right outside. It is what it is a cheap but clean and reasonably comfortable place to stay."

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Les Lauréades
Apparthotel Privilodges Carré de Jaude
Apparthotel Privilodges Carré de Jaude
3 out of 5
7 Avenue Julien, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
The price is $90 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
Located in Blatin, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Place de Jaude and Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral. Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park and L'Aventure ...
4.3/5Excellent! (248 reviews)
"Bastien on reception was incredibly helpful - a real credit to the hotel."

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2020

Apparthotel Privilodges Carré de Jaude
Appart'City Clermont Ferrand Centre
Appart'City Clermont Ferrand Centre
3 out of 5
46 Boulevard Pasteur, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
The price is $55 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Blatin, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Massif Central and Place de Jaude. Musee Bargoin and Musee Lecoq are also within 15 minutes. ...
3.4/5 (543 reviews)
"The room was very small, no side table by the bed or lamp. The kitchen was very basic so if you don’t need to cook then not a problem. The staff were very nice, location good. It’s a good place for the price for few days but we stayed a week so decided to stay somewhere a little bit more comfortable. ..."

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Appart'City 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.

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