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Getting There -- If you're driving from Reims, take A26 north 45km (28 miles) to Laon, and then head west on N44 to N32, which becomes D934 to Amiens. The distance is 109km (68 miles); however, the trek may take you more than 1 1/2 hours because of the country roads you'll be on after you exit A26. Amiens is adjacent to the main autoroute (A1) connecting Paris with Lille. Driving time from Paris is about 90 minutes. Those coming from the northern suburbs of Paris prefer A16, which passes near Amiens on its way to Calais.

Reaching Amiens by train from Reims requires a transfer in Laon or Tergnier. There are only three trains a day, which take 80 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the schedule.

Many visitors arrive straight from Paris -- Amiens is on the main line connecting Paris's Gare du Nord with Lille. Depending on the season, four or five trains a day make the 70-minute trip (each way); the fare is 19€ one-way. The rail station in Amiens is at place Alphonse-Fiquet, a 10-minute walk from the old town. For information and schedules, call tel. 08-92-35-35-35.

Visitor Information -- The Office de Tourisme is at 40 place Notre-Dame (tel. 03-22-71-60-50; fax 03-22-71-60-51; www.amiens.com/tourisme).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.