Rheims is located in the French Grand Est, northwest of the department of Marne and west of the Grand Est region on the axis between Paris and Germany, just south of the European megalopolises.

As the crow flies, the city is 130 km from Paris, 157 km from Metz, 168 km from Lille and 282 km from Strasbourg. Regionally, Reims is 25 km north of Épernay, 41 km northwest of Châlons-en-Champagne, 75 km southwest of Charleville-Mézières and 107 km north of Troyes7.