Day trips to Normandy from Paris

Practical information for tourists staying in Paris who want to come for a day trip or longer to Normandy, which is easily accessible by train, car, campervan, coach or bus, taxi or even by bike.

By train

SNCF trains leave from the two Parisian stations: Gare Saint-Lazare and Gare Montparnasse / Vaugirard several times a day to many cities and towns in Normandy:

Average journey times:

- Paris-Vernon for Giverny: 45 mins

- Paris-Evreux: 1 hour

- Paris-Rouen: 1 hour 15 mins

- Paris-Caen: 1 hour 45 mins

- Paris-Alençon: 1 hour 45 mins

- Paris-Le Havre: 2 hours

- Paris-Dieppe: 2 hours 15 mins

- Paris-Eu: 2 hours 45 mins

- Paris-Cherbourg: 3 hours

- Paris-Granville: 3 hours

- Paris-Mont-Saint-Michel: a 2 hour 50 min train journey to Villedieu-les-Poëles plus 45 min by coach to the Mount.

To reach Bayeux from Paris, there are two options:

- either take the train to Cherbourg with a scheduled stop at Bayeux 2 hours 9 mins

- or travel to Caen and change there for Bayeux.

> Useful link for French train network: SNCF

By Coach

From Paris to Rouen, Le Havre, Caen, Dieppe, Deauville: Ouibus, Flixbus, Eurolines, Isilines


Normandy is easily accessible by train, car, campervan, coach or bus, taxi or even by bike


France's very first motorway, the famous A13, runs from Paris to Caen via Rouen. Thanks to the motorway, you can easily reach Giverny in just 55 minutes, Rouen in one hour and a half and Caen in just over two hours.

The closest beach to Paris is Dieppe (two hours drive).

Deauville, Cabourg and Honfleur are also easily accessible via the A13.


By taxi

- Nostaxis

By bike

- Velo SNCF

With an organised tour starting in Paris

With an organised tour once in Normandy

- from the starting point of Caen train station, the Mémorial Museum offers day trips of the D-Day Landing Beaches

- from Bayeux, there are a variety of day trips available here


Other useful links to get to Normandy

We strongly recommend, if you wish to visit the Mont-Saint-Michel, that you plan an overnight stop as you will not be able to do your visit full justice otherwise.

Similarly, a two-day visit to the D-Day Landing Beaches and the key impressionist sites is strongly recommended.