Here you’ll find 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.

Château Gaillard aux Andelys

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: 50 mins
  • Paris-Rouen: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Paris-Caen: 1 hour 55 mins
  • Paris-Le Havre: 2 hours
  • Paris-Dieppe : 2 hours
  • 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 15 min
  • or travel to Caen and change there for Bayeux (30 min ride)

Child on a train
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By coach

The following coach companies operate services from Paris to Rouen, Caen, Le Havre, Deauville, Dieppe and several other towns and cities:


By CAR

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 30 min and Caen in just over two hours.

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

The closest beaches to Paris are Dieppe and Deauville (two hours drive).

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With an organised tour starting in Paris