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Surrounded by its bay, which boasts one of the greatest tidal ranges in the world, access to the Mont-Saint-Michel is limited to a few options, listed below.

Cycliste au Mont-Saint-Michel
© E. Berthier

How do I get to the Mont-Saint-Michel?

  • By car
    To get to the Mont-Saint-Michel by car  from Paris and the North of France take the A13 to the approaches of Caen, then the Périphérique Sud (the southern ring road) to the A84 exit, signposted ‘Mont-Saint-Michel.’ 
  • By train
    All you now have to do is get off the train at Pontorson, the closest station to the Mont-Saint-Michel, then take the free ‘Minibus’ shuttle bus there.


From 2 June to 25 September 2023: Train + shuttle special offer available.
Click HERE for more information.

From October to the end of May, a train also runs from Paris to the Mont-Saint-Michel via Villedieu-les-Poêles (a bus runs between Villedieu-les–Poêles to the Mont-Sain-Michel – one way return per day).

  • By bike
    If you have a bike, the nicest way to discover all the riches of the Bay area and to enjoy shifting perspectives on the mount itself, is to follow the green way, a 12km-long level cycling path that approaches the Mont-Saint-Michel from the western side. But do note that you have to dismount and leave your bike on the mainland like the cars do, and either walk or take the shuttle to the mount itself. It pays to take into account extra time needed at busy times. 70 bike racks are available at the entrance of the Mont.

    If you’re into long-distance cycling, look into the Veloscenic cycle route which links Paris to the Mont-Saint-Michel, or the Velomaritime which links Roscoff to Dunkirk via the mount. 
cycling Mont Saint Michel
Le Mont-Saint-Michel © E. Berthier

Where can I park at the Mont-Saint-Michel?

You can’t. A car park with 4,000 parking spaces is provided on the mainland, over a mile from the mount.

Parking is free from 6.30PM (only in low-season). Price list and information HERE (for car, motorbike and camper van).

How do I get from the car park to the Mont-Saint-Michel?

Cyclistes au Mont-Saint-Michel
© dietmar-feichtinger architectes SBP

There are several options:

  • By ‘passeur’ shuttle bus
    Just outside the tourist information centre, you’ll find the passeur  shuttle bus to take you to the Mont-Saint-Michel. It’s free, and runs without interruption from 7:30am to midnight. The journey takes about 12 minutes and is easy to use for people with mobility issues. 
  • A horse-drawn carriage is also available. A paid service that takes you to the entrance of the Mont-Saint-Michel via the bridge in 25 minutes. The frequency of the departures varies according to the season.
  • On foot 
    There are three ways of approaching the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay area on footpaths: la Lisière, les Berges du Couesnon and the central route. You should allow about 40 to 50 minutes for any one of them. 
Shuttle to the Mont-Saint-Michel
© L. Recouvrot

Useful information

Parking du Mont-Saint-Michel
Open 24/7
Free for bikes
Annual rates and useful information