Getting to Normandy

Getting to Normandy is Easy by Air, Sea or Rail:

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Normandy is situated in the northwest of France and is very well connected by air, sea or rail transportation.

Ferries to Normandy

Just across the English Channel, Normandy has more cross-Channel ferry routes than any other region.  The region is easily accessible by ferry from England (Newhaven, Portsmouth, Poole) and Ireland (Rosselare).  The ferries to Normandy service Dieppe, Le Havre, Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg.

Brittany Ferries operate crossings from Portsmouth to Caen-Ouistreham, Portsmouth to Cherbourg and Poole to Cherbourg

LD Lines/Transmanches Ferries sail from Portsmouth to Le Havre and Newhaven to Dieppe

Irish Ferries sail from Rosslare to Cherbourg.

Manche Iles Express operate crossings from the Channel Islands to Dielette and Barneville Carteret

By Air

Roissy Charles de Gaulle – Visitors arriving at Roissy Charles de Gaulle can access Normandy easily by train or renting a car.
Beauvais Airport – Ryanair operates budget flights from various airports in the UK and Ireland to Beauvais which is about an hour’s drive to Normandy.

Normandy Airports

There are airports in Caen, Cherbourg, Deauville, Le Havre and Rouen, however these are mostly for domestic or seasonal charter flights.

Trains to Normandy

Visitors from London can travel to Rouen and Le Havre (via Paris or Lille) by Eurostar and TGV.

Many of the main cities in Normandy are connected to Paris by rail.   Trains from Paris to Normandy leave from Gare St Lazare. Travel to eastern Normandy takes just under and hour and central Normandy can be reached in two hours.

By Car

Normandy lies just 70km from Paris, about an hour’s drive. The region has a well-developed road network allowing visitors to easily tour Normandy by car.

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  1. […] For international visitors flying into Paris, most of the major towns in Normandy are connected by rail. Getting from Paris to Normandy is easy on the SNCF. From Gare Saint Lazare, the Paris to Rouen takes 1 hour 30, Paris to Caen 1 hour 45 and Paris to Le Havre 2 hours.  More about Getting to Normandy > […]

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