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The good news to anyone thinking of planning a day trip to Normandy from Paris is that it isn’t actually too far away. In fact, you can be crossing over the border into Normandy from Central Paris in about 90 minutes, but the true length of your trip will vary depending on where you actually want to go.
- Getting To Rouen From Paris - Rouen is about two hours away from Paris by car, so it's one of the closest major Normandy destinations to the French capital. You can also choose to take the train to get to Rouen, and this is actually a lot faster, with the journey taking around an hour and a half on average from Saint Lazare Train Station.
- Getting To Caen From Paris - Caen is one of the biggest cities in Normandy. It's much further west than Rouen, so the journey will be longer, but it's certainly worth a trip, and Caen is a good place to experience authentic Normandy culture and taste some of the local delicacies. To get to Caen from Paris, you can take the train from Saint Lazare, with the journey taking around two hours. You can also drive, but you'll be on the road for around three hours in total, needing to follow the A13 all the way from Paris to Caen.
- Getting To The Mont Saint Michel From Paris - The Mont Saint Michel is situated right out on the far west side of Normandy, not far from the border with Brittany. In fact, people from both of these regions like to claim ownership of this famous island, and this means that getting to the Mont Saint Michel from Paris for a day trip is quite an ambitious undertaking, but it's still doable. By car, the journey can be done in a little over four hours via the A13 or A11, so you'll need to get up early if you want to make the most of your trip. Those relying on public transport will need to take the train for between five and six hours, which might be too long for a day trip.
- Getting To The Normandy Beaches From Paris - Many people visit Normandy to see the historic WW2 locations like Omaha Beach, and if this is your intention, you'll need to travel to Bayeux first of all. Bayeux is a town just a short distance west of Caen. The drive will take around three and a half hours, while the train is much faster and can get you to Baeux via Caen in just two hours and 20 minutes. Once there, you can either continue in your car to some of the most interesting D-Day sites or take part in a local guided bus tour.