Normandy

Normandy: When to Go

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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Getting There

Note: flight, boat, train and bus timetables change constantly, and airlines come and go, so please do not rely solely on this information for your travel planning. Check with relevant companies, or a flight search engine like Skyscanner, first.

BY AIR

From the UK:

Ryanair flies to Dinard-St Malo from London Stansted or East Midlands.
City Jet (operated by Air France) flies to Deauville from London City.
Aurigny flies from Guernsey.

Alternatively you can fly to Paris, then take the train (see below).

BY FERRY FROM THE UK

Most people drive to Normandy; it's easy to reach from southern England and there's a choice of ferry routes. AFerry.co.uk offer a full list of up-to-date ferry routes from the UK to Normandy.

Poole - Cherbourg: Brittany Ferries
The quickest, with a choice of high speed (journey time 2 hrs 15 mins), normal (4 hrs 30 mins) or overnight crossings (6 hrs 30 mins)
Portsmouth - Cherbourg: Brittany Ferries
2 high speed crossings per day during April-October (journey time 3 hrs 15 mins)
Portsmouth - Caen: Brittany Ferries
Portsmouth - Le Havre: LD Lines
Newhaven - Dieppe: Transmanche

Or you can cross from Dover to Calais via the Eurotunnel and then drive to Normandy.

BY FERRY FROM IRELAND

Rosslare-Cherbourg with Irish Ferries

BY TRAIN FROM PARIS

There is a reasonably fast train service to northern Normandy from Paris St Lazare (1.5 - 3 hours) and to southern Normandy from Montparnasse (1-2 hours). You can take the Eurostar from London to Paris.

A car is essential if you want to explore the area, see our car rental recommendations.