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Normandy

Traveling to Normandy from the UK

This page was updated on: Thursday, May 31, 2018 at: 9:03 pm

Destination - Normandy

Normandy is located in Western France.

This superb region, known for its trendy seaside resorts, fishing ports and green meadows, corresponds to the historical Duchy of Normandy that was founded during the 10th century.

Normandy's coastline of sandy or pebble beaches stretches along the English Channel.

Traveling to Normandy from the UK is therefore very easy and fast by means of air, sea and road.

Here are the links to the various official sites you'll need:

Traveling to Normandy from the UK - Air travel information

Caen

The Aéroport Caen-Carpiquet is located 9km west of Caen.

Flybe operates to Caen-Carpiquet from London Southend.

The transport company Twisto operates a regular shuttle service 'Liane 3' between the airport and the towns of Carpiquet, Hérouville via Caen, Mondeville and Colombelles.

The ticket (€1.45 one way per person) is sold in the terminal and valid for one hour throughout the Twisto bus network.

There is also a Bus verts du Calvados regular service (Line 8 Caen - Tilly-Seulles); the bus stop is located in front of the terminal.

A taxi to the city center will cost you between €20 and €28.

Deauville

The Aéroport Deauville Saint-Gatien is located 10km north-east of Deauville.

Flybe operates to Deauville from Birmingham, Bournemouth and Exeter, and Ryanair from London Stansted.

A shuttle service is scheduled with Ryanair and Flybe flights to link the airport to the railway station in the city center (€8 one way ticket per person).

The Bus verts du Calvados operates a regular service to various destinations.

Traveling to Normandy from the UK - Ferry travel information

Brittany Ferries operates from:
- Portsmouth to Caen-Ouistreham, Cherbourg, Le Havre
- Poole to Cherbourg

Condor Ferries operates a weekly ferry service from Portsmouth to Cherbourg, from late May to early September.

LD Lines - DFDS Seaways operates services from Newhaven to Dieppe.

You can compare ferries prices on aferry.co.uk

Traveling to Normandy from the UK - Car travel information

Here are the distances using motorways (with tolls) and/or dual-carriage ways from:

- Caen-Ouistreham to Caen (17km), Deauville (41km), Le Havre (98km)

- Cherbourg to Caen (122km), Deauville (181km), Le Havre (216km)

- Dieppe to Caen (183km), Deauville (131km), Le Havre (113km)

N.B. The speed limit on two-way roads will change on 1st JULY 2018.

Traveling to Normandy from the UK - Car Rental travel information

Aéroport Caen-Carpiquet: Avis Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hetz, Sixt

Aéroport de Deauville Saint-Gatien: Hertz

Traveling to Normandy from the UK - Rail travel information

Eurotunnel links Folkestone to Calais in 35 minutes.

Eurostar links London St Pancras to Paris - Gare du Nord in 2h20 or 2h30, with an average of 15 trains per weekday; gates close 40mn prior to departure.

You'll then have to connect on a TGV (SNCF) from Gare Montparnasse (station) to your destination in Normandy.

Here's a list of seaside resorts and tourist sites to visit in Normandy

Castle of Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte - donjon

Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte fortress and abbey in Cotentin

Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, a historical medieval town of Cotentin nestled around its Benedictine abbey and the remains of its once mighty fortress
Eglise Notre-Dame of Portbail in Cotentin

Portbail, seaside resort on Côte des Isles

Portbail, a renowned seaside resort of Normandy and historical village that boasts the vestiges of the oldest Christian baptistery in Northern France
Batterie du Roc in Granville - firing post and 105mm gun

La Batterie du Roc in Granville – Atlantic Wall

La Batterie du Roc is on Pointe du Roc in Granville and was part of the Atlantic Wall, the defense system the Germans built along Europe's western littoral
Cotentin Windmill and its barn in the background

The Cotentin Windmill in Fierville-les-Mines

The Cotentin Windmill in Fierville-les-Mines is the only public windmill that operates in the Cotentin region and one of the few to operate in France.

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