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Getting Around Normandy

The best way to get around Normandy is by car. Many travelers fly into Paris, then drive or take the train to Normandy. However, Normandy does have two regional airports, Aéroport de Caen-Carpiquet (CFR), which welcomes regular flights from Air France and regional airliners, and Aéroport de Deauville-Normandie (DOL). Rental cars are readily available at any of the airports. Other options from Paris include traveling by train, bus or with an organized tour, of which there are any number of companies offering daytrips.

SNCF trains depart from Paris' Gare Saint-Lazare and Paris-Montparnasse several times a day to a variety of towns in Normandy, including Rouen, Giverny, Caen and Le Havre, among others.

Car

From Paris, Autoroute 13 leads to Rouen, which takes about 90 minutes, before forking to Caen (an additional 90 minutes) or Le Havre (about 45 minutes). You can get to Giverny in about an hour. Route nationale 13 continues from Caen to Bayeux in another two hours. At Caen, Autoroute 84 forks off southwest toward Mont-Saint-Michel and Rennes. The Pont de Normandie, spanning the Seine between Le Havre and Honfleur, unites Upper and Lower Normandy. Your U.S. driver's license will suffice for driving in France.

Bus

Several bus lines travel from Paris to various cities in Normandy, including Rouen, Le Havre, Caen, Dieppe and Deauville. Schedules and prices vary.

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