Caen

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Coasting by on its solemn history

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Getting there You can get to Caen from Pontorson, Le Mans and Folligny. Best price and travel duration below.

From Paris 01:49 1,240
From Rennes 02:54 3,000
From Rouen 01:35 2,215
From Pontorson 02:00 2,256
From Le Mans 01:32 826
From Folligny 01:28 1,851
From Tours 02:45 1,240
From Avranches 01:41 2,107
From Mezidon 00:13 744
From St Pierre Des Corps 02:35 3,124
From Dol 02:23 2,446
From Cherbourg 01:12 1,851
From Argentan 00:35 1,041
From Lison 00:30 901
From Lisieux 00:25 769
From Bayeux 00:16 744
From St Lo 00:44 1,107
From Serquigny 00:52 1,306
From Alencon 01:01 826
From Evreux 01:06 1,835
From Carantilly-marigny 00:59 1,306
From Coutances 01:05 1,455
From Mantes Jolie 01:38 2,405


Getting around From Caen, you can travel to nearby cities and towns. Best price and travel duration below.

To Mezidon 00:19 744
To Bayeux 00:22 744
To Lisieux 00:35 785
To Lison 00:43 876
To Serquigny 01:01 1,306
To Carantilly-marigny 01:09 1,306
To Cherbourg 01:18 1,793
To Rouen 01:55 2,215
To St Lo 02:47 1,107
To Carentan 03:03 1,132
To Argentan 03:05 1,041
To Coutances 03:24 1,455
To Valognes 03:28 1,479
To Elbeuf Saint Aubin 03:29 1,901
To Alencon 03:34 826
To Evreux 03:45 1,826
To Folligny 04:03 1,793
To Pontorson 04:03 2,231
To Mantes Jolie 04:04 2,405
To Paris 04:19 1,901
To Avranches 04:19 2,000
To Dol 04:20 2,446
To Le Mans 04:26 826
To Tours 05:17 1,240
To Rennes 05:49 2,620
To St Pierre Des Corps 06:22 2,124

While you're there

Caen, count the belltowers!

Caen is situated in Basse-Normandie, in the north-east of France. The town nicknamed "ville aux cent clochers" ("hundred bell towers city" ) is only 2 hours far from Paris and connected to England thanks to the ferry boat Caen-Portsmouth.

The main historical monuments of Caen were built under WIlliam the Conqueror in the 11th century: the Abbey of Saint-Etienne (also known as "Abbaye aux Hommes") which houses the city hall, the Abbey of Sainte-Trinité (also called "Abbaye aux Dames") and the picturesque castle, one of the largest castles in Europe.

Despite the bombings of the Second World War, the old city was conserved and you can still stroll about its streets. Don’t forget to visit the Mémorial of Caen, commemorating the Second World War and the Battle for Caen which you won’t leave without feeling moved.

Discover the local gastronomy: the famous tripe from Caen, the "livarot" cheese and the "teurgoule" dessert.

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  • "The Right Bang for Your Buck"    
    For 50 euro, I got exactly what I expected. Mildly comfortable seats and a decent facility. If I needed to use the train again, I would have no problem booking with Rail Europe.  
  • "Travelled to Bayeux from Paris"    
    Once you get bearings for how each Paris train station goes to different parts of the country it is easy to use rail Europe to go anywhere. Our trip was simple and we had pdf files sent to us to print before our trip.  
  • "Trip to Normandy Beaches"    
    Very nice train ride and quick. Made my connection in Caen to Bayeux with plenty of time. Great ride for the money.  
  • "nice train trip to normandy!"    
    Wonderful experience to take the intercity train from Paris St Lazare to Normandy and back! Much to prefer compared to connecting flights, as we got to see the tranquil countryside and was very comfortably seated as we had reserved seats on the internet! Very good value for money. 5 girls on holiday  
  • "Train was nice, finding it..."    
    I will say up front that neither my wife nor I speak any French, but when we got to the train station we found our trip listed, but no platform. There was "Attention..." shown after the trip listing, which made us a bit nervous, especially since we had no idea what the remainder of the message said. We found a very nice person who translated for us (a couple of the carriages were not going to the final destination) and assured us we were waiting in the correct location. Once aboard, all was good - quick trip and quite comfortable and a very nice couple sitting behind us made sure we got off at the right stop.  
  • "Bayeux"    
    please make it easier to have the option to print at home - i wanted to print at home and RailEurope rep thru email said you can't change - customer should be able to make an option available any time. otherwise it all worked  
  • "trip from Paris St Lazare-Caen"    
    The trip was average upto Caen, and from Caen - Renne was excellent. And the ticket was so high. It shoud be max. 30 euro at any time  
  • "Paris to Avignon"    
    Taking the train is super easy. I had my eticket already printed out. All the station signs and monitors were easily read and understood. I took the Metro to my station and climbed aboard the train. The coaches and seats were clearly labeled, the seats comfortable, lots of storage for bags and the views were spectacular. The train ride was smooth and fast. Truly enjoyable.  
  • "Caen to Paris"    
    For price when booked early 2nd class works ok. Given trip was aprx 2hr 20min value good for price. Website easy to use. It would be helpful to be able to have E-ticket rather than expense of couier of paper ticket.  
  • "BAD LUCK"    
    Engine had a power problem and we ended up arriving later than next TGV. Cannot complain of handling of incident however.  
  • "a good experience"    
    Everything went smoothly. The train was on time, it was comfortable, and the transfer from Paris Est to St Lazare station for our connecting flight was made easy by excellent signage.