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Getting to Normandy by public transport

By ferry
Normandy is a ferry destination, with regular services departing daily from Portsmouth for Le Havre, Caen or Cherbourg, allowing passengers plenty of flexibility when it comes to price, destination, and level of onboard comfort.

Brittany Ferries 
The largest ferry operator runs regular services to several destinations in Normandy, both high speed services and cheaper no frills routes which takes several hours longer. 

The Portsmouth to Caen route takes approximately 6 hours and costs from £39 each way. There are usually 4 crossings a day, year round. Between March and October there is a high speed service, reducing the travel time by a couple of hours. The daily Portsmouth to Cherbourg crossing takes just 3 hours on the Normandie Express ferry and is a good option for those wanting to get to France fast. Alternatively, the Portsmouth to Le Havre crossing operates on Saturdays and Sundays only and takes 3hrs 45 minutes.

Condor Ferries operates weekly Sunday services between Portsmouth and Cherbourg between May and September.

DFDS Seaways run 3 daily crossings between Newhaven and Dieppe between May and September, from £85 for a family of 4.

>> Plan your journey to Normandy by ferry

Photo: EurostarPhoto: EurostarBy train
If you opt to go by train, the Eurostar to Paris service takes 2hrs 16 minutes; from Paris you can catch connecting trains into Normandy. SNCF trains leave from two stations in Paris: Gare Saint-Lazare (a short journey west of Gare du Nord) and Gare Montparnasse/Vaugirard (half an hour to the south).

There are regular direct trains connecting the capital with most major towns within Normandy: Rouen 1hr 15; Caen 1hr 45; Le Havre 2hrs. For Bayeux, the swiftest route is to catch a train to Cherbourg with a scheduled stop at bayeux, or else change at Caen.

>> Book your journey by train from London to Normandy

The Avenue Verte Cycle Route from London to Paris © France vélo tourismeThe Avenue Verte Cycle Route from London to Paris © France vélo tourismeBy bike
If you want to travel under your own steam, the Avenue Verte London-Paris is an exciting new cycle route linking the London Eye and Notre Dame Cathedral in the centre of Paris via some of Normandy's finest countryside.

The route follows the National Cycle Network out of London into Sussex and the South Downs, where you make the crossing from Newhaven to Dieppe in Normandy. From here, you can choose to follow the glorious Normandy countryside or the Oise valley into Paris.