Normandy to London

We will be in the Normandy area and will be traveling from there to London. Can we take the train directly from the Normandy area to London? If not, what is the most direct way, via train, to do this trip?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 13, 2015 18:54
    Hi Dan.

    The most feasible connections from Normandy to London would still involve transferring in Paris along the way. There are direct 'Intercités' trains between cities in Normandy and Paris. From Paris to London, you would take the high-speed 'Eurostar'.

    You would purchase tickets by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and entering the route. You can do one search for the full connection. Otherwise, if you'd like to arrange for a transfer time in Paris of your own choosing, you would do a separate search for each segment. Therefore, if you'd be leaving Normandy from Caen, for example, you would do one search for trains from Caen to Paris and another search for trains from Paris to London.

    Generally, trains operating within France can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. The 'Eurostar' trains, however, are unique in that they generally can be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.

    When you pull up the results of your schedule search, you will see that trains from stations in Normandy to Paris arrive into the St. Lazare station in Paris, while the trains from Paris to London depart from the Nord station. To commute from the St. Lazare station to the Nord station, you would take Line E of the local RER train network. The ride on Line of the RER from St. Lazare to Nord only takes about 5 minutes. You would pay to ride the RER locally at the turnstiles before boarding.

    The RER will arrive into the Magenta wing of the Nord station, which is the part of the station that services only RER trains. From the Magenta wing, you would just follow the signs and walk to the area of the station where the 'Eurostar' trains to London will depart from.

    While the RER ride from St. Lazare to Nord only takes about 5 minutes, I would still allow yourself 50 to 60 minutes in total between your train from Normandy's arrival and your train to London's departure.
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