How to get from Paris CDG Airport to Normandy?

We are traveling from US to Paris with elder parent arriving in early morning.... Destination is Normandy. Should we hire a car or take the train?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) November 12, 2014 18:45
    Thank you for your question, Marilyn.

    To get to Normandy, your best option would be to take a train. You might only want to rent a car for getting around after the train gets you to Normandy.

    For Normandy, you would take the train to either Bayeux or Caen. Bayeux is the closest station to the American beaches and Caen is the closest station to the Allied beaches.

    Paris CDG does have a rail station, but there are no trains from there to that region of France. First, you would have to commute into the city of Paris, where you would catch a train up to either Bayeux or Caen.

    To travel between the CDG Airport and the city of Paris, you would have to take one of the local RER trains that run along Line B. These trains operate every 7 to 15 minutes, and the trip takes about 40 to 45 minutes in duration. You would take Line B of the RER to the Nord station in Paris, where you would switch to Line E of the RER to the St. Lazare station, where the trains to Bayeux or Caen will depart from. You would pay to board the RER locally at the turnstiles upon arrival.

    You would purchase tickets and check schedules for trains from Paris to Bayeux or Paris to Caen by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and entering the cities.
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    So we fly toCDG than board the train to Bayuex or other town, could we stay overnight and than rent car to the Normandy beaches and travel a bit in the area?Than train back to Paris yes. 3 travelers. Thanks for some help we will go in October. Cost of train and rental car approximate would be helpful. Also are there places to rent in this area.?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) August 11, 2015 16:48
      Hi Elizabeth.

      The Paris CDG Airport does have a rail station, but there are no trains from there to Bayeux. Instead, the connection to Bayeux would involve going into the city of Paris first. To do so, you would take Line B of the local RER rail network to the Paris Nord station. At Nord, you would walk to the Magenta wing of the station, where you would switch to Line E of the RER network. Line E of the RER will take you to the St. Lazare station, which is where trains to Bayeux depart from. In its entirety, the commute from the CDG Airport to the St. Lazare station would take at least about 70 minutes in duration. RER trains depart once every 7 to 15 minutes throughout the day. You would pay to board the RER trains locally upon arrival.

      You would purchase tickets for a train from Paris to Bayeux by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and entering a route. Trains from Paris to Bayeux are Intercités trains. Generally, trains in France can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

      I'm sorry, we don't have any information about car rentals.
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  • Anybody know a good way to get from CDG, in Paris, to the cruise port at LeHarve? Actually, our first preference would be to go to Normandy, spend a few days there, then proceed to the ship. Seems to be a lot to ask, as far as my initial research has come up with.........
    • Jeff (Official Rep) October 23, 2017 17:29
      Hi Bob,

      There are direct trains from the city of Paris to Le Havre and other destinations in Normandy. Nothing to Normandy would depart right out of the Paris CDG Airport, so you would just have to commute into the city of Paris first.

      To do so, you would take Line B of the local RER rail network to the Paris Nord station. At Nord, you would walk to the Magenta wing of the station, where you would switch to Line E of the RER network. Line E of the RER will take you to the St. Lazare station, which is the station in Paris from where trains to Normandy depart. In its entirety, the commute from CDG to the St. Lazare station would take at least about 70 minutes in duration. RER trains depart once every 7 to 15 minutes throughout the day. You would pay to board the RER trains locally upon arrival.

      You would purchase tickets from the city of Paris to Le Havre by searching the route under 'Find Train Tickets' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

      The other main rail hubs for Normandy include Rouen, Bayeux (closest station the American beaches), Caen (closest station to the Allied beaches), Trouville-Deauville, and Lisieux. From Paris, there are direct Intercité trains to any of these cities.

      Generally, trains in France can be booked within 90 days of an intended departure.
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