Day Trips to Le Mont Saint-Michel from Paris
With its almost mythical appearance and fairy tale-like mystique, Le Mont Saint-Michel in France’s Normandy region is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. While some feel it’s a bit touristy, most feel the trek is well worth it and whether you decide to go for a day or even two (the voyage is just about four hours each way), there are plenty of options for how to get there. Here, Trippy members tell how they get to this most magical of castles.
Generally a train and bus combo is the way most people go:
“'Best' is a matter of personal preference but one option is:
Paris Montparnasse>Rennes by high-speed train: www.voyages-sncf.com
Takes from 2h 05, online advance discount fares for some departures.
Then the express Keolis Emeraude bus to MSM: destination-montsaintmichel...
You'll need to check timings and rail fare + bus and set it against the cost of an organised day tour to see if it's financially 'best'.”
“I took the: Paris Montparnasse (train) to > Dol de Bretagne (bus) to > Mont St Michel returned: Mont St Michel (bus) to > Rennes (train) to > Paris Montparnasse At Paris Gare Montparnasse I purchased a train ticket that included a bus transfer to Mont St Michel. You might purchase the tickets a day in advance as TGV trains require seat reservations and are full some days.”
Of course, you can always take a tour:
“I have used the company called ParisCity Vision........have done a number of trips with them. They give an option of taking you there (and doing your own thing) or going with the Group. Always enjoyed my trips, have a look at the website pariscityvision.com/en/franc...”
“We drive so I'm no expert, but you would probably have more time at MSM if you did a day tour from Paris. On the other hand, it would be more of an adventure if you took the train and bus on your own. There is a lot to see at MSM, so I'd be tempted to do the tour just to have more time there. It depends on what you prefer.”