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Tight time frame - London to Normandy to Paris?

In September we're planning a trip - London-Paris-Amsterdam-London. We arrive in London late on the 20th and are meeting the rest of our group in Paris on the 22. Is it reasonable to plan a stop in Normandy for the 21 and morning of the 22? If so, what is the best logistical recommendation - we would prefer to not rent a car.

Any ideas are welcome.

Posted by
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Try scoping this out on rome2rio. Try several Norman cities (Rouen, Caen, Bayeux, Le Havre, Cherbourg) as the intermediate stop. I think you'll find no way that it makes sense in your timeframe. Normandy is a big area, best seen by car. There are cross-channel ferries that take several hours, but without a car you're stuck at a port with few options besides a train to Paris. There may be flights between London-area airports and larger Norman cities, but without a car you're still stuck. Hardly seems worth it.

Don't know why you're flying into London in the first place, but presumably it has to do with using miles or such. If you don't want to spend that spare day in London, I'd suggest the Eurostar train straight to Paris and be there when the others arrive.

Posted by
16894 posts

No, I don't think you reasonably can do it.

A common train/ferry route would include Portsmouth-Cherbourg on Brittany ferries, which tends to depart Portsmouth at 9:00 a.m. and arrive in the afternoon. You'd need a train connection at each end. So if that travel date is the 21st, it's all used up by transport.

The last train connection running London-Paris-Bayeux leaves central London around 15:30 and you have to check in earlier. That sounds unlikely to work with your flight arrival.

Various budget airlines fly London-Paris, but not usually from Heathrow, so again it's a risky connection.