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Travel to Mont St. Michel from Avignon or Paris

I will be on a river cruise in Provence, ending in Avignon. I would like to go to Mont St. Michel and would like to know if I should go direct from Avignonto MSM or should I return to Paris first and then to Mont St. Michel. What is the best mode of transportation from both departure sites and should I stop somewhere before reaching MSM directly? What is the best way to see Mont St Michel?

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How to Look Up Train Schedules and Routes Online gives you the DB train schedule link and tips for using it. Search for a schedule to Pontorson. Consider a TGV that runs direct from Avignon TGV station to Rennes, then connect there. Other connection options will go via Paris and require you to travel between Gare de Lyon and Gare Montparnasse; these will probably also cost more, based on the longer travel distance.

Avignon Centre Tu, 14.04.15 dep 08:53 N 79361
Avignon TGV Tu, 14.04.15 arr 09:04

Transfer time 10 min.

Avignon TGV Tu, 14.04.15 dep 09:14 TGV 5350
Rennes Tu, 14.04.15 arr 14:44

Transfer time 2:10 h

Rennes Tu, 14.04.15 dep 16:54 RE 52869
Pontorson-Mont-St-Michel Tu, 14.04.15 arr 17:41

There are also buses from Rennes to MSM.

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What is the best way to see Mont St Michel?

The only way to see it is on foot. It's very small.

Travel time from Avignon to Mont St Michel will be significant.