We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Dover to Bayeux

Knoxville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
52 posts
2 reviews
Save Topic
Dover to Bayeux

I'll be in Dover in early May after finishing up a trip through the UK. I would like to go from Dover to Bayeux. Looks like I can go from Ashford Kent to Paris Magenta to Pars St. Lazare to Bayeux. Has anyone done this before? Would I be better off taking the Eurostar? I will have already spent a few days in London, would rather not go back north.

Paris, France
Level Contributor
2,897 posts
30 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Dover to Bayeux

I can see two reasonable possibilities:

a) Get ferry across to Calais and then get train to Paris Gare du Nord. If you haven't done it before, the crossing is worth doing just as a tourist trip in my opinion.

b) Go back to Ashford or even London and take Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord.

Either way, you'll arrive in Paris Gare du Nord. From there walk to Magenta (it's actually part of the Gare du Nord complex) and take the RER-E to Gare St Lazare for trains to Bayeux.

There is a third option of taking the ferry from Portsmouth to Caen (Ouistreham), but getting from Dover to Portsmouth is not easy.

Edited: 4:58 am, January 14, 2014
Knoxville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
52 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Dover to Bayeux

thanks dg2006

Here is what we're planning:

Day 1: Paris to Rouen. Spend a couple hrs in Rouen before heading to Bayeux and spend the night there.

Day 2: See the beaches and St Mere Eglise. See Tapestry.

Day 3: Go to Caen. Spend some time there, go to Falaise. Head to Mont Saint Michel.

Day 4: Return to Rouen then back to Paris before heading south

Are we trying to do too much in day 3? Should we extend this trip another day? We could probably spare another day. Is renting a care the only feasible way to make this trip work? Also, if anyone has any recommendations throw them at me. We're open to changing this iteneary.

Paris, France
Level Contributor
2,897 posts
30 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Dover to Bayeux

You can do Rouen, Bayeux & Caen by train, but the beaches would require a guided tour or private car hire. MSM is very difficult by public transport. I can't imagine getting there without a car or guided tour bus.

Day 3 does look very busy, plus I'm not what you want to see exactly (I mean how important to you is seeing Caen and Falaise?). Of course, it's all possible if you get up early enough. Day 2 looks busy too. Personally, I'd devote a day to the beaches, but that's just me.

I would try to spend more time in Rouen, preferably in one visit. The tourist office has some nicely laid out self walking tours which take you to most of the key sites. They give you a free map with the routes.Try to spend 4-5 hours plus a meal if possible.

Another possibility is swinging by Honfleur for a quick visit and a meal, but you'd really need a car for that.

Hopefully, some Normandy specialists can give some more practical advice. (I was in Rouen 3 months ago, but haven't been to Bayeux & beaches for about 7/8 years).

Edited: 4:53 pm, January 14, 2014
Knoxville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
52 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Dover to Bayeux

Great. Thanks dg2006. We'll tinker with our plan a little bit. Looks like we need to add another day.

5. Re: Dover to Bayeux

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 1:19 am, January 17, 2015