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Day Trip From Paris to Mont St. Michel

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Day Trip From Paris to Mont St. Michel

My wife and I will be in Paris for 6 days. We are thinking about taking a day trip to Mont St. Michel. I have a few questions in hope that some folks can help.

I have obtained rail passes from raileurpoe.com. My plan is to take the earliest train (6:35am or 7:06am) from Gare Montparnasse to Rennes, which arrives at around 9:00 am. Then take bus to the island. Including lunch, I am planning to spend fours hours in Mont St. Michel, and leave at about 3:00 pm to take bus (hopefully is feasible) to St. Malo. Stay in St. Malo from five to eight. Take train from St. Malo through Rennes back to Paris.


(1) Is four-hour stay in Mont St. Michel enough? Should I plan to spend the entire day on the island and skip St. Malo?

(2) Is it possible to take bus/shuttle one way to Mont St. Michel from Rennes and a different bus to St. Malo? Where can I check the bus schedule?

(3) Should I skip St. Malo and spend the time in Rennes instead?

(4) Is there an easier way to get to Mont St. Michel from Paris on my own (no tours and not driving)?

(5) Should I (or need to) make reservation for the train?

(6) Would you do this trip or a Reims/Epernay or Lyon day trip instead?

Thank you very much for your help.


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1. Re: Day Trip From Paris to Mont St. Michel

4 hours is plenty enough time for Mont St Michel. We rented a car and drove from Paris. I like your plan better. Since we drove the time required to see MSM is about all I can help you with here. You will not regret going to the trouble to see it, it is spectacular!

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2. Re: Day Trip From Paris to Mont St. Michel

1) I also agree 4 hours is good enough. I hope the bus goes all the way next to the island, otherwise it will be a long walk on the causeway. We went by car.

3) I like St. Malo, and don't regret going there. Don't know what Rennes is like.

5) you are taking the TGV, for which reservation is mandatory. You can get the reservation in Paris (including at the airport) for a lot cheaper than on Eurail.com

6) Mont St. Michel is a lot more interesting then Lyon

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3. Re: Day Trip From Paris to Mont St. Michel

Very interesting forum, but unfortunately, we didn't find how finally you went from Paris. Is it true we can take 1 train to Rennes + 1 bus to the Mont-St-Michel ?

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5. Re: Day Trip From Paris to Mont St. Michel

Hello, please let me how was your trip to MSM? i read your post and have a same question like your too. i have a TGV train ticket and want to go to MSM on my own.

Please reply, i will go to France this June.

Thank you,

Hang Doan