Caen – Tips


Getting There

By Car
By Train
CalaisA16/A28/E402/E44 and A29/E44 and A14/E52:20 hoursvia Paris:
5:30 hours
ParisA13/E52:45 hoursDirect:
2 hours
DieppeA29/E44 and A13/E52 hoursvia Rouen:
3 hours
Le HavreA13/E51:15 hourvia Rouen:
2:30 hours
CherbourgN131:20 hour1:15
Marseillesvia Paris: A7, A6, A139:30 hoursvia Paris:
6 hours

Air: Caen has an international airport, but it’s not big. Most flights go to Lyon and transfer from there anywhere in Europe, but direct flights to London, Southend are scheduled.

Ferry: There are direct ferries from the UK to harbours close-by: Ouistreham (Caen), Cherbourg, Le Havre, Dieppe and one ferry link between Ireland and Cherbourg.

Bus: There are several long distance bus operators going to this city from different cities in France (and Europe). Click on one of the links below to see which departure city is covered.

Flixbus Logo Flixbus
Ouibus logo Ouibus

Within Caen

Caen has an excellent bus and tram/trolley system called Twisto, a ticket valid for 1 hour throughout the network costs €1.45. 10 tickets cost €12.20. The 1 hour ticket allows you to change bus/tram as often as you want for one hour. You can buy the tickets directly on the bus, or at the machines located at all tram stops.

Tram leading to the Caen fortress
Tram leading to the Caen fortress


 There are some 350 restaurants in Caen, so likely you’ll find one to your taste. There are 3 one-star Michelin restaurants, and as usual, I recommend you try at least one of them. It’s difficult to go wrong with a Michelin rated restaurant. So far we haven’t eaten in any memorable restaurant in Caen, but we will for sure shortly.


Caen is a big city with plenty of things to do and see, so there is a good selection of accommodation in the city.

Things To See/Things To Do

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