How to get to Mont Saint Michel from Paris
Mont Saint Michel is a picturesque town located on a tidal island. It is surrounded by the River Couesnon. The town looks like it jumped off the pages of a story book. Tourists flock to this little island every year to experience the quaint village and streets that wind up to the Norman Benedictine Abbey of St. Michel at the very top. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, this little island is located in lower Normandy, Northern France.
Mont Saint Michel is a great day trip from Paris. By car, it takes about 4 hours to drive to the island. Visitors can drive their own car or rent a car from the many car rental agencies in the city. Enterprise, Alamo and Rent-a-car are a few of the care rental agencies available in France.
To travel by train, visitors can take the TGV from Paris Montparnasse to the Pontorson-Mont St Michel station. From here, guests can take the bus to the island which takes about 15 minutes. Tickets one way can be as low as 15 Euros.
By Guided Tour
There are many guided tours to Mont Saint Michel, from Paris and many other cities in France. These tours take place in a luxury, air conditioned bus with a guide who explains all the sights to see and helps visitors get the most of their experience. These tours cost a little more, around 100 Euros and up.
Mont Saint Michel Information
Once in the town, the only way to get around is by foot. The town is full of great streets but the main street, Grand Rue, is packed with tiny shops, restaurants and souvenirs. As tourist climb higher, they will be granted with spectacular views of the river and surrounding area. The town can get very crowded in the thick of summer, so visitors that enjoy a less crowded time should travel to Mont Saint Michel in the off season, such as April or September.
There are a number of hotels in and around the town. Visitors may choose to stay in a small hotel inside the town walls, or to stay on the mainland.