Located on a rocky tidal island in Normandy, France, is the commune known as Mont St. Michel and its population of 44 residents. It is situated roughly a half mile off France’s northwestern coastline near Avranches at the Couesnon River’s mouth. The island is most known for the Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel, the beautiful and well-preserved structure situated on the island’s peak. The medieval town is filled with diverse architectural styles and surrounded by numerous winding streets.
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The island commune is located roughly 176 miles or 284 kilometers from the capital city of Paris and can be reached by a combination of bus and train, public transport, or vehicle. The following is the breakdown of these transportation venues:
Reaching Mont St. Michel via train and bus – if there is one thing you can always depend on when traveling in France, it is their well-connected train service. These super high-speed trains known as the TGV or Train à Grande Vitesse is oftentimes the better way to get around France rather than driving a vehicle. You can catch the TGV in Paris at the Gare Montparnasse and take it as far as Rennes for a cost of $70 or €56 (All the children under the age of 12 years ride FREE) and takes a little over two hours to get there.
Keolis Emeraude buses will take you from Rennes adjacent to the TGV station to Mont St. Michel four times daily and bus trips are typically timed to coincide with the arrival of the TGV. Bus rides take about 90 minutes and cost about $8 or €6 for adults. Young adults 25 and under pay $6 (€4.50) while adults 60+ and children 12 and under ride for FREE. You have the second option that is to catch the TGV from Paris to the Pontorson – Mont St. Michel train station and catch one of the four daily buses from there.
Reaching Mont St. Michel by vehicle – the most cost effective way to travel from Paris to Mont St. Michel is by vehicle. However, you may have a long wait when you reach the entry queue to the parking area. The parking fee is usually around $5 or €4 and the total driving time takes approximately 4½ hours. Once you are in Normandy, take the A84 from Caen heading southwest until you reach Avranches. Merge onto the D43 and follow the road signs that reach the road’s end at Mont St. Michel
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