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Planning a day trip from Paris to Mont St Michel
Le Mont St. Michel is a fairytale island commune located off the coast of Normandy, France. The image of Le Mont St. Michel with its dramatic spires and abbey, majestically rising from the bare beach is quite famous – after all, Le Mont St. Michel sees nearly 3 million people each year and is one the most recognizable landmarks in France.
Built in the 8th century AD by Bishop Aubert of Avranches as a devotional chapel, following his vision of the Archangel Michael, the island has held strategic fortifications and has withstood many sieges and attacks. Located just over three hours from the capital, a day trip from Paris to Mont St Michel is the perfect way to spend your day!
Paris to Mont St Michel - Ticket & Tour Options
Situated on the Atlantic coast of Normandy, Mont St Michel is one of the most popular tourist destinations in France. If you are planning to visit Mont St Michel, you can either travel to the Normandy coast on your own with a ticket to the abbey or go for an all exclusive guided tour from Paris that covers all your expenses. Compare your ticket options below.
Day Tours from Paris
Make your way to Mont St Michel and enter the abbey with these pre-booked tickets. Along with priority, skip-the-line access, you will also get a self-guided information booklet available in 12 languages.
Why go for these tickets?
- Priced at £10 (check for Headout discount offers), this entry ticket is the cheapest ticket option for visiting Mont St Michel.
- You will have priority access which will save you the hassle of waiting in entry lines.
On this all exclusive guided tour, you will travel from Paris to Mont St Michel in a luxury air-conditioned coach in the company of a local historian/guide. Once at the abbey, you will get priority access to the monument as well as an audioguide available in 10 languages.
Why go for these tickets?
- Round-trip transfers in a comfortable air-conditioned bus and sightseeing Mont St Michel, all within 14 hours
- Be accompanied by a hostess on the coach journey from Paris
- Get priority access entrance tickets to the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel
- Learn as you see with an audio guide available in 8 languages
- Discount coupons for a choice of restaurants, museums and shops of the "La Mère Poulard" group
Day Trips from Paris to Mont St Michel - Practical Information
Distance from Paris: 360 km (224 miles)
Time taken: 4 hours 10 minutes
Getting To Mont St Michel
Train From Paris to Mont St Michel
Take a TGV from Paris’ Gare Montparnasse to Rennes, from where Keolis buses travel to Mont St. Michel up to four times a day. The entire journey should take you around 3 hours and twenty minutes. You can also change trains at Rennes for the Pontorson-Mont St-Michel train station. Once you arrive at the edge of the mainland, you can either take a free shuttle or walk across the 900 m long causeway (Pont Passerelle) that connects the mainland to the island.The shuttle will cost you €2 shuttle one way.
Paris to Mont St Michel by Car
For those arriving by car, there is a dedicated car park on the mainland, 1.5 miles away from the island to preserve the maritime beauty of the place. Once you have parked, you will have to walk to the Place des Navettes and board the free shuttle that will take you to the island. Place des Navettes is 800m from the car park and the shuttles stop 450m away from the island itself, so there is a fair bit of walking involved too. The shuttles operate every day from 7:30 AM to midnight.
From 1 September to 31 December - open everyday from 9.30 AM to 6 PM.
1 January, 1 May, 25 December - Closed.
Best Time to Visit Mont St Michel
The best time to visit Mont St Michel is in November, early December, late January, February and March, in order to avoid long weekends and the summer holidays. Make sure you visit the Abbey first thing in the morning or late afternoon (post 3 PM) to avoid crowds.
Things to do in Mont St Michel
The island is the permanent home to around 50 people (including monks) but there are numerous hotels and restaurants in the commune that serve the 3 million tourists visiting the island every year. Most people prefer to explore the island during the day and return to the mainland. However, despite being an expensive affair (budget stays at €200), the experience of exploring the island and the surrounding areas at night and early morning away from the crowd is a magical experience in itself. While you're in Mont St. Michel, here's all that you should explore.
Amble about the streets of Mont St. Michel
From afar, as you walk the causeway and approach the island, the emphatic views of the abbey will leave you wanting to reach the top. However, the moment you enter the walls of the commune and find yourself surrounded by medieval houses lining narrow cobble-stoned streets that wind their way up the rocky island, you will immediately be transported to the magical worlds of ancient fairy tales. In fact, the streets of Mont St. Michel resemble Diagon Alley from Harry Potter more than any other place in the world. The main road up the entrance to the abbey is the Grand Rue.
Take the Grand Degré Steps
The Grand Degré is the name of the iconic set of stairs that lead up to the abbey from the Grand Rue. Like many who take the pilgrimage, climbing up the stairs to the abbey and the surrounding walls will provide you with stunning views of the monastery's grand architecture as well as beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding bay and countryside.
Step inside the Mont St. Michel Abbey
The history of the abbey is as varied as the tides that roll in and out every day. The Gothic abbey was built bit by bit. For example, the Romanesque style church within it was built around 1060, whilst Charles VI is believed to have been responsible for its fortification between the 13th and 14th centuries. Towards the end of the Ancien Régime, the Abbey was used as a prison, as by the French Revolution, most monks had moved out of the Abbey.
The prison closed by 1863, but it wasn’t until 1922 that the monks moved back in. Today, the Benedictine monks have been replaced by some from the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem. During the Medieval period, the Abbey was one of the main centres for Christian pilgrims. With over 1.5 million visitors a year, the Mont Saint Michel Abbey is one of the most popular cultural sites in France for tourists.
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Day Trips From Paris to Mont St Michel - FAQs
How far is Mont St Michel from Paris?
Mont St Michel is 340 Kms and 4 hours 10 minutes away from Paris. Journey by train will take you 3 hours 20 minutes.
Can I visit Mont St Michel from Paris in a day?
Yes. Most day trips take 14 hours in total, along with travelling to and fro. It gives you enough time to explore Mont St Michel.
Can I cancel my day tours after booking?
Yes, you can cancel your bookings up to 3 days before your day of experience.
What is the ticket price for Mont St Michel?
Entry to the island is free. A ticket of EUR 10 is required to enter the abbey at the top of the island.
What are Mont St Michel abbey timings?
From 1 September to 31 December - open everyday from 9.30 AM to 6 PM. 1 January, 1 May, 25 December - Closed.
Can I stay at Mont St Michel overnight?
Yes. There are accommodations available at St Michel. They can cost anywhere around EUR 200.