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Planning a day trip from Paris to Mont Saint 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!

Post-COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

  • Guests are requested to book their reservations online to avoid direct contact. Digital payment methods are encouraged for all transactions. 
  • Visitors must wear masks that completely cover their nose and mouth throughout the duration of their visit, including in the abbey
  • Capacity has been significantly reduced to avoid overcrowding at the venue 
  • All visitors must maintain a minimum of 2 meters distance from each other to ensure social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer has been made available at the Mont St. Michel Abbey for visitors to avail

Paris to Mont Saint Michel - Tickets & 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.
Admission Tickets
Guided Tour
These tickets provide return transfers and direct entry into Mont Saint Michel and its Abbey. It is a self-guided tour, where, with the help of a multilingual audio guide, you can learn about the site’s history and cultural significance. 

Why go for this ticket?

  • Return transfers on an air-conditioned coach with an onboard hostess
  • Get hassle-free admission to Mont Saint Michel Abbey
  • An audio guide is included in this ticket, with the option to choose from 8 different languages

Recommended experiences

Enjoy round trip transfers from Paris to Mont Saint Michel and gain direct entry into the Abbey with these tickets. Use the multilingual audio guide to accompany you on your self-guided tour.
Get return transfers from Paris to Mont Saint Michel accompanied by a professional, multilingual tour guide. They will inform and enlighten you on the history, geography and cultural significance of Mont Saint Michel. Depending on your ticket, you’ll also get lunch and hotel transfers as well.

Why go for these tickets?

  • Enjoy round-trip transport from Paris to Mont St. Michel on an air-conditioned coach
  • Get admission into Mont Saint Michel Abbey
  • Learn all about the history and its untold stories through an expert tour guide 

Recommended experiences

By taking a day trip from Paris to Mont St.Michel on a fully air-conditioned coach, gain entry into the abbey while being accompanied by a professional English-speaking guide. 
Visit Mont St.Michel from Paris on an air-conditioned coach and in the company of a multilingual tour guide, explore the rich history of this site. Your tour also includes a delicious French meal.

Plan Your Visit

Timings
Getting There
Best Time to Visit
What are Mont Saint Michel opening hours?
Mont Saint Michel is open from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM between 2 January to 30 April; between 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM from 2 May to 31 August; from 09:20 AM to 06:00 PM between 1 September to 31 December. 
When is Mont St. Michel closed?
Mont Saint Michel is closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
How long would I take for a tour of Mont Saint Michel?
On average, a Paris to Mont Saint Michel trip would be a full day experience, expecting to last about 14 hours.
Where is Mont Saint Michel located?
The site is located at 50170 Mont Saint-Michel, France.
Google Map directions.
Are return transfers included in my Paris to Mont Saint Michel tours?
Yes, the full day tour experience includes return transfers as well.
How long is the journey from Paris to Mont Saint Michel?
A one-way journey from Paris to Mont St. Michel should take about 4.5 hours.
What is the best time of day to visit Mont Saint Michel?
It is recommended that you visit the Abbey first thing in the morning or late afternoon, preferably post 3:00 PM to experience smaller crowds.
What is the best time of year to visit Mont Saint Michel?
Between November to March would be the best time to go for a day trip from Paris to Mont Saint Michel, in order to avoid the summer holiday crowds.

Explore Mont Saint Michel

There’s plenty to see and explore on your day trip from Paris. Here are all the highlights of visiting Mont Saint Michel.

Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre

You’ll notice this small chapel located halfway up to the abbey. It is a great spot to take a break from the crowd where you get to enjoy peace and calmness surrounding the area. Take some time out to explore by walking around the chapel, paying attention to the small details following which you can gradually make your way up to the abbey.

Barrage sur le Couesnon

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the island to explore the dam set in Mont Saint Michel. Made up of a short stretch of concrete and metal, this place provides a beautiful panoramic view and is one of the best spots to have a relaxed time with your family or friends while enjoying a small picnic.

La Grande Rue

If you’re looking for some great street shopping, this is the place where you want to be. La Grande Rue offers a mix of everything from cute little shops to adorable cafes. Since this area can get easily crowded with tourists, it is highly recommended to visit off season. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes to withstand the steep streets.

La Chapelle-Saint-Aubert

La Chapelle-Saint-Aubert is another hidden gem situated in Mont Saint Michel. With tiny stone constructions and paintings inside, it creates a divine atmosphere with a sense of calmness surrounding you.

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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Paris to Mont Saint Michel FAQs
Is it safe to visit Mont Saint Michel?
The authorities have taken up strict measures to ensure safety guidelines are being followed at the venue at all times. This includes maintaining a safe distance 2 meters from others, mandatory need to wear masks within the venue and also installing hand sanitizing stations for guests to avail.
What are the different Paris to Mont Saint Michel tours available?
Guests can opt for self-guided tours, audio guided tours or guided tours accompanied by an English-speaking host.
Do Paris to Mont Saint Michel tours include return transfers?
Yes, the full day tour experience includes return transfers to and from Paris.
What are Mont Saint Michel hours?
Mont Saint Michel is open from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM between 2 January to 30 April; between 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM from 2 May to 31 August; from 09:20 AM to 06:00 PM between 1 September to 31 December. 
How can I book Paris to Mont Saint Michel day trips?
You can book Paris to Mont Saint Michel tours online in advance. This would help you avoid crowds at the site and would allow you to choose your own slot.
What is the cancelation policy for Paris to Mont Saint Michel day trips?
You can cancel your trip up to 23 hours in advance for a full refund.
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