Mont Saint Michel From Paris – The Essential Travel Guide

Mont St Michel Rail EuropeLe Mont Saint Michel looks like it should be the setting of a fantasy novel, or the background in a film, or maybe even the subject of an oil painting. The last thing it looks like is something that actually exists in real life – and yet it does. This popular destination used to be connected to the mainland via a thin natural land bridge, which before modernization was covered at high tide and revealed at low tide. This inevitably bestowed upon the area a mystical quality, as it was neither fully an island nor a permanent part of the mainland: it was a tidal island.

Travelers flock to this site to enjoy the quaint village life and little shops that wind up towards the highest point on the island, atop which sits a monastery that dates to the 8th century.  This unusual little place makes for a refreshing day trip from Paris – a brief escape from the busyness of city life. Plus, it’s probably the only time you’ll be able to say you could drive right up to an island – no ferries or swimming required.

Mont St Michel Rail EuropeHow to Travel to Mont Saint Michel by Train

When traveling from Paris to Mont Saint Michel by train, you have a few options. The closest rail station to the island is located in Pontorson, and so you can take a regional train from Paris. From Pontorson, you can take a bus to Mont Saint Michel (approximately 9 kilometers). There is also a wheelchair-accessible bus shuttle connection that is dependent on the train schedules, and it will arrive 300 meters from Mont Saint Michel. If you choose this option, you can purchase your train tickets online in advance, but you will need to purchase your bus ticket locally.

Another option would be to take the high speed TGV train from the Paris Montparnasse station to Rennes, and then take a bus from Rennes to Mont Saint Michel (about 60 kilometers). Once you’ve arrived in the Rennes train station, take the escalator up from the TGV platform to the next level, and then follow the signs for the North Exit. You will also see signs for the Bus Station. Take the escalator down one level and exit into the plaza, where you will see the bus station to your right. You can purchase both your train and bus tickets in advance on our website with this option.

So What’s the Main Difference?

With the first option, you’ll make most of the trip by train. With the second option, you’ll have a longer bus ride.

Buying Your Rail Tickets

You are able to purchase point to point train tickets for this route on our website. You will just need to search using “Paris” and “Le Mont St Michel,” and then select the options that appear in the drop-down menu when you begin to type. (Travel Tip: This is new! In the past, bus tickets always needed to be purchased locally, but if you search using the Mont St Michel option, your bus ticket will now be included. This is only for the Paris to Rennes to Mont St, Michel option, not the Paris to Pontorson to Mont St. Michel).

To travel to Pontorson instead of Rennes, search using “Paris” and “Pontorson” instead to purchase your train tickets. Once you arrive in Pontorson, you can purchase your bus tickets at the station.

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Traveling With a Rail Pass

If you’re traveling with a Eurail France Pass or other rail pass that includes France as one of the countries and you’d like to take the Paris – Rennes – Mont St. Michel option, you can purchase a passholder reservation supplement that will cover the whole route.

Hopefully we’ve given you a head start on planning your day trips out of Paris. Happy traveling!

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Avatar grace says:

    how much coast the extra things like food, water or things to remember the visit?

  2. Avatar samanthapie says:

    This was really helpful. Thank you. Quick question, time difference between the TGV Rennes and regional train to get there and cost? ?? Thanks again!

  3. Avatar Guest says:

    Really helpful.Tanhs endeed.

  4. Avatar Vera Lucia Magalhaes says:

    Thanks endeed.Really helpful!

    1. Avatar Mitch says:

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  5. Avatar Bev - Sydney - Australia says:

    How long does the dy trip take by regional train from Paris to Pontorson then bus to Mont St Michel and return to Paris ?? Planning o go in May 2014…. Thanking you.

  6. Avatar Zhanyi says:

    I’m doing a one day trip from Paris and back on a Sunday in April. Will there be limited trains/buses on Sundays?

  7. Avatar Adriana says:

    Great info! I used your links and was very easy to get my train and bus ticket. Thanks a lot!!

  8. Avatar Bob says:

    And from what Paris station does the Pontorson train leave?

  9. Avatar Isabella says:

    @Bob: Gare Montparnasse

  10. Avatar diana dunning says:

    My husband & I would like to fly from US to Paris & then from Paris to Mont St Michel. We would like to stay overnight in Mont St Michel & arrange a day tour of the area & then return to Paris the next day. We are not sure what would be the best transportation options & how to hook up with a day tour. Thanks for your assistance.

    1. Avatar Jackie says:

      Diana, have you completed your trip to Paris? I’m planning one that departs in mid November. I want to do a similar overnight stay at Monte St Michel. Can you share your transportation route and hotel stay? What would you do the same or differently? Love to hear. Thanks!

  11. Avatar Darleen Landry says:

    WE will be staying in Paris and would like to know what train is the fastest to La Mont St Michel for a day trip .We would leave early and return late in the afternoon same day Tues Sept 15th,2015

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