Wonderful Wine, Fantastic Food and Vibrant Views, France has it all.
Millions of Tourists Flock to Paris Each year but just to the North is one of Frances most Magnificent Destinations, Normandy.
This Charming area of France has so much to offer with a combination of Seaside Villages and Rustic Rural Villages, it truly is the perfect Slice of France.
Normandy is a perfect trip and even better when explored by Car.
The Normandy Road Trip is one of the best and most scenic Road Trips you can do in Europe.
Add this destination to your itinerary and use the guide below to get the most out of your visit.
Why Should I visit Normandy?
Normandy is a destination where you can get a taste of everything.
It is one of them rare locations that there really is something for everyone.
The Region is strong in History and is famous for producing Ciders, Cheeses and some of the best Seafood ever.
With so much to see and do, this is why a Normandy Road Trip is the best way to see as much as possible.
Driving the roads in Normandy is really easy . There is also another Bonus of having your car, you can stock up on some of that amazing produce on the way around your Normandy Road Trip.
What is the best time of year to visit Normandy?
The Wine Tastes better, the nights are longer and the Sea feels warmer in the French Summer
June is a great time to explore this fantastic French Region on a Normandy Road Trip.
During this time you will have slightly less tourists than the other Summer Months with amazing Weather.
Tip: If you want to Visit Normandy when there are hardly any Tourists but still Great Weather, Try booking your trip for September. In September you will find more choices of Accommodation for Cheaper Prices as it’s outside the Peak Summer Season.
How many days do you need to visit Normandy?
You could easily spend a week or two relaxing and soaking in Normandy.
However, if you are pressed for time and want to visit more of France and Europe, 3-4 days is the perfect amount of time to see what Normandy has to offer.
But if you are in a hurry, you can do a day trip from Paris to Normandy in just a few hours!
A Normandy Road Trip is the best way to see everything you want in the Region. Even though the Public Transport in this area is great, you might struggle in the more rural Areas.
Having your own transport means you can beat the Ques and not spend most of your day waiting in the high temperatures.
Can you Tour Normandy on your own?
Normandy is incredibly safe and easy to navigate if you want to tour Normandy on your own.
Even though there are many tours available in the area, creating your own Normandy Road Trip Tour has never been easier (and it will save you lots of money!)
So make the most of this and ask your hotel or accommodation hosts for anything you need.
This will make touring Normandy on your own go so much smoother. And often they will suggest amazing places that you had no idea about!
What should I not miss on a Normandy Road Trip?
When there are so many amazing places to visit, it can be overwhelming trying to decide where to go first on your Normandy Road Trip.
Here are some places that you can’t miss on your trip:
With over 1,000 years of History, Medieval architecture and old Port, Honfleur is one of the most charming Coastal Villages in Europe.
With Lots of places to eat and winding streets to explore, Honfleur is definitely worth visiting!
This is such a great spot for Foodies! check out this Free guide on how to eat your way around Europe and save money.
Nothing will grab your imagination and make you feel like you are stepping into a Fairy tale quite like Mont Saint-Michel. This is the one spot you really can’t miss on your Normandy Road Trip.
The Scenic Route: Walk Across the Field In Front of Mont Saint-Michel to take in the Views. It only took 20 minutes and allowed us to take it all in without being surrounded by hundreds of Tourists.
Bayeux Tapestry Museum
The Bayeaux Tapestry is over 70 meters long and tells the tale of the Norman conquest of England of 1066.
Not only is this piece of art so unique and displays the most incredible Workmanship, it has managed to survive over 9 Centuries!
Even if you aren’t a huge History lover, this is an amazing stop on a Normandy Road Trip.
D- Day Beaches
These Beaches played a very important part during World War 2.
The scenes of allied forces arriving in France have been captured in Films like Saving Private Ryan but is a site everyone needs to visit.
Add this destination to your itinerary when planning your Normandy Road Trip.
Map of Normandy Road Trip
Getting to Normandy: How to Start your Normandy Road Trip
With Normandy’s location in the North of France, it is easy to get here from wherever you are starting your Road Trip From.
Here are the most popular routes for starting a Normandy Road Trip.
Starting your Normandy Road Trip From Paris
It takes less than 3 hours to drive from Paris to Normandy, so you could even do a day trip if you don’t have much time to spare.
The best route from Paris to Normandy by Car is Via the A13 and A28 route.
There are also other routes to start your Normandy Road Trip from Paris like the N12.
The best way to decide which route to take is to look at which one will get you to your Normandy starting point the quickest on the day.
Tip: Before setting off from Paris to Normandy, quickly check on Google for any delays on the road. This will help you pick the fastest route & avoid you sitting in traffic.
If you are planning to Explore Normandy by train or you want to pick up your Car Rental in Normandy, a train leaves Paris St-Lazare every 2 hours.
You will want to Jump on a train that takes you into the Historic Cities of Bayeux or Caen.
Bayeux or Caen are very close to the Normandy Beaches and a Get starting point for a Normandy Road Trip.
The Train Journey here takes roughly 2.5 hours and costs From €15.
Starting your Normandy Road Trip from the UK
A Normandy Road Trip from the UK is pretty easy thanks to the many links to Northern France. These are the easiest ways to get to France from the UK.
If you are Driving your own car from the UK to France, the best way is to use the EuroTunnel .
The EuroTunnel Service can get you from Folkestone ,England to Calais, France in 35 Minutes (it is also a lot cheaper than the Ferry).
⛴️The Dover to Calias Ferry service is available several times a day and is on average 1 Hour & 30 Minutes.
As soon as you Cross into Calais your Normandy Road Trip can begin!
(It will take you around 4 hours to arrive into Normandy but luckily the drive here is full of amazing views and stress free!)
The quickest route is normally the via A16 and A28 but you may want to check this before you set off on your Normandy Road Trip.
If you want to explore France and Beyond, check out this Free Europe Planning Guide to make the most out of your trip.
Starting your Normandy Road Trip from the Airport
If you want to fly into France to start your Normandy Road Trip, your cheapest and most convenient option would be to arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle.
You can then rent a car from Paris and drive on over to Normandy. But if you want to start your Road trip from Normandy, you can get the train or FlixBus which leaves several times a day.
Click here to see Flixbus Times and Prices to Normandy.
There are other Local Airports closer to Normandy including Deauville and de Caen-Carpiquet.
However, it is usually more expensive to fly to these and the flights are not as frequent as Paris.
Everything you need to know about Driving and Renting a Car in Normandy
Toll Roads in Normandy
You will come across many Toll Roads when exploring Normandy and France by Road. Use these Tips to make the process super simple.
👉The tolls are on the right hand side of the car. If you are from the UK and using your own car, this means the toll payment booth will be on your passenger side.
👉If you are using a left hand drive vehicle and traveling alone, use the Tolls that have a UK flag so you don’t have to get out of your car.
👉If you are using these routes throughout your Normandy Road Trip, it will help your budget to take the scenic routes sometimes where there are no toll roads.
The Price of using the Toll Roads in France is 15-40 Euros and you can pay by Cash or Card.
👉The toll road routes are a lot quicker and easier to drive, but the cost can add up. If you are traveling on a budget, use our ready to use map to plan a route avoiding Toll Roads.
Car Rental Prices & Suggestions
Renting a Car for your Normandy Road Trip Couldn’t be easier!
The easiest way to make sure you are getting the best deal is to use a comparison website. This means you can pick the Car and Budget that is perfect for you.
Picking up your Rental from the Airport is the best option, especially if you are on a budget. You can pick your car up as soon as you land and start exploring France.
For one Week you can Find Car Rentals for roughly £160 /$222 (187 Euro)
Top Tips for Picking up Your Rental Car for your Normandy Road Trip
Arranging a Car Rental wherever you are can be pretty stressful, especially in a new country.
Use these tips to make your Car Rental Process go smoothly so you can enjoy your Normandy Road Trip to the Max!
🇫🇷When checking your rental vehicle, use a device to Film around the car. This is the best way to show any damage that is on the car before you received it.
🇫🇷Tell the Rental Company Straight away if you notice any damage on the car. You don’t want to return the car after your trip and be charged for damage you didn’t do.
🇫🇷Take a Picture of the Car Miles before you set off. This helps avoid any additional millage charges.
🇫🇷Know your Car insurance options before your trip. It’s becoming more popular to sort your own car insurances before a (You know exactly what you are getting then)
Figuring out a new Car in a new Country can be challenging at times. Make sure you use these free Stress Free driving tips to make your Normandy Road Trip a breeze.
Normandy Road Trip must pack items
Road Trips are Great for picking up them last minute Items you forget to pack.
But there are a few things you will need to start your Normandy Road Trip. Remember to make sure the below items end up in your Suitcase⬇️
Important Documents you will need for a Normandy Road Trip
✅Visa if applicable (If you are a Non- EU National, click here for more information about Documents you may need)
✅Your Drivers License
✅Travel Insurance for your trip
Normandy Road Trip Must Pack Items
✔️Phone Chargers compatible with a car
✔️AUX Cable to play your Fave Podcast & Playlists
✔️Sunglasses & Sun Cream
✔️A Jumper, just In case the Weather Drops
✔️Your favorite Travel Pillow
✔️Snacks & Water (Because who doesn’t love a snack?)
✔️Breathalyzer (For them Vineyard Stops you will be temped by)
Tip: Download a Playlist and Navigation APP that you can use offline in case the signal cuts out during Your Normandy Road Trip.
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If you are Driving Your Own Vehicle
The French are Pretty Hot on Road Safety, so make sure your vehicle has the following things for Driving in Normandy and Beyond (It’s Law)
First Aid Kit, Car Break Down Safety Kit & If you are driving from the UK, a GB Sticker.
You Can Buy A Kit Which includes Everything you need. When we were shopping around the Best Kit we Found Was on Amazon. It included Everything that is needed for driving in France and the rest Of Europe.
⭕ Click Here to Get Your European Driving Kit
We had a few problems with the Stickers/ Magnets because they kept falling off. We tried and tested many and finally found our Favorite.
The best one was a magnet we found on Amazon (It’s still on the Car after years and left Zero Damage)
⭕ Click Here to Get Your Car Magnet for Driving in France & Europe
More Things to do on a Normandy Road Trip
Here are a few of the best things to do in Normandy to add to your Itinerary (after you have been to them Do Not Miss Spots).
We have even included the best place to stay on your Normandy Road Trip too!
Explore the Cobbled Streets of Honfleur
Take a Stroll Around Honfleur after you have sampled the Food and take in the Rustic French Buildings.
There is so much to do here and one of the best places to visit in Normandy.
The Shopping here is great, especially if you love Chocolate!
Try the Cider
We promise there is nothing more refreshing after a day exploring!
The Memorial Museum of Omaha Beach
The Memorial plays such an important role of keeping the memory alive of the Young men who landed at the Normandy Beaches.
It is also a great way to dive into the D Day beaches stories and find out more about its role in History.
Where to stay on a Normandy Road Trip
We stayed in Many Places Across Normandy and the one that caught our hearts and is the best value for money is:
The Cottage by the Mill, Conde Sur Vire (You can find it on Airbnb)
Watching the Fireflies dance with a glass of wine is how you should spend every night in France!
🇫🇷 Normandy Road Trip Sign off: Normandy gives you the perfect Slice of France if you are there for 1 day or Ten. Use this Guide to Create your own ultimate Normandy Road Trip.
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