Rouen is the capital of the French region of Upper Normandy and situated on the River Seine, approximately 90 minutes drive northwest (135 km) from the centre of Paris. The city has a population of 110,000 and its metropolitan area includes some 520,000 inhabitants. It is where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake, but the main reason for visiting is its incredible cathedral that inspired Monet to paint over 30 canvases. Rouen was the home of the author, Gustave Flaubert.

View of the back of the Cathedral (left) and Archbishop's Palace (right)

Get in

By car

By train

Several trains depart from the St Lazare Station in Paris for Rouen on a daily basis. Tickets cost around 21 euros and can be purchased at the station immediately beforehand. Travel time is about 1hr 15min. For schedules, visit SNCF travel.

Note that the train posting in Paris St-Lazare can be confusing to the first time traveler. The train platform number ("la voie") is not posted unil 15–20 minutes before the departure, so do not panic if you arrive earlier than that. Look for the train heading to Le Havre or Dieppe which will be leaving from the platforms to the right as you enter the concourse. Do not forget to punch ("composter") your ticket in one of the yellow machines before boarding. This will validate your ticket.

By boat

From UK : see Dieppe, Le Havre, etc., above. For foot-passengers, the train and ferry journey from London via Newhaven and Dieppe is one of the most pleasant and restful ways of getting to Rouen.

By plane

Rouen's airport has limited connections with various cities.

Get around


Cloister of the Cathedral
Saint-Ouen de Rouen




Most of the tourist restaurants are located near the Eglise Sainte Jenne D'Arc. They are likely to be open Sunday when most other restaurants are closed. There are also shops, markets, and patisseries in that square and scattered throughout Rouen to purchase food. Many are open Sunday as well.







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The whole Norman countryside, coast, and the Seine valley are spectacular with beautiful peaceful green pastures and forests, white cliffs, and including such famous sites as the cliff-arches of Etretat.

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