Ah, Caen, so picturesque, so charming, so romantic, what could make a French getaway any better? How about adding a train journey to Paris? Yes, once you’ve wandered through the abbeys, marvelled at the castles and taken in more history than you can shake a stick at, complete your trip with a day or two in the capital.
Just two hours away by direct train, you’ll be whisked to Paris St-Lazare station by SNCF train, with multiple travel classes for you to choose from, depending on your budget and how you like to travel. Once you arrive into Paris St Lazare, you’ll be ideally situated in the heart of the city to explore all that Paris has to offer. Ready to enjoy some je ne sais quoi?
Keen to learn more? Keep reading for FAQs about the journey from Caen to Paris St Lazare station, as well as train times and ticket prices.
SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).
Intercités is the classic service of SNCF. The Intercités lines are an important part of the French rail network. Trains make more stops and are cheaper than TGVs, and run at speeds of up to 100 mph (160 km/h). Two comfort classes are offered aboard Intercités – First Class and Second Class. Intercités by night allows you to travel at night on certain routes, in sleeper cars.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Caen to Paris St-Lazare by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Caen and Paris St-Lazare is 2 hours and 22 minutes, with around 19 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Caen to Paris St-Lazare is 2 hours and 5 minutes.
Train tickets from Caen to Paris St-Lazare can start from as little as €10.50 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Caen to Paris St-Lazare without having to change trains. There are 15 direct trains from Caen to Paris St-Lazare. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Caen to Paris St-Lazare leaves at 07:54. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Caen to Paris St-Lazare leaves at 21:56. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Caen to Paris St-Lazare cover a distance of around 123 miles (198 km) during the journey.