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Taking the train from Paris St-Lazare to Caen

Take the train from Paris St-Lazare to Caen and discover the fastest and most comfortable way to enjoy this journey. Intercity trains on this route are operated by SNCF and take as little as two hours. Avoid French toll fees, and there's no need to arrive early to check-in when travelling by rail. Onboard, you'll enjoy comfy seats with plenty of legroom and can also treat yourself to at-seat dining. Caen Railway Station (Gare de Caen) is conveniently located in the heart of the city, making it easy to head straight to your hotel or discover the city's top attractions.

History buffs will love Caen with its historical landmarks such as the Château de Caen and the town’s two abbeys, which were all built by William the Conqueror – they’re about twenty minutes away from the train station. Another highlight is the resonating Museum of War and Peace. By night you'll find the town is alive, thanks in part to a large student population.

Rail is the fastest, cheapest and most comfortable way to travel from the capital of France to the majestic Normandy city of Caen. Book your rail travel from Paris St-Lazare to Caen in advance and take advantage of excellent ticket prices.

Paris St-Lazare to Caen by train

It takes an average of 2h 8m to travel from Paris St-Lazare to Caen by train, over a distance of around 123 miles (198 km). There are normally 19 trains per day travelling from Paris St-Lazare to Caen and tickets for this journey start from €4 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 59m
PriceFrom €4
Distance123 miles (198 km)
Frequency19 trains per day
Departure stationParis St-Lazare
Arrival stationCaen
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSNCF, Flixbus, BlaBlaBus, BlaBlaCar Bus

Paris St-Lazare to Caen train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris St-Lazare to Caen for Tuesday 18th May 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
08:59 11:12 2h 13m, direct
09:59 11:59 2h 0m, direct
10:59 00:58 1h 59m, direct
11:59 01:59 2h 0m, direct
00:56 03:04 2h 8m, direct
01:59 03:59 2h 0m, direct
02:58 04:59 2h 1m, direct
03:08 05:50 2h 42m, 1 change
03:59 06:03 2h 4m, direct
04:09 06:25 2h 16m, direct

SNCF trains from Paris St-Lazare to Caen

You can travel from Paris St-Lazare to Caen on SNCF trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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).

Cheap train tickets from Paris St-Lazare to Caen

The price of train tickets from Paris St-Lazare to Caen starts at €4 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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 Paris St-Lazare to Caen by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Paris St-Lazare to Caen? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Paris St-Lazare to Caen take?

The average journey time by train between Paris St-Lazare and Caen is 2 hours and 8 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Paris St-Lazare and Caen by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris St-Lazare to Caen is 1 hour and 59 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris St-Lazare to Caen cost?

Train ticket prices from Paris St-Lazare to Caen can start from as little as €4 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Paris St-Lazare to Caen?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris St-Lazare to Caen without having to change trains. There are 18 direct trains from Paris St-Lazare to Caen each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Paris St-Lazare to Caen leave?

The first train from Paris St-Lazare to Caen leaves at 11:59. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Paris St-Lazare to Caen leave?

The last train from Paris St-Lazare to Caen leaves at 10:59. 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.

What's the distance between Paris St-Lazare and Caen by train?

Trains travelling from Paris St-Lazare to Caen cover a distance of around 123 miles (198 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Caen to Paris St-Lazare. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Paris St-Lazare to Caen.
Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in France. Subject to availability. Excludes coach. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Paris St-Lazare to Caen for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/18/2021. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 12/30/2020 for travel on 12/30/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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