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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 11m 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 €15 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 59m
Price€15 - €103.80
Distance123 miles (198 km)
Frequency19 trains per day
Departure stationParis St-Lazare
Arrival stationCaen
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Paris St-Lazare to Caen train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris St-Lazare to Caen for lundi 1er juin 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
09:36 Haussmann-St-Lazare15:48 CaenRER 19135 SNCF Get tickets6h 27m, 2 changes
09:46 Haussmann-St-Lazare15:48 CaenRER 18459 SNCF Get tickets6h 17m, 3 changes
10:51 Paris St-Lazare17:38 CaenTER 13113 SNCF Get tickets6h 47m, 1 change
15:36 Haussmann-St-Lazare19:35 CaenRER 19245 SNCF Get tickets4h 14m, 2 changes
15:46 Haussmann-St-Lazare19:35 CaenRER 18555 SNCF Get tickets4h 04m, 3 changes
16:12 Paris St-Lazare19:42 CaenTER 13123 SNCF Get tickets3h 30m, 1 change
17:12 Paris St-Lazare20:38 CaenTER 13127 SNCF Get tickets3h 26m, 1 change
00:35 Paris St-Lazare04:04 CaenTER 3327 SNCF Get tickets3h 29m, direct
06:30 Paris St-Lazare08:46 CaenTER 3359 SNCF Get tickets2h 16m, direct
06:59 Paris St-Lazare09:05 CaenTER 3301 SNCF Get tickets2h 06m, direct

SNCF and Intercités trains from Paris St-Lazare to Caen

You can travel from Paris St-Lazare to Caen on SNCF and Intercités 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).

PhotoThierry80, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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.

Cheap train tickets from Paris St-Lazare to Caen

Train tickets from Paris St-Lazare to Caen start at €15 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €38.45.
lowest price found
from15
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price30.88
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price34.06
on the day
avg. single price38.45

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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 11 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 tickets from Paris St-Lazare to Caen can start from as little as €15 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.

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 17 direct trains from Paris St-Lazare to Caen. 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 06:30. 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 20:59. 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.
 / Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / 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 01/06/2020. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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