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Boat

Brittany Ferries (www.brittany-ferries.co.uk) links the English port of Portsmouth with Ouistreham, 14km northeast of Caen.

Bus

Bus 20, run by Caen-based Bus Verts, links the bus station (next to the train station) with Deauville and Trouville-sur-Mer (€4.90, two hours, four to seven daily); bus 20 also runs, along with the faster Prestobus 39 to Honfleur (bus 20, €4.20 to €4.90, 2½ hours, seven to 13 daily; express Prestobus 39 (€12.10, one hour, one or two daily) and Le Havre (bus 20 €4.20 to €4.90, 2½ hours; express Prestobus bus 39 €17, 1½ hours, six to 10 daily). When arriving or departing, your Bus Verts ticket is valid for an hour on Caen’s local buses and trams.

Twisto (www.twisto.fr) Local bus 61 links Caen with the ferry port of Ouistreham.

Car

Several car-rental companies have desks at the train station. There's no free parking in central Caen, unless you go down the residential side streets, where there are usually spaces.

Train

The train station is 1.5km southeast of the Château de Caen. Services include the following:

Bayeux €6, 15 to 20 minutes, at least hourly

Cherbourg €24, 1¼ hours, eight to 15 daily

Deauville & Trouville (via Lisieux) €16, 1¼ to two hours, six to 11 daily

Paris Gare St-Lazare €37, two hours, 13 daily

Pontorson (Mont St-Michel) €28, 1¾ hours, three daily

Rouen from €28, 1¾ hours, five or six daily