Caen – Ouistreham Ferry Port

  • Ouistreham-Caen-ferry-terminal

Travel Category: Ferries and Ferry Ports

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    Ferries cross the Channel between Portsmouth (UK) and Ouistreham, 15 km north of Caen. Caen International Port, also known as Ouistreham Ferry Port, is the latest Channel port. Caen Harbour is about 15km north of Caen itself with direct access to the autoroute network for rapid onward journeys around France.

    Therea’s a cafetaria-bar, free wifi (including for cars waiting to board) and a Bureau de change as well as facilities for disabled.

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    By Car Caen ships dock at Ouistreham, 15km north of Caen, accessed via fast dual carriageway. There are excellent road links to Paris, Brittany, the Loire, the South West, the Mediterranean and the rest of Normandy.
    From Paris, take the A13 ROUEN/CAEN motorway, and then follow signs to Ouistreham/Car ferry.

    By Rail
    Caen is well connected to the main railway lines via Corail regular speed trains. Take a comfortable ride into Paris Saint Lazare train station in under 2 hours Train Travel The high-speed TGV train goes from Rennes or Paris to the rest of France.

    Air Travel
    The Caen, Airport is a bare 10 km from the downtown.

    • Brittany Ferries : Caen-Ouistreham <> Portsmouth
    Shuttles: Downtown, Airport, Nearby Sights, Resorts:

    Therea's a shuttle bus for foot passengers between the Terminal and ship arrivals and departures.
    Therea's a regular bus service between the Port of Ouistteham and Calais. The one-way cost is about 1.50 Euros.

    Car: Taxis, Rentals, Parking, Passenger drop-off:

    There are short and long term parking facilities as well as conveniently located spaces for disabled drivers.

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    The capital of lower Normandy, Caen lies between two rivers, the Orne and the Odon. Caen was one of the many cities to suffer serve ill-effects of World War II. During D-Day the city was bombed and is said to have burned for a week before being liberated.

    The damage was on a grand scale and the only vestiges of the past to remain was the ramparts of the Chateau and the two great abbeys. These were built by William the Conqueror when he founded the City in the 11th Century.

    The beaches are the sites of D-Day landings and some of the best to visit are Mulberry Harbor at Arromanches (notheast of Bayeaux) and Pointe du Hoc on Omaha Beach.

    Caen is a historic Norman city but has the newest ferry-port on the Channel. A short drive away is the autoroute to Paris, the south, or routes west into Brittany. Caen has excellent shopping, and many attractions, including two famous abbeys and The Museum of Peace.

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