Deauville is a delightful, and very chic, resort on the Normandy coastline between Le Havre and Caen. It’s popular with the British for a weekend break, particularly sailors. It is also easily accessible from Paris so inevitably Deauvill attracts Parisians as well as visitors to France who want a short trip away from the French capital. It makes a heady mix of fashionable types, so if you're going there for a short break make sure you pack the right clothes. Deauville is also a good starting point for extra trips to the Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches to the west.
Intercity trains to Deauville leave from Paris Gare Saint Lazare (13 rue Amsterdam, Paris 8) all through the day.
Metro lines to and from Gare Saint Lazare:
- Ligne 3: Porte de Levallois-Becon to Gallieni
- Ligne 12: Porte de la Chapelle to Mairie d’Issy
- Ligne 13: Saint-Denis–Universite to Chatillon–Montrouge
- Ligne 14: Saint Lazare to Bibliotheque Francois Mitterand
Intercity Express Trains
- From Lille (which connects with Eurostar) to Deauville you must change stations in Paris from Paris Nord to Paris Saint Lazare. The whole journey, including crossing Paris, takes around 4 hrs 15 mins.
- Other connections with Deauville include Lisieux (journey time 20 mins) and Dives-Cabourg (journey time 29 mins).
Deauville shares a train station with Trouville and the station is officially called Trouville-Deauville. The handsome station is in grand Normandy architectural style is in the middle of Deauville, just by the marina.
From the U.K.
- By ferry - Brittany Ferries operate the most luxurious ferries on every service they offer. There are two routes to get to Deauville via Brittany Ferries. Portsmouth to Caen takes 5 hrs 45 mins; Portsmouth to Le Havre on the high speed ferry takes 3 hrs 45 mins.
- From the ferry to Deauville by car - The distance from Caen to Deauville by road is 60 kilometers (37 miles) and the journey takes around 45 mins depending on your speed. There are tolls on the autoroutes.
The distance from Le Havre to Deauville by car is 26 miles and the journey takes around 45 mins depending on your speed. But take note that there is a toll on the Pont de Normandie and in busy times this can take several minutes, so allow enough time for your journey. You must also either pay by credit card or exact cash (around 6 euros).
- By air - There are two flights all year round from London City Airport to Deauville sirport taking 1 hour with CityJet. Seasonal timetables operate with a frequent service in summer and twice a week in winter.
Paris to Deauville is 195 kms (121 miles) taking around 2 hrs depending on your speed. There are tolls on the autoroutes.
For information on hiring a car under the lease-back scheme which is the most economical way of hiring a car if you’re in France for more than 17 days, try Renault Eurodrive Buy Back Lease.
Getting From London to Paris
- Bus/coach Eurolines offers a cheap service from London, Gillingham, Canterbury, Folkestone and Dover to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris Gallieni. Six coaches a day; 2 overnight; journey time is 7 hours. The Eurolines stop is at the Paris Gallieni Coach Station, 28 ave du General de Gaulle, just by the Gallieni metro station near the Porte de Bagnolet (Metro line 3, final stop).
- OUIBUS also operates between London and Lille and London and Paris. OUIBUS also goes from Lille to Amsterdam and Brussels.
Staying in Deauville
You will have to book a hotel or villa way in advance in the main summer season as the place is extremely popular.