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Normandy region (General introduction)

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Normandy contributes to the growth of European infrastructures with:
- cross Channel ferry links from Cherbourg and
Ouistreham,
- the Estuaries motorway, the Calais-Bayonne route
- the "Pont de Normandie" bridge,
- the Normandy motorway



The development of transport infrastructures (rail, road & motorway, air and port) enhances Normandy's attractiveness for many Europeans.

- Roads.
An efficient road network: 36,000 kilometres of departmental (B roads) and communal (town) roads (ranking in 12th place throughout France). The Manche department has the largest network of departmental and communal roads with 13,400km. In Calvados and Orne, networks comprise 11,500km and 11,000km respectively. The road network facilitates access to major towns within the region. Such networks have enabled peri-urbanisation to develop, but have also contributed to sustained rural activity.

- Motorways.

Major motorways provide links with the region's main conurbations and with the distant road network. The motorway network currently covers approximately 180km and is due to expand with the imminent inauguration of the A88 (Caen-Falaise-Sées), the upgrading of the RN13 to motorway standard (Caen - Cherbourg) added to the existing network comprising the A84 (Caen-Rennes), the A13 (Caen – Rouen – Paris) and the A28 (Rouen – Alençon – Le Mans- Tours).

- Airports.
Normandy has three airports located in Caen-Carpiquet, Deauville-Saint-Gatien and Cherbourg- Maupertuis. Caen offers several daily links with the Lyon hub, Paris-Orly.

- Ports.
Four commercial ports (Cherbourg, Caen-Ouistreham, Granville and Honfleur). Two cross Channel ferry routes from Cherbourg and Caen - Ouistreham with approximately 1,8 million passengers travelling from the two ports.

- The rail network.
699km of railway line; 1,170km of track; 237km of electrified track. The main Paris – Caen - Cherbourg line is particularly busy all year round. The Paris - Granville line is another important link. A regional train network serving the Normandy territory via the following links: Caen - Saint-Lô – Coutances - Rennes; Caen - Alençon- Le Mans -Tours; Caen- Rouen; Lisieux – Trouville-sur-Mer – Deauville – Dives-sur-Mer -Cabourg; Lisieux – Caen Bayeux - Cherbourg.

In 2008, the regional rail network (Regional Express Trains) included:
48 regional railway stations and 26 road pick-up points,
A daily offer of 105 trains trains and 46 coach stopping and pick-up points each day,
2.8 million kilometres covered by train and 609,000 kilometres covered by coach,
4 million train passengers, 164,000 coach trips.





  • Carte Basse-Normandie
  • Débarquement passagers d'un avion charter
  • Car- ferry à l'accostage
  • Poste de péage A28
  • Train TER en gare de Caen