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"Corail Intercités" intercity rail travel:
- Paris / Caen / Cherbourg
- Paris / Lisieux / Trouville-Deauville
- Paris / Caen / Saint-Lô
- Caen / Le Mans / Tours
TER (Regional Express Trains):
- Caen / Rennes, Caen / Rouen …

The Regional council has adopted its "Rail 2020" plan, representing a total budget of approximately 5.63 billion Euros. The Lower Normandy Regional Council is proposing to the State, RFF and SNCF, to take the State-Region Plan for 2007-2013 well beyond its initially planned programme. The Council is investing 400 million Euros to fund a series of rail network programmes scheduled from 2010 to 2015. They essentially involve the purchase of new equipment for the Paris-Granville line, infrastructure improvements on the Caen/Rennes, Caen/Le Mans/Tours and Caen/Rouen lines, together with improved access and modernisation of stations. Hence, the Region is looking to further develop the use of its rail network, both in terms of passenger transport and freight. The aim is perfectly clear: to contribute towards optimal management of non-renewable energies in the transport sector, and to satisfy the increasing demand for public transport throughout Normandy. Transport via TER has increased by 36% over the past 5 years. The four key aims of the "Rail 2020" for Normandy plan: to bring Normandy and the Île-de-France regions closer together, hence connecting the region with the TGV network; to prepare tomorrow's TER's (Regional Express Trains); to make rail travel simpler and more accessible, and to implement a voluntarist policy towards sustainable development, with the electrification of Normandy's rail network (currently 34%, i.e. 237km of a total 699km of track).

CORAIL INTERCITÉS NORMANDIE* (intercity rail travel)
- Paris – Caen – Cherbourg: Inaugurated in 1858 and stretching over 371km, the line is now electrified. Departures from the Gare Saint-Lazare. Travelling time on the Paris-Caen route is around 1 hour 45 minutes, and 2 hours 45 minutes on the Paris-Cherbourg route.
- Paris - Caen - Saint-Lô
- Paris – Granville: 328km long, departures from the Gare de Paris-Montparnasse. Travelling time is approximately 3 hours 15 minutes.
- Paris – Lisieux - Trouville-Deauville: 221km long, departures from the Gare Saint-Lazare.
- Caen – Le Mans – Tours: This line also stops at the Normandy-based stations of Mézidon, Saint-Pierre-Sur-Dives, Argentan, Sées and Alençon. Travelling time from Tours to Caen is approximately 3 hours.

- Caen – Rennes: This 252km line also stops at the Normandy-based stations of Bayeux, Saint-Lô (fork with the Saint-Lô/Condé-sur-Vire line), Folligny (connections with the Paris-Granville line), Avranches, Dol-de-Bretagne (connections for Saint-Malo and Dinan/Lamballe). Travelling time from Rennes to Caen is approximately 3 hours.
- Further links by coach: Coutances – Granville; Bagnoles-de-l’Orne – Briouze – Argentan.
In 2008, the Regional Council demonstrated its commitment to continue a certain number of development programmes aimed at further improving the service offered to rail passengers: The new "Ligne Baie" service will offer travellers the opportunity to (re)discover the Mont Saint-Michel bay thanks, in particular, to a train link between Granville and Saint-Malo, via Pontorson-Mont-Saint-Michel; and a daily Cherbourg - Caen - Roissy TGV – Dijon TGV link (due to open in July 2009).

* Corail Intercités: is a brand name created in May 2006 by the SNCF and dedicated to intermediate distance travel, via "Corail" trains, renovated either by the SNCF or regional councils, depending on the line.
** TER (Regional Express Train): passenger train network created on the 10th of January 1993 by the French National Railways and by Regional Councils, in order to offer rail service to locations within an administrative region and to those located immediately beyond the border with neighbouring regions.

  • Train TER en ligne
  • Train TER en ligne
  • Train TER en gare de Caen