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Rouen [1] is the capital of the French region of Upper Normandy and situated on the River Seine, approximately 90 minutes drive northwest (135 km) from the centre of Paris.

The city has a population of 110,000 and its metropolitan area includes some 520,000 inhabitants. It is where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake, but the main reason for visiting is its incredible cathedral that inspired Monet to paint over 30 canvases. Rouen was the home of the author, Gustave Flaubert.

  • From Paris. Rouen is approximately an hour and a half's drive (135 km) north-west from the centre of the French capital, the fastest route including the A13 motorway (note: this a toll road). An alternative route would include the N14 slightly further to the north.
  • From the Channel port city of Dieppe. Rouen is approximately an hour's drive (66 km) south along the N27.
  • From the French end of the Eurotunnel, Rouen is approximately a 2 hour drive (208 km) using the E402.
  • From other major centres in Normandy, Rouen is respectively 90 km (1 hr 10 mins) from Le Havre. 128 km (1 hr 25 mins) from Caen. 156 km (1 hr 45 mins) from Bayeux and 249 km (2 hr 45 mins) from Cherbourg .

Several trains depart from the St Lazare Station in Paris for Rouen on a daily basis. Tickets cost around 21 euros and can be purchased at the station immediately beforehand. Travel time is about 1hr 15min. For schedules, visit SNCF travel.

Note that the train posting in Paris St-Lazare can be confusing to the first time traveler. The train platform number ("la voie") is not posted unil 15-20 minutes before the departure, so do not panic if you arrive earlier than that. Look for the train heading to Le Havre or Dieppe which will be leaving from the platforms to the right as you enter the concourse. Do not forget to punch ("composter") your ticket in one of the yellow machines before boarding. This will validate your ticket.

From UK : see Dieppe, Le Havre, etc. above. For foot-passengers, the train and ferry journey from London via Newhaven and Dieppe is one of the most pleasant and restful ways of getting to Rouen.

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