The city of Rouen, located in northern France, is approximately 84 miles (135 km) from Paris. Built on the River Seine and the capital of Normandy, this historic city can be enjoyed as a day excursion from Paris, or you can spend more time there and immerse yourself in all that Normandy has to offer.
The quickest way to get from one city to the other would be via train. Depending on the train you choose, travel time ranges from 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 40 minutes, and trains usually run every day.
Traveling by car or private transfer would be the second-fastest option. The drive takes about 1.5 hours and there are plenty of sights worth stopping for along the way, as well as places to get lunch or stretch your legs.
The slowest mode of transport from Paris to Rouen would be by bus. While there are numerous buses every day between the cities, many of them make multiple stops and you can expect the trip to take upwards of 2.5 hours.
While in Paris, this family-friendly 7-day tour explores all the sights of the city, plus takes you on a side trip to Provence. You’ll have a chance to see the Eiffel Tower, eat chocolates in the Le Marais district, and visit the Louvre, then head off to Avignon and enjoy a cruise through Calanques National Park.
This 7-day tour of Normandy starts in Paris, then goes to the landing beaches of Normandy, the cities of Honfleur and Etretat, and tours Rouen’s medieval quarter, gothic cathedral and assorted museums.
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes - 1 hour 40 minutes
Trains from Paris to Rouen depart from Paris’ St. Lazare Station, with several daily departures to choose from. Travel time takes anywhere from 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 40 minutes, depending on train speed, and the majority of the trains are nonstop. Amenities onboard include options for first-class seating and food for purchase. Upon arrival into Rouen-Rive-Droite train station, you can easily catch a taxi to the city center, located just 1.5 miles away.
By Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 1.5 hours
Leaving Paris, you’ll take the N13 and connect to highway A13, which will take you to N138 and into Rouen. The trip takes about 1.5 hours and the highways do have tolls. Along the way, you’ll pass by the town of Giverny, which can be a good place to stop for lunch and see some of the sights. Giverny is home to the house and gardens of impressionist painter Claude Monet, with group and private tours available on a daily basis.
Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours
While bus service tends to be the most affordable way to get from Paris to Rouen, it’s also the slowest. Paris’ Gare de Bercy bus station, located about 4 miles (6.48 km) from the city center, has multiple departures that will take you into Rouen. Buses usually run daily and you can book tickets online or at the station.