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DEAUVILLE FAQ`S

How do I get to Deauville?

Paris and Deauville are 120 miles apart. To get from Paris to Deauville, you can take a train, drive, or go by bus. While a car gives you the freedom to explore, a train is typically the most hassle-free way to go and is a nice way to avoid potential traffic.

By Car: Traveling by car is the fastest way to get from Paris to Deauville. It is 120 miles and typically takes about 2 hours, depending on traffic conditions and how many stops are made. Autoroute A13 is the most direct route, but it has tolls.

In Deauville, there are four street parking zones distinguished by color. Several public parking lots are in town, especially near the beach. For more information on parking and pricing, visit /www.mairie-deauville.fr/ville/stationnement.

By Train: The journey by train is 2 hours and 15 minutes. SNCF trains to Deauville leave twice a day from Paris Gare Saint Lazare, one of the busiest train stations in Europe. Passengers arrive at Trouville-Deauville train station in the middle of Deauville, just by the marina. The trip starts at around 25 Euros/one way.

By Bus: The cheapest way to reach Deauville from Paris is by bus. BlaBlaBus (www.ouibus.com/) provides a 2 hour, 55 minute ride four times a week departing from Bercy Seine in the Paris city center to the Deauville bus stop. Flix Bus is another option that typically runs twice a day. The bus is about 12 Euros and takes 3 hours, 30 minutes. FlixBus departs from several bus stops throughout Paris and arrives at Gare SNCF Deauville. It is best to book in advance, either online or in person.

What is the most scenic way to get to Deaville from Paris?

Ferries cross the Channel from Portsmouth (UK) to Ouistreham (7 miles north of Caen) in just 15 minutes from the cross-Channel port of Ouistreham, which operates regular sailings to Portsmouth in the UK.

How do I get around Normandy?

The drive along autoroute A13 is also the most beautiful to enjoy many stops along the way. Park Naturel Regional du Vexin francais is about one hour from Paris on the autoroute A15. The park offers forests, meadows, rivers, charming villages, and more than 497 miles of walking trails. Another stop along the main A13 route to Deauville is Parc naturel regional des Boucles de la Seine Normande that site on the Seine River. This park offers 746 miles of hiking trails, as well as historical castles, forests, swamps, and a 16th century farmhouse that serves as the information center.

What is Deauville and Trouville-sur-Mer known for?

Deauville and Trouville-sur-Mer are two of the prettiest towns in Normandy. Inhabited since time immemorial, situated side by side, and featuring plenty of fun and interesting activities for visitors, even if you’re short on time you’re guaranteed to enjoy a simple day trip from Paris to Deauville.

Trouville-sur-Mer and Deauville border one another across the Côte Fleurie, they are two completely separate towns! Trouville-sur-Mer is often shortened to just ‘Trouville’ and is the older of the two. And while both towns offer their fair share of hotels, beaches, and boardwalks, Trouville is known to be laid back and relaxed, while Deauville offers all the charm and luxury of a glittering seaside resort.

When is the best time to travel to Deauville?

The best weather in Deauville is from June through September. These months bring warm and comfortable temperatures. However, the peak tourist season is from June through August, so accommodations will prove to be more expensive. In September tourism slows down and it is also a nice time to catch the American Film Festival, one of the most popular in the country. Also, Deauville-Clairefontaine Racecourse just east of town features about 20 horse races from June through October.

What is there to do in Deauville?

Deauville, a chic and internationally known resort by the sea, is frequently referred to as the Parisian Riviera. There are things to do all year, such as relaxing on the golden sand beaches, visiting the historic hotels, shopping in the posh boutiques, or going to the world-famous casino. The town hosts annual events that are known around the world - a film festival, an antique car show, and two classical music festivals to name a few. Deauville is also a great starting point for traveling to the Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches located west of town.

What is the food like in Normandy?

Cuisine in Normandy celebrates the 3 main products of the region: dairy, seafood and apples, which are produced in the region’s rich pastures and farmlands.

Specialties from the sea include Dieppe sole and Normandy oysters, along with lobsters, scallops and shrimp on many menus of the region. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample Normandy’s world-famous cheeses: Camembert, Livarot, Pont l’Eveque and the heart-shaped Neufchatel. There is even a Route des Fromages that highlights the four cheeses through stops at museums, farms, towns and restaurants. The cheeses are often served as dessert and pair well with the ever-present apple-based beverages from the region, such as cider, perry, Calvados and Pommeau, made from local apples and pears.

Normandy is renowned for its variety of meats, from the delicate flavor of saltmarsh lamb to creamy chicken "à la Vallée d'Auge" and duck "à la Rouennaise".

Local desserts include "bourdelots" or "teurgoule", or such sweets as Isigny toffees or apple sugars from Rouen.

What are some popular areas for shopping?

Given the elite audience that Deauville attracts, it’s no wonder that shopping for clothes and decor offers several high-end options. Various French names have shops situated together between the polo club and beach. Inspired by the clothes that she saw on the racecourses, golf courses, beach, and the yachts, Coco Chanel designed a range of casual, wearable clothing and opened her boutique here in 1913. With the outbreak of World War II, she closed the shop.

If you prefer antiques, visit the various shops such as The Bugatty Gallery for vintage decor and 20th-century decorations and Antiquité de la Touques for art, furniture, dolls, and other beautiful pieces. Les Caves De Deauville offers the famed apple products known to Normandy. Here you’ll find a wide variety of Calvados, an apple liqueur, plus sparkling and non-sparkling apple cider.

I don`t speak French. Will many people speak English?

English may be spoken at your hotel and in the tourist areas, but not everywhere. We suggest you get a good English-French guidebook or app and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, excuse me and numbers 1-10.

What is the currency in France? Can I pay/tip in US dollars?

The currency of France is the Euro. US dollars are not accepted. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for euros upon arrival. Currency exchange desks can be found at the airports and train stations. For more detailed information, consult our guide to tipping in France by clicking here.

What should I do if I need medical assistance?

In an emergency dial 112 is the general emergency services number or 114 for hearing assistance.