Along with Santiago de Compostela, Mont-Saint-Michel Way or Chemin de Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most important pilgrimage shrines in Europe. This Camino route of approximately 500km, starts at stunning Mont-Saint-Michel and heads South to Saintes, where it joins the Camino de Santiago path coming from Tours and Paris.
The Mont Saint Michel Camino route is divided in two sections: Mont Saint Michel to Nantes and Nantes to Saintes. On the Mont Saint Michel Way pilgrims will set off on their journey across the green countryside of Brittany, visiting the magnificent cities of Rennes and Nantes, also called ‘Venice of the West’. In the second section, you will enter the stunning Pays de la Loire and you discover magical historical buildings such as the castle of Clisson and the ruined abbey in Maillezais. Follow the Mont-Saint-Michel Way to discover all these beautiful places!
Be amazed by Mont-Saint-Michel, a magical and stunning pilgrimage place
Cross Gustave Eiffel's metal bridge in Port-du-Roche
Travel back in time at the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany in Nantes
Taste delicious fresh seafood in Saintes
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How to Get There
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Mont St Michel
The closest rail station to the island is located in Pontorson. From there for the last 9km to Mont-Saint-Michel you can take a bus. There is also a wheelchair-accessible bus shuttle connection that is dependent on the train schedules, and it will arrive 300 meters from Mont Saint Michel (see www.bienvenueaumontsaintmichel.com).
Rennes Airport 92km: The train from there takes just 1h to Pontorson. There is also the option to take a bus from Rennes direct to Mont-Saint-Michel (see www.destination-montsaintmichel.com)
Nantes Airport 201km: From Nantes the train takes 2h and arrives in Pontorson.
Paris 370km: You have many options (see www.aeroportsdeparis.fr). Many companies organizes daily trips by bus to Mont-Saint-Michel (see www.keolis-emeraude.com). If you would better travel by train, you have also two options. You can take a regional train from Paris Saint-Lazare (see www.paris-city-line.com/en/paris-gare-st-lazare-information.htm) to Pontorson, which takes around 4h, and reach Mont-Saint-Michel as before mentioned or you can take a high speed TGV train from Paris Montparnasse (see www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/paris/train-station/montparnasse-train-station.html) to Rennes, which takes around 2h, and then choose between the options before mentioned.
Nantes Airport 10km: Shuttle bus from the airport to the city centre every 30 minutes. See http://www.nantes.aeroport.fr/acces/navettes
From Paris there’s the option to take a high speed TGV train (see en.voyages-sncf.com
), which journey lasts around 2h. First take a RER from the airport to Gare de Lyon.
La Rochelle Airport 75km:
Saintes has a direct train
connection to La Rochelle (Gare de la Rochelle-Ville or Porte Dauphine), taking 50min-1h10 (regional trains and intercities available). See www.voyages-sncf.com
. There is a local bus
(line 7 or line 47 on Sunday) to the airport (every 30min, 15min travel time). The distance between the station “Rochelle-Ville” and the stop (named Place du Verdun) is approx. 2km, while the distance between “Porte Dauphine” and the stop is about 750m.
Bordeaux Airport 125km:
The direct train connection between Bordeaux (Gare St.-Jean) and Saintes is regular with travel time is approx. 1h15-1h35 (regional trains and intercities available). See www.voyages-sncf.com
. There is a shuttle bus between the station (Gare St.-Jean) and the airport (every 45min, travel time approx. 20min). See www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr