This first section of the Mont-Saint-Michel Way starts in Mont-Saint-Michel, a stunning and magical place of pilgrimage for people from all over the world; and ends in Nantes, the ‘Venice of the West’.
The Mont Saint Michel Camino route crosses the city of Rennes as an important stage and goes through the relaxing green landscapes of Brittany and Pays de la Loire. You’ll have the opportunity to see a great number of beautiful churches, abbeys and castles on the way. You will discover many historical places, both religious and political, going back in time until the Middle Ages, a period of the Duchy of Brittany.
A holiday pack is included with detailed walking notes and maps. Although sometimes physically demanding, this Camino route only requires a reasonable level of fitness.
Be amazed by Mont-Saint-Michel, a magical and stunning pilgrimage place
Taste a Kouign-amann, the classic Breton cake in Rennes
Cross Gustave Eiffel's metal bridge in Port-du-Roche
Travel back in time at the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany in Nantes
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Flying IN and OUT
The nearest airports are in order Rennes, Nantes and Paris.
Best Option: Rennes Airport (92km)
There are annually direct flights to Rennes departing from Southampton UK or Barcelona. Seasonal flights are also available for example from Dublin, Cork, Manchester, Exeter, Venise. (see www.rennes.aeroport.fr)Alternative Option
Daily connection with Paris International Airports as well.
Alternative Option (a): Nantes Airport (201km)
The city of Nantes is reachable directly by plane from many European cities. From Rome with Vueling or Transavia, from Dublin with Aer Lingus and Ryanair, from Madrid with Iberia, Berlin with Transavia and from many more cities (see www.nantes.aeroport.fr).
Daily connection with Paris International Airports of Orly and Roissy as well.
Alternative Option (b): Paris Airports (370km)
The 2 airports in Paris (Charles de Gaulle [CDG] and Orly) are some of the major hubs in Europe and all European airlines operate in Paris. See www.skyscanner.com
The airport Beauvais is Paris low-cost airport. With Ryanair, a route from/to Madrid, Barcelona, Porto, Glasgow (Prestwick), Edinburgh, Manchester and Dublin. Other destinations are available as well.
How to get back from Nantes
Best Option: Nantes Airport (10km)
From Nantes airport is possible to fly directly to many European cities. To Rome with Vueling or Transavia, to Dublin with Aer Lingus and Ryanair, to Madrid with Iberia, to Berlin with Transavia and to many more cities. (see www.nantes.aeroport.fr)
Alternative Option: Paris Airport (407km)
The closest International Airports are in Paris. You can reach Paris taking another flight from Nantes with Air France. From Paris Orly there is an average of 3 flights per day connecting the two cities. From Paris Roissy there are usually 4. The flights take around 1h15min.
Transfers to and from Airport
How to get to Mont-Saint-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).
From: 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)
From: Nantes Airport (201km)
From Nantes the train takes 2h and arrives in Pontorson.
From: 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.
How to get back from Nantes
To: Nantes airport (10km)
Shuttle bus from the city centre to the airport every 30 minutes. See http://www.nantes.aeroport.fr/acces/navettes
To: Paris Airport Charles de Gaulle (407km)
To reach Paris there’s the option to take a high speed TGV train (see en.voyages-sncf.com), which journey lasts around 2h, and then take a RER for the airport from Gare de Lyon.
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