The city of Rouen, sprawled along the River Seine, is still the major trading centre between Paris and the sea. This privileged location made the rich and busy city of Rouen the capital of Normandy, which depended on river traffic for its prosperity.
How to get to Rouen
There are approximately 15 daily trains from Paris Gare Saint-Lazare to Rouen, taking only 1.10 hours. Travelling by train from Paris is by far the easiest way to discover Rouen on a day-trip.
Rouen is also easily reached from Paris (135 km) by the Autoroute de Normandie (motorway A13) within 1.40 hours, and from the harbour town of Le Havre, from where ferries link Southern England.
If you are travelling from Australia or America, the best way to reach Rouen is to take a flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and take a train from Paris Gare Saint-Lazare or to hire a car and drive from there.