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Lower Normandy Road Network and Travel

Lower-Normandy's road network is well-developed with 7,730 km of roads.

Thanks to high regional financial supports, huge road works have been done from 2000 to 2006, improving the road network of Lower-Normandy region, so the links between this region and the rest of France are good.

Pay attention: if you drive to Caen or Cherbourg, you will probably face traffic jams in the surroundings of these cities.

Travelling to Lower-Normandy by Road
Road network
National roads: 560 km

Secondary roads: 1,060 km

Local roads: 4,140 km

Main motorways

A13: Caen-Rouen-Paris
A84: Caen – Rennes
A28: Tours - Le Mans - Alençon - Rouen
Future A88*: Caen-Falaise-Sées. The A88 will be opened by June 2010.

Main national roads

RN 12: connects Alençon and the Orne department with Parisian region.
RN 174: connects the RN 3 (north) to the A84 (southern estuary's motorway)
Driving distance from Paris to Caen: 235km (about 2h35)
Driving distance from London to Caen: 452km (about 5h45, of which 45 min of ferry)

Useful contacts
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* The construction of the A88 is a very important project for the Lower Normandy region, as it will bring lots of improvements to the area:
  • open-up the ports of Lower Normandy by connecting them to the motorways which serve the Centre region, as well as the West and South-West of France.
  • reinforce the role of Caen
  • strengthen the connection with the Calais - Bordeaux - Bayonne axis
  • develop the industrial functions and services of Falaise, Sées, etc.
  • provide a better access to the touristic areas of Lower-Normandy.
  • ease the inter-regional exchanges

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