Best Western Hotel Moderne

116 Boulevard Marechal Leclerc, Caen, Basse-Normandie, 14000, France
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St Malo to Caen - Bus Route?

by brmccall


Can anyone please tell me how to get from St Malo to Caen? I think there is a train from St Malo to Dol-de Bretagne then from there to Caen.
But does anyone know if there is a more direct route, e.g. by bus??


Re: St Malo to Caen - Bus Route?

by TheWanderingCamel

"Direct route" and "French buses" are not phrases that go together. Regional bus services seem to operate within departments and are very localised. St Malo's in Brittany, Caen in Normandy and it seems the bus companies just don't cross department lines.

You might have more luck finding your way around these websites than I have had - good luck!

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Normandy -

Re: St Malo to Caen - Bus Route?

by cubsur

The local bus operator in Caen and the Calvados department is and yes their buses don't cross the border for the most part.

The previous poster is correct in that buses in France are organised on departmental lines, radiating from main towns and very often do not cross the border into the next department.

The operator in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine is

Just to make things worse, their is another department, Manche, in between Calvados and Ille-et-Vilaine, so that makes me conclude that a bus journey between St Malo and Caen is going to be difficult if not impossible.

Manche bus map at

The buses are so infrequent that if any of the routes of the different departments did meet up the chance of a connection are minimal.

Travel Tips for Caen

Find the Ruins of St.-Gilles

by hquittner

This is located near the Abbaye aux Dames (the Porte St.Gilles was close by). We took our picture 20 years ago and thought erroneously that it was part of a cloister of the Abbey. Thanks to Vter Pavlik_NL we can insert this note to compare with what has recently been restored. See his pictures. (We do not know the genesis of the destruction).

The Castle: The Exchequer

by darkjedi

The work of Henry I,William the Conqueror’s son, this great banqueting hall (aula) was kwown as the “Hall of the Exchequer” from the 19th Century onwards.

Rectangular in shape (31x11m), it was built with two floors and was typical of 12th Century palace architecture. Very few examples survive and the palace here in Caen castle is the oldest and best preserved in continental Europe.

The ground within the walls has been thoroughly investigated by archaeologists, but the Anglo-Norman levels (11th and 12th Centuries) were only partially preserved.The archaeological work did, however, reveal that the ground floor had been used as a kitchen, while the floor above had served as a banqueting hall where the duke-king was able to receive his barons and the great and good of that time.

Richard the Lionheart, King of England and Duke of Normandy assembled his barons here before embarking on Crusade.

At the beginning of the 14th Century, the building was transformed into a room with a single floor, much preferred by princes then. It lost its noble function at the end of the 15th Century and became a stable for the garrisons and a forge. Badly damaged in 1944, the restoration work has integrated the resulting archaeological investigations.

La Trinite Church: Descend into the Crypt

by hquittner

The 11C crypt, dedicated to St. Nicolas, has groined vaulting setting on 16 columns which divide the area. There is a simple primitive altar at the deep end. Some of the capitals have simple stone carving with graceful curves, volutes and crude winged figures. (This is contemporary with the cloister at Moissac where more advanced sculpting was developing).


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Address: 116 Boulevard Marechal Leclerc, Caen, Basse-Normandie, 14000, France