The Bus from Pontorson to Le Mont St. Michel
Les Courriers Bretons offers convenient bus transportation from the Pontorson train station to your Mont St. Michel hotel and to Le Mont St. Michel itself. The Pontorson bus stop is 100 m on the left as you exit Pontorson train station. (Ignore the bus parking spaces in front of the Pontorson Gare.) Each bus has plenty of cargo space for those travelling with luggage or backpacks. And, the drivers are really great people. My driver spoke zero English, but went out of his way to help me get to my hotel.
If you have booked a hotel on the continental portion of Mont Saint Michel, you can purchase a 1.50 euro ticket from the driver that will take you from Pontorson Gare to the La Caserne bus stop, which is located in front of the Hotel Motel Vert and its associated restaurant, La Rotisserie. From there, you can easily walk to the following hotels: Relais Saint-Michel, Hotel de la Digue, Le Relais du Roy, Formule Verte, Hotel Mercure Mont St. Michel, and the Hotel Motel Vert. When returning to Pontorson Gare, use the bus stop across the street -- in front of the Hotel Mercure Mont Saint Michel.
(If you are going from Pontorson Gare directly to to Mont, just ask for the Le Mont Saint Michel bus stop. It only costs 1.80 euro.)
The bus schedule is seasonal and probably coordinates with the trains arriving in Pontorson. (The Le Courriers Bretons web site has no information about this Pontorson to Mont St. Michel bus route. I found out the details at my hotel.)
There is also a bus service from the Rennes train station the the Mont -- possibly operated by Ligne Regionale (Region Bretagne). I know nothing about it except that one of their busses stopped at "La Caserne" before my Les Courriers Bretons bus arrived. I also noticed a listing for Le Mont St. Michel while waiting at Rennes Gare.
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Bus or car to get it
To join Mont Saint Michel the best way is to take the car but you can also choose to go there by bus. It takes about 4 hours from Paris to Mont Saint Michel, roads are quite good and fast from the capital. I recommend you to move from your location very soon in the morning to stay there as long as possible, consedering that at 5:00 P.M. the water of the Sea arrives !!
For those with no car
This tip concers mainly those who don't drive.
As we were on an Interrail trip, we depended on trains and other means to get to the places we wanted to see.
And visiting The Mont Saint Michel was in fact quite easy. The nearest train station is the village of Pontorson. There are trains arriving from Rennes and from Normandy. From the station, a private bus company takes you to the Mont Saint Michel for a reasonable price. There are several buses a day, but the amount of people waiting for them can be great too.
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Getting to Mont Saint Michel
The Mont is located 180 miles northwest of Paris. It can be reached by car (A11 & A81 west to Rennes, N175 Pontorson) Total driving time from Paris is about 4 1/2 hours.
There is no direct train route to Mont St. Michel; take the train from Montparnasse, if leaving from Paris, to the town of Pontorson, from it's station take bus #15 to Saint Michel.
Take the TGV to Rennes, then take Les Couriers Bretons bus for the 75-minute transfer to Mont-St-Michel. Depending on the season, there are between two and five bus departures from Rennes a day, most of which are configured to correspond to the TGV's arrival times in Rennes.
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Best that you take a bus in from Pontorson...
...just be very mindful of the schedule of return times since they are not the same every day...if you are not careful you could find yourself facing a semi-pricey taxi fare back to Pontorson (as was our lot) so you can still make your train back to Bayeux or wherever it is you are staying that evening! Then again, if you drive your own or a rental car here, be mindful of the tides. During high tide, this lot becomes submerged, no kidding!
Saint Michel has no train links unfortunately, so I guess the bus is your best option.
St Michel is in Normandy, (from St Malo follow the coast to the east and just before it takes a sharp climb north thats St Michel).
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