Bus Drivers Wait for No Man - Courier-Breton
The easist way to get to and from the Mount is a bus (Courier-Breton) that takes you to and from Rennes, Saint Malo, and other cities with a train station for transports. They only arrive and depart in the early morning and late afternoon. Word of advice - BE EARLY! The bus was scheduled to depart Mont Saint Michel at 9:30 for Rennes. We had a late start and after checking out of the hotel, we ran to the bus stop and made it at 9:27. THE BUS WAS GONE! Another bus wasn't scheduled until 2:30. We were so paranoid about not making it onto this bus that we sat down at the bus stop at 1:50. The bus arrived at 2:15 and we pulled away at 2:25. For the unlucky souls who too had banked on a 2:30 depature, they were also left wondering where the bus had gone.
Beware of the tide!
The tide is high and fast in this area. So if you decide to explore the beautiful landscape around the Mont St. Michel, it is recommended to do it with a guide. Look out for information about the times, especially when you are travelling by car and decide to park close to the Mont. Some parking areas may get under water and so your car could get damaged.
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Watch where you park
The pay parking area at Mont Saint Michel is located in a marshy and swampy area. It is not paved and many areas are muddy and sluggish on a rainy day. I made the mistake of driving into a very muddy area. There was already one driver stuck in the mud and trying frantically to get out of the jam. I was stuck in the mud too but fortunately I was able to get out eventually. However, my rental car was really dirty as you can see in the picture.
I heard they are going to build a new parking area in the town instead of allowing cars to take the causeway to the islet. They will have shuttle buses bringing visitors to the islet from the town.
Watch the tides
If you wanted to wander off in the sandy beach area to another Island nearby, please consult the tide tables or ask the locals when the tides will return again. The tides can come in suddenly and cover the low lying area very fast. Each year there were countless people got trapped and needed to be rescued.
Watch the Tides
Mont St. Michel is only an island when the tide is high. The tide drops 60 feet (among the highest tide drops in France) which reveals sand mudflats you can walk out on for views of Mont St. Michel. But it's no sandbox. Guides say that the tide can rush in suddenly trapping unwary tourists on sand banks, and many people must be rescued every year. Besides the tides, quicksand threatens to suck you down. It's so treacherous, that tour guides are required to walk you out on the mud flats.
If you're parked on the causeway, remember it to disappears when the tide comes in.
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The bay cuts 23 km into the land. If, at firstsight, the bay looks very inviting and seems fit for an agreeable promenade, it is very dangerous. The tides are terrible and can be hazardous. The sea mounts sometimes at a speed of 3,7 km an hour (2,5 miles), which is a lot. But at some places the speed of upcoming tide is much quicker, some say, at the speed of a horses gallop
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The water comes.....
The well-known peculiarity of Mont-Saint-Michel - that it is an island connected to the continent by a strip of land that twice a day disappears under the rising tide - has had the effect of preserving here a sort of microcosm that might be said to be the epitome of the Middle Ages. You must know well when the water will cover the land, to have time to get out Mont Saint Michel. To be stuck there could be very dangerous for your life.
make sure it's not loaded!
I know, I know, the urge to get a close-up look at these cool cannons which are just inside the main entrance to the abbey complex is great. Just be careful. You may have nine lives and all, but surely you've used up several of them by now?
Never walk without a guide on the immense sand plain at low tide. The tide comes in like a galopping horse.
Also mind mind the quicksand!
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Beware the deadly muck!
But even if your encounter with the stuff isn't fatal, eeewwwwww! it sure could end up being extremely messy. Enlarge this photo if you have to so you can clearly read the dire warnings...
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