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Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel

1,659 Reviews
Open daily (access depends on the tides)
Bp 22, Au sommet du village

The Basics

Visiting Mont Saint-Michel on a day trip from Paris is a popular option for travelers who are short on time and would rather not drive themselves. The village’s Benedictine abbey (Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel), named after the archangel Michael, is the main attraction in the area, and its entrance fee is included in some tours. Some visitors with more time to explore spend a few days in the Normandy town of Caen or Bayeux for easier access to the island and a chance to see other northern France attractions such as the D-Day landing beaches of World War II and the coastal village of Honfleur.

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Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux

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Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux
$136.17 per adult
Our guide was amazing! He was very knowledgeable about everything that we had questions on and made the history come to life. It was a wonderful trip!
Heather_H, Aug 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Bayeux

Memorable Trip To An Unforgettable Place
JJS, Jul 2020
Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux
Our trip to Mont Saint-Michel was made memorable by our Tour Guide, he could expand on any question we asked him. He was extremely pleasant and made our trip very easy. We highly recommend this tour!
Breathtaking. Worth every penny.
mrsghes, Oct 2019
Private Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Bayeux
We were lucky enough to have the same guide for two excursion days and he was THE BEST! While he drove us to our sites, we were able to converse all about architecture, history, politics, French life, etc. He was personable, funny, and great with our children. He alone was worth the tours. Mont Saint Michel itself is a magical place. It is super special and unique. You won't regret booking this tour.
Great Trip to Mont Saint Michel!
Eric_H, Mar 2020
Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux
We had a wonderful trip from Bayeux to Mont Saint Michel. Our tour guide Roman was fantastic! We came to Bayeux for the beech tour but found Mont Saint Michel to be a real highlight! We went in the off season which turned out to be a benefit, the town is quite small. I can't image it during high season with large crowds.
Mont Saint Michel Tour
Madison_O, Mar 2020
Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux
Our experience with this tour was absolutely incredible! The tour guide was friendly and engaging and gave us way more information than a regular audio guide or tour. On the drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel, he gave us history of the area and answered any questions that we had. He was incredibly knowledgeable and really enhanced the entire experience.
It's the way to go!
DebkCol, Jul 2019
Mont St Michel Small Group Guided Day Tour from Paris
Sit back, let your driver take you to the beautiful Mont St. Michele. The van was comfortable, clean and relaxing. Our guide was pleasant. Our van was very quiet, not a lot of conversation, but that was ok. Just enjoyed the day and didn't have to drive ourselves or ride on a huge tour bus.
Normandy and Loire Valley
rogershell, Jun 2019
3-Days Guided Normandy, St Malo, Mont Saint Michel & Loire Castles from Paris
Efficient use of time to see as many important sites as possible. Guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Hotels were utilitarian, but clean, comfortable with adequate breakfast. Only one dinner included. Buses were clean, modern, and comfortable. Chateaux not castles in the usual sense. Wine tasting was fun, but only three pours (red, rose, white)
Full Day Tour of Mont St. Michel
Chrissy, Jul 2020
Full Day Tour focus on Mont St Michel from Bayeux with a National guide
We had a wonderful tour of Mont St. Michel with Kate. She was friendly, sweet and very knowledgeable not just on Mont St. Michel but the entire region. We had plenty of time to tour the monastery, have lunch and explore the small town. The van was new and very comfortable. Great day! We would highly recommend this tour.
wonderful trip
Jennifer_B, Apr 2020
Mont Saint-Michel Guided Day Trip with Lunch from Paris
one of my favorite tours. Such and amazing place to go see and visit. If you are in France I highly reccomend this tour.
First visit to Mont St Michel
Mary_S, Mar 2020
Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux
Tour guide was excellent! We really enjoyed the experience, learned a lot about history, architecture, geology, etc.
St Michel
Lingxi_J, Feb 2020
Mont Saint-Michel Guided Day Trip with Lunch from Paris
Strongly recommend this trip for people who have limited time in France but really want to visit St Michel.
Winter in Mont Saint-Michel
khrisendriga, Jan 2020
Mont Saint Michel Guided Tour with Abbey Visit from Paris
Amazing trip. It was nice that not many people were visiting and I highly suggest that you join a small group (ours was 7). The view was amazing, and the tide was low so you can really see the village standing out. Might be a good experience too if it was high tide as well, so it would look as if it was floating. But overall, it was great. My friend and I enjoyed it
The most beautiful sights
SilvinaGlobal, Dec 2019
Mont Saint-Michel Audio Guided Day Trip with Abbey Entrance from Paris
It was a very long bus trip and very exhausting but even though it was raining, it was worth it. The view is magnificent. I bought only the bus trip with audio - guide. I'm not so sure if the audio guide was worth it. I had free time to go to the top of the Mont-St.-Michel and visit the Abbey and had lunch in the surrounding area. I did a lot of walking.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The parking lot is located on the mainland, 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from the island; a shuttle runs from the lot to a drop-off point 440 yards (400 meters) from the entrance to Mont Saint-Michel.

  • The village is full of narrow walkways and steps, so wear comfortable shoes and prepare for crowds.

  • There are no stairs from the parking lot to the entrance or along the paved main street of the village (although it does climb quickly), but 350 steps lead from the top of the main street to the abbey. There is no elevator.

  • Wi-Fi is available at the tourist office in the village.

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How to Get There

Mont Saint-Michel is located about 220 miles (354 kilometers) west of Paris, roughly four hours away by road. Driving or taking a bus tour is the quickest way to reach the island, but train and public bus options are also available through Caen, Rennes, and Pontorson.

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When to Get There

Mont Saint-Michel’s tourist office is open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, while the abbey is closed January 1, May 1, and December 25. As a small island, it’s a popular destination with limited space, so arrive early to avoid some crowds, which are the biggest in summer.

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Exploring the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey

After paying your entrance fee to the abbey, grab a visitor’s guide for a self-guided tour of the Gothic landmark’s cloister and rooms. Alternatively, guided 75-minute tours in French and English are available year-round; they are included in admission with no reservation required. To hear commentary without a live guide, purchase a 1-hour audio guide for a small fee.

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