1. What is the best way to travel to Normandy?
- By car : Three motorways run through the region
- By train : direct trains run from Caen railway station to Paris and numerous other major French cities
- By plane : Caen-Carpiquet airport is located less than 10 kilometres from the majority of the competition sites
- By ferry : Ouistreham port offers regular crossings to England
2. Is it possible to park our car close to the competition venues?
CAEN : the Organising Committee is planning on making 3,000 free parking spaces available to spectators, in the shape of 2 park-and-ride facilities located near to the city of Caen: in Beaulieu, and in the Presqu’île neighbourhood of Caen. A free shuttle bus service will run between these car parks and the 4 competition venues in Caen: D’Ornano Stadium (Dressage, Jumping, jumping phase of the Eventing), the Zenith (Vaulting), La Prairie Racecourse (Driving, Para-Dressage), and the Exhibition Centre (Reining).
LE PIN NATIONAL STUD: For spectators travelling to Le Pin National Stud between 28 and 30 August for the dressage and cross-country phases of the Eventing, numerous parking areas will be available free of charge in close proximity to the site.
SARTILLY / BAY OF MONT ST MICHEL : Thousands of free parking spots will be available on site in Sartilly on Thursday, 28 August to accommodate the 5,000 spectators expected that day for the Endurance race.
3. Will shuttles and parking be free?
The 2 “park-and-ride” facilities located near to the city of Caen will be free. Shuttles going from those parking lots to the 4 competition venues in Caen will be free as well.
Parking spots nearby the competition venues in Le Pin National Stud and Sartilly will also be free.
Free shuttles will also link:
- Caen’s train station to the 4 competition venues in Caen
- Le Pin National Stud and the major cities of Orne department (including Argentan’s train station) on August 30th for the Eventing’s Cross Country competition.
Most parking spots inside the city of Caen will NOT be free.
4. Will there be special parking areas for people with disabilities ?
Special parking areas will be available for people with disabilities, so that they can park as close as possible to the venues.
5. Are there direct flights to the airport of Caen-Carpiquet ?
There will be direct flights from :
6. Is it possible to use public transportation to go from one competition venue to the other?
All spectators can also use Lower Normandy’s usual public transport network, in particular within the city of Caen, to get around (www.twisto.fr). The Organising Committee also encourages all spectators to car pool in order to save money and reduce traffic www.covoiturage.fr!
To get to Le Pin National Stud or Sartilly, it is advisable to come by car (see questions 7 and 8).
7. What is the best way to go to Le Pin National Stud for the Eventing’s Dressage and/or Cross Country competitions ?
If you go to Le Pin National Stud between 28 and 30 August for the dressage and cross-country phases of the Eventing, the best way of getting there is by car (consider car-pooling) or by motorcycle, as numerous parking areas will be available free of charge to spectators and in close proximity to the site.
For people who do not have their own transport, shuttles will run from over 20 towns in the department of L’Orne, plus Argentan railway station, to Le Pin National Stud on the day of the cross-country (August 30th).
The Lower Normandy region will also increase railway links between Caen and Argentan on this day, with additional trains.
8. What is the best way to get to Sartilly to watch the Endurance competition ?
Sartilly is located 15 kilometers away from Granville’ train station, 7 kilometers from the sea and 10 minutes away from the A84 free highway that connects Rennes to Caen.
The best way of getting to Sartilly is by car (consider car-pooling) or by motorcycle, as over 2,000 parking spots will be available free of charge to spectators and in close proximity to the site.
9. Will there be parking areas for motorcycles and bicycles close to the venues?
Yes, parking areas are provided for motorcycles, scooters, and bicycles.
10. Is it possible to walk between Caen’s competition venues of Caen ?
It is possible to walk because the four venues of the city of Caen – the Zenith, the Exhibition Centre, the Prairie Racecourse and d’Ornano Stadium – are located within a radius of 1, 5 km.
If you don’t want to walk, you can use free shuttles to go from one venue to the other.
Avoid walking from Caen to Le Pin National Stud or Sartilly… it would be a very loon walk ! (nearly 100 kilometers, or more than 15 hours for an average walker…)