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There are 7 ways to get from Brussels to Caen by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train via Paris  •  4h 39m

  1. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Paris Nord Thalys
  2. Take the train from Paris St Lazare to Caen Ter

107€ - 218€

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Bus  •  8h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Brussels City Center - Midi Train station to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine Brussels City Center - Midi Train station > Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine / ...
  2. Take the bus from Paris to Caen 722 / ...

25€ - 37€

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Train  •  5h 32m

  1. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Paris Nord Izy
  2. Take the train from Paris St Lazare to Caen Ter

57€ - 99€

Rideshare  •  5h 38m

  1. Take the rideshare from Brussels to Caen 472.7 km

27€ - 29€

Drive  •  4h 30m

  1. Drive from Brussels to Caen 472.8 km

50€ - 80€

Train to Lille Lesquin, fly to Caen  •  6h 47m

  1. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Lille Europe
  2. Fly from Lille Lesquin (LIL) to Caen (CFR) LIL - CFR

268€ - 1036€

Fly Brussels to Paris CDG, train  •  5h 59m

  1. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Paris CDG (CDG) BRU - CDG
  2. Take the train from Paris St Lazare to Caen

128€ - 648€

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Caen is 800 130 000.

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The cheapest way to get from Brussels to Caen is to rideshare which costs 27€ - 29€ and takes 5h 38m.

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The fastest way to get from Brussels to Caen is to drive which takes 4h 30m and costs 50€ - 80€.

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No, there is no direct bus from Brussels station to Caen. However, there are services departing from Brussels City Center - Midi Train station and arriving at Caen via Paris. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 45m.

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No, there is no direct train from Brussels to Caen. However, there are services departing from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi and arriving at Caen via Pyramides and Paris St Lazare. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 32m.

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The distance between Brussels and Caen is 384 km. The road distance is 472.8 km.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Caen without a car is to train via Paris which takes 4h 39m and costs 100€ - 220€.

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It takes approximately 4h 39m to get from Brussels to Caen, including transfers.

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Brussels to Caen bus services, operated by Blablabus, depart from Brussels City Center - Midi Train station.

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Brussels to Caen train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), depart from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi station.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Caen is to train via Paris which takes 4h 39m and costs 100€ - 220€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 25€ - 40€ and takes 8h 45m.

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  • Distance: 383.8 km
  • Duration: 4h 39m

What companies run services between Brussels, Belgium and Caen, France?

You can take a train from Brussels to Caen via Paris Nord, Gare Du Nord - Dunkerque, Gare Saint-Lazare - Budapest, and Paris St Lazare in around 4h 39m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Brussels to Caen via Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine and Paris in around 8h 45m.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lille Lesquin to Caen via Lyon
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
230€ - 700€
Flights from Lille Lesquin to Caen via Calvi
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
250€ - 850€
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Lille Lesquin to Caen via Marseille
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
240€ - 750€
Flights from Lille Lesquin to Caen via Toulouse
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday
Estimated price
240€ - 750€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
280€ - 1500€
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Paris Nord
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
75€ - 160€
Website
Thalys
Standard
75€ - 110€
Comfort
90€ - 120€
Premium
110€ - 160€
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Paris St Lazare to Caen
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
28€ - 60€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
28€ - 45€
Rail 1st Class
40€ - 60€
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Paris Nord
Ave. Duration
2h 28m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
26€ - 40€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
26€ - 40€
1st Class
40€ - 60€
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
32€ - 38€
1st Class
27€ - 32€
Bus operators
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Brussels City Center - Midi Train station to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
12€ - 15€
Website
Blablabus
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Brussels South to Paris
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
16€ - 20€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Paris to Caen
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
13€ - 17€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Brussels to Caen
Ave. Duration
5h 38m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
27€ - 29€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Lille Lesquin Airport to Caen Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 35m and has one stopover.

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Brussels to Caen bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Caen station.

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Brussels to Caen train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at Caen station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Brussels to Caen is 473 km. It takes approximately 4h 30m to drive from Brussels to Caen.

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Volotea and Air France offer flights from Lille Lesquin Airport to Caen Airport.

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There are 237+ hotels available in Caen. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Brussels and Caen. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Brussels Airport is to train which takes 12 min and costs 8€ - 10€.

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