There are 6 ways to get from Caen to Dunkirk by train, bus, rideshare or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train TGV  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Caen to Paris St Lazare Ic
  2. Take the train from Paris Nord to Dunkerque Tgv

$100 - $132

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Caen to Lille 713 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Lille to Dunkerque Ouibus

$17 - $42

4 alternative options

Train  •  6 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Caen to Rouen-Rive-Droite
  2. Take the train from Rouen-Rive-Droite to Lille Flandres
  3. Take the train from Lille Flandres to Dunkerque

$83 - $122

Bus, train  •  7 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Caen to Lille
  2. Take the train from Lille Flandres to Dunkerque

$33 - $62

Rideshare  •  4 h 38 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Caen to Dunkerque 242 miles

$30

Drive  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Caen to Dunkirk 241.6 miles

$50 - $75

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The cheapest way to get from Caen to Dunkirk is to bus which costs 14€ - 40€ and takes 7 h 55 min.

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The quickest way to get from Caen to Dunkirk is to drive which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 3 h 42 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Caen to Dunkirk. However, there are services departing from Caen and arriving at Dunkerque via Lille. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 55 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Caen to Dunkirk. However, there are services departing from Caen and arriving at Dunkerque via Haussmann St Lazare and Paris Nord. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 37 min.

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The distance between Caen and Dunkirk is 283 km. The road distance is 386.6 km.

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The best way to get from Caen to Dunkirk without a car is to train which takes 4 h 37 min and costs 85€ - 120€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 37 min to get from Caen to Dunkirk, including transfers.

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Caen to Dunkirk bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Caen station.

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Caen to Dunkirk train services, operated by SNCF, depart from Caen station.

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The best way to get from Caen to Dunkirk is to train which takes 4 h 37 min and costs 85€ - 120€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 14€ - 40€ and takes 7 h 55 min.

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Map of how to get from Caen to Dunkirk.
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  • Distance: 177 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 37 min

What companies run services between Caen, France and Dunkirk, France?

You can take a train from Caen to Dunkirk via Paris St Lazare, Haussmann St Lazare, Magenta, and Paris Nord in around 4 h 37 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Caen to Dunkirk via Lille in around 7 h 55 min.

Train operators
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. 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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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Caen to Paris St Lazare
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $55
1st Class
$50 - $85
Train from Caen to Rouen-Rive-Droite
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $45
1st Class
$35 - $60
Train from Rouen-Rive-Droite to Lille Flandres
Ave. Duration
2 h 41 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $55
1st Class
$55 - $85
Train from Lille Flandres to Dunkerque
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$19 - $27
1st Class
$24 - $40
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Paris Nord to Dunkerque
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $75
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$60 - $75
1st Class
$90 - $120
Bus operators
Isilines
Phone
0 892 89 12 00
Website
isilines.com
Bus from Caen to Lille
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
isilines.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Caen to Lille
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 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 Caen to Lille
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Lille to Dunkerque
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
Ouibus
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Caen to Dunkerque
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Caen to Dunkirk bus services, operated by Ouibus, arrive at Dunkerque station.

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Caen to Dunkirk train services, operated by TGV, arrive at Dunkerque station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Caen to Dunkirk is 387 km. It takes approximately 3 h 42 min to drive from Caen to Dunkirk.

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There are 406+ hotels available in Dunkirk. Prices start at $72 USD per night.

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

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