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5 Weekend Ideas Less Than 3 Hours From Paris

5 Weekend Ideas Less Than 3 Hours From Paris

The French don’t only love their long luxurious holidays but they also adore their freedom to escape the city for short breaks and weekend getaways. With many cities within 3 hours of Paris, there is plenty to visit even for a limited time. Though a weekend may feel short, you don’t have to go far and rent a car to be able to visit as much as possible. We have selected nearby cities for you to make the most of your trip. 


This charming little town located in Normandy 2.5 hours from Paris has arguably one of the most beautiful ports in France. You can visit the historic center of Honfleur and take a break in a typical restaurant to taste the local gastronomy. You can then walk on Butin beach as well as on the Vieux Bassin and why not take a boat trip. By renting a car with Avis you will be able to visit nearby towns such as Deauville, Trouville or Le Havre.



Etretat can be reached in 3 hours by train from Paris and although it is known for its cliffs, the city is one of the most beautiful in France and there is always something to do there. You can go to the Chemin des Douaniers, see the Notre Dame de la Garde Chapel which overlooks the D’Amont cliff and take a bike ride along the bike-rail to visit the city in an original way. Fans of novels and the world of Maurice Leblanc can take a detour to le Clos Arsène Lupine.



Called the “city of a thousand spiers”, Rouen is a city that has a lot to offer weekend visitors. You can visit the cathedrals and bell towers, the most famous of which is the Notre-Dame de Rouen cathedral. Stroll through the typical alleys of the historic center with the artists’ shops, then taste the specialties of the city with Camembert, Rouen-style duck or even Calvados. With your rental car, do not hesitate to take the “route des fruit” to visit the small producers of cherries, plums and apples.



Located on the border with Germany, Strasbourg is a city full of charm, accessible from Paris in 1h and 47min by train. In the city, you can rent a vélhop and cycle around the city by visiting the cathedral, the Petite France district and stop at a restaurant to taste the famous Flammekueche with an Alsatian beer. For a more natural side, you can tour the lakes around Strasbourg, walk in the Robertsau or Neuhof forest and get away from it all by kayaking on the river Ill.



Giverny is a small typically French village 1.5 hours from Paris by car and less than 1 hour by train. The village is particularly known for the painter Claude Monet who had chosen this village as his residence. You can therefore visit Claude Monet’s house and garden, the Impressionism museum and of course get lost in the small streets of the village. Around Giverny, you can visit the Vieux Moulin in Vernon as well as the Eure Valley Tourist Railway, both of which are quickly accessible by car from Giverny.

These destinations are of course not the only ones less than 3 hours from Paris for a successful weekend. But, this should be a lovely start to your exploration.


Adapted from original article: By Saving United

Posted on September 6, 2021 at 10:31 p.m.

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