1 / General

Rouen

Population: 494 382 inhabitants

Population Density:726 inhab/ km² (miles square)

Name of the inhabitants: Rouennais, Rouennaises

Region: Haute-Normandie

Postcode: 76000



2 / Transport

By car

Thanks to the highway A13 (Paris-Caen), it will be easy for you to reach Rouen from any road in the country. The highways A28, A29 and A150 are also going through Rouen and will allow you to reach easily the center of the city or its suburbs.


Rouen train station

By train

The train station Gare Rouen-Rive-Droite will allow you to reach the surrounding regions such as the Haute-Normandie, Basse-Normandie, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Picardie et Intercité Haute-Normandie. Tha train will also be a convenient option if you want to reach Rouen from another large city or leave Rouen to visit another French city.

Rouen airport

By plane

The closest airport is the airport Rouen-Vallée de Seine, located in Boos, only 9 kilometres north from the center of Rouen. To and from this airport, you wil be able to reach the south of France as well as Corsica and Spain. The closest airport is the aéroport Rouen-Vallée de Seine, located in Boos, only 9 kilometres north from the center of Rouen. To and from this airport, you wil be able to reach the south of France as well as Corsica and Spain.


Transportation downtown

If you want to leave your car at the garage to discover Rouen, it is possible and perfectly doable! The city’s public transportation is very efficient and will allow you to reach the main touristic attractions as well as the beautiful suburbs rapidly and safely. Buses operate in the city as well as two tramway lines that will allow you to cross the river in a couple of minutes. One ticket costs 1,60 euros and we recommand a 10 or 20 travels pass if you intend to take the tramway or the bus on a regular basis during your vacations. More information here. If you feel like cycling, you will enjoy the Cy’clic system: from 5am to 1am, you can borrow a bicycle and enjoy the city like a real Rouennais! A 1-day ticket costs 1 euro and a 7-day ticket costs 5 euros. The final price can be more expensive if you use your bicycle for more than 30 minutes at a time, but Rouen is not that big and you probably won’t need your bicycle for more than 30 minutes at a time! More information here.



3 / When to go ?

Summer:

it is the best time fo the year to discover Rouen. A lot of outdoor activities are offered during the summertime for the Rouennais but also for the tourists! You will enjoy discovering the city’s history and activites at that time of the year since it’s always warm but never to hot in Rouen between the months of May and September.
This is also at that time that you will have the chance to discover the Cathédrale Notre-Dame’s illuminations and the numerous outdoor concerts organized by the city. During the summertime, you will also have the occasion to dicover the city through another angle thanks to the boats that sail on the Seine river. More information here.



4 / Information and useful addresses

Office de tourisme : http://www.rouentourisme.com/en/

Emergency: 112 (zone Euro, le 112 redirige sur les numéros 15, 17, 18, 115 et 119)

Fire station : 18

Medical emergency : 15

Police : 17

Missing kids: 116


Transportation

Public transportation:http://www.reseau-astuce.fr/

Rouen train station:http://uk.voyages-sncf.com/en/#/

Rouen Airport:http://www.rouen.aeroport.fr/

Touristic visits

Gros Horloge:http://www.rouen.fr/gros-horloge

Cathédrale Notre-Dame:http://www.cathedrale-rouen.net/

Abbaye Saint Georges Boscherville:http://www.abbaye-saint-georges.com/gb/index.php

Histoire Jeanne D'Arc:http://www.historial-jeannedarc.fr/en

Jardin des Sculptures:http://www.lejardindessculptures.com/index.php?lang=en

Panorama XXL:http://www.panoramaxxl.com/en/

Eglise Saint Maclou:http://www.rouen.fr/eglise-saint-maclou



5 / Budget in Rouen

Lodgings


Average prices for one night in a double room. Prices may vary.

From 30 to 45 euros*:
for this price, you will be staying in a simple hotel room and perhaps quite far from the center of the city. for this price, you will be staying in a simple hotel room and perhaps quite far from the center of the city.

From 45 to 60 euros*:
you will be staying in a nice hotel located downtown and not too far from the touristic attractions.

From 60 to 85 euros*:
you will be lodging in a beautiful B&B or in a very nice hotel located in one of the best areas of the city and perhaps with a view on the Seine river. you will be lodging in a beautiful B&B or in a very nice hotel located in one of the best areas of the city and perhaps with a view on the Seine river.

More than 85 euros*:
you will be staying in on of the best hotels of the city. you will be staying in on of the best hotels of the city.

Take a look at our website to find a hotel to stay in Rouen.

Restaurants


Average prices for a menu/ meal for one persone. Prices may vary.

From 5 to 20 euros*:
For a snack, we recommand the Bagel Kantine, a small and colourful place where you will find a large varieties of sweet or salty snacks and meals. If you’re looking for a more traditional address, visit the Little Resto, a friendly place where you will have a chance to discover simple French cuisine, for almost nothing.

From 20 to 45 euros*:
During your visit in Rouen, discover La Marmite, a beautiful restaurant where you will enjoy traditional meals. This is a very popular place, we advise you to place a reservation. If you feel like having fish, you will most certainly enjoy La Pêcherie, THE best fish restaurant in town.

Fromm 45 to 75 euros*:
For a gastronomic break, reserve a table at the ODAS, a very original gastronomic restaurant. Sous la Toque d’Olivier (in Isneauville) is also a wonderful restaurant where you will have the occasion to discover the wonders of French cuisine!

For an exceptional dinner or lunch
you can visit the Gill, a very chic restaurant and the place to be if you feel like celebrating a special occasion! The Restaurant Origine and its very original and colourful menu is also a very good address where you will enjoy an exceptional meal.



6 / Unmissable visits!

Rouen Gros horloge

  • Gros Horloge:
  • Ever since the Renaissance, the Gros Horloge sets the heartbeat of the city. Located right in then center of Rouen, be sure not to miss this beautiful architectural work!

  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame:
  • This is also one of tha main attraction of the city. The Cathédrale Notre-Dame is located in the heart of Rouen since the 13th century! You will be able to visit it for free throughout the year. Be sure to take a look at the website before your visit, admission hours change during the year.

  • Abbaye Saint Georges Boscherville:
  • This monastry is located 12 kilometres away from Rouen and offers free visits as well as tours during the year. You will most certainly enjoy the beautiful French garden during the summertime.

  • Historial Jeanne D’Arc:
  • Discover or re-discover the history of one of the most famous French figures: Joan of Arc. You and your children will be delighted to enter this brand new museum and its outdoor events and activities. Admission fee is 9,50 euros for adults and 6,50 euros for children.

Rouen jardin des sculptures

  • Jardin des Sculptures:
  • It is in the garden of the Château du Bois Guilbert that you will discover the Sculpture Garden, created by Jean-Marc de Pas. Take your time to visit the 4 hectares where the wonderful sculptures have found a home a couple of decades ago. The garden is open from the 1st of April to the 15th of November and the admission fee is 7 euros for adults and 4 euros for children.

  • Panorama XXL:
  • This new attraction opened its doors in December 2014 and it will offer you a truly inique experience. There, you will be able to discover the massive fresque created by the German artist Yadegar Asisi. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity during your vacations in Rouen. Admission fee is 9,50 euros for adults and 6,50 euros for children.

  • Eglise Saint Maclou:
  • This wonderful gothic church, also called “Malo” by its neighbours, has been built in Rouen during the 15th century. The church is open for free visits every Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays. Stick around at night during summer to admire the illuminations on its facade and take a look at its surroundings, especially the medieval houses of the Old Rouen.


* This travel guide was published in July 2015, prices may then vary.