IntroductionCaen is a city in north-western France just 10km from the English Channel. It is connected directly with the English Channel via the Caen canal (Canal de Caen à la Mer) which leads from the Port of Caen to the coastal town of Ouistreham and then the Channel itself. This sea path enables Brittany ferries to provide direct services from Portsmouth to Caen/Ouistreham on a daily basis alongside many goods vessels which also dock at the port.
The road connections between Caen and the rest of France are very good due to it's proximity to the main motorways to Paris (A13), Brittany (A84) and Le Mans (A88–A28). As well as this the town has it's own dedicated airport Caen - Carpiquet, which is the largest in the Lower-Normandy region. Despite this however, there are only limited domestic and (mostly charter) international services.
The main and only railway station in Caen is Gare de Caen which lies on the high-speed line from Paris to Cherbourg. Local destinations are also well served by regional and inter-city trains including those to Rouen, Le Mans and Rennes.