France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Cars & Parking, Mont St-Michel
For decades cars could drive right to the base of Mont St-Michel, but in 2012 the causeway was closed to all but shuttle buses, maringotes and pedestrians.


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The causeway to Mont St-Michel is closed to private vehicles. Visitor parking for all motor vehicles and bicycles is located on the mainland 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) south of Mont St-Michel island.

Follow Signs for Navettes!

As you approach Mont St-Michel in your car, look for signs reading Navettes (shuttles) and the 'P' parking symbol. Follow these signs, not the signs reading simply Mont St-Michel. (The Mont St-Michel signs will direct you to a barrier on rue de la Caserne through which only authorized vehicles may pass.)

Following the navettes signs will get you to the mainland car parking lots.

If you are staying overnight at Mont St-Michel, check with your hotel for any special instructions about parking and conveyance of luggage.

Parking Fees & Payment

When you enter an official parking lot, you take a time-stamped ticket. The first 30 minutes of parking anytime, and all parking between the hours of 19:00 (7 pm) and 02:00 (2 am), are free of charge. Fees are levied from 02:00 (2 am) to 19:00 (7 pm) for 31 minutes to 2 hours, or for more than 2 hours to 24 hours. Payment is by euro coins and/or notes, or by chip credit or debit card, at machines located at the Tourist Information Center and on the paths to and from the parking lots.

After parking, you can reach the island by walking (free, 30 to 45 minutes), shuttle bus (navette, free, 5 to 8 minutes), or by horse-drawn carriage (maringote, fee payable, 15 minutes). More...

Approach to Mont St-Michel
The new causeway to the island, shared by navettes (shuttle buses), maringotes, bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Restoration

The project to restore the maritime character of Mont St-Michelhas ben completed.

Over the years before the restoration, silt built up in the river and the bay, extending the land into the bay and threatening to make the island part of the mainland. If this were to happen, Mont St-Michel's maritime character would be lost.

The new elevated causeway and the new dam on the Couesnon River, with its controlled filling and release of tidal sea and river water, are designed to reduce silting, protect the maritime environment, and return the sea at Mont St-Michel to its customary tides.

Transport to Mont St-Michel

Mont St-Michel Hotels

Mont St-Michel Restaurants

What to See & Do

The Dam at Mont St-Michel

Restoration Project

About Mont St-Michel

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Mont St Michel 2011, before the new causeway

This photo from 2011 shows the old car parking area right by the entrance to the fortified island. Those days are over!

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