Rouen, France

A Weekend Guide


Rouen perfectly captures the essence of Norman charm and modern vibrancy, offering an array of cool spots to explore. Whether you prefer trendy cocktails or chilled beers on a terrace, the city's lively bars and clubs cater to every taste. Culturally, Rouen is always buzzing with events, from art exhibitions to live concerts.

Looking for some fresh air? The Seine riverbanks are perfect for a leisurely stroll or simply relaxing. Food enthusiasts will find local restaurants and shops ready to tantalize their taste buds. In Rouen, the old meets the new, all within a friendly atmosphere.

Getting to Rouen?

By train

Over 25 trains daily from Paris Saint-Lazare.

Average journey time : 1h20 for around 20 euros.

By car

A13, A28, A29, A150 all lead you straight to Rouen from various directions.

However, driving and parking in Rouen can be tricky. With great public transport connections, we recommend leaving your car behind for the weekend!

By bus

From Paris, Caen, Lille, and many other French cities, companies like Flixbux and Blablacar offer excellent connections to Rouen.

Where to stay



Airbnb options are also available but book up fast.

Areas like La Gare, Vieux Marché, and Carmes St-Maclou are especially popular!

What to do in Rouen

Historic Sites

  • Notre-Dame Cathedral
  • Le Gros-Horloge
  • Place du Vieux-Marché

Museums and Culture

  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Pierre Corneille's birthplace

Outdoor Activities

  • Walk along the Seine riverbanks
  • Natural park of the Seine loops

Shopping and Gastronomy

  • Main shopping streets
  • Restaurants to savor Normandy's cuisine

Practical Tips

The city center is pedestrian-friendly. Good walking shoes are a must!

Main attractions are usually open between 10am and 7pm.

Being in Normandy, always pack a raincoat or umbrella!

Local events and festivals for the weekend


This summer kick-off music event in Rouen is a must! Get ready to groove, dance, and dream from June 6th to 15th.

D-Day Festival

Celebrate freedom and the anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy from June 1st to 16th. Expect parachuting, parades, concerts, historical reenactments, fireworks, exhibitions, and screenings.

Dining and Bars


  • Le Petit BAR Cocktails
  • L’Absinthe (Cocktail)
  • L’Antre du Malt (Bières craft)
  • L’Underdogs (Bières craft)
  • Le Vixen (Cocktail et bière)


  • Café Hamlet
  • Pasta Tinto
  • Hai ba
  • Rotomagus
  • La Bekaa
  • Le bisou
  • La Bocelli
  • Yu Yuan
  • Nanako

Estimated budget for a weekend in Rouen

Average accommodation cost : 110€/night

Meal with a drink : 25€

Average tourist attraction prices : 10€