Arriving -- From Paris’s Gare St-Lazare, trains leave for Rouen about once an hour (trip time: 1[bf]1/2 hr.). The one-way fare is 23€, but you can get deals online for as little as 10€. For rail information and schedules, visit www.voyages-sncf.com or call [tel] 36-35. To drive from Paris, take A13 northwest to Rouen (trip time: 1[bf]1/2 hr.).
Visitor Information -- The Office de Tourisme is at 25 place de la Cathédrale (www.rouentourisme.com; [tel] 02-32-08-32-40).
City Layout -- As in Paris, the Seine splits Rouen into a Rive Gauche (Left Bank) and Rive Droite (Right Bank). The old city is on the Rive Droite.
On Foot -- Rouen’s old town is compact and best navigated on foot, as many of its medieval streets are pedestrianized. The Tourist Office offers free maps marked with two easy-to-follow walking tours around the city.
By Bicycle -- Like many French cities, Rouen has its own bike-sharing scheme, Cy’clic (http://cyclic.rouen.fr). You can register online or directly at one of Rouen’s 21 bike stands; fees range from 1€ for 1 day to 5€ for a week.
By Car -- Rouen Park (www.rouenpark.com) details the city’s five central public parking lots, with information on exact location, number of parking places, and hourly prices.
By Taxi -- Les Taxi Blancs ([tel] 02-35-61-20-50).
By Public Transport -- Rouen’s Métro (www.crea-astuce.fr) has one line running north-south through the city, underground on Rive Droite and at street level on Rive Gauche. The most central stations in Rive Droite are Théâtre des Arts, Palais de Justice, and the train station, Gare-Rue Verte. Tickets cost 1.50€ and are on sale at automatic kiosks at each station.
ATMs/Banks -- Dozens of banks are all around the city center, with six along rue Jeanne d’Arc.
Business Hours -- As in most of France, shops are closed from about noon until at least 2pm, or even 3 or 4pm. They might open briefly on Sunday mornings, and most will be closed for a day early in the week, usually a Monday or a Tuesday.
Doctors & Hospitals -- Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Rouen (www.chu-rouen.fr; [tel] 02-32-88-89-90).
Emergencies -- The Tourist Office lists a full range of emergency contacts—from a poison center to an emergency cardiology unit—on its website (www.rouentourisme.com). Click on “General Information,” then “Emergency Numbers.”
Mail & Postage -- La Poste, 112 rue Jeanne d’Arc ([tel] 36-31).
Pharmacies -- Grande Pharmacie du Centre, 29 place Cathédrale ([tel] 02-35-71-33-17).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.