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Arriving in Dieppe

Don’t forget to put your watch on an hour…

Unloading passenger cars is very quick in Dieppe and the only passport control is generally the only formality. Foot passengers board a bus on disembarkation and are driven to the terminal for passport control and those without bags will be quickly on their way. If, however, you have checked a suitcase you’ll have to wait until the baggage trolley loaded at Newhaven arrives at the ter­minal. All the cars have to be unloaded before this can happen.

Drivers have two possibilities on leaving the terminal. Head for Paris, Rouen and the rest of France by climbing the road up the cliffs, the second exit from the rounda­bout. To visit Dieppe town centre, take the first right off the roundabout. Turn right at the swing bridge and you will arrive after a few hundred yards at the tourist office. Follow the quayside round to the right and you will even­tually reach the beach and several hotels.  

To find an apartment or gite in town or by the sea try www.gites-dieppe-varengeville.com

The first café to open in the morning is Le Cayeux near the tourist office. The only all-day brasserie, Le Tout Va Bien is also nearby with its name clearly lit up in red neon lettering. The town bus service http://www.stradibus.fr  does not pass the ferry terminal, but during the season from 1st May to 30th September there is a shuttle to and from the Tourist Office and the Railway Station. Fare: 2 €

There is a limited service of buses to neighbouring towns and villages and beyond. http://www.mobiregion.net  If you decide to walk into town, it will take about 20 minutes across the two bridges.

Taxis are theoretically available round the clock, but it may be best to book either through your destination hotel, via the ferry company either on board or in Newhaven or by calling 00 33 2 35 84 20 05.


To call France from the UK dial 0033 followed by your number without the leading zero. To call a UK number from France use 0044.

Train Travellers arriving first thing will find Dieppe station, which is in the town centre, open from 5 a.m. to 10.20 p.m. On Saturdays opening is at 5.45 a.m. and Sun­days at 7.20 a.m. with closing at 10.15 p.m.

The only line from Dieppe and serves all stations to Rouen, where you can change for Paris and beyond. The booking office is open from 5.55 a.m. to 8.15 p.m. during the week, it opens an hour later on Saturday and at 7.30 p.m. on Sunday, with the same closing times all week.

Buying your ticket at the blue TER ticket machine requires a little patience and a knowledge of French. You need to choose between off-peak and peak fares and take your time. If the machine is working, you can pay by card.


It’s important to stamp (“composter”) your ticket in the little yellow machines before going out on to the plat­forms. You may get fined if you are found not to have cancelled your ticket.

You can also buy tickets in English at Trainline.com or using the SNCF app, with full access to timetables and availability. You can store your e-ticket electronically, which means you don’t have to validate it at the station. The train controlleur will (possibly) want to scan the ticket image on your phone or tablet.


Traffic in France

You won’t forget to drive on the right. Watch out at roundabouts to give way to cars coming from the left.

The most dangerous moment is when the roads are empty, and you are tired. It’s easy to start out driving on the left as at home.

At pedestrian crossings you must give way to pedestrians, despite examples to the contrary. The pedestrian is always in the right.

If you are a pedestrian, don’t forget to look left before stepping on to the road.

At a stop sign you must stop for fully 4 seconds and let all other vehicles pass. In many small towns there are now Stop signs on the main road giving right of way to side streets. It can be surprising… A give way sign is the same as in the UK, you don’t have priority, but you don’t need to stop if the road is clear. Unlike the UK there are many junctions where there is no sign and you must give way to traffic entering from the right, even from a small side street. This is the deadliest difference from UK driving and it is easy to forget.

There are many speed traps as in the UK and it’s best to keep carefully to the speed limits. There is a small leeway of 5 km/h to allow for differences in your speedometer. The police and the gendarmes frequently hide in the bushes.

In built-up areas the speed limit is 50 kph (31 mph) once you pass the sign marking the town or village name and is frequently reduced to 30 kph (19 mph).

On an open undivided road, the normal maximum speed is now reduced to 80 kph, exactly 50 mph. On a dual carriageway the limit is 90kph and on a motorway 130 kph (81 mph), reduced in wet weather to 110 kph (though this is often ignored).


At motorway barriers the T line is reserved for subscribers with a gadget. If you don’t have one you can pay by credit card (no pin needed) and in cash. The following sites give more information about the French Highway Code and driving: 

Load the WAZE app on your phone if you don’t have GPS; it includes traffic and some radars.

You can also find traffic conditions, especially around Paris, on V-traffic app and Trafic Futé app.

The main emergency number is European-wide:   112

ACREPT Vélo Service for cycle hire. Monday to Friday all year from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (4p.m. on Fridays) 27 rue Stalingrad, behind the Railway Station.) In July and August: Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the seafront (opposite the Hotel Aguado) Tel : 02 35 04 92 40  email : acrept@wanadoo.fr , website www.acrept.fr