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The Port of Le Havre (Paris)

Port Facts


The information desk is open from 07:00 am to 8:00 pm on call days

City maps, information and warm welcome !


Bicycles are available for renting (6€ for half day and 10 € for the day)

New ! free wifi in the cruise terminal !

A shop is open in the Cruise Terminal in which you'll find souvenirs, last minute purchases, snacks, and personal items.

The port is at an easy walking distance of the city center, approximately 2 miles or 30 min, same distance for the railway station.

Facts and Figures

City: Le Havre
Region: Normandy
Country: France
Continent: Europe
Area: 47 sq. km
Population: 178.000
Currency: EURO (€)
Language: French

Average temperature: around 4/6°C in winter and 18/20°C in summer

Country code: +33
Country URL extension: .fr

Electricity: 220V (standard European connectors)

Alongside 112, the following emergency numbers are available:

15 - medical emergency

17 - police

18 - firemen

115 - social emergency

119 - abused children

116000 - missing children

114 - National centre for emergency calls for deaf and people with hearing problems.


Calling 911 in France may not working with some phones, prefere numbers above







Things to do



Le Havre, World Heritage
The city of le Havre was destroyed and the port devastated. It has taken twenty years for Le Havre to find a new lease of life.
In July 2005, UNESCO added the city centre, rebuilt by Auguste perret, to its World Heritage list. Le Havre city centre is the first 20th urban settlement in Europe to be added to the world Heritage list.

A sightseeing tour on foot is avalaible at the information desk


The city of love and fashion is one of Europe's largest capitals. Churches, squares, markets and museums, including the Louvre, the world's largest museum with the famous "Mona Lisa" portrait. Finish the day on the Eiffel tower.

Paris is the most popular tour for cruise passengers calling at Le Havre. 2 hours train ride with convenient departures, 2 hours and half by car depending on the traffic around Paris.

Le Havre, in the Heart of Normandy
Normandy offers you its own special version of France, with its local dishes, verdant landscapes, historical towns, and friendly people. with its 350 miles of coastlines and richly varied regions, Normandy gives the visitor a wonderful choice of landscapes, sceneries and culture : the stunning beauty of the cliffs at Etretat, or the long sandy beaches, stepped in history from Caen to Arromanches, the Seine valley winding between wooded hills and chalk escarpments, and the patchwork of fields and hedges of the Calvados region with its orchards and timber-framed cottages.

Le Havre, turned to the future

The old docks harbour site connects the port to the city. This old port area has been fully restored. The shopping mall “Les Docks” opened 2 years ago. Port Vauban, the new marina, delivers a maritime atmosphere in the city centre.





There are two sales periods in France, one for the autumn-winter collection and the second one for the spring-summer collection. The winter sales usually take place from early January to mid-February and the summer sales from mid June to end of July.

There are two main shopping malls in Le Havre : 

"Les Docks Vauban" open 7/7 days from 10:00am to 8:00pm, providing free WIFI

and "Espace Coty", open Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 20:00pm and on some bank holidays as well.

The city centre offers a pedestrian area with lots of shops and a covered food marked. An open air market takes place in this area on Sundays till 1.00 pm. 

Shops might be closed on Monday mornings.

  Cruise schedule for Le Havre 2014


After the unexpected call of Marco Polo early January,
the cruise season has really picked up today in Le Havre.
This year, 118 calls are scheduled and 245 000 passengers are expected until December.
Peak months are May (25 calls), August (16 calls), and September (27 calls).
20 partial turnarounds are also planned.
Some highlights with multiple calls: 18 doubles, 5 triples and even two quads on September.
Inaugural calls: Royal Princess, Ruby Princess, Seabourn Legend,
Louis Aura, Mein Schiff 3 and Minerva.
Frequent visitors are AIDA (34 calls), MSC (20), Princess, (14), Celebrity (10), RCCL (8), TUI (7).
On the welcome side: the Cruise Department team has worked hard to give the Cruise Terminal colors of season. New reception staff were trained to strengthen hospitality in the city center as part of the “Cruise Welcome” operation.
Particular attention is paid to the practice of English and German among other languages. 
Date Ship Time Cruiselines
6-Nov Astor 19:00 Passat
10-Nov Msc Magnifica 20:00 MSC
27-Nov Queen Mary 2 21:00 Cunard
20-Dec Balmoral 21:30 Fred Olsen


Sights & Attractions
Le Havre, Birthplace of Impressionism


Le Havre is the birth place of Impressionism and the Malraux Museum (Muma) has an important collection of paintings, the second one after Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11.00 am to 7.00 pm - closed on Thursdays
Fee 5€ - free under 26 and every 1st saturday of every month

Other places of interest

© Hilke Maunder - OTAH
guided visits on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00pm -
Full rate 3€
Shipowner's mansion
© Hilke Maunder - OTAH

open on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays ans Sundays from 11:00 to 12:30 am and from 1:30 to 6:00pm - wednesdays from 2:00 to 6:pm
Full rate 5€

New ! Scenic train - 1 hour guided tours from the Terminal in 8 languages

Hanging gardens
©Patrick Boulen - OTAH

Winter opening schedule : from last Sunday of October to last Saturday of March : 10:30am ti 5:00pm
Free entrance.

Sightseeing tour on foot available in different languages - approximately 2 hours walk throughout the city

Food & Drinks


Lunch is generally served between 12:00am and 3:00pm and dinner from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

but some brasseries offer a continuous service.


Mussels, seafood, fish, pancakes, cider, cream, apples are Normandy specialities

but you'll also find world food, such as italian, chinese, texmex...restaurants.


Bars open early in the morning and pubs generally at noon until late in night!

Tips : included in the bill but up to you !




Available in the Terminal, they will drive you anywhere downtown for 8€ per cab per ride.
(10€ sundays and bank holidays)
They also provide tours, see their brochure below
Available in the Terminal
Available in the Terminal
6€ Half Day
10€ Full Day
Credit card and ID needed for the deposit

Honfleur - Deauville - Etretat - Fécamp
Schedules available at the Information Desk
(Honfleur : 25min, Deauville : 60min, Etretat : 60min, Fécamp : 90min)
Paris - Rouen
Schedules available at the Information Desk
(Rouen : 55min, Paris : 130min)



Le Havre News 
September, a record month at Le Havre
With 27 calls scheduled at Le Havre, September is the peak month tied with May this year. Multiple calls are announced: 2 quads, 5 triples, and also 18 doubles.
To support the development of the cruise activity over the past years and the growing number of multiple calls, the Tourist Board in partnership with the Port Authority have developed facilities and they have set a well-established organization alongside with the Cruise Club which gathers public and private partners.

Draw-me a cruise ship
The Le Havre Cruise Club organised a drawing competition for the primary classes of the Le Havre conurbation. The theme was “draw-me a cruise ship”. The five winning classes (134 pupils+ 15 accompanying adults) were invited at the Cruise Terminal last Tuesday. They visited the collections of the maritime museum adjacent to the cruise terminal and afterwards they carefully listened to the Cruise Club’s President, Agnès Firmin Le Bodo who announced the awards. The announcement was followed by sweet treats. Prizes are: visit of a cruise ship for the winning class. Second prize: visit of the harbour aboard a sailing ship ; third: visit of Le Havre by scenic train. The goal of this operation was to give a taste of cruising to the young generation and to their parents through them.

The river cruise season is starting at Le Havre: 58 calls expected
Le Havre, known as the cruise port of Paris, is the ultimate stopover of a rich and diverse itinerary, leaving from the French capital, with breathtaking landscapes of the Seine Valley as well as the richness of the historical and cultural sites such as Rouen, Giverny and Les Andelys. Ideally located in the heart of Normandy, Le Havre is the ideal starting point to discover the larger Normandy area, and the DDay beaches. River cruises have regularly called at Le Havre over the past years. Today the MS Swiss Sapphire called at Le Havre for the first time, starting a series of 20 stopovers until the end of October. The representatives of Le Havre Cruise Club went on board this morning to deliver hospitality information and brochures for the passengers and crew members. They will stay in close contact all along the season. Le Havre has 2 dedicated berths for river cruises which are situated in the recently renovated docks area. The old warehouses were reconverted into a commercial center offering a large range of leisure activities. MS River Venture will also call on three occasions at Le Havre this year.



Le Havre and Normandy, host major events all year round:

The World Equestrian Games (Normandy)
70th tribute to the D-day landing (Normandy)
Tour de France - Stage (Le Havre & Normandy)


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