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Manu du bac and his bikes join the inDeauville network

Sometimes just a few things are enough to make people's lives easier and make them happy ... This is what Emmanuel Guillet has been doing for 35 years every day at high tide between Deauville and Trouville. On board his small boat, he takes passers-by from one bank to the other for the smallest crossing in France: 220 meters in just three minutes. An incessant round trip that has lasted since the construction of Deauville in 1860.

Portrait Emmanuel Guillet - DR Stephane Lhôte
Emmanuel Guillet connects Trouville and Deauville with his boat in all weathers. He is also at the head of the Trouvillaises where all kinds of bikes are rented

Captain and tourist ambassador

On board the Petit Bac, we talk about markets, villas, the beach, entertainment, the preserved environment of cities, shopping ... as many reasons to cross in one direction or the other. Tourists like to discover both sides of the banks of the Touques. The locals need it out of habit: the Petit Bac even offers a loyalty card. Even President Macron has one! The conversations are friendly and warm, many regulars give news of each other: a warm atmosphere which adds to the charm of a crossing. We almost hope it lasts longer…


Emmanuel Guillet started seasonal on board the Petit Bac 35 years ago now. After a few summers, he made it his job, then bought the Petit Bac from his boss. It was 26 years ago now. He speaks with pride of his double origin: Deauvillais for three generations by his father, cabinetmaker, and Trouvillais for five generations by his mother from a long line of fishermen. A perfect profile for him who makes the link all day long between the two cities.

For several years, the Petit Bac has found its extension on land with the Trouvillaises where you can rent all types of bikes: from the famous Rosalies, to electric bikes. With his team (4 on the Petit Bac and 6 on the Trouvillaises), Emmanuel also offers multiple à la carte tourist services, for families and groups of all sizes, up to 200. Discovery routes in the cities of Deauville and Trouville , themed rallies, or even games. Serving hoteliers and any tourist structure, it provides bikes easily and on request.

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The Trouville crossing, Deauville: the essential passage

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les Trouvillaises, view of the channel

Aboard the Petit Bac, a false air of northern Venice

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Les Findillaises - the rental

The Trouvillaises or the bicycle cave

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The Finds, Rosalie

Rosalie popular to discover Deauville as Trouville

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Les Findillaises, bikes in front of the Royal Hotel

The Trouvillaises settle wherever it is asked!

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Les Trouvillaises, children's bike

Everything that rolls can be rented at Les Trouvillaises

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Les Findillaises, cycling with sea cures
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The small ferry - crossing in the setting sun -

The Petit Bac

les Trouvillaises, view of the channel

Delphine Barré

Les Findillaises - the rental

The Trouvillaises

The Finds, Rosalie

The Trouvillaises

Les Findillaises, bikes in front of the Royal Hotel

The Trouvillaises

Les Trouvillaises, children's bike

The Trouvillaises

Les Trouvillaises, red bike

The Trouvillaises

Les Findillaises, cycling with sea cures

The Trouvillaises

The small ferry - crossing in the setting sun -
les Trouvillaises, view of the channel
Les Findillaises - the rental
The Finds, Rosalie
Les Findillaises, bikes in front of the Royal Hotel
Les Trouvillaises, children's bike
Les Trouvillaises, red bike
Les Findillaises, cycling with sea cures

It excites us ...

Les Findillaises, fat bike
The Trouvillaises

Seasoned sportsman, Emmanuel Guillet takes on his fat bikes (beach bikes with large tires) small groups to discover the beaches at low tide between Trouville and Honfleur. Moments of emotion, discovery and sharing as inDeauville likes.

It's a story

Impossible not to mention the history of the ferry and the many postcards published in memory of these joyful crossings throughout the century ... From 1860, we try to avoid the long detour that it takes to go from a city to the other. The ferry or "passage of water" called the Cahotte between Trouville and Deauville has existed since the construction of Deauville and its casino, an attraction that tourists had to discover ... The boats will often be very full ... At low tide, the principle of a footbridge is retained, still in force today.

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