A light industrialsuburban town surrounded by woodland, situated some 2 miles (3.2 km) east of the centre of Rouen at the junction of the D43, D15 and the N31 roads. Two small rivers flow through the town, the Robec and the Aubette. SNCF operates a TER service, having a railway station in the town.
The arms of Darnétal are blazoned : Gules, a fess wavy [river] between two gear wheels argent and, in base, a printers stamp between, to dexter a weaver's shuttle and its bobbin in saltire, and to sinister a ?linen? shuttle with its ?teasel? in saltire Or.