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October 26, 2017

Getting around in Brittany or Bretagne or Breizh…

People come and go and go around in my Brittany, but they always ask me for public transports, not the best in the country…car is still king; but we do have as in France overall good public transportation to take you all over Brittany. I will try to tell you about some of that.

There are still great train coverage even TGV lines from Rennes to Brest, Quimper and Saint-Malo, the rail system provides Brittany with a good service. With today’s expected speeds: the TGV takes 1,25 hours from Paris to Rennes and 2,25 hours from Paris to Vannes even 3,25 to Brest; other TGV lines offer direct connections between Rennes and Lille , Lyon, Strasbourg and Marseille amongst some. The TER (Transport Express Régional, or express regional transport services by train and bus) successfully serves the main cities in Brittany. The main webpage is Voyages SNCF

There are others for the TER Bretagne here: TER Bretagne

And a very popular line in summers from Auray to Quiberon peninsula the Tire-Bouchon or corkscrew train service here in English: Tire Bouchon train

By car is snap, located 5h30 hours from Paris to Vannes by road the A13 inland and the Autoroute des Estuaires  A84 by the coast from Rennes to Caen. From Rennes, a complex network of dual carriageways and 2×2 lanes connects to all the cities in Brittany: Rennes-Lorient, Rennes-Vannes, Rennes-Brest, Rennes-Quimper, Rennes-Saint-Malo, Rennes-Saint-Brieuc, Rennes-Nantes, etc. Unlike other road networks in France, it is toll-free roads as per Breton tradition since 1532!!!. It is said that Brittany’s free road network is a legacy of Anne de Bretagne who ordered the abolition of tolls between Brittany and France while married to the King of France. In fact, it is as a result of a political decision taken in the 60s to open up the region to the rest of the country.  The expressways are here Autoroutes de France

There are ,also, many roads with no tolls such as coming out of Paris on the A13 get off at the A12 direction Rambouillet and get on the lane for the N12 direction Chartres, Le Mans and take you all the way to Fougéres and into Brittany.

The carpooling vogue is big here and plenty of sites offering this service with bays of parking specifically design for the exchange meeting place. More can be found here in each department of the region of Brittany, Finistére 29, Côtesd’Armor 22, Morbihan 56, and Ille et Vilaine 35:

In Finistère :

In Côtes d’Armor :

In Morbihan :

In Ille-et-Vilaine :

There are eight airports in Brittany: Brest , Rennes, and Lorient , Quimper, Dinard , Lannion , Morlaix and Saint-Brieuc. There are daily flights to Paris from Brest, Rennes, Lorient, Quimper and Lannion), and connections with national and European cities are available. An international airport will soon be built in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, between Rennes and Nantes but still with a lot of controversy by the ecologists. We do are serve as well by the airport in old Brittany, Nantes Atlantique which I used the most by far. The others I have used are the ones in Lorient and Rennes.



The ports of Saint-Malo and Roscoff welcome travellers heading to the UK (Portsmouth, Plymouth and Poole) and Ireland (Cork), with the port of Saint-Malo also experiencing busy traffic to and from the Channel Islands. Regular ferry services connect Brittany to its many islands: Île aux Moines, Île d’Arz, Île de Bréhat, Île de Batz, Ushant, Molène, Île de Sein, Belle-Ile, Groix, the Glénan Islands, Houat and Hoëdic.
Brittany has 5 major trading ports: Brest, Lorient, Roscoff, Le Légué and Saint-Malo.

Port of St Malo :

Port de Roscoff:

And more from Brittany tourist office on cruise, passengers boats in Brittany:

Many modes of transports are explain here in Brittany’s tourist site :

We have plenty of cycling paths and it is a heaven on earth here, very much in vogue and see next edition of the Tour de France passing by Brittany in one of my recent previous posts.

Brittany’s network of cycle paths and walking trails is part of the quality of life and is one of the region’s tourist attractions. There is a network of routes approved by the Fédérations Françaises de Cyclisme et de Cyclotourisme. This will allow you to explore the Breton peninsula along the coast, cross east to west along the canal from Nantes to Brest and travel inland from north to south. It is part of the European route that goes from the north (Stockholm) to the south (Lisbon) of Europe via Brittany. More on the Federation and renting bikes in France on the official site in French:

Bus service is pretty good especially in major cities ,a lot less in the country. In my town there is only one bus service line 5 TIM passing 2-3 hours intervals. If you ever in the area from Vannes, Auray etc this is the line in pdf file format:

The four Breton departments work together to offer affordable transport by bus/coach.

In Finistère :

In Côtes d’Armor :

In Morbihan :   www.

In Ille-et-Vilaine :

A site in French showcasing all the types of transport in Brittany is here:

To make your journeys by public transport simpler, you can use to work out all your journeys by train, coach, bus, metro, tram and boat. The site in English:

How to find transport information on each department/province/state  with their id number in Brittany:

Côtes d’Armor 22

îlle et Vilaine 35

Finistére 29

Morbihan 56

And specifically on each major city in Brittany (I took a sample of Brest, St Malo, Rennes, Vannes, Lorient, Quimper, Morlaix, St Brieuc, Pontivy ,and Fougéres), the tourist office has excellent info on how to come here :

This of course is a general overview of the major cities and departments, much is more, if you ever by here and need to know how to get around, let me know.  Enjoy Brittany as much as I do;some pictures to enhance the post to follow.

Enjoy your week wherever you are and happy travels, Cheers!!

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