Auray and its transports!!

Well just by the town again and while looking of all the commotion by the train station decided to see if have anything on it in my blog. To my surprise, have pieces of it in several posts but never one on the train station alone!! And I took it several times !!! So therefore, here is finally my take on the gare or train station and other public transports in my nearby Auray.

As said, was back in my backyard as I live just 11 kms from this wonderful town. I love the area of Saint Goustan,(see posts) very historical and quaint river front area. However, I do not find info on transports in Auray, and this has been an oversight. OF course, this is in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne and in my belle France.

Needless, to say we come here by car most of the time, but the boys have come by bus and we have taken the train TER as well. Me have, also, taken the TGV into Paris Montparnasse from it.

The best parking is by place Keriolet, very close to city center and Athena by the municipal pool. However, the train station parking is good too and free, see below for things to come here.

For info, let me put this here; as there is a port at Saint Goustan or baisse ville or lower town of Auray. It has a port for pleasure boats, the Capitanerie is at 4 pl de Rolland , more in French here : https://www.passeportescales.com/fr/port-saint-goustan

There is a local mini bus service call the AurayBus, this have not taken only my boys have and it seems to be pretty good to move about. The agglo area Auray Quiberon has more on it here: http://www.auray-quiberon.fr/utile-au-quotidien/mes-deplacements/auray-bus-176.html

The bus company Keolis has the rights on the AurayBus and they have more here: https://keolis-atlantique.com/11-Horaires-et-itineraires-des-lignes-Auray-bus.html

The BreizhGo  (this is good too for all modes in all Brittany!) webpage in French for public transports on bus lines here: https://www.breizhgo.bzh/itineraires-et-horaires/horaires-arret

The city of Auray has a good train station with direct service to Paris Montparnasse on TGV in 3h30 but see below, and bus connection to nearby towns, an Avis rental car counter ,and 3 taxi companies. I have used several times this train station and parking as it is the closest to my house when need to go out on business trips.  From the train station to Saint Goustan is about 20 mins walking leasurely.

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It also has bus service  BreizhGo with lines 1,5,6,and 18 (my boys used the 5)  that allows you to connect with nearby cities such as Vannes.  it has service where I have it, e-billet for electronic ticket and also home delivery that we use too. The line to Paris actually goes from Quimper and Brest and it can go to Lille or Roissy CDG or Disneyland (taken them too ok). Then, you have the local TER lines for nearby local train service, which I have ,also taken to Rennes, Nantes and Le Mans. The gare or train station is about 1,500 meters from the city center of Auray, and was inaugurated and put into service on September 21, 1862. The train station has a passenger building open every day, with counters, open Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays & public holidays). It is equipped with automatic machines for the purchase of transport tickets. It is an “Accès Plus” station with facilities, equipment and services for people with reduced mobility. A buffet is installed at the station. A parking for bicycles and a car parking are set up around it.

There is a quant line from Auray to Gare de Quiberon all the way of the peninsula that only runs in Summers, if you take a train ride in this region, this one I would recommend next Summer, the Tire-Bouchon line or corkscrew line! More info in French: https://www.ter.sncf.com/bretagne/loisirs/lignes-touristiques/tire-bouchon

The SNCF train station TGV info for Aurayhttps://www.garesetconnexions.sncf/fr/gare/frxuy/auray/transports-horaires

The TER Bretagne info on the local train service for Auray is here: https://www.ter.sncf.com/bretagne/gares/87476200/Auray/pratique

A bit of history I like

Auray train station or gare d’Auray is located in the district of la Gare of the city of Auray. It was commissioned in 1862 by the Compagnie du chemin de fer de Paris à Orléans. It now as all belongs to the National Company of French Railways (SNCF), served by TGV mainly in connection with Paris and Quimper, regional TER Bretagne trains and in season by the Tire-bouchon summer train to Quiberon.

Following the “Bretagne à Grande Vitesse” project,(High Speed Brittany) Auray train station will only be 2h40 from Paris in a few months and should receive nearly 1.4M passengers per year by 2030. Increase the reception capacity, create a forecourt, a footbridge, parking lots, create a new passenger building, but also increase the capacity of the bus station.

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The project consists of a new glazed passenger building, with modern and functional architecture that will blend harmoniously into the landscape. It will take the place of the “Train-Auto-Couchettes” (TAC) building (auto train now closed). The current building will be preserved because of its historical and heritage value (great!!). Two large ventilated squares will be created to the north of the railway line and to the south, opening onto Place Raoul Dautry and the La Gare district.  This transparent building will consist of a ground floor and a mezzanine. On the ground floor, a crossing hall will give access to the platforms from the forecourt. It will provide very good visibility of the arrivals and departures of the various modes of transport. Its structure will also offer a good reading of all the services. The covered exterior staircase leading to the walkway will serve the middle level of the building.

This footbridge, located 7 meters above the ground, will ultimately offer a viewpoint over the Chartreuse ( see post) area and will link, like a symbol, the towns of Auray and Brec’h. It thus creates new access to the station from the north of the territory, shortens distances and facilitates transfers between the various transport systems. This footbridge will be 100 meters long and its construction principle is based on metal beams (which will also serve as a guardrail) and a wooden interior cladding.  The parking offer is being studied for better organization, with the objective of alleviating the current lack of parking spaces, (its getting crowded since I started parking here in 2011!) freeing the streets from suction cups, offering spaces according to the duration of parking, and arranging reserved spaces for people with reduced mobility, TER subscribers, taxis, minute stops, bicycles, etc. Thus, the project envisages in the south and north the development of drop-offs, parking for two-wheelers, short and long-term parking.

The project includes the construction of an interurban bus station with 8 platforms for BreizhGo (ex TIM) and TER coaches in the south, close to the passenger building and connections to the AurayBus network. The northern access will also be equipped with spaces dedicated to public transport. A car-pooling area is planned, as well as sites with recharging stations for electric vehicles in the north and in the south.

The agglo area of Auray Quiberon more on the Auray train station project in French, looking good! here: http://www.gare-auray-quiberon.fr/le-projet-d-amenagement/le-projet-875.html

Some additional webpages me think helps post here for future planning to this marvelous area ,this from the Auray Quiberon agglo area tourist office contact: http://www.auray-quiberon.fr/envie-de-bouger/les-offices-de-tourisme-261.html

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Aurayhttps://www.baiedequiberon.bzh/auray

And now feel better, you have what it takes to come to Auray and enjoy the Morbihan coastal areas into the Gulf of Morbihan Unesco World Heritage Site! Oh yes Auray is easy on the road even from Paris along the A13 Autoroute de Normandie with tolls or the N12 from the connection with the A12 direction Dreux no tolls! into by Fougéres the A84 direction Rennes and then the N166 direction Vannes, and finally the N165 direction Lorient getting off at exit/sortie 31. Hope it helps and do enjoy Auray!!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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