Moving about in Vannes!

Well for lack of a better name , I look over and believe have no entry in my blog on public transports in Vannes, wow! I need to remedy that as briefly as possible. Vannes is our capital city , near where I work, and where we spent even equal time than where we live !!!

Vannes is the prefecture or main govt city in the Morbihan, sort of like the capital of the deparment or province or state. It has a large port area coming right into the city center,and a maritime station with regular boat service to outlying islands in the Gulf of Morbihan.

You can reach it by road ,from Paris take the A13 or A11 and follow directions Caen ,Rennes ,Lorient,Vannes or Chartres,Le Mans, Laval, Rennes, Lorient, Vannes. The city parkings are those handle by the city of Vannes : Parking des Arts (one level is free!) and Parking de Bilaire (free and only 7 mn on foot from the train station or gare). Then ,you have the parking handle by Indigo at Place de la République ,one of my favorites and parkings handle by QPARk such as Centre, Le Port ,another of my favorites and Place de la Loi parking. There is also, a free parking by the canals by the Le Port along rue Jean Jàures and into rue de la Fontaine Budo known as parking des Capucins and another one further along the canal on Rue du Commerce and on Quai Bernard Moitessier which we used often too.

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Each year, from November 15 to March 15, the city of Vannes implements a winter viability plan to ensure the safety of people during periods of extreme cold, snow and ice. Labor and material needs are defined for the initiation of this plan for the 170 km of urban roads and 9 ha of public places concerned. Note that the city of Vannes is collaborating on this type of operation with the DDE for interventions on the RN165 expressway or voie express, and its interchanges as well as the General Council for departmental roads. The clearance of sidewalks and their salting are the responsibility of the residents. Residents (with their container) can collect the de-icing salt at the Rohan depot located on rue des Grandes Murailles every day of the week, from 9h to 11h30 and from 14h to 16h30. This information is here to tell you are well taken care when driving in Vannes!

Motorhomes benefit from a specific parking area perfectly equipped with service terminals: emptying waste water, recharging drinking water and charging electric batteries, located near the municipal campsite of Conleau peninsula. A stage area open all year round and accessible 24 hours a day, located at the entrance to the Flower campsite at avenue du Maréchal Juin.

You can make by train direct from Paris Montparnasse or even Roissy CDG with less frequency. For ticketing and information see SNCF Voyageurs 7 place de la Gare also boutiques Galerie commerciale Carrefour   and Boutique SNCF Centre at 5 place du Poids Public in old town. The Vannes train station I take often before virus once a month at least and it is tops, full facilities and services .Also, parking plenty and behind the station by Rue de Strasbourg which I used nicely The gare or train station started from 1862 and now handle TGV, TER Bretagne and TER Pays de la Loire trains.

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SNCF trains : https://www.garesetconnexions.sncf/fr/gare/frvne/vannes

TER Bretagne trains: https://www.ter.sncf.com/bretagne/gares/87476606/Vannes/pratique

There is a small airport or aérodrome Vannes-Meucon for leisure activities and private planes here: https://www.vannes.aeroport.fr/aviation-de-loisir However, I for commercial use you need to go to Lorient, Rennes or Nantes. I have used once Rennes, never Lorient, and numerous times Nantes, simply the best. Nantes Atlantique see https://www.nantes.aeroport.fr/fr

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For local transport by bus, the Vannes bus system is pretty good for a country service, sometimes to outlaying cities the service is minimum but inside the city the service is very good. It has 27 bus lines with 17 city buses and 10 intercity lines I have used lines 5 and 8..The carnet of 10 tickets 11€ single ticket is 1.50 with one hour duration. The network Kicéo here: https://www.kiceo.fr/

The main park and relay which is rather nice and I passed by it weekly now before daily is located in Keranguen, in the town of Ploeren (across the street is Vannes), it is accessible directly by the RN 165 and by the Vannes Ouest interchange. This P + R offers 140 car parking spaces, including 3 spaces for people with reduced mobility and 2 spaces for electric vehicles (charging stations), as well as a parking area for two-wheelers. Secure pedestrian routes are also provided to the Kicéo stops (bus shelters). Line 2 serves the city center, the Tohannic campus (departures every 10 minutes) and line 6 (departures every 20 minutes) serves République, the SNCF train station, the Tohannic campus, the PIBS and the IUT.(universities).

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To move about in buses in the department areas of the Morbihan like us, there is now the Keolis network. With mobibreizh we have taken line 5 Baud-Vannes and my boys have taken lines 1 to the beaches, and 17 from Baud to Lorient. Single ticket is 2€ under 26 yrs old or 2,50€ for more than 26 .You can transfer with same ticket to another line mobibreizh within 2 hours for the same price.. There are a total of 18 bus lines within the Morbihan and our usage has been on Line 1 : Auray – Carnac – Quiberon , Line 5 Baud – Pluvigner – Auray – Sainte-Anne d’Auray – Vannes , and Line 17 : Pontivy – Baud – Lorient.

The info and other transports are in Mobibreizh here: https://www.mobibreizh.bzh/fr/

The move in Bretagne and the lines can be seen here in Breizhgo: https://www.breizhgo.bzh/se-deplacer-en-bretagne/se-deplacer-en-car/morbihan

Now never done it but for general information for bike rentals and usage there is Velocéo , webpage in English: https://veloceo.kiceo.fr/en

I do not do bikes in Vannes but there are rules as for all wheels and they are here in French from the city of Vannes if you want more info you can ask me and would translate. https://www.mairie-vannes.fr/vannespratique/deplacements/circulation/circuler-a-velo/

The City of Vannes on public transports : https://www.mairie-vannes.fr/vannespratique/deplacements/circulation/transports-collectifs/

Last, but not least there is a port of Vannes an afloat basin, maintained at a minimum depth of 2.10 meters by a lock gate, the opening hours of which follow the tide times. In addition, access to the port is also constrained by crossing the Kérino bridge built on the channel, downstream from the lock gate. The lock gate is open 10 minutes before the first maneuver of the bridge and closed 10 minutes after the last maneuver, this within the same opening range. There is also a marine terminal for passenger service to the outlying islands in the Gulf of Morbihan and beyond to the Atlantic Ocean. This gare maritime is in the parc du Golfe just before going into the Conleau peninsula. Several cruising companies anchor there and our favorite is Navix or Compagnie du Golfe. More on the terminal here in French: http://www.transportbretagne.com/prestation-gare-maritime-vannes.php

And there you go folks. I know is still a very general overview but you get the idea and if need details let me know in comments. The city of Vannes is very much walkable for the main sights but some needs a good bus ride. Hope it helps.

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

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