How to get here in and out at Brest
direct TGV train service from Paris montparnasse, very nice train station with all modern amenities and bus or gare routiére next door for buses.
Here is a brief description on the train station or gare in French for the local service
This is for the TGV service
which will take you to the voyages-sncf site for purchase of e ticket on site.
There is ,also,a nearby airport .in English here
Tél : 02 98 32 86 00 - Fax : 02 98 32 86 03
with a bus navette service to city center
the bus has correspondance with the line A of the Tramway at the station Porte de Guipavas. the service is done 7/7 days from 5h30 to 23h00,all year except May 1st. The ticket now is 1.40€ (good for one hour on all the tram- bus network). You arrive from airport at place de la liberté or place de Strasbourg or porte de Guipavas as such
place de la liberté you have correspondance with lines 1,3,4,5,7,8,9,10
place de Strasbourg you have correspondance with lines 5,7,8,11-14,1é, and P bus tram
the tickets are on sale from the bus conductor,online at bibus.fr, distribution machines at tramway stations,boutique bibus(33 avenue Clemenceau/station LIberté) and relais B. By the end of 2013 you will be able to get them from 30 ATM bank machines of Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne (CMB).
bibus transport info line at +33 (0) 2 98 80 30 30
airport info line +33 (0) 2 98 32 86 00
driving is great to plan your routing here the best is www.viamichelin.com
and plenty of parking inside the city such as St Louis, and Liberté in centre city.My way to travel, and you have it all here from the city of Brest
is in French but as above you see the parkings names across the top and their pricing here
if you are going to stay for several days, you can get the PIAF, is a small machine that will allow you to park anywhere in the city for as much as needed; you charge and get the machine at the boutique PIAF « Stationner à Brest » 53 rue Branda ,or online at www.monpiaf.fr.
The road easiest here from Paris is the autoroute Océane or A11-E50/A81 passing by Rennes. The road N12 running from Rennes to Brest . the road N165 passing from Nantes to Brest
for inter urban buses and coming from other cities in Brittany or Finistére this is the site
For help in transports in all the Brittany region with schedules for the train, car, bus, tramway, métro, boats and airplane check this site
Taxis you have a good one, at
234 Rue Jean Jaurès with contacts
Tél : 02 98 806 806 - Fax : 02 98 02 34 83 -
and webpage www.taxi806.co
you can exchange foreign currencies at banks but ,also, at this bureau
open mondays to Fridays 9h to 12h30 and 14h to 18h30
Saturdays same as above but closes at 17h
7 rue Comtesse de Carbonniéres, tel +33 (0) 2 98 44 71 17 open all year.
here is a site with the info and the map; I took the info from a flyer in the tourist office.
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ride a bus or tramway in Brest
The local transport is very good, not that I try it but saw it working,and the frequency even in a holiday weekend was great.
There are lines of tramways and buses zigzagging the city at all times, and the stops are very easy especially the tramways. The service starts like about 6h and last until midnight in some stations.
the site for the tramway in French
Along rue de Siam and Jean Jaurés is magnificent.
cost now is 1,35€ tickets gets you all over, and 10 tickets are 11€ regular prices, there are reduce for large families etc, but for the tourist the reg prices are good.
The bus boutique agency is at 33 Avenue Clémenceau with contacts
Tél : 02 98 80 30 30 - Fax : 02 98 34 40 18
you can even order your tickets online prepaid credit here
here are all the bus lines and the A tramway stops
The ticket now cost 1,40€ and is good one hour on one ticket with all transports Tram + Bus de Bibus . There is a ticket for one day cost now is 3,80€ ,you can buy it on board or at the agency boutique or automatic machines in the stations as well. The weekends and holidays the ticket cost 3,80€ will allow to travel unlimited for 4 persons
To go outside of town you get on the Penne Ar Bed network, serving these nearby communities, Quimper ,Le Conquet,Saint-Renan,Saint-Renan-Lampaul-Plouarzel,Saint-Renan-Ploudalmézeau, Guipronvel-Milizac,Plouguerneau par Lannilis,Kerlouen par Plabennec,Lesneven-Brignogan,Lesneven-Roscoff,Loperhet-Daoulas-Le Faou,Saint-Divy-Ploudaniel.
tickets are now at 1,50€ if buy on the bus the cost is 2€, the bus terminal is at Gare Routière de Brest , Place du 19è Régiment d'Infanterie.
aussi le transport breizhgo and via0029 in the other thread.
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There is reason to believe that going by a private means get you to places more conviniently. As I said, I was in Brest first time by air, and I couldnt get eneough of this region..so, I had to do it again by road. It is the wise thing to do.
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Comment y aller ?
La Bretagne n'est qu'à 3 heures de Paris par une autoroute gratuite. A partir de Rennes, des voies Express gratuites relient différentes villes bretonnes.
Le TGV Atlantique relie Paris à Rennes en 2 h, comptez 4 h pour Brest ou Quimper. Des lignes TGV relient directement Lille (en 3 h 50) ou Lyon (en 4 h 30) à Rennes. Le train dessert les principales villes de Bretagne par TGV, Train Corail, ou TER.
Autocars et bateaux prennent le relais pour les endroits inaccessibles en train.
Brest, Lorient, Quimper, Lannion et Rennes sont desservies au départ de Paris avec plusieurs vols quotidiens.
Brittany is only 3 hours from Paris driving a free autoway. After Rennes you'll find free large roads (Voies express) which go between all the biggest cities of Bretagne.
The TGV Atlantique goes from Paris to Rennes in 2 hours, you need 4 hours to Brest or Quimper. TGV railway is to find from Lille (3 hours 50) or Lyon (4 hours 30) to Rennes.
Most cities are reliable with TGV, Train Corail, or TER.
Brest, Lorient, Quimper, Lannion and Rennes can be reached from Paris with many daily flights.
Direct flight from London
Buzz now has a daily flight to Brest direct from London Stansted. Because Buzz is a "no-frills" airline, the prices are good. Flights are usually on time but considering it is the same plane that does the Marseilles-Brest route, a delay on the arrival from Marseilles will have a knock on effect on your return flight to Stansted.
Note that those flights have been suspended for the duration of the month of April 2003 because Ryanair just bought Buzz. They will resume in May under the Ryanair brand.
Buses are the best way around
Bibus, the local bus company has an extensive network that will take you to most places in Brest and around. If you plan to take it a lot, buy a carnet of 10 tickets from the specialised shops or cafes that have the bibus sign.
High speed train from Paris
The SNCF (national railways) has several daily high speed trains to Brest. It takes 4 hours from Gare Montparnasse and there is no chance you'll miss the stop because Brest is where the train terminates.
By car is the best method to...
By car is the best method to get here and to get around here. By bus is also possible, there are regular busses that go to the beach places around here.
By car or bus. Ofcourse I had to go on a horse again ;)
Train is quite expensive in...
Train is quite expensive in France but with car , it's the best way to go around (and there is a lot to see)
You can find bus routes in Brittanny, less expensive but not so easy.
Check train prices and timetables in Brest railway station, buses station is close to it .
Staff will help with care.
In town bus the best and easiest transportation , ticket cost: 1 EUR
Train is quite expensive in...
Train is quite expensive in France but with car , it's the best way to go around (and there is a lot to see) You can find bus routes in Brittanny, less expensive but not as easy. Check train prices and timetables in Brest railway station, buses station is close to it . Staff will help with care. In town bus is the best and easiest transportation , ticket cost: 1 EUR
We got there by train, perfect...
We got there by train, perfect from Paris, or as we did, from any of the TGV stations along the railroad (Morlaix, St. Brieuc),
The bus or boats! Especially the last option is great! You can really travel here by using the boats to the different islands: taking a single trip to the island from one place and leaving the island towards another destination!
To/from the airport
There's a shuttle bus that meets incoming flights and runs into the city centre bus / rail station and leaves from there regularly for outgoing flights.
All works very well.
Quessant - Molène
This was the most wonderful cruise I have done in a long while. Brest, Le Conquet, to Ile d'Ouessant.
Bus Transportation in Brest
Moving around Brest itself is better by Bus. They are available, cheap and almost always empty. However, I enjoyed just walking the town, its great.
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