This is the line 5 of TIM transports interurbain du Morbihan that starts in Baud and goes to several towns until Vannes. It also, stop at Auray train station both Auray and Vannes have TGV train connection to Montparnasse Paris.
The country is nice here, the drivers are very friendly and the line my boys take for school. It goes thru city centers that will allow you to see several quaint old historical towns in the Morbihan dept 56.
The picture is the main bus terminal of line 5, where it starts. ride is 2€ per trip and the schedule now is at pdf file here
This is the dept bus network that is linked to the city network when exist,correspondances are not on the same ticket.
ok ok this is a catch many times, but what I am saying is, if you are first timer or second and had little time to move around and see things, the petit train or little train is a good idea. And it can be a good rest after much walking which is the preferred way in town.
anyway here it is in the presqu'ile de Rhuys around the coastal and beach communities of Arzon, Port du Crouesty, and Port Navalo. Enjoy it
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Oh my word, what is it with Bretons and roundabouts?
As I usually travel by train in France, I can't comment on whether this obsession is regional or national. But there does seem to be a fixation with centrifugal tendencies that is somewhat unnerving for the foreign tourist!
Five in a row in St Malo (and I'm a poet and I don't know it)???!!! Or do these people just want to dance?
Postscript: Our local yokel pfsmalo has provided some interesting context on this conundrum. Apparently building (and beautifying) roundabouts used to be a time honoured way of using up unspent municipal funds towards the end of the financial year, which presumably lead to the proliferation of roundabouts across the Bretagne landscape. But apparently the financial austerity measures of the last few years have made this particular ruse a thing of the past.
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One of the downsides of driving in France are the ubiquitous toll roads and hefty toll tariffs - but in this, as in so much else, separatist Bretagne is the exception!
The happy news is that there are no toll roads in Bretagne. VT's man on the ground pfsmalo informs me that this fortunate situation dates back to the formidable Queen Anne of Bretagne, who decreed at the beginning of 16th century people should never have to pay to travel on roads in this region. As he's the local yokel, I have no reason to question him, and am just grateful that this redoubtable lady's dictate continues to be respected four centuries after the event!
One word of warning: the main roads are excellent, well maintained and allow you to make good time - I would say that you could safely plan on covering up to 100km/h. However, once you veer off the main roads, things slow down considerably, and you need to take this into account, particularly if you're intending to cover long distances. In particular, the winding country roads that crosscut the Bretagne interior can be slow going (if scenic), and I wouldn't plan on averaging more than 60km/h in these regions: in many cases, counterinuitely it would make sense to take a significant detour in terms of mileage if this allows you to access a main arterial route.
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Driving a car in France is easy - finding out where to refuel it can be a bit trickier if you don't know where to look!
We hired a diesel vehicle from Europcar, and things were fine until the fuel gauge started to plummet alarmingly in a deeply rural area on a Sunday afternoon. We are used to driving in countries where there are plenty of service (petrol) stations along highways and main roads, but in France these appear to be much fewer in number and more widely spaced.
As we discovered, the most reliable place to refuel is at large supermarkets, where they usually have fuel pumps located in a corner of the car park. These are often unmanned, and, if so, you'll need to make sure that you have a credit card to pay.
Also make sure that you look for the correct terminology: 'gazoil' also means 'diesel'. Which brings me neatly to my last point: to avoid disaster. make sure that before you refuel, you've confirmed whether yours is a diesel or petrol vehicle: we've been there, done that and got the T shirt on a previous trip to Slovenia and I don't recommend it as a recreational activity!
again the best here is the car, see estimates on www.viamichelin.com and a good paper map of the area.
TAke N165 from Nantes for example and continue to exit D16 Beltz and Etel. follow signs
then for train and bus schedules check this out in Brittany
you can use line 16 from Auray,and there from Paris Montparnasse onTGV
Transports A. Ria
Tél. : +33 (0)2 97 56 96 95
Fax : +33 (0)2 97 56 93 64
or the schedules and hours inpdf file
Hook up here by train either from Vannes or Nantes on way to Paris and elsewhere its really nice, althought my actual visit tothe city center was by car some time ago.
Complete information in French at the TER Bretagne site here,
reservation for payment showing France on e tickets is www.voyages-sncf.com
The breton bus system is a bit empty but there is buses from Roscoff to Morlaix on Saturdays every 2 hrs or so,the earliest is
7h take line TER 0 (working with the train station but are buses SNCF) from stop at Port-de-Bloscon (Roscoff) to train station Morlaix ,stop at the train station or gare de Morlaix
you should be able to get info once in the train station at roscoff,
then to Quimper ,closer to me, the easiest is to get on centre of roscoff the bus No 25 to Lesneven (Brest) direction the gare routiére or bus terminal of Brest. Then go to train station at Brest (next door to the bus) and take the train TER direction Quimper and stops at the gare or train station of Quimper
The site for public transport in all of Brittany by the regional council government is Breizhgo or go brittany or Bretagne, Breizh is Brittany in the Breton language also spoken here.
HOpe it helps
you can come on the TGV from montparnasse Paris to Lorient and then bus to Lamor Plage
the road N165 Nantes-Brest free toll road exit D465 to centre ville then Lamor Plage
or take a taxi from Lorient by calling
There is the airport at Lorient that can bring you here by taxi or bus 51 from the train station at Lorient
the local bus system webpage
yes good advise on previous post, here is another one, the area is full of them
and this is from tourist office with different campings in the area, all suitable for parking
it comes with comments by users but in French.You will be ok with the size of your camping car. Into Rennes better dont take it, the city centre is narrow,one way streets cut by the river, and very nice old center. You can leave it at Dol-de-Bretagne and take the train into Rennes, the second site I gave you has transport information, but the best is the train on public transport there
hope it helps
you are in my neck of the woods now, and even thus I use the car or train for business, the main Brittany public transport site is review in my tips here as
however, check the ones in Nantes as it is outside the region administratively even if historically it is in BRittany ::)
you had a good response already, from the local view, here it is
Roscoff is closer to Brest than Rennes and bus transport is localise here by department or region. So if Roscoff is your preferred destination you are better off with Brest.dept 29
if you use the airport at Brest, you take the navette for 4,60€ to city center Brest drop off at train station,gare where there is the bus terminal too.
from Brest bus terminal or gare routiére , take bus line 25 Roscoff - Lesneven (Brest)direction Ferry (Roscoff) and stop at Centre in Roscoff.
The site for public transport in all of Bretagne is here,have it in English
hope it helps,its sunny now and nice ::)
For bus services around the Cote d'Armor (north coast of Bretagne) here's another bus service. Bus services in France are not too well organised. If you arrive by train at St. Brieuc you can take this bus here.
The English website is below.
Link below is Camping L'Atlantique in Beg Meil. Under "Getting there" it indicates that there are buses from Quimper to Benodet and to Beg Meil.
Next link is Camping La Pointe St-Gilles in Benodet. The French version, under "Infos utiles" (useful information), says there is a shuttle bus fm Quimper to Benodet. The English version only mentions "bus", but that's already good to know.
It is a bit complicated going from Lorient to Benodet, especially with Lorient being in one department (Morbihan), and Quimper & Benodet being in another (Finistère.) Local transportation is not necessarily coordinated between the two departments, for one thing.
The Lorient Airport at Ploemeur is called Lann-Bihoué. It is 9k WEST of Lorient and many taxi companies serve it. It won't cost much to go 9k and there is no alternative apparently. I don't know of any bus between that airport and Lorient centre.
So Taxi to the Gare SNCF (train station), rue Edouard Beauvais in Lorient.
Train from Lorient to Quimper, about 10 Euros. Duration about 45 minutes. Many trains daily.
In Quimper, the bus station is in front of train station. Here's a link indicating BUS SCHEDULE Benodet to Quimper. On the left, week days. On the right, Sundays and holidays.
At time of writing, 10 April 2010, I think there is or was a train strike and it may be impossible to get results online for train tickets from Lorient to Quimper right now.
You can consult other services if you need to know train schedules immediately. I got results in RailEurope by looking up Lorient to Quimper.
I went to Benodet twice for holidays -- we drove all over the place all the time, I needed my car for many out of the way places.
The way Benodet is located at the mouth of the River Odet already sort of isolates it. One can't just follow a coastal road over there. You must leave the main road each time you wish to go to a town by the ocean, then drive back to that road and keep going until you see directions for another town by the ocean. My father had wanted to accompany me on that trip and wanted us to walk!!! He couldn't make it but he wasn't sorry when I told him about all this back and forth. :)
If you plan to stay in one place a lot, and if you are with kids, it's not expensive to take taxi, train then bus. And not difficult either, once you know how to go about it.
While in Brittany, the company I worked for hired various vehicles, minibuses and cars, from Opelrent. I drove one of the cars for a while, an Opel Meriva (which would be a Vauxhall Meriva in the UK), and found it to be a good little run around (apart from a few issues with the bars at the sides of the windscreen, which make visibility on bends a bit tricky).
They were hired from opelrent.fr - unfortunately I have no idea of the prices.
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