Getting Around Bretagne

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    How to get in and out of Saint Brieuc

    by gwened Written May 3, 2014

    well the region of Brittany transport site for all is here
    http://www.breizhgo.com/

    I come to the town by car, going on the road D768 direction Pontivy,and then Saint Brieuc.
    There is a good bus transport system as we witness buses coming and going all day, especially around the Les Champs stop. And the train of course. We came by car easy on the D768 direction Pontivy and then Saint Brieuc ,easy in about 1h30. You have parking in city center at Charner, Poulain Corbion,saint Benoit,les Champs,Raoul Poupard,Gouêdic, and Promenades. WE park for free by rue des promenades one way street as it was Holiday weekend. zone rouge or red. You can get a disc from the mayor’s office or tourism office for parking for longer periods, as Zone Blue or bleue the first 30 min is free,then zone rouge or red, you can park for 2 hours for 1.20€ , maximum of 2h. and on zone yellow or jaune , you can park for a day at 0.80€, limited to max of 7h. Of course this is street parking , in the garages you can park longer and pay more.More from the city in French
    http://www.saint-brieuc.fr/Stationner.3931.0.html

    There is plan to do the line TEO east to west of St Brieuc for 2020! 8 kms of lines with 21 stations ,and 2 parkings relais with 200 places at Plaines Villes (west) ,and Chaptal (east) ! The current bus system is TUB main office at place Du Guesclin near bus terminal; open from Mondays to Fridays 8h30-12h30 and 13h30-18h00, Saturdays from 8h30-12h30 and 13h30-17h30; while in july and august closed the Saturdays afternoons. info ahead of times email batinfotub@baie-darmor-transports.com

    the bus site is here
    http://www.tubinfo.fr/
    the main bus terminal is of des Champs right by the shopping center of same name

    official sites for the train and schedules for the region Bretagne is here in French
    http://www.ter-sncf.com/Region/bretagne/gare/st-brieuc.aspx
    and here in English
    http://www.gares-en-mouvement.com/en/frsbk/votre-gare/
    and for rates in French
    http://www.voyages-sncf.com/

    for the vélo or bike the reservation office is located at 8 rue de la Poissonnerie, and its open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10h-13h and 16h-18h30. Saturdays from 10h to 13h. you can rent a bike normal style for the day for 2€ and for the week at 6€

    taxis and with estimated costs for the area is here
    http://www.taxi-saint-brieuc.com/tarifs-taxi-transport-saint-brieuc.php
    and by the train station you have the taxi Griffons.

    small airport near the town, for smallplanes etc
    http://www.st-brieuc.aeroport.fr/indexuk.htm
    you have flights to Paris Orly at Lannion
    http://www.lannion.aeroport.fr/

    and to London stanstead from Dinard here
    http://www.dinard.aeroport.fr/uk

    Gare de Saint Brieuc Les Champs bus stop bus depot by les Champs Gare de Saint Brieuc parking and train station St Brieuc
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    how to come in and out in Bretagne

    by gwened Written Apr 27, 2014

    You have trains, buses, ferries, taxis, and of course the car is king here still, and the roads are free,no tolls.No autoroutes, just nationales and départementales. and of course don't forget we have C roads which are handy.
    Some story why is free, history tell us not without its opponents of these facts that Anne de Bretagne,when signed the marriage contract with Charles VIII,then Louis XII,had guaranteed tot he Breton people the rights of free circulation that goes back to when they were not part of France. More recently, in 1968, Général de Gaulle had given Brittany, under pressure from the CELIB (Comité d'Etude et de Liaison des Itinéraires Bretons), the free circulation of its roads. Except one, a portion of the autoroute A84,why free when its not a national, well, the circulation laws in France says that when a road is parallel both of them all of them should be free!!! so the A84 is free too from Rennes to Normandie.

    traffic on the roads in Brittany
    http://www.v-traffic.com/trafic/bretagne
    http://www.enroute.ouest.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/
    http://www.bison-fute.gouv.fr/maintenant.html
    http://www.infotrafic.com/route.php?region=OUEST
    you will be ok in the roads of Brittany or France for that matters. Cheers from the road warrior.

    The best site for public transports or transport en commun in Brittany is the site Breizhgo, all is grouped here for your ease. English, Spanish ,and Portuguese, and of course French and Breton is available
    http://www.breizhgo.com/bretagne_en

    some more specifics for dept 22 côte d'Armor
    http://www.transbus.org/reseaux/22.html

    and more on dept 29 finistére
    http://www.transbus.org/reseaux/29.html

    and Ille et Vilaine at dept 35
    http://www.transbus.org/reseaux/35.html

    of course don't forget mine Morbihan, dept 56
    http://www.transbus.org/reseaux/56.html

    there is a site for the TER regional trains in Brittany or Bretagne, it has more schedules than the national voyages sncf, so more choices, and you pay at the Sncf site.
    http://www.ter-sncf.com/Regions/Bretagne/fr/Default.aspx

    the TER site can take you in the bottom to left column, and look for Gares et arrêts, here you can find info on the particular train station you are looking for
    http://www.ter-sncf.com/Regions/bretagne/Fr/Se_deplacer_en_TER/Pendant_mon_voyage/Guide_des_gares_TER/ListesGares.aspx
    I have it at Auray, click on the town and give you all about it including a map and picture.
    http://www.ter-sncf.com/Region/bretagne/gare/Auray.aspx

    The regional Council has a page on transports including buses and airports here for the Morbihan
    http://www.morbihan.fr/services/transports-collectifs.aspx
    there is a map with lines available just click on it.

    for the Finistére dept 29
    http://www.viaoo29.fr/

    the transport in dept 22 côte d'Armor
    http://cotesdarmor.fr/lamenagement_du_territoire/les_transports_publics.html

    the transport in dept 35 ille et Vilaine
    http://www.ille-et-vilaine.fr/fr/article/illenoo-preferez-transport-public-inter-urbain

    There is information on traveling as a mobility impaired person here
    http://handi.tourismebretagne.com/preparer-son-sejour/se-deplacer/se-deplacer-en-bretagne

    to find a taxi,but especially needed in Bretagne
    http://www.taxi.fr/taxi/bretagne/

    ferries you have several you can find them here
    http://www.directferries.fr/compagnies_ferry.htm

    Brittany ferries, condorferries,Idlines, PO ferries are some of the popular ones.
    we ,also,have boat transport companies to the islands adjacent to Brittany such as Izenah, Compagnie océane, compagnie des iles, navix,etc here are many of them
    http://www.brittanytourism.com/practical-information/getting-around-brittany/by-boat

    come to think of it ,the tourist office has loads of info in English on travels in our region that really no further explanations, just read
    http://www.brittanytourism.com/practical-information/getting-around-brittany

    and for the bike , or vélo lover, there is plenty to do here, just stay in your lane !
    http://www.bikes.sncf.com/

    going going on the D724 in Brittany on the roads of Brittany D766E road D700 entering Saint Brieuc
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    boating to islands in the Gulf

    by gwened Written Apr 21, 2014

    One of the niceties of living here is that we are just so close to the wonderful Gulf of Morbihan, Unesco heritage site,and just gorgeous islands, especially in the summer.

    coming out of Port Blanc near Baden , île aux Moines or île d'Arz.

    Port Blanc, facing the île aux Moines, with the boat passenger terminal, ready to take you to the islands. a magnificent place to come any time of the year for a drink and boating, and cruising to the islands. One of our niche in the Morbihan, we come often even if not always writing on it. And plenty of free parking for expending the whole day at the islands;and lifeguards and coast guards station.

    for as little as 4,50€ you can take a boat to the island, more on the cityof Baden in French
    http://www.baden.fr/192-vie-quotidienne/217-mouillages/1015-passage-de-bateaux-vers-lile-aux-moines-depuis-port-blanc.html

    then if you like to take a cruise to the island from 16€ and up, you can contact right there in the harbor passenger boat marina , Izenah and at
    http://www.izenah-croisieres.com/pages/croisieres_individuel.php

    the passenger marina and booth on right the boats of izenah for cruises plenty of free parking I am there!!! and lifeguard/coast guard always around
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    bus line 5 TIM Baud-Vannes

    by gwened Written Sep 29, 2013

    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
    http://www.morbihan.fr/UserFile/flash/CarteTIM/horaires/HLn5-H1-2013.pdf

    This is the dept bus network that is linked to the city network when exist,correspondances are not on the same ticket.

    gare routi��re Baud line 5 arret Brech line 5 bus routes too!
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    Petit train in presqu'ile de Rhuys

    by gwened Written Sep 9, 2012

    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

    petit train by marina at port du Crouesty petit train by the esplanade tourist offce back
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    What's the obsession with roundabouts?

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Sep 4, 2012

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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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    Excellent main roads, and, best of all, no tolls!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Aug 19, 2012

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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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    The Great Diesel Hunt!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Aug 14, 2012

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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!

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    How to get here in and out- Etel

    by gwened Written Jun 13, 2012

    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
    http://www.breizhgo.com/bretagne

    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
    http://www.morbihan.fr/UserFile/flash/CarteTIM/horaires/HLn16-E-2012.pdf

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    A train link up in Brittany at Redon

    by gwened Written Jun 7, 2012

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    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,
    http://www.ter-sncf.com/Region/bretagne/gare/Redon.aspx

    reservation for payment showing France on e tickets is www.voyages-sncf.com

    back track side of train station gare de Redon passing passing gare de Redon
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    travel from roscoff to brittany region

    by gwened Written Jun 2, 2012

    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.
    http://www.breizhgo.com/

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    how to get here- Larmor Baden plage

    by gwened Written May 15, 2012

    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

    http://taxilarmor.com/

    There is the airport at Lorient that can bring you here by taxi or bus 51 from the train station at Lorient
    http://www.lorient.aeroport.fr/

    the local bus system webpage
    http://www.ctrl.fr/

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    camping car parking at Dol

    by gwened Written May 7, 2012

    yes good advise on previous post, here is another one, the area is full of them
    http://www.campingcar-infos.com/Francais/airepda.php?numid=3196&Localit%E9=DOL%20DE%20BRETAGNE

    and this is from tourist office with different campings in the area, all suitable for parking
    http://www.pays-de-dol.com/Les-services-aires-de-service-m34.html

    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

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    bus service in Brittany

    by gwened Written Feb 1, 2012

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    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
    www.breizhgo.com
    however, check the ones in Nantes as it is outside the region administratively even if historically it is in BRittany ::)

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    Brest to Roscoff, public transport in Brittany

    by gwened Written Jan 9, 2012

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    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.
    http://www.cat29.fr/navette-aeroport.php

    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
    http://www.breizhgo.com/index.php/bretagne_en

    hope it helps,its sunny now and nice ::)

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