Getting Around Bretagne

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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 Cote d'Armor

    by ATLC Written Apr 3, 2011

    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.

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    How to reach Benodet

    by alza Written Apr 10, 2010

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    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.

    http://www.eurocampindependent.co.uk/campsites/overview.cfm?mc=132

    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.

    http://www.stgilles.fr/FR/

    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.

    http://infotransports.cg29.fr/.../fiche/16ete2007.pdf

    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.

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    Opelrent

    by illumina Written Mar 24, 2010

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    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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    Rent or Bring a Car

    by hquittner Written Nov 3, 2007

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    A trip through Brittany to see its many and variedsites and vistas can only be done by driving a car. The traffic in the largest cities is easily managed and the backroads are well paved. French drivers are careful and polite. Of recent years more superhighways have reduced much interpoint time and the advent of GPS is a godsend, but careful study of town maps still relieves driving tension. Be sure to have lots of one euro coins for parking and a credit card for gasoline. Spending a little more on a roomier car (and trunk) is comfortable and safer, especially a medium station wagon for 4 people as a travel group. If you come to France from far off as we do, you usually start and end in Paris. We take a car at the airport (Orly is preferred) and establish our jet-lag in a nearby city in the Ile or further (Chartres?), keep at it as long as possible sightseeing, sleep, arise for late dinner and sleep the night. Then on we go. We either return at the end to the airport (last night at a nearby site) or end in Paris a few days before departing. Here it is essential to rent a car with a drop-off at the garage under the Esplanade before the Hotel des Invalides. One should stay at a hotel within walking distance of this spot, leaving your luggage before the car return. (We prefer the Hotel La Bourdonnaise on the av. of that name). (See Tip). The traffic from the peripherique to those points is easy to manage.

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    Arrive Relaxed

    by kidfree Written Sep 1, 2007

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    There are many ways to arrive in France from the UK. It seems that most travellers prefer to take their own cars and have the convenience of getting from A to B ( which can be a long way ) in their own vehicles which makes a lot a lot of sense.
    If on arriving you have a long drive in front of you then you need to arrive refreshed. Choosing the right ferry company and the departure and arrival time are crucial to a safe journey. Most ferry companies realise this and schedule arrivals in France for the early morning. However, for a real rest you need to book a cabin so that you can lie down in a bed for a few hours, cabins need to be booked early before the trip as they are soon taken.
    The next best option is to book a sleeper or reclining seat, preferably a sleeper. Reclining seats are not necessarily the most comfortable but they are at least in an area seperate from the main areas which are a lot quieter.
    It would be as well to see if you can travel outside of the peak weekend days, particularly Fridays and Saturdays. This will not only give you the chance to have a more relaxing crossing but it will also save you a lot of money. We were very happy with our choice of LD lines

    The NormanSpirit On Deck Approaching Portsmouth
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    Buses are better...

    by Mikebond Updated Jul 25, 2005

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    Buses are better for journeys through the region. The only railway connecting the North to the South goes from Brest to Quimper.
    On the contrary, buses can take you to every village, even the smallest one.

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    TGV to Bretagne

    by Mikebond Updated Jul 14, 2005

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    Bretagne is connected to Paris through TGVs (high-speed trains).
    The travel time from Paris Montparnasse to Rennes is 2 hours, to Brest 4 hours. TGVs also connect Paris to Quimper (Southern Bretagne). The high-speed line will be extended from Le Mans to Rennes. Works should start in 2009 and, once in service, the new line will connect Paris to Brest in just 3 hours.
    TER regional trains are very good to move within the region.

    TGV Atlantique (c) lgv2030.free.fr
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    With train to Brittany

    by elgin99 Written Apr 7, 2005

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    It is true! We took the train to South Finistére. It wa such an interesting tour. Started in Nuremberg to Paris, Paris to Quimper. The last with cab. 16 hours, of course, and with an short stay in Paris.

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    Car rental

    by elgin99 Written Apr 7, 2005

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    It´s important to have or rent a car in Brittany. We did rent one there, not even at home. It was low prized, best without kilometer limit. But you have to pay at start and to give a bond (same like prize).
    Do pictures of the car (with date) at start ! So you will not have a bad surprise at the end.

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    Transport on Ile d'Ouessant

    by Toyin Written Dec 23, 2004

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    On the Island, you need to pay 2euros to entre this bus, wich takes you to and from the Boat once you are on the Island. However, your money finishes at the tourism office where you either walk or rent a bicycle to contnue the adventure on the Island.

    Bus transport on Ouessant
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    PENN AR BED

    by Toyin Written Dec 23, 2004

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    Compagne Maritime -PENN AR BED provides a tour of three of the Islands..Ouessant, Sein, and Molène. On this occassion, I made my stop at Ile d'Ouessant. It is quite interesting to have a sea cruise in one of this boats. I did enjoyed my cruise to Ouessant.

    Boat Cruise to Ouessant.
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