a great passenger terminal right near the LE PORT and city center, the boats here takes you to the islands inthe Gulf of Morbihan which are UNESCO world heritage sites. Like these Arz, Houat, Hoëdic, Belle-île.
The Gare maritime is at , 7 Allée Loïc Caradec, Parc du Golfe
You have the NAVix company doing the run and Compagnie du Golfe.sites here
The city of Vannes tell these and other boat companies to sail into the islands of the golfe du morbihan.
this is the tourist office for Vannes on cruises
this is the tourist office for the department 56 Morbihan where I am
service to the island of Arz or Ile d'Arz
anything else ask me.
direct transport on TGV from Paris Montparnasse several per day, and one or two from Roissy CDG airport. The gare in Vannes is walking distance to center of city or take a local bus or taxi on your left going out of terminal there is the taxi stand,AVIS rental car just across the terminal
for all regional and TGV schedules. for purchase SNCF agency in terminal or
for local buses
in brief from train terminal you take line 1 to stop Republique,and then line 4 to Le Port or pleasure boat marina where the porte Saint Vincent and the old city are. The main bus terminals are at Pl de la Liberation and Pl de la Republique
for a small city really the bus system is very good. Its a nice way to see the city as can be taken cheap for sightseeing around as well . I took when showing the ropes to my boys in town .
Its the TPV or Transports Public Vannetais, which from September 3rd, 2012 has a new name and webpage as KICEO or kicéo. UPDATED
There are 22 lines and one in april to june to the parc du Golfe from the hotel de ville,navette
there is also CreaBus for on demand transportation.
the pdf file on all the lines is here
The system works from Monday to Saturday from 7h to 20h, and Sundays and holidays from 11h to 20h.
Info telephone at +33 (0) 97 01 22 23 8h to 18h30 as well as on site at pl de la republique at inFOBUS .
single ticket is 1,40€ and then there is passes for four trips of 4,50€ and ten trips for 10€. and monthly passes. You ,also, get a correspondance ticket for 50 cents to use the Vannes bus system Kicéo with the departmental bus system of TIM=transports interurbain du Morbihan. There are many sales kiosks in tabacs in town ,at Infobus pl de la republique and on many adjacents towns tabacs stores.
At pl de la Republique main bus depot you have Quai A bus lines 10,7,5,2,1
Quai B bus lines afterbuse night service, D, 11,8,6,4,3
Quai C bus lines 1;2,5,7,10,11,D,afterbus
Quai D bus lines 3,4,6,8
CréaBus is a on demand bus service from 9h to 16h it stops at the train station Gare de Vannes. Also, Mobi Bus for Sunday services as well as on holidays from 11h to 20h. reservation Mobi Bus +33 (0) 2 97 01 22 66.There is a new bus depot terminal at Place Jacques le Brix right in front of the store Monoprix
another innovation is the Navet'Ocea city mini buses, all travel in city center is free!!!Dec 2012
The schedule adapts to businesses opening and closing hours so will be from Monday to Saturdays from 10h to 19h . The mini bus Navet’Océa has an itinerary that has 15 stops in the city with 7 in city center such as : port ; place de la République ; rue Thiers ; rue Joseph-Le-Brix ; rue du Mené ; porte Poterne ; porte Saint-Vincent. Nice
very nice thing to do , quaint streets allows for a mini tour de France in town, the velocéa system works the same as others in many cities in Europe. You rent the bike for the day,on bornes or bike stations, and just ride, the site is in French only , but if problems let me know.
A neat idea to see the wonderful city from another point of view. Hope you enjoy it.
briefly on the circle once on the site, you have first the map of stations and then on second circle saying En temps reel, it let you know how many bikes are available to rent at the different stations in town.
Its a small long building but it has everything you need to move in and out quick and easy even for anon train man like me.
The connection to the rest of Brittany is ample,and you have several trips per day TGV service to Paris Montparnasse ,some direct.
Then you have car rental just across the street on Avis and Hertz. THe bus system of Vannes runs by it several routes. And plenty of taxi on a stand to the left when you leave the train station.
inside plenty of automatic ticketing machines, and information desk, restos with terrace and cafes. all very clean and nice. I now use it a lot.
the bus system
TER Bretagne with info on the train station
and official SNCF site as well on Vannes
taxi service at station
well here yes we do have a petit train too, the omnipresent in all great tourist cities,here is very nice, clean, newer, and always full it seems. See it everywhere, if short on time or tired from over walking, or just needed it is here
it runs all year with limited schedule in the winter months, rides are 6€adults.You take at le Port area by the pleasure boats marina and canal. The circuit is pretty complete
driving is easy even if at first you see an old town with narrow streets, the trick is to take the big blvd and find yourself an underground garage to park, then walking is easy everywhere.
My favorites are by the Le Port parking Q-park, and the Republique plaza Vinci parc.
Here is webpage in French for full information of the two
in contact below is the city of Vannes parking regulations,and parking spaces in French for full disclosure.
We chose train as our method of transport into and out of Vannes - but a word of warning, there are a lot of greves (strikes) and staff at the train stations are unlikely to suggest an alternative (if there is one) unless you ask them directly.
We ended up getting to Vannes by taking a combination of bus and train, because of a sudden greve (it didn't seem as though any extra services were scheduled, and we were lucky that there was a bus leaving an hour later anyway).
I went Brussels-Bordeaux by train. My friend picked me up at the station, Bordeaux St-Pierre. Then I realised I'd left my cardigan in the train, that was now on its way to Irun, Spain.
We called the station, they said they'd deal with it. They wired Irun and told them to put my cardigan on the next train back to France. We picked it up the next morning.
so I'm wearing it in Vannes.
I gave it away since, but still, I liked it at the time. My friend said "You're sooo lucky, everything you lose you find!" It's true, if I forget something somewhere, I go back and people have kept it for me.
But I only go back when the place is worth it.