Drive to Le Mans
Most will come from Paris on the autoroute A11 with tolls or the A13 /A12/N12 without tolls. its a wonderful ride and all well signage.
I now comes from the west and get on the N24 direction Rennes, there on the rocade sud take the N157 direction Vitré/Laval. By Laval it becomes the D57 on the intersection with St Berthevin take the D900 and briefly the N162 Direction Le Mans, before you connect again with the D57 direction Le Mans, this road in turn becomes the D357 still direction Le Mans, so you avoid the toll road A81, and enter Le Mans on the D338, here you have a choice to continue into Ave Robillard and get on my free parking on rue Ducré or place du Pré (by the Church see tip here). Parking its free!
Of course, if not used to drive you can still follow good instruction on
and traffic info on
or the Vinci parking firm autoroutes management here
and on the road traffic info and music/news in French of course but some segments in English hear 107.7 FM on your radio dial.Here to listen from home
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Gare du Mans train station
A very nice modern train station right upon the footsteps of the city of Le Mans. You have the main address at Place du 8 mai 1945 but also from the Blvd Robert Jarry.
One official site in English is
You have history of train station here since 1848 and the first train arrives in 1854. In 1937 it was one of the first lines to be electric. The train TGV speed was broken here, funny as it is the town of car speed with the 24 hours of Le Mans.oh the speed was 406 KPH. By 1990, it is on the same line that the world record was broken at 10h16 (10:16am) on track 325 of the TGV Atlantique reaching 515,30 KPH!!!.
You have the gare Nord gives you direct access to city center and it is the oldest. The gare Sud was the success of the TGV.
The train station is service by the line 1 of tramway and the buses lines 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 8/5 and 4/10 of the network TIS ,and by lines 5, 6, 16 and 17 of the network SETRAM.(see tip on these here).
the site for the TER regional trains is in contact, and for the TGV service map here
and buy ticket on France national train travel site
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Great train station-Le Mans
I am not a train guy but the station is nice and close to city center,you will enjoy the convenience from Paris Montparnasse, and connections to Brittany. The station is again well stock ,and really nice, if feels a larger town, probably the interconnection is a bit confusing if you are new passing by.
I connect here or pass by here many times already and it is becoming a habit station.(see more tips)
you can see the nice info on the TER site here
for booking use the www.voyages-sncf.com
but the TER site for the region show more schedules and actual station info in French
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How to come in and out Le Mans
I come here by car and often more by train. The ways to get here normally easy are on the autoroutes A11 : Paris, Angers and Nantes, A28 : Alençon, Caen, Rouen, A28 and A85 : Tours and Lyon, A28 and A10 : Tours and Bordeaux, and A81 : Rennes. You can do the D357 to the D338 as I do too avoiding tolls.
best route planner here is
and for traffic I ,also, use
You plenty of parking places such as FILLES DIEU 36, rue de la Barillerie.closed Sundays and HOlidays, LES HALLES rue du Vert Galant.JACOBINS Place des Jacobins. underground near Hôtel de Ville, Cité Plantagenêt Under the shopping center des Jacobins. QUINCONCES :Quinconces des Jacobins.underground next to the Espace Culturel,near Cité Plantagenêt, and has a Sunday market outside .MEDIATHEQUE ,PALAIS DES CONGRES Place Barbier. RABELAIS 8, rue de la Fuie (Nationale).REPUBLIQUE :Place de République, enters by Avenue du Général De Gaulle.parkings handle by the public transport system LA SEM LE MANS tel 02 43 23 39 43.info at place de la République 8h / 19h :tel 02 43 23 42 25. or 24/24 : 02 43 23 50 15. site here www.lemansparking.fr
parking train station GARE SNCF : EFFIA 6 bd R. Jarry.
Then you have like I always do parking that are free like by the place du Pré just across the Sarthe facing the Cathedral St Julien in the distance but walkable easy.
The train station have a tip and will add another one here apart
An airport at
aéroport Le Mans-Arnage just by the circuit at
Route d'Angers (7 km South of the city Mans)
Tél :+33 ( 0) 2 43 84 00 43
You have the wonderful local transports here that are open from 5h to 1h weekdays and 6h to 1h Sundays and holidays
The network bus + tramway is SETRAM (Société des Transports de l'Agglomération Mancelle)
main office at 65, avenue du Général De Gaulle
and TIS (Transports interurbains de la Sarthe) for the intercity services next to the train station at
Gare routière - Gare SNCF, 16 boulevard Robert Jarry office Tel +33 02 43 39 90 72
prices ticket from 1,50€ to carnet of 10 tickets for 12,70€ of course these have to be check with official sites for changes. The intercity ticket cost 2,10€ and carnet of 10 is 17€ now.
rental cars on site are
tel 02 43 78 76 50
tel 02 43 85 23 23
email : email@example.com
bike or vélo rides are available althought did not see much each time by here
Point vélo Setram
Gare Nord, by the tramway stop
Place du 8 Mai 1945,.
tel +33 02 43 88 33 26
Maison de l'eau, 43, rue de l'Estérel
tel +33 02 43 47 47 49
the stands are on frequent routes such as Place de la République ,Avenue du Général De Gaulle, Centre Hospitalier (hospital), Gares Nord et Sud (train station), Place des Sablons ,and Pontlieue.
Radio Taxi Le Mans 24h/24 :tel +33 02 43 24 92 92
20 rue Gougeard
02 43 43 84 32
18, rue Robert Triger,
tel +33 02 43 81 99 15
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This holiday was at the end of October and beginning of November in mostly Brittany France. First stop was Le Mans, on to Rennes, then Brest, so to Quimper, then Vannes each for one night.My last stop for 3 nights was La Rochelle. All travel was by train. The weather for 6 days was sunny and warm, then 2 days wet,and last 2 days half and half. Not bad for time of year. Each place was just what i like, historic towns with old buildings, GREAT.
Train and other
Le Mans is well served by train by SNCF. Approx one hour from Paris. The city has a good bus and tram service.
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