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Brest (France)

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Brest (France)

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Brest is a city on the west Atlantic coast of France. It has a long history of navigation. There are very large tides here.

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By plane

Brest is served by a regional airport[2], located to the north-east of the city. It's used mainly by Air France for its domestic routes (Paris-CDG, Paris-Orly, Lyon, Marseille, Nice) and a route to London, but also by Easyjet (Paris-CDG and Lyon), Ryanair (Marseille), Flybe (Birmingham, Southampton), and other companies for regular routes (Bordeaux, Lille, Toulon, Barcelona) or special services. A bus shuttle service connects the airport to the Brest tramway station at Porte de Guipavas several times per day. The trip takes about 15 minutes. At Porte de Guipavas, you can take the tramway (Line A, towards Porte de Plouzané) to the city centre. The ticket costs €1.35 and is valid for 1 hour on any Bibus service (airport shuttle, tramway, bus routes).[3] Alternatively, if you are planning on making some rounds on the same day, you can by a daily ticket, which costs €3.70 and is valid until the end of the day on any Bibus service.

By boat

Brittany Ferries operates a daily route between Plymouth (England) and Roscoff (about 55km to Brest) and a weekly Irish Ferries route between Cork (Ireland) and Roscoff.

By train

The SNCF provides TGV route to Paris (8/day) and regional trains routes to Rennes or Quimper.

By car

Brest is linked with Rennes (N12) and Nantes (N165) by toll-free divided highways.

Get around

The [Brest tramway] extends for 14.3 km with 28 stops. Its sole line, Line A, is a Y-shaped service connecting Porte de Plouzané (western Brest) with, alternately, Porte de Gouesnou and Porte de Guipavas (northeast). Fourteen regular bus routes, all connected to the tram, complete the network. Both the tramway and the regular bus routes, as well as the shuttle bus to/from the Brest Bretagne airport, are run by [Bibus]. A single ticket costs €1.35 and is valid for 1 hour on any Bibus service. A journey ticket costs €3.70 and is valid until the end of the day. These tickets can be bought to the bus driver or on the automatic machines at the tram stops.


  • The giant aquarium 'Océanopolis [4], has 3 thematic pavilions (polar, tropical and temperate) that offers a discovery of the world's oceans. Located at the Moulin Blanc port. Phone: +33 298 34 40 40.
  • The castle houses the Navy Museum, which has a collection of craft models, paintings and scuptures. Phone: +33 298 22 12 39.
  • The Tanguy Tower [5], located near the Recouvrance bridge, houses a permanent exhibition on the history of the town.
  • Art gallery, 24 rue Traverse. Phone: +33 298 00 87 96.
  • The Vallon du Stang Alar houses a famous botanic garden and greenhouses.


Much of Brest was all but obliterated during WW2, and therefore it is not the most beautiful of cities, but there are a few attractions that are worth an hour or two.





  • Kyriad Brest Centre, 157, rue Jean Jaurès, +33 02 98 43 58 58 (, fax: +33 02 94 43 58 01), [1]. Tram stop less than 50m from the front door (Octroi station). Free Wi-Fi in your room. Buffet breakfast, no restaurant. In-room tea/coffee making facilities. Try to request a room not facing rue Jean Jaurès, since the tram running until 1am and nearby bar patrons making noise on the street until 3-4am will disrupt your sleep. €75.

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