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In Rennes, there is a very good public transport system. Rennes offers 38 different bus routes and a metro, with 1 bus every 5 minutes for the metro and main bus lines at the peak hours. The hub of the network is at Republique, which feeds most of the 38 different routes, and it is here where you can buy day, weekly, monthly or yearly travel passes. This bus and metro network connects all parts of Rennes, and so you're never far from a bus stop. All the bus stops conveniantly have a map (''une carte'') of Rennes with all the lines on, and a timetable for the routes it provides, so there isn't much chance of getting lost.  
 
In Rennes, there is a very good public transport system. Rennes offers 38 different bus routes and a metro, with 1 bus every 5 minutes for the metro and main bus lines at the peak hours. The hub of the network is at Republique, which feeds most of the 38 different routes, and it is here where you can buy day, weekly, monthly or yearly travel passes. This bus and metro network connects all parts of Rennes, and so you're never far from a bus stop. All the bus stops conveniantly have a map (''une carte'') of Rennes with all the lines on, and a timetable for the routes it provides, so there isn't much chance of getting lost.  
The metro, called the VAL, has only one line with 15 stops and connects the main train station to the ''centre-ville''. STAR (the company that runs the buses and underground) claims that their network has the cheapest prices in France, with a single ticket (valid for an hour after validation) costing €1.10. Day tickets can be bought for €3 a day, and are valid on both the bus and metro. However, a lot of the residents of Rennes rarely pay for the bus as there are rarely any ticket-checkers.
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The metro, called the VAL, has only one line with 15 stops and connects the main train station to the ''centre-ville''. STAR (the company that runs the buses and underground) claims that their network has the cheapest prices in France, with a single ticket (valid for an hour after validation) costing €1.10.  
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Revision as of 10:47, 9 February 2005

Rennes is the captial city of Brittany, France.

Understand

Rennes is not often mentioned on tourist guides but this medium size town is well worth a visit. It has about 200,000 inhabitants, of which about 50,000 are students. This gives the town a vibrant night life. Some streets, such as the Rue Saint Michel, have only one type of shop on both sides: Bars!(The locals actually call "Rue Saint Michel" "la rue de la soif", which means the "Street of Thirst"). A stroll down Rue Saint Michel on a Friday or Saturday evening is a very interesting experience indeed.

Rennes is particularly nice in early July, during the "Festival des Tombées de la Nuit". Its streets are then full of people enjoying the free street entertainment and eating or drinking at the terraces of the restaurants and cafés.

After the 15th of July, it virtually empties, as most of its inhabitants migrate to the coast until the 15th August. However, some say this period is the best, as you have the town to yourself.

Get in

Get around

By bus

In Rennes, there is a very good public transport system. Rennes offers 38 different bus routes and a metro, with 1 bus every 5 minutes for the metro and main bus lines at the peak hours. The hub of the network is at Republique, which feeds most of the 38 different routes, and it is here where you can buy day, weekly, monthly or yearly travel passes. This bus and metro network connects all parts of Rennes, and so you're never far from a bus stop. All the bus stops conveniantly have a map (une carte) of Rennes with all the lines on, and a timetable for the routes it provides, so there isn't much chance of getting lost.

By train

The metro, called the VAL, has only one line with 15 stops and connects the main train station to the centre-ville. STAR (the company that runs the buses and underground) claims that their network has the cheapest prices in France, with a single ticket (valid for an hour after validation) costing €1.10.

Day tickets can be bought for €3 a day, and are valid on both the bus and metro. However, a lot of the residents of Rennes rarely pay for the bus as there are rarely any ticket-checkers.

See

One highlight of Rennes, if you're after natural beauty and tranquility, is Parc Thabor. This park has a stunning collection of plantlife, including a large bed of hundreds of species of roses, tropical, African and European trees, other beautiful and rare plants, and offers the traveller a chance to see some budgies. There are cages with a dozen of different sorts of small colourful birds. To get to Parc Thabor from Republique station, take bus number 3 (direction St. Laurient) and get off at the Thabor stop.

Every Saturday morning, until 13h30, there is a large food market in the centre of town, where you can buy low price fruit and veg, a vast array of fish, crepes, galettes, fresh meat and other French delicacies such as wine, snails and cheeses. This is always bustling with people trying to buy low-price groceries and meat. The market is based in the Place des Lices, an 8 minute walk from the main bus station, Republique.

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Sleep

The cheapest place to stay, as with most places, is the local youth hostel. This is found in a pleasant area by the canal. Prices for a night start from €12.60.

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