Practical information

Coming to Brest

By road

Brest can be easily reached in a couple of hours from Rennes and Nantes by free motorways. 

By plane

Brest Bretagne airport provides daily flights to the main French hubs (Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Lille, Toulouse, Nice). Consequently Brest provides a fast connection to all major European cities. Brest Airport is 15 minutes from the city centre by taxi.

By train

The Paris-Brest TGV takes 3h30. Ten journeys a day connect Paris to Brest by the TGV Atlantique. The station is 5 minutes walk from Brest's city centre.

Brest Metropole in a few figures

  • 2nd largest university town in Brittany: 23,000 students in higher education
  • 209,480 inhabitants (including 145,200 in Brest)
  • Research city: 60% of French sea-related research is based in Brest
  • 45% of the new Information and Communication Technologies are based in Brittany: Brest, Lannion and Rennes
  • 2nd naval base in France
  • One of the most beautiful bays in Europe: 15,000 hectares
  • National Botanical Conservatory, 2nd in Europe
  • City open to the Ocean: a privileged environment

The city of Brest and its surroundings

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