Brittany

Brittany: When to Go

Brittany is glorious in summer, when the weather is often warmer than in other parts of northern Europe, though it can be packed with tourists. Come in spring or autumn instead and you’ll have miles of sandy beach to yourselves. Don’t rule out visits during the colder months, either - the countryside is beautiful, and there are plenty of opportunities for blustery coastal walks.

There are a few festivals which are worth catching if you can. These include a jazz festival in Vannes in July, Dinan’s medieval-themed Fête des Remparts every other July, and the famous Inter-Celtic Festival in Lorient in early August, when representatives from all over the Celtic world congregate for cultural performances and parades.

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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Getting There

Note: flight, boat, train and bus timetables change constantly, and airlines come and go, so please do not rely solely on this information for your travel planning. Check with relevant companies, or a flight search engine like Skyscanner, first.

BY AIR

Brittany is well-served by airports - Rennes Saint-Jacques in the centre of the region, Quimper-Cornouaille and Brest-Bretagne in the west, and Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo on the north coast. You can also fly to Nantes Atlantique, just over the provincial border in the Loire.

Many flights to Brittany are seasonal, so check airline websites or a flight search engine such as Skyscanner for the latest information.

From the UK:
Flybe has services from Southampton to Rennes, Brest and Nantes, and from Exeter and Manchester to Rennes only. In addition, British Airways flies from London City to Quimper-Cornouaille, Air France has services from London City to Brest, and easyJet flies from London Gatwick to Nantes. Ryanair operates flights to Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo from East Midlands, London Stansted and Leeds-Bradford.

Alternatively you can fly to Paris, then get the train to Brittany (see below).

From elsewhere:
Aer Lingus flies from Dublin to Rennes. Other than that, your best bet is to arrive via Nantes, which is served by flights from various European cities. These include Amsterdam and Milan with Air France, Madrid with Iberia, Barcelona with Vueling, Geneva with easyJet, and Dublin with Ryanair.

If you're coming from outside Europe you'll probably have to fly to Paris then catch the train, or take a domestic flight with Air France or easyJet.

BY FERRY

From the UK:
You can sail to Saint-Malo from Poole or Weymouth with Condor Ferries, or from Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries.

It's also easy to reach Brittany from southwest England, using the Plymouth to Roscoff crossing with Brittany Ferries.

From Ireland:
Brittany Ferries sails from Cork to Roscoff, or you can go from Rosslare to Roscoff with Irish Ferries.

BY TRAIN

If you'd prefer to travel overland from the UK, take the Eurostar from London to Paris, and then get the TGV from Paris to Rennes, Lorient or Saint-Malo. See Seat 61 for more details.

BY CAR

If you want to hire a car see our car rental recommendations.