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Côte de Granit Rose, near Brest

Practical info Brest, France

Getting around the city

Visitors to Brest will find that their options for getting around are somewhat limited. The easiest modes of public transport are the city's simple bus and tram systems. The bus company that services Brest is called BIBUS, and they have routes that cover most of the key areas of the city and its suburbs. The frequency of services in Brest depends on which route one is travelling and it is best to consult a timetable and plan journeys in advance. As Brest is a small city, visitors are likely to want to travel further afield on day trips. It is therefore useful to hire a car during ones stay in Brest, as this affords visitors greater freedom. Most international car hire companies have a presence in Brest and offices can be found at the airport or close to the railway station in the city centre. Taxis are also an option for visitors in Brest, but fares are expensive and negotiating a better price will be difficult for those that don't speak French.


Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).


Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are standard.


The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.


The international access code for France is +33. Most public telephones accept phone cards, which are available in newsagents. Most hotels add a surcharge to calls, which can be very expensive; the cheapest way to call abroad is often with a phone card from a public telephone or at a post office. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international mobile phone companies. Internet cafes are available in towns throughout France.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112.

Travel documents and health

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Public holidays


Brest Bretagne Airport

Getting to the city

An airport shuttle service runs to the tramway station at Porte de Guipavas several times a day. The journey takes about ten minutes, and costs around €1.50. Tickets can be bought onboard the shuttle. Outside of tramway hours, the shuttle runs to the railway station.

Car rental

Several car hire companies have desks opposite the baggage claim area. These include Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt.

Airport taxi's

There is a taxi rank near the main entrance to the terminal.


The terminal features several bars and restaurants, duty-free shopping, travel agents, as well as office and conference facilities. Other services include key deposits, ATMs, and post boxes.


Lot P1 is located nearest the terminal, and offers short-term parking starting from €5.70 for two hours and €18.10 per day, and long-term rates from €32.80 for two days. Lot P2 is also fairly close to the terminal, and has short-term rates of €2 for the first hour and €15.40 per day, and long-term tarrifs of €22.50 for two days. P3 is an economy lot located farther away, and has the cheapest rates for short and long-term parking.


The airport offers free, unlimited wifi.