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Getting There & Away

Ferries link St-Malo with the Channel Islands and the English ports of Portsmouth, Plymouth and Poole. From Roscoff there are ferries to Plymouth (UK), Cork and Rosslare (Ireland), and Bilbao (Spain). Alternatively, airports in Brest, Quimper, Rennes, Dinard and, further to the south, Nantes, serve the UK and Ireland, as well as other European and domestic destinations.

Brittany's major towns and cities have rail connections, but routes leave the interior poorly served. The opening of the TGV line between Le Mans and Rennes in 2017 has cut approximately 40 minutes off train travel times to Paris. A handy website for calculating transit in the region whether by train, bus or boat is www.breizhgo.com.

The bus network is extensive, if generally infrequent, meaning that your own wheels are the best way to see the area, particularly out-of-the-way destinations.

With gently undulating, well-maintained roads, an absence of road tolls and relatively little traffic outside the major towns, driving in Brittany is a real pleasure. Cycling is also extremely popular, and bike-rental places are never hard to find.