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Getting to and around Rennes

The Breton capital is easy to travel to and getting around the city is simple!

Rennes is ideally placed geographically, which makes it very accessible from the motorway, high-speed train line and the airport. However, the capital of Brittany also has several benefits for those who want to enjoy an easy visit: the metro, bus and self-service bicycles. The pleasant size of the city also makes it possible to walk everywhere from the station or your hotel. This is a real advantage for business trips and conferences, when there isn’t enough time to do everything.

Go anywhere on foot or by public transport

Getting around with no obstacles

Rennes is a pleasantly sized city, like a village where it is possible to get anywhere on foot in the city centre. If you have only a little time available outside your conference, you can, for example, visit all of the iconic sights in Rennes on foot on a 3.5 km route.

If you prefer to stroll casually as your heart desires, download the map of Rennes’ historic centre:

By metro, bus or bike with the STAR network

Thanks to the several methods of public transport available, getting around the Rennes urban area is made easy. As the STAR network has various options, everyone can choose the mode of transport that best suits them according to their needs. From Rennes train station, it is possible to take the metro (A line) to the city centre, e.g. to the conference centre or one of the many hotels at the centre of the city.

"Velostar" self-service bikes
“Velostar” self-service bikes

The bus allows you to get around the Métropole and also reach the conference centre, the exhibition centre and any other area that hosts events from the airport.

Prepare your itinerary

The STAR network makes it possible to use several complementary forms of transport – metro, bus – including the “Velostar” self-service bikes, a service that is available 24/7 at 55 stations across the entire city.

By taxi

There are taxi stations available (19 in total in Rennes Métropole), with the main ones at Gare Nord station (place de la Gare), Gare Sud station (underground parking), rue du Pré Botté and at Rennes-Saint-Jacques airport. Access the platform for reserving Rennes taxis, which serve the city and municipalities in Rennes Métropole. Phone: +33 (0)2 99 30 79 79.

Are you bringing your own transport?

Pinpoint the places where you can park in the centre of Rennes and in the municipalities of Rennes Métropole thanks to our interactive map of car parks.

You can also leave your car in one of the five park-and-rides in the STAR network, which are free and monitored car parks in all four corners of the city reserved for users of the STAR Bus + Metro network. From any of these car parks, you can reach Rennes city centre in 10 minutes. Three park-and-rides will soon complete this network with the upcoming opening of the B line in Rennes Métropole’s metro.

· Open until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. depending on the day: find more information on the STAR website.

Rennes: an accessible and open city

Rennes is in an ideal geographic location: close to the ocean and the nation’s capital, in addition to being well served by motorways. However, most importantly, it is only 1 hour 25 minutes away from Paris thanks to the high-speed TGV train line that opened in 2017 and its airport serves major French and European cities. About 15 trains connect Rennes to the French capital on a daily basis, making it easy to go to Paris for the day.

There are many destinations in France served by Rennes airport: Ajaccio, Bastia, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Calvi, Clermont-Ferrand, Figari, Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Montpellier, Mulhouse, Nice, Paris, Strasbourg and Toulouse. Its air connections in Europe cover about 20 countries and 50 cities. It also covers about 20 countries and cities on a global scale.

Map of air connections

Do you want to organise an event with transport and accommodation included in Rennes? Contact the Convention Bureau!

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