Direct Connections To All Europe
Located in the very heart of Western Europe, at a crossroad between two major strategic powerhouses – Paris and London – Brittany enjoys exceptional access to the European industrial markets. Through a sophisticated transportation network, it is linked to all of Western Europe, from North to South and from West to East, including Spain, the Benelux and the Channel Islands.
A continuously improving road network: An extensive and toll-free motorway network runs across the entire region. On the North-South axis, the Estuaires highway reaches all the way to Spain and Northern Europe. On the East-West axis, new major highways link Brittany directly with Eastern France without driving via Paris. Transportation by road is the most frequently used means of conveyance, representing over 2 000 freight companies in Brittany (such as Geodis, Calberson, Sernam…) and a record 178 million tonnes of goods ferried by road in 2006.
Three major commercial ports in Brest, Lorient and Saint-Malo offer fast access to the two international ports in Western France: Nantes/Saint-Nazaire on the Atlantic and Le Havre on the Northern Sea.
Three airports in Rennes, Brest and Nantes provide daily connections to Paris, Lyons and London as well as quality freight services. Air cargo services are also available in Rennes and Nantes. Soon, a new planned international airport between Rennes and Nantes is due to provide additional destinations in and out of Europe.
19 TGV stations place the capital of Brittany at 2 hours from Paris. Soon, the arrival of the new LGV high-speed route will bring Rennes within 1 hour 30 minutes of Pairs, and Brest and Quimper within 3 hours. Thanks to the TGV network, it is now possible to reach, without changing, strategic destinations in France and Europe, such as the Charles de Gaulle Airport, Lyons, Marseilles, Lille or Brussels.