Rennes is the capital of the Brittany at only 1.5 hours from Paris by train.

Rennes's history goes back more than 2,000 years, at a time when it was a small Gallic village named Condate. Together with Vannes and Nantes, it was one of the major cities of the ancient Duchy of Brittany. From the early sixteenth century until the French Revolution, Rennes was a parliamentary, administrative and garrison city of the historic province of Brittany of the Kingdom of France.


The historic center is well know for its colourful traditional half-timbered houses, its Parlement de Bretagne, City Hall and Opera.


Since the 1950s, Rennes has grown in importance through rural flight and its modern industrial development, partly automotive. The city developed extensive building plans to accommodate upwards of 200,000 inhabitants. During the 1980s, Rennes became one of the main centres in telecommunication and high technology industry. It is now a significant digital innovation centre in France.


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HOW TO COME TO RENNES                                                                                         


- From Rennes-Saint Jacques Airport : several direct flights to/from French and European towns

To reach downtown from the airport:

  • Taxi : the trip to the city center is about 20 €.
  • Bus : line #57 links St-Jacques to Rennes city center.

 You can find complete information here at the Rennes Saint Jacques Airport

- Another possibility: From Dinard Airport (70 km from Rennes) : there are daily flight to/from Great Britain.



There are several high-speed train (TGV) from Paris, Lille and Lyon to Rennes.

  • Paris, Montparnasse train station (Paris – West) – Rennes (1h30)
  • Roissy, Charles de Gaulles airport – Rennes (2h15)
  • Lille – Rennes (3h25)
  • Lyon – Rennes (4h00)

For more information see the French SNCF Railway server. Then from the train station, take the underground direction J.F.Kennedy, get off at Place Sainte Anne, the Couvent des Jacobins will appear just in front.

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