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Every year, numerous holidays are celebrated in Brest.
Below are the main dates for these festivities:

1 January: New Year's Eve

Celebrate the new year with a Fest-noz, a traditional Breton dance! By the ocean, the city of Brest offers many festive activities on New Year's Eve, often dedicated to the Breton food and culture.

1 May: Labour Day

Every May 1st, it is customary to offer a sprig of lily of the valley to your loved ones. Many vendors occupy the pavement on that occasion!

21 June: Make Music Day (national)

Breton folk songs, harps and violins, but also folk dances, drinking songs and sea shanties invade the city's public spaces. On daylight savings day, Brest celebrates the spirit of music and puts local folklore in the spotlight!

13-19 July 2016: Brest International Maritime Festival (local)

Every 4 years, ships and historical sailing boats from all over the world gather in Brest's harbour for an entire week.

14 July: Bastille Day (national)

The storming of the Bastille in 1789 epitomizes the end of Absolute Monarchy in France and the abolition of privileges. In Brest, the 14th of July, with festive activities and fireworks, is always a high point during the International Maritime Festival. At night, Brest harbour shines with thousands of lights, creating a beautiful backdrop for the sailboats.

15 August: Assumption (national)

To celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, several “Grands Pardons” (atonements) take place in parishes all around Finistère. In Porcaro, Morbihan, more than 10,000 bikers gather to celebrate the “Madonna” with their blessing.

Third weekend of September: European Heritage Days (national)

European Heritage Days aim at giving the general audience a chance to discover usually restricted locations, like castles and museums. An opportunity for nice walks and architectural findings!

25 December: Christmas (national)

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Located at the western tip of the Breton peninsula, the city of Brest experiences a typical oceanic climate.
Rainfall throughout the year is high, climate is sometimes very mild, especially during summer and early autumn, which are the best seasons to visit Brest.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 4 9 144 Not the best period to go
February 4 9 112 Not the best period to go
March 5 11 96 Not the best period to go
April 6 13 92 Not the best period to go
May 9 16 79 Good period to go Good period to go
June 11 19 60 Good period to go Good period to go
July 13 21 67 Good period to go Good period to go
August 13 21 67 Good period to go Good period to go
September 12 19 84 Good period to go Good period to go
October 10 16 129 Good period to go Good period to go
November 7 12 134 Not the best period to go
December 5 10 148 Not the best period to go
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The Brest-Bretagne airport is located 10 kilometres north-east of the city of Brest.

  • One terminal for domestic and international flights

Travelling between the airport and Brest:
  • By car
    • Directions: the airport is close to major roads leading to the north, west and south of Brittany. The E50 dual carriageway will take you downtown Brest in 15 minutes.
    • Parking: 3 parking lots are available:
      • P1 (covered): capacity of 430, 5,20 EUR per hour, 18,10 EUR per 24h, 92,40 EUR per week.
      • P2 (nearby): capacity of 1002, 2,40 EUR per hour, 15,40 EUR per 24h, 59,50 EUR per week.
      • P3 (economical): capacity of 1314, first hour is free, 6,80 EUR per 24h, 28,50 EUR per week.
    • Rentals: Many car rental companies are located in the arrivals hall. Offices are situated at arrivals, just in front of the baggage claim.
  • Shuttles
    • A shuttle service connects the airport to the A tramway line, at the Porte de Guipavas station, 7/7 (except on May 1st). The shuttles operate from 5:35 a.m. to 7:50 p.m. and leave every hour or so. Tickets (1,50 EUR) can be bought from the driver, or at automatic distributors at the station.
  • Taxi
    • Taxis connect the airport to downtown Brest 24/7. They park in front of the main exit. Allow about 30 EUR and 20 minutes for the trip downtown.
  • Navette
    • Navettes ATCRB n° 876 : Aéroport – Hendaye ou Saint-Jean de Luz.
  • Services : You will find a restaurant, a bar, snacks, newspaper stands, a ready-to-wear shop, a bookshop, a tobacconist's and duty-free shops. The airport offers a Wi-Fi network, ATMs, a lost property office, a mailbox and a post office.
  • Téléphone : +33 (0)2 98 32 86 00
  • Site internet :

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The A tramway line connects major places of interest downtown Brest, such as monuments, main streets and shopping malls. Busses take you in and out of the city, to the neighbouring cities. The city's road traffic is fairly fluid and parking lots numerous. Cars are a good option to visit the city.

By car

Getting around the city is fairly easy in Brest. Several large parking lots are available downtown, place de la Liberté, on Dupleix, Malherbe and Yves Collet streets (price ranging from 1 EUR to 1,60 EUR per hour, depending on your location).


The A tramway line crosses the city and connects major touristic places. It is an ideal way to get around the city, every day from 4:40 a.m. to 0:30 a.m.

A network of 17 bus lines connects the city to neighbouring towns like Bohars, Guilers, Plouzané and Plougastel, from 6:00 a.m. to 0:30 a.m.

Public transportation prices in Brest (for both bus and tramway) are 1,50 EUR one-way, 3,95 EUR for a day pass, and 12,25 EUR for a book of tickets.


Taxis drive in and around town with a 1,72 EUR/km fare during daytime and 2,58 EUR/km at night, on Sundays and during holidays. Initial charge is 2,10 EUR. You may find them at the bus station, in dedicated taxi stations, or hail one on the street.

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Visitor information

Once you arrive in Brest, don't hesitate to get in touch with tourism professionals for information and help in organising your stay.


Place de la Liberté
BP 91012
29210 Brest Cedex 1

Tel : +33 (0)2 98 44 24 96

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Currency and Exchange Rates

$1 = €0.94

€1 = $1.06

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

There are several private and public hospitals in Brest, as well as quality general practitioners and medical specialists.
General practitioners often charge you 23 EUR for a visit without appointment.


There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to France.

For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Food safety recommendations

There are no specific food safety risks. French government authorities promote good hygiene practices and put in place strengthened control procedures for sites especially frequented by tourists during the summer months.


Tap water is safe to drink in Brest.

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For information about the types of travel documents required, please visit the website of your Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

For more information, please visit the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Travel requirements for other countries entry requirements for France

As a general rule, a visa is required to enter France. Foreign nationals in the two categories listed below are not required to carry a visa for stays of 90 days or less:

  • Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or the Swiss Confederation
  • Citizens or nationals of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See (Vatican City), Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela

For stays of more than 90 days, a long-stay visa is required.

Travellers from all other countries must be in possession of a visa, regardless of the length of their stay. Visa applications must be submitted to the nearest French Embassy or French Consulate in the country of permanent residence well in advance of departure.

For further information, visit the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Brest a little easier:

Good morning: Bonjour (matin)

Good afternoon: Bonjour (après-midi)

Good evening: Bonsoir

Good bye: Au revoir

Yes: No

No: Non

No thank you: Non, merci

Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup

I don't understand: Je ne comprends pas

Could you repeat please?: Pouvez-vous répéter ?

Please: S'il vous plaît

What time is it?: Quelle heure est-il ?

Excuse me: Excusez-moi

Airport: Aéroport

Railway station: Gare

Taxi/cab: Taxi

Hotel: Hôtel

Hospital: Hôpital

Bank: Banque

Telephone: Téléphone

I am (…): Je suis (…)

I am looking for (…): Je recherche (…)

How much is (…): Quel est le prix de (…)

Do you have (…): Avez-vous (…)

Where can I find (…)?: Où puis-je trouver (…) ?

Where can I buy (…)?: Où puis-je acheter (…) ?

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Good to know

+ 33
+ number without the 0 (calls to Brest)
6 : 00
of time difference with
New York
Daylight Savings Time start date
Last Sunday in March

Daylight Savings Time end date
Last Sunday in October


Usually open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (some until 6:00 p.m.)

Usually open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Voltage and Hertz
220 V - 50 Hz


In Brest like elsewhere in France, a service charge is always included in the bill. Still, if the service is appreciated, a good rule of thumb is to leave an extra 5 to 15%.