Coming to Brest by bus: the terms and conditions

The recent democratization of long-distance travel by bus allows a very economic compared to usual transport such as the car or the train. Bus networks have their own bus station and Brest is no exception. Located at 2, place du 19eme Régiment d’Infanterie, the Brest bus station enjoys a strategic location due to its proximity to the city center and the railway station. This pleasant position in the city allows travelers to reach the center immediately if they wish.

How to take these buses?

Several companies serve most cities provided they have a bus station. In France, since 2009, the SNCF has offered its Ouibus bus network. Certainly the most famous company in the country, it serves 40 French cities as well as 11 European cities. Shy before 2015, his network then grew considerably.

Isilines, less known but also competitive, is a company which has 29 lines to serve 128 mainly French stations. Active since 2015, it has been a prominent player in the development of the intercity coach network. Having become acquainted with these two companies, it is then preferable to find a price comparison on Google in order to choose the most economical company according to your trip. When the ticket is purchased, you must go to the platform of the bus station at the chosen time and date, then present your ticket and sometimes also your identity card in order to be able to board the bus.

However, it is unlikely that a line will serve two stations that are too far apart, especially in the case of Brest, which is not a large metropolis. This doesn’t mean that the bus ride is impossible, it’s just enough tomake a correspondence . If you are leaving from abroad or from the south of France, the ideal is to take a ticket between your station and Paris, then between Paris and Brest. FlixBus has been serving 450 stations in 18 European countries since 2013. It can prove to be the most economical in very long-distance trips that include connections. In addition, nothing prohibits reserving in several different companies for the same journey, but it is however necessary to be careful not to make a mistake during the correspondence in a metropolis because several stations exist in the city and each one is served.

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Big upsides for few downsides

The disadvantage of the bus journey is the particularly long journey time. With a journey of about 10 hours between Paris and Brest, the bus is slower than the car and the train. However, there is also a lot cheaper.

Here are the estimated prices from a reservation of two to three weeks in the direction of Brest:

  • Leaving from Quimper, joining Brest will cost 5 euros.
  • From Rennes, the trip will cost between 8 and 12 euros while a train ticket will cost 25 euros.
  • From Paris, you will only pay 19 euros where you would have paid 40 euros by train.

Journeys including connections are necessarily more expensive but also proportionally cheaper compared to the train:

  • From Marseille to Brest via Paris, bus tickets cost 29 and 19 euros for a total of 48 euros. Regarding the train, it costs 50 then 40 euros for a total of 90 euros.
  • Starting from Berlin and passing through Paris, finally, you will pay 37 euros then 19 euros for a total of 46 euros by bus while the price of train tickets is 70 euros and 40 euros for a total of 110 euros.

Thus, coming to Brest by bus is a simple and economical alternative, favorable to the profile of students or people who are not in a hurry, who will know how to get around without their own vehicle.

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