The Brest cable car, an original urban stroll

Offering a breathtaking view of the Penfeld coastal river, the harbor of Brest, the Recouvrance and Capucins districts, the Brest cable car technical construction unique in its kind, offers a surprising urban stroll of the city seen from above. Ideal opportunity to discover Brest in an original way or simply to quickly connect the two banks of the Penfeld, this 3-minute crossing 72 meters above the river will delight young and old…

Genesis of the Brest cable car

Originally designed to connect the two banks of the Penfeld coastal river, this cable car project aimed to facilitate the movement of local residents and revitalize the deserted neighborhoods of former industrial sites. The choice of the technical solution fell on the creation of the cable car for several reasons: the result of a desire to create links between neighborhoods dynamics of the city center and the peripheral districts (former military, maritime or industrial sites abandoned by the inhabitants), the proposed project was on the one hand attractive by its collective dimension. Other advantages: a lower cost compared to the installation of a gateway and a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

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The Brest cable car, a successful urban revitalization project

Connecting the city center to the new Capucins district and Recouvrance district on the other side of the Penfeld since 2016, the two cabins of the cable car have transported nearly a million passengers to date. Having become an integral part of the Brest landscape, the cable car has won its bet by emulating a renewed interest in the new districts of the right bank (former military wastelands of the Capuchins and (former historic workers’ and sailors’ districts of Recouvrance). These new young and lively districts are in the process of becoming thanks in particular to the cable car, one of the economic and cultural centers of reference from the city…

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The Brest cable car, means of transport combining business with pleasure

If the primary function of the cable car is to transport people from one bank to the other, its innovative, playful and practical characterhas made it both a popular means of transport (fares based on those of public transport in the city) and a tourist attraction reference. Combining business with pleasure, the Brest cable car has not finished making people talk about it. In view of the success of this new and original means of transport, it even seems according to certain rumors that a new cable car project is being studied by the city’s urban planning services…

Useful information

The cable car connects the Capucins district (Ateliers station) to the bottom of rue Siam (Jean Moulin station) near the Château tramway station. The two cabins with a capacity of 60 passengers serve the 2 stations in both directions.

Opening hours (line C):
– 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday
– from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday
– from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday
with a scheduled departure every 5 minutes during rush hour.

Prices :
– adult: €1.50 or €1.25 per card of 10 tickets
– free for children up to 4 years old
– children from 4 to 7 years old: 86 cents per card of 10 tickets
– group: 0.80 cent/person per group of 10 people
– possibility of traveling with 4 people with 1 ticket on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays

Other information :
– ticket usable indifferently in bus, tram and cable car
– accessibility for people with disabilities
– bicycles welcome

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Photo credit: By Jérémy Kergourlay — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56671922

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