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There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Brest each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

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 Breton food and culture.

March or April: Easter Monday (national holiday)

May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)

On the first of May, it is customary to offer a sprig of lily-of-the-valley to close ones. Many vendors occupy the pavement on that occasion!

June 21: 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 saving day, Brest celebrates the spirit of music and puts local folklore in the spotlight!

July 14: Bastille Day (national)

This holiday celebrates both the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the key event marking the beginning of the French Revolution. It plays as a symbol of the end of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. 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.


August 15: Assumption Day (national holiday)

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)

The aim of the European Heritage Days is to open up numerous sites and monuments, many of which are normally closed to the public. A great opportunity for a lovely stroll through the city to admire architectural treasures!

December 25: Christmas (national)

December 31: New Year's Eve (national event)

On the night of December 31st, the atmosphere is particularly festive in Brest, with families and friends celebrating the new year.

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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 (from June to September) and early autumn (in October), 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 4/39 9/48 144/5.7 Not the best period to go
February 4/39 9/48 112/4.4 Not the best period to go
March 5/41 11/52 96/3.8 Not the best period to go
April 6/43 13/55 92/3.6 Not the best period to go
May 9/48 16/61 79/3.1 Good period to go Good period to go
June 11/52 19/66 60/2.4 Good period to go Good period to go
July 13/55 21/70 67/2.6 Good period to go Good period to go
August 13/55 21/70 67/2.6 Good period to go Good period to go
September 12/54 19/66 84/3.3 Good period to go Good period to go
October 10/50 16/61 129/5.0 Good period to go Good period to go
November 7/45 12/54 134/5.3 Not the best period to go
December 5/41 10/50 148/5.8 Not the best period to go
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Brest-Bretagne International Airport

The Brest-Bretagne International Airport is located about 10 kilometres (6 miles) northeast from the city centre.

  • One terminal

Getting from the airport to Brest and back:
  • 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.
    • 3 parking facilities are available:
      • P1 (covered): capacity of 430, first 10 minutes are free, then EUR 5.40 per hour, EUR 23 per 24h, EUR 99 per week.
      • P2 (nearby): capacity of 1002, first 20 minutes are free, then EUR 2.50 per hour, EUR 19.20 per 24h, EUR 69.20 per week.
      • P3 (economical): capacity of 1314, first hour is free, then EUR 9 per 24h, EUR 34.60 per week.
    • Rentals: many car rental companies are located in the arrivals hall, just in front of the baggage claim.
  • By shuttle:
    • 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. Tickets (EUR 1.60) can be bought from the driver, or at automatic distributors at the station.
  • By taxi:
    • Taxis connect the airport to downtown Brest 7/7. They park in front of the main exit. Allow about EUR 30 and 20 minutes for the trip downtown.
  • Services: Restaurant, bar, snacks, newspaper stands, bookshop, ready-to-wear and tobacconist shops.
    The airport offers a free Wi-Fi network, ATMs, a lost property office, a mailbox and a key deposit.
  • Telephone: +33 (0)2 98 32 86 00

Website: www.brest.aeroport.bzh

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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. Renting a car is therefore the best way to get around.

By car

Getting around the city is fairly easy in Brest. The city counts eight underground parking lots and three surface ones (price ranging from EUR 1.20 to 1.60 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 5 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 EUR 1.60 one-way, EUR 4 for a day pass, and EUR 12.50 for a book of 10 tickets. For more information, please visit https://www.bibus.fr/en


Taxis drive in and around town with a EUR 1.80 /km fare during daytime and EUR 2.60 /km at night, on Sundays and during holidays. Initial charge is EUR 2.10. You may find them at the bus station, in dedicated taxi stations, or hail one on the street

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Brest, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

Brest tourist office

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Medical information

In order to travel in the best conditions and for your health and safety, we invite you to check all information regarding preventive measures and best practices to be respected, available on the official website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

Your comfort, well-being and health are at the heart of Air France's concerns, and we want to help you prepare for your trip in the best way possible. Find out more about the measures taken to ensure safe travelling on our website: https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/page_flottante/information/coronavirus.htm#notre-engagement-sanitaire

See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Brest counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.


There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to France. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

  • Address: 38 quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris
  • Website: www.vaccinations-airfrance.fr
  • Telephone: +33 (0)1 43 17 22 00
  • To make a vaccination appointment:
    • online (click here)
    • call the centre at +33 (0)1 43 17 22 00


Tap water is safe to drink in Brest.

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Administrative formalities

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 some foreign countries.

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: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/requesting-a-visa/

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Useful addresses

Directory of foreign embassies and consulates in France

Contact information for the embassies and consulates of your country is accessible in the directory of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Brest, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

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

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bonjour (morning) Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: <em>Bonjour (morning)</em>

Good evening: Bonsoir Good evening: <em>Bonsoir</em>

Goodbye: Au revoir Goodbye: <em>Au revoir</em>

Yes: Oui Yes: <em>Oui</em>

No: Non No: <em>Non</em>

No, thank you: Non, merci No, thank you: <em>Non, merci</em>

Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup Thank you very much: <em>Merci beaucoup</em>

Please: S'il vous plaît Please: <em>S'il vous plaît</em>

I don't understand: Je ne comprends pas I don't understand: <em>Je ne comprends pas</em>

Could you repeat?: Pouvez-vous répéter ? Could you repeat?: <em>Pouvez-vous répéter ?</em>

What time is it?: Quelle heure est-il ? What time is it?: <em>Quelle heure est-il ?</em>

Sorry: Pardon
Excuse me: Excusez-moi Sorry: <em>Pardon</em><br />
Excuse me: <em>Excusez-moi</em>

Airport: Aéroport Airport: <em>Aéroport</em>

Train station: Gare Train station: <em>Gare</em>

Taxi: Taxi Taxi: <em>Taxi</em>

Hotel: Hôtel Hotel: <em>Hôtel</em>

Hospital: Hôpital Hospital: <em>Hôpital</em>

Bank: Banque Bank: <em>Banque</em>

Telephone: Téléphone Telephone: <em>Téléphone</em>

I'm (…): Je suis (…) I'm (…): <em>Je suis (…)</em>

I'm looking for (…): Je recherche (…) I'm looking for (…): <em>Je recherche (…)</em>

How much is (…)?: Quel est le prix de (…) ? How much is (…)?: <em>Quel est le prix de (…) ?</em>

Do you have (…)?: Avez-vous (…) ? Do you have (…)?: <em>Avez-vous (…) ?</em>

Where can I find (…)?: Où puis-je trouver (…) ? Where can I find (…)?: <em>Où puis-je trouver (…) ?</em>

Where can I buy (…)?: Où puis-je acheter (…) ? Where can I buy (…)?: <em>Où puis-je acheter (…) ?</em>

I'd like (…): Je voudrais (…) I'd like (…): <em>Je voudrais (…)</em>

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Good to know

+ 33
+ phone number (without the 0)
0 : 00
of time difference with
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.
230 V / 50 Hz

In Brest like elsewhere in France, a service charge is always included in the bill. If you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly leave a few extra euros on the table. But this additional tip is neither expected nor necessary.

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