Here are some tips on how to get to the departure site on the way there or on the way back, on organising a weekend getaway, or just shortening a trail.
Getting here and trips by train
The main railway stations on the cycle route:
- Brittany: Morlaix (TGV high-speed train), Lannion (TGV high-speed train), St Brieuc (TGV high-speed train), and St Malo (TGV high-speed train)
- Normandy: Pontorson - Mont-Saint-Michel, Saint-Lô, Cherbourg (TGV high-speed train), Bayeux, Trouville-Deauville, Le Havre (TGV high-speed train), Fécamp, Dieppe, and Le Tréport Mers-Les-Bains
- Hauts-de-France: Etaples Le Touquet, Boulogne Ville (TGV high-speed train), Calais Ville (TGV high-speed train), Dunkirk (TGV high-speed train).
Getting to the route from abroad
Are you planning to join the route from abroad? Here’s a brief summary of the various travel options for joining the route from Belgium, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and Italy.
How to travel with your bike?
- If you dismantle your bike and place it inside a cover, it is considered to be hand luggage and you do not need to mention it in your booking.
- If your bike is not dismantled, it may be accepted on certain conditions on the TER, TGV, and Intercités trains.
Think about it! With the TGV INOUI, make your travel easier with the My Baggage service. This service takes care of your luggage (including bikes, considered as bulky luggage) wherever you want and delivers them to the address of your choice.
Getting here and trips by bus
- Several long-distance national network bus companies serve ten of the cities on The Vélomaritime® cycle route. The terms under which bikes are transported aboard differ from one company to another. Please contact them for information.
- In Normandy : https://transports.normandie.fr/ http://www.commentjyvais.fr/fr/
- In Brittany : https://www.breizhgo.bzh/se-deplacer-en-bretagne http://mobibreizh.bzh/fr/
In summer, some bus lines are fitted with bike carriers (excluding electric bikes) in Côtes d'Armor and Finistère:
> Between St Brieuc and Saint-Cast-le-Guildo (line 2) with 5 stops (2020 schedules coming).
> Between St Brieuc and Paimpol (line 1) with 5 stops (2020 schedules coming).
> Between Trégastel and Lannion via Trébeurden, (on line D) and via Perros-Guirec (on line E) run by Transports TILT with 6 stops in all (2020 schedules coming).
> Between Lannion and Morlaix (line 30) with 6 stops (2020 schedules coming).
> Between Morlaix and Roscoff (line 29) with 5 stops (2020 schedules coming).
- In Hauts-de-France : http://transports.hautsdefrance.fr/
Getting here and trips by plane
The airports located on the cycle route or nearby:
- Caen Carpiquet (20 km/12 ½ miles away): from Brest, Nantes, Bordeaux (via Brest or Nantes), Pau (via Nantes), Lyon, Toulouse, Marseille, Nice and Figari (spring and summer) and also London-Southend and Dublin (via London).
- Dinard: London, Nottingham
- Le Touquet Côte d'Opale: Lydd Airport
Remember to check the bike transport policy of your air company.
Take a car to The Vélomaritime® and leave your vehicle where your cycle route starts.
- You will find car parks for this purpose (free or paid) in several towns and villages. You can get information from the Tourist Office nearest to your starting place. You can see what is available on onepark.fr and book your parking place in the following towns and cities on the cycle route: St Malo, Grandcamp-Maisy, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Calais.
- Some accommodation (certified Accueil Vélo or not) can provide free or paid for parking for your vehicle: parking space, garage, etc.
When you prepare your bike trip, we suggest you leave from a town close to a station, or one with a railway station, so that it is easy to return to your starting place :)