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).
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.
Getting here and trips by bus
- Several long-distance national network bus companies serve ten of the cities on La 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 the Côtes d'Armor department, from July 6th to September 1st, the Saint-Brieuc <> Paimpol (L1) and Saint-Brieuc <> Saint-Cast-le-Guildo (L2) bus lines are equipped with bicycle racks.
From 6 July to 1st September, 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
> Between St Brieuc and Paimpol (line 1) with 5 stops
> 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.
> Between Lannion and Morlaix (line 30) with 6 stops
> Between Morlaix and Roscoff (line 29) with 5 stops
- 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 La 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 :)