The capital city of the Brittany region, Rennes is a fabulous choice for a city break. A backdrop of historical monuments and traditions coupled with a large student population translates into relaxed strolling by day and lively outings by night. A buzzing city with art or music events happening nearly every weekend, there is never a better time to visit, so grab your cheap flights to Rennes with Flybe today
Flight frequency: Several / Week
Currency: EUR (€)
At the junction of the rivers Ille and Vilaine, Rennes is an ancient city with roots tracing back to the Armoricans. Heavily influenced by the Celts, and later by the Romans and the Bretons, Rennes finally joined the French kingdom in 1491, when Duchess Anne of Brittany married the French king Charles VIII. Architecturally the city belies a noticeable divide as a huge fire devastated the northern area in 1720 and was rebuilt in stone, whilst southern part maintained it’s original timber housing. Moving around one of the fastest-growing cities in France is easy, as it's served by 38 different bus routes and a driverless metro system. Wandering around the old part of the city and visiting the historic monuments will transport you to another time and, thanks to its ever growing student population, Rennes’ nightlife continues to dazzle and evolve with young energy.
There are roughly 400 restaurants and cafes in Rennes making it a foodie heaven for visitors. Don’t miss an opportunity to taste the crêpes, each named after a famous “George” at Le Saint Georges. Dedicated to the specialty of the region, Le Saint Georges serves up sweet and savoury crêpes and sparkling cider to locals and tourists alike. For a gourmet experience, an evening at Le Baron Rouge is sure to impress. The traditional, yet imaginative dishes are superbly executed and supported by an extensive selection of wine from France and beyond. After dinner, head over to Rue Saint Michel where bars line the street and rub shoulders with the fun-loving locals. During the school year, Thursday night is the night to go out, so plan accordingly!
For lovers of French food and produce, Rennes is a shopper’s paradise with a different market to explore every day of the week. Saturday mornings in Place de la République are full of shoppers at le Marché des Lices, where you can pick up everything for a delicious picnic. For the best pick, try to get there when they open, normally around 7am, but if you’re not an early riser, be sure to show up before noon as vendors begins to pack up around lunchtime. For fashion and other non-food related items, Rue d’Orléans and Rue le Bastard in the center are safe bets, and if all else fails, there is always the upscale shopping mall Galleries Lafayette in Place de la République.
As the center of Brittany and home to over 60,000 students, Rennes plays host to several festivals during the year. The art festival Les Tombées de la Nuit, held every July, has been attracting visitors since 1980 with its street exhibitions and music. Fans of flora and fauna should head north of the city to experience le Parc du Thabor, a beautiful tree-filled garden containing rare plants and an aviary filled with colourful birds. For an adventure outside of the city, board a bus from the Rennes bus station and head over to Mont Saint Michel, a magical Gothic abbey and village perched on a granite island and one of the most-visited sites in France.
Rennes Bretagne Airport is located in Saint Jacques de la Lande. Just ten minutes from the city centre of Rennes, it provides easy access to the city or to the surrounding region of Brittany.
IATA code: RNS
Name: Rennes–Saint-Jacques Airport
Address: Avenue Joseph le Brix, 35136 Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, France
Telephone: +33 2 99 29 60 00
The three public car parks located around the terminal are open daily from 4:45am until 11pm. Payments can be made by credit or debit card at the machines at the exits. Visitors wishing to pay in cash may do so at the automated payment machine in car park three or inside the terminal.
The no. 57 bus stops every 20-30 minutes daily outside the terminal between Joseph Le Brix Avenue and Jules Vallès Avenue. From there, it is a quick 20-minute ride into Rennes city centre. Tickets cost 1.50 euros each.
For visitors seeking a taxi, there is a taxi rank conveniently located outside of arrivals. A trip into Rennes city centre will cost roughly 18-20 euros.
If you are flying to Rennes to explore surrounding Brittany, hiring a car may make it easier to move around during your stay. Car hire companies are located in front of the arrivals hall and open during normal business hours. We advise making prior arrangements before your trip.
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