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METROPOLE Ille-et-Vilaine (35)

11, rue Saint Yves

CS 26410,
35064 RENNES

Phone : 02 99 67 11 11
Fax : 02 99 67 11 10


Rennes has well developed national road, rail and air links and is two hours by TGV from Paris.

Local transport is based primarily on an extensive bus network (38 different lines) and a metro line that was inaugurated in March 2002 and cost €500 millions to build.

The Rennes Metro is 9.4 km in length and has 15 stations, including one designed by architect Norman Foster.


Rennes is one of the smallest cities in the world to have a metro.

Rennes Metro    

Opened on March 15, 2002, the metro in Rennes is based on Siemens Transportation Systems VAL (véhicule automatique léger or light automatic vehicle) technology.

There is only one line, the 9.4-km a Line, which runs north-west to south-east from J.F. Kennedy to La Poterie via the city's SNCF railway station (served by Gares metro station), with fifteen stations, thirteen of which are underground.

The station at La Poterie and viaducts on the line were designed by Norman Foster.

Metro Plan

The network is run at any time by at least four people at the central command post (poste de commande centralisée) situated near the Chantepie yards. 120 cameras patrol in and around the stations on the line.

Services run between 5:20 and 00:40 every day of the week, and trains come between every 3 and 7 minutes.

From end to end takes around 16 minutes, with an average train speed of 32 km/h. All stations are equipped with elevators to allow accessibility to those dependent on wheelchairs.

The system has sixteen trains, weighing 28 tonnes and 26 metres long, which run on two tracks next to each other. Each train has a capacity of 158 passengers (50 sitting and 108 standing).

In 2005, four extra trains were added, and four more will enter service at the start of 2006, leading to waiting times of only 90 seconds.

Excluding the minuscule underground network of Serfaus, Rennes is the smallest town in the world to boast a metro, with a population of just 220,000.

On average, there are 73,000 metro trips each day; this figure is expected to rise to 150,000 in coming years, leading to possible gridlock during the rush hours.

Charles de Gaulle station

In January 2005, three park-and-ride lots were set up, offering 900 places to motorists. Two more are under construction, expected to park an extra 700 by 2006.

From March 1, 2006, a card called KorriGo is required to travel the metro and the city's bus network.

The line is maintained by STAR (Société des Transports d'Agglomeration Rennais), and managed by Keolis (an SNCF group). It is staffed by approximately 100 technicians, managers, and so on.

Stations of Rennes Metro are:

  • J.F. Kennedy
  • Villejean-Université
  • Pontchaillou
  • Anatole France
  • Ste-Anne
  • République
  • Charles de Gaulle
  • Gares (SNCF interchange)
  • Jacques Cartier
  • Clemenceau
  • Henri Fréville
  • Italie
  • Triangle
  • Blosne
  • La Poterie

Gare de Rennes    

Rennes is easily accessible via TGV. It's Rail Station is situated in the town centre of Rennes, France.

TGV train in Rennes Rail Station

The station at Rennes was opened in 1857, and was situated a significant walking distance from the city centre. However, since that date the town has expanded and now the station lies in the central part of the city.

Trains in Rennes Rail Station

It has access to Paris on the TGV, a two hour trip; and serves Brittany with regular trains to Brest, Lannion, Nantes, Quimper and Saint-Malo. Train service is also available to other cities in France such as Lyon, Marseille, and Lille.

It also is includes a station (Gares) of the VAL Rennes Metro.

Rennes - Saint-Jacques Airport    

The Rennes - Saint-Jacques Airport is an airport about 10 kilometres south-west of Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France.

It is a national and international airport, open to regular and irregular flights, and to both private and passenger plans. The main runway can handle airplanes with up to around 180 passengers.

Before the construction of this airport, Rennes had a small hippodrome which was used as a landing strip in Gayeulles, to the north-west of the city.

In 1931 work started on a proper airport to service Rennes, and a plot of 380,000 square metres in Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande to the south-west of the city was acquired and building began. On Jul 28, 1933 the new airport was officially opened by Pierre Cot.

The main runway can be used by planes with up to around 180 passengers, and it is best fitted for middle-range flights.

For cargo transportation services, it is suitable for planes like Boeing 737 and 727, or Illiouchine 76. It is equipped with ILS.

The secondary paved runway is suitable for light motorized planes (business and leisure).

This airport has some local competition with the Dinard Pleurtuit Saint-Malo Airport, on the Channel coast, preferred by low cost companies for passengers.

Due to the raising traffic in the Nantes Atlantique Airport (approaching its saturation), there's now an ongoing regional project to build a second large airport between Rennes and Nantes that will service both cities.

This will require building faster and more frequent transit services with both cities and to their existing airports, through the modernization of the existing regional Rennes-Nantes railway link through Redon, and the interconnection with their fast TGV railway stations.

Regular flights are currently programmed from this airport by 4 companies:

  • Aer Lingus: Dublin
  • Air France: Bordeaux, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris (Orly, Charles de Gaulle), Strasbourg, Toulouse
  • Airlinair: Basle
  • Flybe: Southampton

Additional seasonal flights offer direct links to Heraklion (Greece), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Ajaccio, and Dublin.

The Rennes airport is the 19th for the total of transported passengers in 2005 :

  • 2003 : 378,699 passengers
  • 2004 : 377,325 passengers
  • 2005 : 407,678 passengers

The Rennes airport is the 9th for the total of transported freight in 2005 :

  • 2004 : 12 620 tonnes
  • 2005 : 12 250 tonnes

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