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Getting to Plouhinec

By Air

Protectionist instincts have prevented France from liberalising the domestic aviation market more than in name. No Ryanair or Easyjet from Paris, but only Air France subsidiary HOP!! from Orly or Lyon. This is the French version of the no-frills airline, so now you have no frills, without the low fares. Sadly, protecting inefficient companies and the high speed train that isn't really high speed seems to be more important than supporting the local economy.

By Train

Travel by train is possible to Lorient, 10 km from Plouhinec. Generally, trains to Lorient depart from "Gare Montparnasse" (Southern side of Paris) and take anywhere between three hour twenty minutes and four and a half hour due to the fact that the "Grand Vitesse" (high speed)  disappears from the TGV after Le Mans and the trains just become ordinary trains. To illustrate their lack of speed, an ordinary car trip takes as long, even in busy traffic.

Unfortunately, travel by train via Paris still involves dragging your suitcases up and down the stairs in the Paris Metro. If you want to avoid this, there are a few direct train per day to and from Charles de Gaulle Airport, departing to Lorient in the early evening. Departure from Lorient is at around 7.00 in the morning. 

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By Car

By far the easiest way to get to Plouhinec is by car. If you do not own a car, France has an extensive organised hitch-hiking / carpool network that can take you anywhere if you are flexible at low cost.  The most important, though most likely not the only are: operated by the administration of Morbihan. is the general site for France, also available in English.

If you own a car and do not have a navigation device, directions can be obtained from and through Google Maps. The good news: highways in Brittany are not subject to toll like in other parts of France, though the maximum speed limit is 110 km/h instead of the usual 130. 

Car rental companies in France offer good value for money. Especially if you are with two or more persons, they can be a good alternative to both train and airplane. Time is hardly longer than even the plane, but you avoid the rather expensive taxis.

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By Bus

For the more adventurous, there is always the bus.   Eurolines takes you as far as Rennes or Nantes when coming from Paris for song, after which regional commuter trains (TER) can take you to Vannes, Auray or Lorient.  More information can be obtained at the Eurolines website.

There are local buses from Lorient and Auray to Plouhinec. The timetable can be downloaded from this link. For those not familiar with Plouhinec, the bus stop "Place Kilkee" is just near the church on Rue de Pontoir, leading from the Place d'eglise.

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