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Surge of holidaymakers this weekend in Brittany – Bretagne

  • 1 TGV: 100,000 passengers expected this weekend in Brittany

  • This Friday, the 39 TGVs to Brittany were full, i.e. nearly 20,000 passengers. Around 10 a.m., there were still around ten places left, but it took €142 to €171 to reach Quimper or Brest from Montparnasse. “Nearly 100,000 travelers expected this weekend in Brittany, specifies the SNCF. Travelers have already started to arrive since Thursday and the TGVs are almost all full until Monday evening, including the province-province TGVs from Lille, Strasbourg, Lyon…”. Of the ten rail destinations showing the strongest growth, Saint-Malo (35) comes first, ahead of Caen, Biarritz, La Rochelle, Arcachon, then Vannes, which precedes Bordeaux.

    “Nearly 100,000 travelers expected this weekend in Brittany”, specifies the SNCF. (Photo Lionel Le Saux/The Telegram)
  • 2 No more buses and full-throttle carpooling

  • With soaring fuel prices, the carpooling platform, Blablacar, is recording “a sharp increase in requests”. “In total, all axes combined, specifies the platform, we foresee nearly 10,000 places available on departure or arrival from Rennes this weekend. Coming from Paris, we suggest that the most frequented Breton cities will be Rennes, whose average price of the journey will amount to 29 €, then Vannes (39 €), Brest (44 €), Saint-Malo (34 €) and Quimper (€44)”. This weekend, Blablacar has planned the circulation of more than 150 buses to Rennes, an increase of 50% compared to normal.

    PHOTO Lionel Le Saux / THE TELEGRAM.  BREST (29): Illustration on carpooling with employees of the Ildys foundation in Brest.
    Coming from Paris, the Blablacar carpooling platform suggests that the busiest Breton cities will be Rennes, whose average trip price will be €29 on average, then Vannes (€39), Brest (€44), Saint- Malo (€34) and Quimper (€44). (Photo Lionel Le Saux/The Telegram)
  • 3 Airbnbs: Finistère and Côtes-d’Armor in the top 10

  • The Airbnb accommodation rental platform has listed the top 10 popular destinations for the Easter holidays. Two Breton departments appear in this ranking: Côtes-d’Armor and Finistère, which are in 8th and 9th positions respectively. Guadeloupe comes first, ahead of Martinique, Paris, Corse-du-Sud, Charente-Maritime, Savoie and Haute-Savoie. Airbnb “finds that the number of nights booked by families for spring break is ten times higher than last year at the same period”.

    PHOTO Lionel Le Saux / THE TELEGRAM.  SAINT-MALO (35): key box for several Airbnb accommodations installed in a laundromat in Saint-Malo.
    Côtes-d’Armor and Finistère, which respectively rank 8th and 9th on the Airbnb housing rental platform. (Photo Lionel Le Saux/The Telegram)
  • 4 Home exchanges up 43% in Brittany

  • The home exchange site, HomeExchange, announces that more than 14,900 exchange nights will take place in Brittany (12,400 houses and apartments on the site) for the Easter holidays, an increase of 42% compared to 2021 , and even 43% compared to 2019. Brittany has risen to second position among the favorite regions, just behind Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. On HomeExchange, the five most popular Breton cities are Vannes, Saint-Malo, Brest, Sarzeau (56) and Saint-Brieuc.

    Valves (56).  The port, the Rabine, the Corbeau des mers at the quay.
    On HomeExchange, the five most popular Breton cities are Vannes (our photo), Saint-Malo, Brest, Sarzeau (56) and Saint-Brieuc. (Photo The Telegram)
  • 5 “This situation should be permanent”

  • “In Brittany, the situation is currently favourable, particularly in our restaurants and a little less in terms of accommodation”, observes Hubert Jan, president of Umih 29 (the Union of trades and hotel industries in Finistère) and the catering branch of the Union Nationale. “The arrival of Parisians will certainly boost our activity, but this situation should be permanent,” insists Hubert Jan.

    In Morbihan, the director of GMVT (Gulf of Morbihan Vannes Tourism), Arnaud Burel, displays a broad smile. “Since the beginning of the Easter holidays, he says, we have recorded a very good crowd after two difficult springs to live with, he comments. We feel that the French have ants in their legs, that they want nature, disconnection, that is to say everything that Brittany can offer them”.

    Above, on Sunday, the embankment of the Ecluse beach was stormed.
    “We feel that the French have ants in their legs, that they want nature, disconnection, that is to say everything that Brittany (here Dinard) can offer them”, indicates Arnaud Burel, director GMVT (Gulf of Morbihan Vannes Tourism). (Photo Patrick Chevalier)

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