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Welcome to Brest

Brest is a port city located on the most westerly tip of France. Its surrounding metropolitan region has a population of approximately 300,000.

A city traditionally associated with shipbuilding, today it is widely recognised as one of Europe’s most important centres for marine-based research. Covering an area of 220 km²., Brest is also very much a university city with 24,000 students including 1,700 foreign students.


Brest offers an excellent quality of life. Here are just some of the reasons why living in Brest is such an attractive proposition:

  • Inexpensive and plentiful supply of accommodation
  • Good public transport system
  • Great beaches and surfing spots
  • Good pubs, restaurants and nightlife
  • Close proximity to wonderful landscapes
  • International airport with low-cost flights
  • Excellent road infrastructure
  • Daily direct air/rail link to Paris

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How to get to Brest:

  • 2 free motorways from Rennes (east) to Brest and Nantes (south-east) to Brest.
  • 15 rail links from Brest Railway Station with Paris via high speed trains.
  • 9 daily flights from Brest Airport to Paris; regular flights to Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Toulon, London and more.
  • Ferries to Great Britain and Ireland
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