Getting to Brest Airport (BES)

The airport’s official name is the Brest Bretagne Airport, whereas it was formerly the Brest-Guipavas Airport, and has the official code of BES. It is an airport that serves the city of Brest, as well as other towns and cities in the Finistère department of France, and handles approximately 900,000 passengers per annum. The airport features a new terminal building, filled with a variety of facilities, and several transport options from which to choose. Passengers can also easily reach their departure flight in their own vehicle, as airport directions are simple to follow, and a few main roads lead to the airport.

The airport is located approximately 10.2km, or 6.4 miles northeast of Brest city centre, and is particularly nearby the areas of Saint-Tudon, Kervao, Kernoaz, Baralan and Kereller. Larger areas in the vicinity of the airport include Guipavas, the community in which the airport lies, Gouesnou and Bohars to the west and Landerneau to the east. South of Brest Airport is Le Relecq-Kerhuon and Plougastel-Daoulas. The airport lies nearby the south-western coastline of France, and is to the west of more prominent cities such as Rennes, Le Mans and Paris, the capital city of the country, and to the north-west of Nantes, Lorient and Quimper.

Airport Directions from Brest City

Two of the main roads found in the city of Brest are the D205 and the D788. The D205 is the road which skirts the city’s perimeter, while the D788 leads north through the city and on to Gouesnou. Both of these two roads connect to the N12, which is one of the main access roads. From the N12, the D167 is taken to the airport terminal building. Signposts are available for all major routes to the airport, and may read as the Aéroport de Brest Bretagne. Another road close by to the airport is the D67, leading from Gouesnou and Guipavas.

Directions from the South

One of the main roads leading towards Brest and its airport from the south is the N165. This road can be taken in a north-westerly direction from the large city of Nantes, and it travels all the way up the western coastline of the country. Along the way, motorists will pass Nivillac, Vannes, Auray, Hennebont, Lorient, Quimperlé and Quimper. From Quimper, the N165 heads in a northerly direction, and passes areas south of Brest such as Le Faou, Daoulas, Loperhet and Plougastel-Daoulas before ending in the city of Brest. It is best to take the N265 from the N165 before reaching the centre of Brest, which leads to the N12 and the airport.

Airport Directions from the North

The two roads leading to Brest Airport from the north are the D788 and the D59. The D788 provides access to the N12 from Lesneven, Le Drennec and Plabennec. The D59 is found to the east of the airport, and connects to the N12 as well.

Directions from the East

The main road leading from eastern areas is the N12. From Saint-Brieuc, motorists will pass the areas of Guingamp, Morlaix and Landivisiau. The N12 also continues south-east from Saint-Brieuc to Rennes. Another major road leading to western cities of France from the east is the N164. This road joins the N165 just past Saint-Coulitz, and joins the N12 closer to the city of Rennes. The N164 can be used from areas such as Loudéac, Gouarec and Carhaix-Plouguer.

Motorists travelling to Brest Airport can park in one of the car parking areas available, including one which is undercover. At the airport, there are nearly 2,500 parking spaces, which is adequate for the airport’s current number of passenger’s with their own vehicles. All roads surrounding the airport can be busy at times, especially during rush hour traffic times, therefore ensure that you have plenty of time for travel, and for find parking at the airport. However, in general, the trip to the airport from Brest should not take much longer than fifteen minutes.

New terminal building features an immense glass bay window that overlooks the runway, a larger area for business functions and more room for retail outlets and restaurants. Shops at the airport include the Passerelle, selling articles of press, tobacco, books, gifts, regional products and children’s clothing, the Terre d’Amor selling ready-to-wear fashion items, and Escale 380, with various local products and clothing. There is also a duty-free store on site. The terminal building is constructed over three levels, and the restaurant Terre et Mer and the bar lounge Kafé Britt are found on the first floor. The Bagad Café is another restaurant available for those waiting for departure. Further facilities at the airport include Wi-Fi Internet connections, a travel agency, cash machines, a business centre, post box, payphones and a special area for unaccompanied children travelling on flights to or from the airport. The terminal building welcomes and supports disabled passengers with facilities required for their comfort, including adapted toilet facilities, lifts and elevators, pavement ramps and reserved car parking spaces.

The airport directions in further detail can be acquired from the information desk.