I am trying to find out what options I have for getting to Brest. It seems impossible.
In principle, I see two options since driving 14 hours is not on my wishlist:
- take a TGV from Stuttgart to Brest, which sounds easy because Stuttgart is a TGV station with bi-hourly connections to Paris
I like travelling by train, and I once took a Thalys from Brussels to Paris which was a really pleasant journey. Unfortunately, it seems impossible to find connections and/or prices on the TGV websites.
If I visit Deutsche Bahn, they can tell me about the connections, but they don’t tell my a price, since it’s a journey to a foreign country. The TGV-Europe website is a complete unusable mess, not only in non-IE browsers. It’s full of errors and the best result I can get is an http 404 (The requested URL /de/zug-fahrkarte was not found on this server.).
I’m glad to speak a little french, so I tried using http://www.voyages-sncf.com which redirects me to the above-mentioned site as soon as I admit to live in Germany. So the 404 problem persists. If I pretend to live in France, this site won’t sell me a ticket. At least I know now not only about the connections, but also some possible prices. Which I’m not able to pay, since they won’t accept my credit card 😉 And, of course, maybe there is some extra fee for buying tickets from Germany.
I don’t really like the idea of flying, espacially because I’ll have to change planes. Seems like Brest has no direct connection to any German Airport or anywhere near Stuttgart, so hopping into an ICE train and flying from Frankfurt or Zurichis not an option.Most of the flights are therefore 9 hours and longer and some of them take me to Lyon to change flights (I like Lyon, it’s beautiful, just about the opposite direction).
Oh my, maybe I’ll take another look in a few days…
Who’d have thought that Brittany is so damn far away?
[Update] There also is TGV.com, but this also redirects to the above-mentioned site