The IEEE ASAP conference will be held on July 7-9 at the IRISA laboratory which is located on the campus of Beaulieu "Campus de Beaulieu" in Rennes, Brittany (France).
Travelling - Brittany - City of Rennes - IRISA
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From Rennes-St Jacques airport there are 22 direct daily flights to French and European towns.
From Dinard Airport (70 km from Rennes) there is a daily flight to/from London Stansted by Ryanair.
© Office de Tourisme de Rennes Métropole
© Office de Tourisme de Rennes Métropole
To reach Irisa from the airport:
Bus: line #57 links St-Jacques to Rennes city center. Buses run from 6h50 to 19h45 about once an hour and every 10-15 minutes during the rush hours. Bus stops "Pommerais" or "Abbé Grimault" are 800 meters away from the airport in the St-Jacques village.
(travel time around 20 min.)
Once arrived at "République" which is the terminus of the line 57 (see the map), you have to change for bus lines #6 (direction "Acigné Base de Loisirs"), #4 or #40express (direction "Beaulieu Atalante") that leave just in front of the République building. The total travel time is around 40 min.
Get out at "Tournebride" bus stop.
There are several trains (TGV) on a typical week day from Paris, Lille and Lyon to Rennes. In the following is listed the number of round trips and journey times with a TGV (high speed train):
20 TGV Paris, Montparnasse train station (Paris - West) - Rennes (2h03)
3 TGV Roissy, Charles de Gaulles airport - Rennes (2h58)
3 TGV Lille - Rennes (3h45)
2 TGV Lyon - Rennes (4h25)
For more information see the French SNCF Railway server.
Please notice that before getting into the train you need to punch your ticket in the machines that can be found in the entrance to the platform.
From the Rennes train station (northern exit "Gare nord"), to reach the campus, you have several possibilities (see the map):
Bus: line #41express is direct from the train station (just in front of the train station, on the left side) to the campus (week days only). Departures: 7h35, 7h45, 7h55, 8h10 and 8h35. Get out at the "Tournebride" bus stop.
Back to train station (from "Tournebride" bus stop): 16h09, 16h44, 17h14, 17h45, 18h15 and 18h44.
Subway+bus: take the subway at the Railway station "Gares" towards "J.F. Kennedy" and get out at "République". Just at the exit, in front of the "République" building, you will find the bus stop for the bus lines #6 (direction "Acigné Base de Loisirs"), #4 (direction "Beaulieu Atalante"). Get out at the "Tournebride" bus stop.
Walk+bus: walk along the J. Janvier avenue up to the Vilaine river. Turn left (Quai Zola): the bus stop (lines #6, #4 or #40express) is 20 m away, close to the Museum ("Pasteur/Musée" bus stop). Get out at "Tournebride" bus stop.
The Irisa building is just in front of the bus stop after crossing a parking lot (see the campus map). It takes about 15-20 minutes to reach the campus from the train station.
Tickets and fares: a 1-hour ticket costs 1,20 €.
On the campus area, the Irisa building is just in front of the parking lot (see the map below).
You can find the itinerary on the Mappy itinerary service. You should write "Allée Henri Poincaré" in Rennes as the arrival address and you will get the proper itinerary.
Brittany is a large peninsula "on the edge of the world" as people used to say, in the northwest of France, lying between the English Channel to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. Brittany is one of France's most rugged regions with hundreds of bays, inlets and islands. It is said that Brittany is a fascinating mix of spectacular coastline known as the "Emerald coast", ancient beautiful towns, historic fishing villages, magical islands and inland woods.
Brittany is one of the six Celtic Nations and used to be a Celtic duchy for more than one thousand years before its annexation to France in 1532. It is a fascinating land rich in culture, tradition and history with a strong regional identity that has been forming during centuries of relative isolation. Brittany is a region proud of its roots and has successfully retained its customs and traditions.
Surprisingly for a people with strong individualistic tendencies, Brittany doesn't have its own distinctive style of cooking. The only true Breton specialities are pancakes (crêpes, which usually have a sweet filling, and galettes, which tend to have a savoury filling) and cotriade, a fish stew traditionally made from conger eel and the remains of the catch. Generally, Breton cuisine is simple, with little use of sauces, and features much fish and seafood.
More information about tourism in Brittany:
City of Rennes
Rennes is the capital of Brittany and is ideally situated at the heart of a dual carriageway network linking Brittany to Paris and Normandy and to the areas south of the Loire divide. The city of Rennes is very pleasant with its parks and gardens and the delightful old town with its faithfully restored streets and squares, colourful traditional timber-framed houses and outstanding buildings by famous architects. A visit to the Musée de Bretagne is recommended to discover what life in Brittany was like in ancient times as well as the present day. You'll find a great choice of restaurants, bars and pavement cafés in the old town and one of the largest markets in France is held on Saturday mornings. There you can find all kinds of French delicacies such as cheese, sea food, crêpes and galettes and everything else from flowers to fresh meet.
© D. Gouray/Ville de Rennes
Rennes is less than 100 km away from the northern coast and its two most impressive attractions: Saint-Malo, a walled charming corsair city and Mont Saint-Michel, the impressive "Wonder of the Western World" forming a tower in the heart of an immense bay invaded by the highest tides in Europe.
Further information about Rennes
The IRISA research laboratory is located on the campus of Beaulieu "Campus de Beaulieu" in the east of Rennes.
(Map source City of Rennes - Fond de plan source Ville de Rennes)
The IRISA building is just in front of the bus stop "Tournebride" after crossing a parking lot (see the map below).
INRIA Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique
Campus universitaire de Beaulieu
35042 Rennes Cedex
Phone : (33) 2 99 84 71 00
Fax : (33) 2 99 84 71 71