How to get here
- By car : towns and cities in Brittany are linked up by a network of expressways. The road for Lorient is the RN 165.
- By bus or city-boat : from towns and cities in Morbihan with the CTM or from other towns in Lorient agglomération with CTRL
By train. SNCF railway station, rue Beauvais in Lorient Telephone : 3635. Many return journeys a day between Paris and Lorient. Duration of journey: approx. 4 hours on direct lines. Regular service throughout the day from Lorient to Vannes (35 minutes), Quimper (45 minutes) and Rennes (1 hour 35 minutes).
By air. Lann-Bihoué airport in Ploemeur (a few kilometres from Lorient city-centre) - Telephone: 02 97 87 21 50. Return flights daily Lorient - Paris and Lorient - Lyon.
Boat and ferry trips. Ferries to the island of Groix. The Compagnie Océane offers daily departures from it's brand-new ferry port, all year round, to the island of Groix. Telephone : 0820 056 156
Discover the story of the submarine base
When France surrendered to Germany in June 1940, Vice-admiral Karl Dönitz, commander in chief of the German submarine fleet, decided to build one of the five Atlantic coast submarine bases in Lorient.
The first U-boats arrived in the Lorient dockyard in July 1940, but the biggest complex of buildings constructed in France by the Todt Organisation during World War II would be located on the Keroman peninsula.
Urban walk in Lorient
If you can spend a few hours in Lorient, discover the urban walk #1 around the historical city centre.
Art and history, city centre (Circuit 1) : download the document
Your guide to the city... Lorient express
Welcome to Lorient.
This town of art and history has a rich and fascinating cultural heritage and maritime history.
Playing a strategic role in the battle or the Atlantic and heavily bombed during WW2, the city was rebuilt in the architectural style of the 50's and 60's.