3 hours from Paris by TGV,
50 minutes from Rennes,
access to all major European cities (400 km from Paris)
Paris Charles De Gaulle + train.
Rennes International Airport + train.
10 km from St-Malo
daily flight to/from London Stansted.
To reach Saint-Malo from CDG airport by train you should go first to the CDG TGV train station in-between terminal 2 A, B, C, D and terminal 2 E, F. There you take a train to Rennes (only 4 per day, 3 hours trip), and then take a train from Rennes to Saint-Malo (departure every hour, 50 minutes trip). As there is only a few direct trains per day from the CDG TGV train station, the other option by train is to go first to the Montparnasse train station in Paris.
To reach Saint Malo from Paris by train, there are two possibilities:
- The most comfortable solution is the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse, ie. High Speed Train) Paris - Saint Malo. However, there are only 2 or 3 departures a day.
- The second choice is the TGV Paris - Rennes (departure every 30 minutes, 2 hours trip), and then, take a train from Rennes to Saint-Malo (departure every hour, 50 minutes trip). It is exactly the same travel as i), however, you will have to get off the TGV at Rennes, change platform, wait for the Rennes - Saint Malo train...
The trains Paris - Saint Malo or Paris - Rennes leave at railway station ‘Gare Montparnasse’. Be careful, there are several railway stations in Paris!
Here are the details to go from CDG airport to Gare Montparnasse:
- Once in the RER suburban railway station near the airport. Buy a ticket for Paris. This ticket allows you to go to any station in Paris, provided you do not go out the subway network until you reach your final destination. So, keep it in your pocket since you will need it along your journey.
- Take the RER B suburban train to go to Paris.
- Stop at station ‘Denfert-Rochereau’ (~ 50 minutes).
- Take the ‘metro’ (subway) line 6 (the light green one) towards ‘Charles de Gaulle Etoile’. Use your ticket to pass the automatic doors (You do NOT have to buy another ticket).
- Stop at station ‘Montparnasse Bienvenüe’ (5 minutes).
- Walk following the signs ‘TGV Grandes lignes’ (at the end of the platform, after some stairs, take right). After the automatic doors, walk 10 meters and get upstairs with the escalators. Go upstairs again with the escalators. Take right.
- Look at the central departures panel to learn your platform’s number. Find the platforms just behind the central departures panel. Validate your train ticket with one of the red-orange machines before taking the TGV (You may get fined if you do not, even if you have a ticket).
A map of the subway network in Paris: PDF..
The airport in Rennes has (almost) daily Air France flights from/to Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Marseille, Nice, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Southampton. Hence, most european attendees can fly to Rennes with only one connection. Non european attendees might prefer to fly as close as possible to Saint Malo, avoiding taking the train in Paris. In this case, Rennes airport is advised.
- Once out of the Rennes Saint Jacques airport, take a taxi to the railway station: ‘la gare de Rennes’. (~ 10 minutes).
- Take a train Rennes - Saint Malo. (~ 50 minutes).
The nearest airport is the Dinard - Pleurtuit - Saint Malo airport. However, it is a very very small airport. There are some cheap flights from/to London Stansted. See the Ryanair website. However, be careful with such low-cost companies. If you miss the flight, then you are in trouble because the next one is the day after.
This might be a good plan for English people, or attendees flying to London.
The good point is that Dinard - Pleurtuit - Saint Malo airport is 10km away from the convention center. Take a taxi.
It is quite unlikely that one attendee comes to Saint Malo with a ferry, although it might be the most pleasant way.
There are ferry connections with Weymouth, Poole and Portsmouth. See Condoferries or Brittany Ferries.