Lannion is a subprefecture of Côtes-d'Armor, the capital of Trégor and the center of an urban area of almost 60,000 inhabitants.
Lannion takes its name from "Lann Huon" in Breton or "Land of Huon" in English. Most of the area indeed used to belong to Lord Huon.
The old quarter of Lannion attracts many tourists to the city. The old quarter contains old squares, a church called Brélévenez, half-timbered houses, chapels and frescoes.
Lannion is a large telecommunications research center in France with several firms such as Alcatel-Lucent, Orange and SAGEMCOM operating there. The presence of a large telecommunications industry in the area has led to two institutes of technology in the area, IUT Lannion and a college of engineering, ENSSAT.
Regular concerts are held in the town square during the summer months known as 'Les Tardives'. Lannion is also home to the "Carré Magique", a well known theatre company in the area.
- 1 Tourism Office, 2 quai d’Aiguillon (by The Léguer river, near the city center), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Sep–Jun: M–Sa 09:30–12:30 14:00–18:00, closed on Sunday and bank holidays; Jul–Aug: M–Sa 09:00–18h30, Su 10:00–13:00.
Lannion is served by extensive transport links.
- 1 Lannion – Côte de Granit Rose Airport (LAI IATA), avenue Pierre Marzin (in Servel quarter, near Pégase ZA, 3 km (2 mi) north from Lannion center, 5 km (3 mi) from Perros-Guirec), ☏ . expanded to accommodate larger flights arriving from Paris and other French destinations. It is a one hour flight from Lannion to Paris.
All commercial service is now discontinued: No more flights are scheduled since March 2018. However, the airport is still open to private pilots of general aviation.
A 1 hr 20 min bus shuttle operates to Brest–Bretagne Airport (BES IATA), twice a day in each direction. Brest–Bretagne Airport provides daily flights to Paris–Orly and frequent to Bordeaux–Mérignac and Toulouse–Blagnac Airports.
- 2 Lannion train station (Gare de Lannion), 1, avenue du Général de Gaulle (buses A, C, D, E, M & 30). M–Th 04:45–21:20, F 04:45–22:15, Sa 06:35–20:50, Su 08:40–22:30. Provides TGV services from Paris-Montparnasse (once daily July–August, once weekly otherwise). It also has frequent TER links from Saint-Brieuc, via Plouaret-Tregor and Guingamp. These is also one train a day from Brest via Morlaix.
The Tibus[dead link] network provide lines within the Côtes-d'Armor department with 3 lines, plus a trans-department line.
- Tibus line 6: from Saint-Brieuc and Guingamp. M–F: 3–4 buses/day, Sa: 2 buses/day, no service on Sunday & bank holidays. €2.
- Tibus line 26: from Penvenan. €2.
- Tibus line 27: from Paimpol. M–Sa: 4–5 buses/day. €2.
- Linéotim–TILT line 30[dead link]: from Morlaix (Finistère). M–Sa: 6 buses/day, Su & bank holidays: 2 buses/day. €1.20.
- 1 hr 40 min drive from Rennes, 160 km (99 mi).
- 1 hr 10 min drive from Brest, 100 km (62 mi), .
- 3 hr drive from Nantes, 270 km (170 mi): via Rennes using the N137 road.
- 5 hr 10 min drive from Paris, 500 km (310 mi): via Le Mans and Rennes.
There is a bus service connecting the town centre to surrounding areas, TILT (Transports Intercommunaux de Lannion-Trégor), with 6 lines.
- Line A: Hospital/Airport via Quai d'Aiguillon (in the centre of the town)
- Line B: Kerbabu/Coppens via Quai d'Aiguillon
- Line C: Alcatel/Kérilis
- Line Navéo: small bus around the centre of the town
- Line F: market day line (Thursday morning).
- 1 Saint-Jean-du-Baly church (town center). Built in XIV century, classified Monument Historique in 1907.
- 2 Brélévenez stairs.
- 3 Trinité de Brélévenez church.
- 4 Loguivy-lès-Lannion church.
Every Thursday is market day! The whole town centre is filled with market stands. On offer are fruits, vegetables, cheese, fruits de mer, flowers and plants, local specialities, clothes and shoes and many other things. Just browse, enjoy the atmosphere and get some delicious food.
- 1 L'Anthocyane, 25, avenue Ernest Renan (in city center, east side of Le Leguer river, near Église Saint-Jean-du-Baly), ☏ . Tu–Sa 12:00–13:30 19:30–21:15, Su 12:00–13:30, closed on Sunday evening & Monday. A gastonomic restaurant offers the best fine dining option in the city: The cook Chief Marc Briand is awarded. It offers 4 menus, with few choices for each dish, but all is homemade. 4 menus: "Sonnant" €25/pers (noon only), "Essentiel" €37/pers, "iode et campagne" €49/pers, "Discovery" €70/pers.