Dinard – Tips


Getting there

By Car
By Train
CalaisA28 (direction Le Havre)5 hoursvia Paris (station change) and St-Malo
7 hours
ParisA11/E50 to Le Mans, A81/E50 to Rennes, then the smaller D1374:15 hoursvia Rennes and St-Malo
3:30 hours
DieppeN27 to A151 to A29 to A13 to A843:45 hoursToo difficult
Le HavreA13 to A843 hoursvia Paris (station change) and St-Malo
7 hours
CherbourgA13 to A86 to A62:25 hours via Paris (station change) and St-Malo
7:45 hours
Marseillesvia Le Mans: A7, A47, A72, A71,
A85, A28, N176
10:45 hoursvia Rennes and St-Malo
7:30 hours

Air: The airport, close to Dinard, is shared with Saint-Malo and offers international flights, particularly those of Ryanair. Other international destinations will require changing in London.

Click here to access the airport’s website.

Ferry: There is no ferry service from Dinard. To go to/from the UK, you will need to go to the neighbouring Saint-Malo or Cherbourg.

Bus: There are several long distance bus operators going to this city from different cities in France (and Europe). Click on one of the links below to see which departure city is covered.

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Within Dinard

There is a reasonable bus network within the city, not enormous, but dense enough that you will not need to walk that much. If you are tired from the long walk along the sea and want to get back to your hotel, it’s an idea solution. There’s even a free bus shuttle service.

Click here to access the city’s bus network (unfortunately in French only)

There is also a ferry service that brings you to Saint-Malo.


Driving within Dinard is quite easy. Some streets are narrow, but most are wide enough for bigger cars. Most streets offer street parking.

Some parking zones are free for up to 2 hours, but you will need to display the Blue Parking Disc (which can be purchased in Tabacs).


Other parts of the city have different fee based structures. Click here to access the city’s web site (in French).

You can download iPhone/Android/Windows smartphone app to pay (and even extend your parking). Click here to access the download page (scroll to the bottom for the downloads).


Dinard is not a city full of restaurants like other cities, but still there are some 80 of them in the city. Obviously with Dinard located alongside the sea, fish is one of the main ingredients.

There is one 1-Star Michelin restaurant, located in the scenic hotel of Castelbrac.

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Castlebrac 5-star hotel in Dinard'Castlebrac 5-star hotel in Dinard


There are some 180 hotels and other accommodations available in Dinard, ranging from expensive 5-star (like the one shown above in the Restaurants section) to low cost, budget hotels.

We stayed in the Novotel Thalassa (photo below) and really enjoyed it. Great view, staff and food. The rooms are comfortable. Click here to access their website. Today, the hotel is no longer a Novotel but it’s called Emeria Dinard Hotel.

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Novotel Thalassa Dinard hotelNovotel Thalassa Dinard hotel

Things To Do/To See

  • Walk the very long seaside promenade of Dinard
    The Dinard seaside promenade
    Several walks are organized, including the Lawrence of Arabia walk. Click here for more information (in French).
  • Walk from Dinard to Saint-Malo (13 kilometers) on the GR34 (Part of the larger GR #34 trek route – click here for more info, in French)
  • Swim in one of the natural swimming pools or at one of the several beaches
    Beaches of Dinard
  • Walk the “Promenade Du Claire de la Lune” walk at night (light and music show) July and August (more info, click on the low image on their web site for an English version, click here)

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