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By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Dinard?

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Dinard Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

80%

  • Price alone isn't the only factor in determining whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Dinard but clearly it's an important one. See our "why" section for more figures.
  • Cost factors include - price of car hire (peak and off peak season), car hire extras, fuel, tolls and parking costs.
  • Quality factors include - scenic drives, road quality and upkeep, general safety and congestion levels.
  • A complete index of all 10 factors will be uploaded shortly.

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€165

 #194/300

  • This is the very lowest price we could find for a one week car rental period in Dinard during the quiet season.
  • You will almost always end up paying more than this figure, but any extra costs or supplementary charges are usually determined by the renter, so we cannot easily compare like with like.
  • In many cases, rental companies will offer a cheap rental and then expect you to take out expensive insurance waivers. There are always ways to avoid this!

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €190

125/300

  • During the peak holiday season, public transport is often better value, as many train and bus fares are fixed throughout the year. See our "why not" section for more suggestions.
  • For most featured destinations, the peak season will be during the summer, typically July and August for northern hemisphere destinations. However, peak demand might occur at different times, for example in some ski resorts or winter sun destinations etc.


Free parking score

Based on the number of hotels which offer free parking. Total 100 - of which 18 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

18%

#254/300

  • Free hotel parking is very useful to have when you are hiring a car, and it's always worth checking ahead beforehand.
  • If free hotel parking is not available, you might want to consider renting a car for a single day, rather than for your whole trip.
  • The availability (or lack of) free hotel parking can be a really important factor in determining whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Dinard, as it can be a significant extra daily cost which you won't usually be paying at home!
  • Parking costs play a very major part in our consideration of whether or not it's worth hiring a car in each destination.
  • By using public transport, walking or hiring a bicycle, you can avoid having to worry about parking charges altogether! See our "why not" section for more suggestions.

Dinard public transport quick facts

Train score

Higher scores go to the systems which don't just take you to the most amazing places, but also to the ones which are easy to use, fast, reliable and frequent. A good train system on its own is usually enough to determine that you don't need to hire a car in many destinations.

40%

  • [full notes trains]
  • Trains include all kinds of urban rail system from trams up to metro and suburban networks.
  • Trains also include mountain railways and cable cars.
  • Generally, places with a good rail network will automatically mean that you don't "need" to hire a car, but you can still might find that on balance you are better off by having one.

Water travel score

This is a general rating for all types of water travel, including scheduled ferries, sea / rivers cruises and excursions in Dinard

80%

  • [full notes - water score]
  • The water score looks at means of transport on water - it does not consider water based activities like surfing or kayaking.

Overall public transport score

This is a more practical rating based on bus and rail travel, and also including ferries and other boat services, where they are part of the public transport network.

50%

  • [full notes - overall transit] buses | trams | metro | local & regional rail | national rail
  • Is public transport in Dinard good value, or is it worth hiring a car just because it is cheaper overall?
  • Even if public transport is cheap and reliable, you might still feel that you should hire a car in Dinard because it will still give you more flexibility to reach out-of-the-way places, especially in rural areas.

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Dinard. It includes factors such as the quality of the street environment, and whether you are likely to feel safe walking or cycling, together with the availability of bicycle hire and the ease of linking walking or cycling routes with public transport.

80%

  • [full notes - active score] walking (city) | hiking | cycling (city /  country).
  • A high active travel score means that you might not need a car in Dinard, because you can see everything you need to see using a combination of your own two feet and the public transport system.

Car rental in - Dinard Need v worth & should!

Whether you have come here asking "do I need a car in Dinard", "is it worth hiring a car in Dinard", or whether or not you "should" hire a car here, these are all slight variations on a similar theme. Here we break each one down according to the criteria we use for each question. This is a weighted score based on the values above. These are explained further in the text which follows - [#why] [#whynot]. Do you need a car in Dinard?

Do you need a car in Dinard?

This is essentially based on whether or not public transport and other "non car" options are good enough to get around and beyond the city. For the lowest "need" score, the destination should have a combination of excellent all-round public transport, great opportunities for walking and cycling, together with poor value car hire or generally poor quality roads. 
  • In destinations where both public transport and car hire options are excellent, the verdict for "do I need a car in  Dinard " will swing towards a strong no, because you can do absolutely fine without one).
Is it worth hiring a car in Dinard?

Is it worth hiring a car in Dinard?

Is car hire good value, especially during the peak season? How does this compare with transit fares? This question mainly looks at issues of cost and practicality.
  • In destinations where both public transport and car hire options are excellent, the verdict for "is it worth hiring a car in  Dinard" will swing towards whichever option offers the lowest overall cost for a group of 2-4 people travelling together.
Should you rent a car in Dinard?

Should you rent a car in Dinard?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
  • The final "carometer" swing is much more opinion based, and it takes into account which options will give you the truly best travel experience (n our humble opinion of course). Where a destination offers an excellent score with or without a car, the swing will go towards whichever option we feel gives the most truly unforgettable experience.
  • Ultimately, it's your choice whether or not you rent a car here. We're trying to give you something that's sufficiently far enough away from a "maybe" to help you make that choice. Ultimately, people only come to us because they are uncertain, but we don't really know what each person's preferences are. Whether we say you should or you shouldn't rent a car in  Dinard, you might also want to look up some of our other cities to see how  Dinard compares with other destinations in  France or  Europe.
  • By using public transport, walking or hiring a bicycle, you can avoid having to worry about parking charges altogether! See our "why not" section for more suggestions.


What does everyone else do?

Do most people hire a car in Dinard?

This is based on our observations of (a) car rental facilities and (b) what we think most people will do here. It's not an exact figure, just an estimate of how likely people are to get hold of a rental car here.
  • his is based on the percentage of people "in the market" who we think are likely to hire a car. This includes anyone arriving on holiday here who would usually hire a car on their travels, so it doesn't include people who don't usually drive (or don't drive), people staying with friends etc.

20%

Visitors per year (million)

  • Cities with more visitors are more likely to have more complex airport car rental arrangements, and generally they will also have better public transport, but this is not always the case, especially in North America.

1

  • [full notes - do as everyone else does?]
  • You may wish to go with the flow, or you might prefer to avoid doing the most popular or obvious option. This will vary according to the range of choice available. This tends to be much higher in destinations which are closer to the middle of the car or no car scale.

Who is travelling?

Your group size and travel budget has a major impact on whether or not getting a rental car is good value compared to using public transport as your main means of getting around. Ultimately, these are all "worth" questions:

Is it worth renting a car in Dinard if I am a solo / budget traveller?

Generally, hiring a car is not good value for solo travellers for multiple reasons, especially as most of the costs of renting apply to the car, not the occupants. With public transport, the reverse is usually true! However, there are always some places where you will need a car, simply because they are almost impossible to reach using public transport.

Is it worth renting a car in Dinard for 2 people travelling together?

A rental car can be good value for couples or for friends travelling together, but since most cars come with at least four seats, it's often still better value to use public transport. However, if you prefer to keep yourselves to yourselves, then you might still want to rent.

Is it worth renting a car in Dinard for families?

Families of groups of 3-4 people travelling together will always get the best value from a rental car. However, you may also be burdened with extra costs for car seat hire, and you well also prefer to use local trains and buses, if they are quicker than getting stuck in heavy traffic.

Where are you staying?

The place you are staying, together with the sort of places you want to see, will have a large impact on whether or not you "need" to rent a car:

Do you need a car in Dinard if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

Most large towns or purpose built holiday resorts will have some kind of public transport, whereas parking provision will vary greatly from one place to the next. 

Do you need a car in Dinard if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

Typically you may be staying in an apartment or hmall house on the edge of a resort or urban area. These places usually have some level of public transport, but not as much as city / resort centres.

Do you need a car in Dinard if we are staying in a rural area?

Rural proprties might include larger villas or apartments, but they can still be within a short walk of a bus stop or local railway station, and the opportunities for hiking and cycling might also be substantial, depending on the destination.

What is your attitude towards driving?

We can give you suggestions based on whatever we consider to be a "typical" visitor to Dinard, but ultimately your decision is also going to be influenced by whether or not you ususally prefer to hire a car in the first place.

Should I hire a car in Dinard if I prefer not to drive?

This is especially the case when there is only one main driver in the group, and it's based on the attitude of the driver rather than their passengers! The main driver may also simply prefer to use public transport, or they may prefer to take scenic train journeys where available.

Should we rent a car in Dinard if we are easy either way?

This is more aimed at the typical visitor who isn't that bothered about how they get around, as long as it is the most convenient / best value option.

Should I rent a car in Dinard if I prefer to drive?

For people who usually prefer the freedom and flexibility of having a hire car. Is it still best to rent a car in Dinard, or are there good reasons not to?

Do you need a car in Dinard? Introduction

When someone asks "Do you need a car in Dinard?", this often breaks down to two key questions:
  1. Can you actually get around using public transport, or is a car all but essential?
  2. Is it worth hiring a car in Dinard? Is it good value for money, compared with non-car options?
Over the next few sections, we wil look at the pros and cons of driving in Dinard as a tourist, and ultimately weigh these up, so we can answer the key question of Should you rent a car in Dinard?
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

It would be easy to assume that anyone arriving into this very rural part of France without their own car would automatically want to pick up a hire car from the airport, so is it even worth considering the option of getting around Brittany without a car?

Why should you rent a car in Dinard?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Dinard?
  • Flexibility — for all the obvious reasons, Brittany is a very rural region, sitting right on the western edge of mainland France. Getting a hire car means you explore in your own time at your own pace, and don’t have to worry about public transport schedules.
  • Natural beauty — Brittany is full of really high quality beaches which are usually far less crowded than those of Mediterranean resorts. The reason why they are so attractive is because they are out of the way and undeveloped, so you will usually need a car to visit them. However, the beauty of Brittany goes much deeper than her shores, and there is a great deal to see on the interior as well.
  • Bayeux – famous for its tapestry, the Normandy town of Bayeux can be visited by train, with the odd change or three! You’d have to allow over five hours each way – more than enough time to knit your own mini tapestry! The drive in one move will take around two hours, or you could head in that direction via Mont St Michel.
  • Cumbersome connections – in theory, if you want to travel around Brittany by train, you should just be able to take a short hop from St Malo down to Dol-de-Bretagne, which is only 15 minutes way, and then connect onto the main spinal route that runs between Rennes and Brest from there. In reality, train connections to other locations are relatively infrequent, so you have to plan carefully. The line heading east from Dol towards Caen only has one daily train first thing in the morning, with no feeder connections from St Malo. For most people, it will be much easier just to hire a car.
  • Drive to the train – There is also a wonderful rural branch line running up from Guingamp to Paimpol, and from here you can continue onto the Isles De Brehat by ferry. However, to do this journey completely by public transport, you will have to take the train down to Rennes first, and then double back.
  • Offshore islands — there are numerous other small islands off the coast of Brittany which can be explored by boat. Connecting train or bus services are going to take up most of your day – much better to drive and have more time on enjoying the sea air!
  • Poor airport connections — There has previously been a bus meeting Ryanair flights,but this ran to St Malo rather than Dinard. This does not appear to be running at present [June 2015]. Local buses between St Malo and Dinard are infrequent – so if you do not pick up a rental car, you will probably need to rely on taxis.
  • Arriving by car ferry? – a popular way to reach Dinard is by car ferry into neighbouring St Malo, and most passengers bring their own car. However, this Dinard car hire advice page is aimed at people flying into Dinard (Bretagne / Pleurtuit / St Malo) Airport.

Why not? Visiting Dinard without a car

What is public transport like in Dinard? What about local conditions for walking or cycling? Can you rely on public transport and maybe a few taxis for most or all of your trip? Are there some times of year when it's easier to get by without a car than others? When should you rent a car in 3?
  • Mont St Michel. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions anywhere in France, and is the one real must-see location. Getting there by public transport bus is a little bit more hassle than driving, but it is still doable. If you aren’t worrying about parking charges mounting up, why not stay in one of the 8 hotels which are inside the site (although their rates might set you back a bit more than the St Malo Ibis).
  • Car parking at Mont St Michel will set you back €12.50 per day (June 2015) – Mont St Michel car parking charges.
    To reach Mont St Michel by public transport, first take the train to Dol (~15 mins), then take the coach (~30 mins), which is designed to connect with the handful of TGV services which stop there. Mont St Michel bus / coach timetable
  • Trains — Brittany may be relatively rural, but regular TGV train services run between St Malo and Paris via Rennes, although they do so using conventional, not dedicated high-speed lines. The slower TER services offer a great way to enjoy the view from the window, although connections via Dol-de-Bretagne are limited.
  • St Malo — you may well fly in to Dinard, but the real gem is just across the estuary in St Malo, a delightful and compact walled city, which is easy to walk around. Unsurprisingly, given its historic setting, St Malo has heavy restrictions on driving in the historic core, although there are plenty of places to park nearby.
  • Walking — there are numerous great opportunities for walking around Dinard, and you won’t always need a car to take you there, as you can use local rural buses. Dinard Airport is also close enough to town that you could walk it if you have just under an hour to spare.
  • Jersey and Guernsey — the Channel Islands are close enough to Dinard that they can make an easy excursion, with or without a car, but a car on the ferry is going to cost a great deal more. Alternatively, given the limited number of flight routes into Dinard, if you are starting from the UK, you will find a far wider range of flights to Jersey (continue by ferry) or Guernsey (continue by air or ferry).
  • Ferries for feet — travellers from the UK can reach Dinard by taking the ferry to St Malo as a foot passenger, and then continuing onwards using a combination of either public transport and/or cycling. Brittany Ferries offer a “cruise ferry” type experience on their routes to St Malo from Portsmouth and Plymouth, and for many people this is as much part of the holiday as anything else.
  • Cycling holidays — because Brittany is so close to southern England, a very easy alternative to the fly drive combination is to bring your own bike by ferry from Portsmouth or Plymouth.
  • Canals and greenways — Brittany has an impressive network of canals and greenways, which includes the “Channel to Ocean” canal, which connects Dinard with Arzal on the Atlantic coast. It’s possible to explore this network using a hired boat, or by bicycle, and it’s easy enough to get to this network from St Malo port.

Ratings

Our slider ratings range from 0 (it isn't even possible to hire a car, e.g. Hong Kong) through to 10 (you really must rent a car here, e.g. Phoenix, Tampa). However, most places are somewhere inbetween these extremes, and this is where it gets more interesting! Further ratings breakdowns, including a much more detailed public transport rating, are currently being added. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

Verdict

What is our final score for Dinard on the Carornocar scale?

Remember, this isn't so much a rating of the road network, or a score for what we think of the buses or trains, but it's simply a scale showing the swing between whether or not we think a rental car is a good idea here.

4


Do you need a car in Dinard? Although a hire car in Dinard will give you the usual extra flexibility, it is far from being as essential as you might think. Given that quite a few other options are available, including amazing journeys by train, by boat or on a bicycle, the option of visiting Dinard without a car is certainly available. Dinard is rare in that it is a destination that can be reached, at least from the UK, by air, rail and ferry. This means that, despite its rural location, a visit to Dinard without a car is well worth considering.

Verdict – no

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Notes

Dinard car hire locations

The following locations should be available for hiring a car in and around Dinard, although opening times may vary. The best option for Dinard car hire is directly from the airport, as this is where there is the widest choice of rental agencies.

  • Dinard Airport (Dinard Pleurtuit St Malo Airport).
  • St Malo Gare Maritime (Port).
  • St Malo Railway Station (Gare).
  • St Malo town – although either of the above two options might be better value.

Note that there is no Dinard car hire office in the town centre, although there are offices in St Malo, as per above.Although Dinard and St Malo are situated on different sides of the Rance barrage, which is only 400m long, the actual distance between their centres is 12km by road.

  • St Malo car parking information

St Malo and Dinard Buses

Would you hire a car in Dinard?

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