Practical info

Getting to Nantes

By train
Nantes, by local / high-speed train:

  • 2 hrs from Paris Montparnasse
  • 4 hrs from Lille and Bordeaux
  • 4:45 hrs from Lyon
  • 5:10 hrs from Strasbourg

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By air
Nantes Atlantique Airport has regular connections to 51 destinations including 18 in France. On your arrival, the airport shuttle can take you to the city centre in just 15 to 30 minutes.

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By car

  • From Paris: A11, Le Mans-Angers
  • From Bordeaux: A83
  • From Brest: RN 165
  • From Rennes: RN 137

Leave your car at a Park and Ride (P+R) and take the tram to the city centre. 40 free Park and Ride sites are available to you with a valid transit pass. They are spread out all around the city, nearby the ring road and/or various tram, Busway and Navibus stations.

Accommodation, tourism and culture in Nantes

Where to stay

Whether you are staying for a weekend or longer, Nantes offers a full range of accommodation options. Check out the hotel, B&B and holiday flat reservation service provided by Nantes Tourisme.

Nantes Pass: art and culture combo pack

Journey to Nantes and enjoy the effervescence of a city of art and culture in a single package with the Nantes Pass!

FREE entry to the city’s top 30 sites and to public transit during 1, 2 or 3 days.

For more information: Nantes Pass or A Journey to Nantes

Getting around Nantes

Each day, 10,000 people take advantage of the car-tram option, parking their vehicles at Park and Ride sites or nearby stations and hopping on board the TAN public transit network.

To learn more, call the TAN on +33 (0)2 40 44 44 44.


Log onto and share a ride to save money and protect the planet.

How to get around Nantes
For a better quality of life in a friendlier, calmer city centre, Nantes gives precedence to pedestrians, cyclists and public transit. Although the city centre is still accessible by car, traffic there is limited to a bare minimum.

Take advantage of public transit with the TAN network!

The TAN can take you anywhere you want to go in Nantes. Switch from one mode of transport to another on the same ticket. TAN tickets are valid on the bus, the Tramway, the Busway, the Chronobus and the boat (Navibus), as well as on trains within Nantes and its suburbs. TAN transit tickets provide access to seats on board TERs (express regional trains, in 2nd class) between the Nantes, Couëron, Basse-Indre, Saint-Herblain, Chantenay, Thouaré-sur-Loire, Rezé-Pont Rousseau, Bouaye, Saint-Sébastien, Mauves and Vertou train stations.

These tickets are available for purchase at SNCF train stations, in the TAN’s six transit sales offices, from authorized points of sale, online (on the TAN website) and from ticketing machines at tram and Busway stations. Buy the ticket that best suits your needs: for an hour, 24 hours, or a few days. You can also download the TAN smartphone (iPhone and Android) app and get your tickets online!

Allotan +33 (0)2 40 444 444 –

Hire a bike!
Discover the pleasures of cycling around town. There are plenty of options if you want to hire a bicycle by the year, the week or the month, thanks to the city’s multiple bike hire services.

Bicloo, for self-service bike hire

To hire a bike, go directly to the main docking terminal and follow the instructions on the screen. Anyone can buy a ticket using their bank card, valid for either 1 or 7 days. A 3 day tourist ticket is also available from the Nantes Métropole Tourism Office (next to the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany).

For more information: +33 (0)1 30 79 33 44 – – See prices

NGE, for long and short term cycle hire

Long and short term hires of classic or electric power-assisted bicycles. Child bike trailers also available. Group bike hire also possible.

For more information: +33 (0)2 51 84 94 51 – – See prices

Effia, for long and short term cycle hire

Long and short term hires of classic or electric power-assisted bicycles.

For more information: +33 (0)2 40 74 23 05