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You're Going to Love Nantes

Brittany's capital is a cultural center, a beautiful historical city, and well within range of the province's gorgeous coastline. Add in family attractions and superb food, and you can't go wrong with a visit to Nantes.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Nantes

1. It Has Such a Rich History

By turns a Roman bishopric, France's major Atlantic port, an industrial powerhouse, and now a cultural magnet, Nantes has seen plenty of history. Be sure to find out all about it at the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany.

2. There Are Great Family Attractions

Nantes is a wonderful family destination, mainly thanks to the Machines de l'Île de Nantes amusement park. This outlandishly wacky workshop features huge robots and animal figures, as well as plenty of enjoyable rides.

3. There's No Shortage of Museums

If you enjoy museums, Nantes is the place to be. See paintings by Rubens or Brueghel at the Fine Arts Museum, check out the decorative arts at the Dobree Museum, and see 1.6 million specimens at the huge Natural History Museum.

4. The Breton Coast Is Very Close

If you want to hit the beach, La Baule is a few minutes from central Nantes, but it's even more rewarding to visit Pornic - a classic Breton fishing port with excellent eateries.

5. It's a Vibrant Cultural Center

From the street theater of the Royal de Luxe company (featuring gigantic puppets) to sculpture parks by the Loire and La Folle Journée, a winter classical music festival, culture is everywhere in Nantes.

Where to Eat in Nantes

Nantes (and Brittany in general) is a great gastronomic destination. Upscale bistros like Pickles rub shoulders with even more expensive brasseries like La Cigale. LuluRouget is another great bistro, while Café Le Molière is an affordable alternative. In general, you'll pay between EUR20 and EUR40 for a good meal.

When to visit Nantes

Nantes in December
Estimated hotel price
C$ 49
1 night at 3-star hotel
Nantes in December
Estimated hotel price
C$ 49
1 night at 3-star hotel

Beach lovers should visit around July or August to enjoy Brittany at its best, but everyone else can enjoy Nantes at any time of year.

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How to Get to Nantes

Plane

Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE) offers low-cost connections to Paris and is close to the city. Take the TAN AIR bus (EUR7.50) or take a taxi for around EUR40-50.

Train

High-speed TGV trains run from Paris to Nantes in around two hours and can cost as little as EUR20.

Car

From Paris, take the A10 to Chartres then switch to the A11. Take the A10 north from Bordeaux, then the A83 at Niort.

Bus

Flixbus and Eurolines both run buses directly from Paris to Nantes, which take around 4 hours 35 minutes.

Airlines serving Nantes

Lufthansa
Good (1,038 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,757 reviews)
KLM
Good (259 reviews)
Air France
Good (269 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,538 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (835 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (283 reviews)
Iberia
Good (524 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (327 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (999 reviews)
Finnair
Good (336 reviews)
Vueling
Good (221 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (25 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (556 reviews)
Aegean Airlines
Excellent (85 reviews)
easyJet
Good (268 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (767 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (192 reviews)
Royal Air Maroc
Good (80 reviews)
Air Serbia
Good (28 reviews)
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Where to stay in Nantes

Accommodation highlights in Nantes include the stately Mercure Nantes Centre and the equally luxurious Radisson Blu.

Popular neighbourhoods in Nantes

Place Graslin - the shopping center of Nantes, Place Graslin is the place to go to hunt down the city's finest food, with restaurants like La Cigale.

Île de Nantes - located on an island in the River Loire, the Île de Nantes is also home to the Machines de l'Île de Nantes - Nantes' finest family attraction.

Bouffay - part of Nantes' historic center, Bouffay is full of atmosphere - largely thanks to its high concentration of lively bars and clubs like Flemings and La Maison Café.

Where to stay in popular areas of Nantes

Most booked hotels in Nantes

Oceania Hôtel De France Nantes
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 131+
Sozo Hotel
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 192+
Campanile Nantes Centre - Saint Jacques
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 70+
Hôtel Duquesne
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
C$ 77+
Kyriad Direct Nantes La Beaujeoire
Okay (5.9, Okay reviews)
C$ 67+
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How to Get Around Nantes

Public Transportation

TAN provides buses, trams, and ferries along the Loire, and one-hour single tickets cost EUR1.50 on every form of transport.

Taxi

Expect taxis in Nantes to charge a meter drop of EUR3.85, followed by EUR2 per mile after that.

Car

Car rental companies in Nantes include Enterprise and Avis, where you can rent a vehicle for around EUR20 per day.

The Cost of Living in Nantes

Shopping Streets

Nantes' liveliest shopping street is definitely Rue Crébillon, which is home to department stores, fromageries, and craft stores, but walk on to reach the beautiful Passage Pommeraye, which is home to a cluster of independent boutiques.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets in Nantes include Carrefour and Monoprix, where 12 eggs will cost you around EUR2.40.

Cheap meal
C$ 17.22
A pair of jeans
C$ 124.35
Single public transport ticket
C$ 2.30
Cappuccino
C$ 3.43