TOURISM INFORMATIONS > Travel to Nantes

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By plane

Nantes is a European destination, which is easily accessible:

  • 1 hour from Paris and London (1st air traffic hubs in Europe)
  • 4 daily scheduled flights to Paris Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle
  • 4 daily scheduled flights to Paris-Orly
  • All the key European destinations are less than 2 hours away by plane
  • Direct flights to 60 destinations:
    • 20 French cities: Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Strasbourg, Toulouse, etc.
    • 40 international destinations: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, Rome, etc.

Nantes Atlantique airport is a 20 minute-shuttle ride from La Cité (departure every half hour).

By train

Nantes has direct rail connections to all the major French cities:

  • 2 hours from Paris Montparnasse
  • 21 daily High Speed Rail connections between Paris and Nantes
  • 3 hours from Paris Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport with 4 daily High Speed Rail connections
  • Direct High Speed Railconnections to : Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Paris, Strasbourg, etc.

The High Speed Railway station is located at the very heart of the city, opposite the La Cité venue (South exit).

By road

The Nantes region is surrounded by an motorway network with easy access to:

  • The East: Paris on the A11
  • The South: Bordeaux and Toulouse on the A83
  • The West: Brest on the N165 / E60
  • The North: Rennes on the N137

450 parking spaces are available underneath La Cité and 2,000 additional parking spaces whithin close walking distance. Exhibitors are allocated a temporary parking area with direct access to la Cité’s exhibition areas.

 

Transport in the city

Nantes boasts about its innovative, multimodal and eco-responsible means of transport offering residents and visitors easy and safe travelling within the urban area:

  • 40 km-tram network (the longest in France)
  • 4 tram and BusWay© lines
  • 53 bus lines
  • 3 river shuttle lines
  • Bicloo : a self-service bike system with 900 bicycles and 90 stations
  • Over 300 km of cycling lanes
  • Not to forget the Marguerite cars that can be hired from 20 self-service hire point
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