Nantes Tourism

Nestled on the river Loire (longest river and last wild river in Europe) estuary, Nantes is always considered as the nicest cities of France. Presently, the city is renowned as lively and innovative city. A closer look into the city highlights the fact that Nantes maintains a remarkable balance between its rich heritage and innovations, economy and culture. With the river Loire playing as a perfect backdrop for cultural activities of the city, Nantes is a perfect welcome for travelers who come to visit France.

According to the history, Nantes was once the house to the Duke of Brittany. You can make this out from the historical monuments and museums, still preserved by the city. On the other hand, a journey to the island of Nantes can show how much science has developed. A tour to Les Machines de I'lle de Nantes gives you a journey to the world of imagination. Apart from science, maritime industry of Nantes is something you cannot be ignorant about. Its prominent example is La Maille-Breze (a floating marine museum).

Apart from the tourist sites, Nantes knows how to please its visitors. With the specialty in seafood, Loire valley wines, Nantes cake, age old sailors had been able to infuse the flavors of Nantes with other flavors from all around the world. Trying any of the restaurants of Nantes will offer you the opportunity to sample the strong culinary wealth of Nantes.

Essential travel information and Nantes tips for your visit

  • If you are fond of travelling in off seasons, December to March can be considered as an ideal time to avoid crowd in Nantes. However, you need to carry heavy coats and umbrella for self protection.
  • To know about the train tickets from and to Nantes, get in touch with SNCF ticket office, located at the centre of the city.
  • Bus or tram tickets to move around the city will cost you around 1.50€ and can be individually bought from bus drivers (for bus) and at the tram-stop ticket machines. These tickets are valid for one hour after being stamped.
  • A ticket journalier, costs around 4.60€, are valid for 24 hours. Make sure you stamp it when you use it for the first time.
  • Bikes can be rented and you can get it free at first 30 minutes after renting it. However, you need to deposit 150€ in advance (in case of any damage to the bike).

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Nantes

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  • Know the pollution level of Nantes before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 22.5 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 26.92 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 36.54 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 39.29 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 21.43 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 35.71 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 19.12 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • How safe is Nantes for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Nantes.

    • Burglary and Theft 39.58 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 33.33 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 31 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 32.29 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 36.46 (Low)
    • Attacks 48 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 51.92 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 76 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 44 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 44.79 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 30.43 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 48.96 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Nantes is 179.67 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 56.15 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 91.59 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 29.58 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 21.25 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 73.57 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 81.3 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.82 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 87.67 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Nantes

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.24 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.49 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 97.47 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 90.59 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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