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There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Nantes each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1 : New Year's Day (national holiday)

March or April : Easter Monday (national holiday)

May 1 : Labour Day (national holiday)

On the first of May, it is customary to offer a sprig of lily-of-the-valley to close ones. Many vendors occupy the pavement on that occasion!

May 8: Victory Day (national holiday)

Commemorates the Allied victory in Europe that ended World War II on this day in 1945. Various ceremonies are held around town.

Around May 19: Fête de la Bretagne (Gouel Breizh) (local)

Since 1997, the Fête de la Bretagne attracts 400,000 people each year, with more than 200 different events (concerts, exhibitions, shows, treks, picnics, conferences and strolls).

June 21 : Fête de la Musique (celebrated nationwide)

Also celebrated internationally as World Music Day, for this festival many free concerts featuring all types of music are held in the streets, parks and at various venues across Nantes.

July 14 : Bastille Day (national holiday)

This holiday celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the key event marking the beginning of the French Revolution. It plays as a symbol of the end of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. In Nantes, a huge fireworks display is set off from the island in the centre of the city and is best viewed from the Quai de la Fosse or the Pont Anne de Bretagne. There are also many dance parties open to everyone held at various venues throughout the city.

August 15 : Assumption Day (national holiday)

This celebration, still very popular in Nantes, is marked by the faithful with religious processions and ceremonies through the streets.

Third weekend in September : European Heritage Days (celebrated nationwide)

The aim of the European Heritage Days is to open up numerous sites and monuments, many of which are normally closed to the public, such as castles and private collections. A great opportunity for a lovely stroll through the city to admire architectural treasures!

November 11: Remembrance Day (national holiday)

On this day, French citizens gather at war memorials to commemorate the signing of the 1918 Armistice officially bringing an end to the First World War.

December 25 : Christmas (national holiday)

December 31: New Year's Eve (national event)

On the night of December 31st, the atmosphere is particularly festive on the streets of Nantes, with families and friends celebrating the new year.

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Nantes enjoys a temperate, oceanic climate, strongly influenced by the Loire estuary and the absence of hilly or mountainous terrain. Winters (from December to March) are mild and rainy. At least one heat wave lasting a few days is often experienced in the summer (from June to September). There is frequent, but not heavy, rainfall over the rest of the year. Long periods of strong winds may occur throughout the year, although they are not especially violent.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 3/37 9/48 86/3.4 Not the best period to go
February 3/37 10/50 70/2.8 Not the best period to go
March 5/41 13/55 70/2.8 Not the best period to go
April 6/43 15/59 50/2.0 Not the best period to go
May 10/50 20/68 64/2.5 Good period to go Good period to go
June 13/55 23/73 45/1.8 Good period to go Good period to go
July 14/57 25/77 46/1.8 Good period to go Good period to go
August 14/57 25/77 45/1.8 Good period to go Good period to go
September 12/54 22/72 62/2.4 Good period to go Good period to go
October 10/50 18/64 79/3.1 Not the best period to go
November 6/43 12/54 87/3.4 Not the best period to go
December 3/37 9/48 84/3.3 Not the best period to go
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Nantes-Atlantique Airport

The Nantes-Atlantique Airport is located just outside the city's ring road, at the Porte de Grand Lieu, 10 minutes from the city centre.

  • One terminal

Getting from the airport to Nantes and back:
  • By car
    • Access via the ring road by exiting through Porte Grand-Lieu or Bourguenais (rue de l'Aviation).
    • There are several parking facilities:
      • Long-term parking (more than 5 days) at P0 Ouest, P0 Est, P0 Nord and P1 Sud.
      • Short-term parking (less than 5 days) at P2, P2 Est, P3 Nord, P3 Ouest.
    • Several car rental companies have counters in a separate building, just outside the terminal.
  • By shuttle bus
    • La Navette Aéroport is a shuttle bus service connecting the airport with central Nantes, with departures every 20 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. Monday to Saturday and every 30 minutes from 6:20 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. on Sunday (EUR 9 each way).
  • By bus
    • Bus line 98 station is located about 100 metres from the airport and connects it with the city centre.
  • By taxi
    • A taxi rank is located just outside the terminal opposite Hall 3. The fare to the city centre is about EUR 30 to EUR 35.

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Nantes is a city very well served by its public transport system. Furthermore, in the interest of improving quality of life for its residents, a number of routes reserved for pedestrians and cyclists are available. Although the historic centre of Nantes can still be accessed by car, traffic is limited to residents and deliveries.

By tram

Nantes' trams are certainly an ideal way to get around the city. There are three lines (1, 2 and 3) with 83 stations. In all, the network operates over 44 kilometres (27 miles) of track. A single ticket costs EUR 1.70. For further information about the public transportation system in Nantes, please visit the https://www.tan.fr/ website.

By bus

Some 60 bus lines run throughout Nantes and its greater metropolitan area.

A single ticket costs EUR 1.70 (EUR 2 when you buy it from the driver) and is valid for 1 hour on the entire network. A 1-day ticket is also available, for EUR 5.80.

Useful tip: A 1-day group ticket is also offered, allowing unlimited travel for up to four people over the entire network for 24 hours (or on a consecutive Saturday and Sunday) for EUR 10! For further information about the public transportation system in Nantes, please visit the https://www.tan.fr/ website.

By car

It is relatively easy to get around the city by car, with the exception of the historic centre, where many of the thoroughfares are restricted to pedestrian traffic or bicycles. It is also difficult to find parking in the immediate vicinity of the historic centre.

Useful tip : Nantes has a public car-sharing system, called “Marguerite” (https://www.imarguerite.com/). In all, about 60 cars are available 24/7 at 43 stations. The vehicles are rented by the hour and parking is free. Prices: EUR 10 per hour, plus EUR 0.50 per kilometre.

By taxi

Nearly 180 taxicabs serve Nantes, its metropolitan area and the airport.

By bicycle

Exploring the city by bicycle is a genuine pleasure. Nantes offers more than 470 kilometres (292 miles) of cycling paths, covering the entire metropolitan area.

Useful tip: Bicloo, Nantes' public bike-sharing system, has 120 stations in the city centre (about one every 300 metres), with more than 1,230 bicycles. Without a pass, there a rental fee each time you use the network. EUR 0.75 for the first 30 minutes, then EUR 0.50 for the next 30 minutes, EUR 1 for extra 30 minutes and EUR 2 for every 30-minute cycle beyond that point. For further information, please visit https://www.bicloo.nantesmetropole.fr/en/home

On foot

Walking is also an excellent way to get around Nantes. Many public spaces in the city centre, such as the Île Feydeau and the Cours des 50 Otages, have been redesigned to make them pedestrian-friendly.

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Nantes, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

Nantes Tourism Office

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in France is the Euro (EUR).

1 CAD = 0,70 EUR

1 EUR = 1,43 CAD

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

In order to travel in the best conditions and for your health and safety, we invite you to check all information regarding preventive measures and best practices to be respected, available on the official website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

Your comfort, well-being and health are at the heart of Air France's concerns, and we want to help you prepare for your trip in the best way possible. Find out more about the measures taken to ensure safe travelling on our website: https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/page_flottante/information/coronavirus.htm#notre-engagement-sanitaire

See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Nantes counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.


There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to France. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:


Tap water is safe to drink in Nantes.

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Administrative formalities

Entry requirements for France

As a general rule, a visa is required to enter France. Foreign nationals in the two categories listed below are not required to carry a visa for stays of 90 days or less:

  • Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or the Swiss Confederation
  • Citizens or nationals of some foreign countries.

For stays of more than 90 days, a long-stay visa is required.

Travellers from all other countries must be in possession of a visa, regardless of the length of their stay. Visa applications must be submitted to the nearest French Embassy or French Consulate in the country of permanent residence well in advance of departure.

For further information, visit the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/requesting-a-visa/

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Useful addresses

Directory of foreign embassies and consulates in France

Contact information for the embassies and consulates of your country is accessible in the directory of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Nantes, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Nantes a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bonjour (morning) Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: <em>Bonjour (morning)</em>

Good evening: Bonsoir Good evening: <em>Bonsoir</em>

Goodbye: Au revoir Goodbye: <em>Au revoir</em>

Yes: Oui Yes: <em>Oui</em>

No: Non No: <em>Non</em>

No, thank you: Non, merci No, thank you: <em>Non, merci</em>

Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup Thank you very much: <em>Merci beaucoup</em>

Please: S'il vous plaît Please: <em>S'il vous plaît</em>

I don't understand: Je ne comprends pas I don't understand: <em>Je ne comprends pas</em>

Could you repeat?: Pouvez-vous répéter ? Could you repeat?: <em>Pouvez-vous répéter ?</em>

What time is it?: Quelle heure est-il ? What time is it?: <em>Quelle heure est-il ?</em>

Sorry: Pardon
Excuse me: Excusez-moi Sorry: <em>Pardon</em><br />
Excuse me: <em>Excusez-moi</em>

Airport: Aéroport Airport: <em>Aéroport</em>

Train station: Gare Train station: <em>Gare</em>

Taxi: Taxi Taxi: <em>Taxi</em>

Hotel: Hôtel Hotel: <em>Hôtel</em>

Hospital: Hôpital Hospital: <em>Hôpital</em>

Bank: Banque Bank: <em>Banque</em>

Telephone: Téléphone Telephone: <em>Téléphone</em>

I'm (…): Je suis (…) I'm (…): <em>Je suis (…)</em>

I'm looking for (…): Je recherche (…) I'm looking for (…): <em>Je recherche (…)</em>

How much is (…)?: Quel est le prix de (…) ? How much is (…)?: <em>Quel est le prix de (…) ?</em>

Do you have (…)?: Avez-vous (…) ? Do you have (…)?: <em>Avez-vous (…) ?</em>

Where can I find (…)?: Où puis-je trouver (…) ? Where can I find (…)?: <em>Où puis-je trouver (…) ?</em>

Where can I buy (…)?: Où puis-je acheter (…) ? Where can I buy (…)?: <em>Où puis-je acheter (…) ?</em>

I'd like (…): Je voudrais (…) I'd like (…): <em>Je voudrais (…)</em>

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Good to know

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Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March

End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

Usually open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (some branches stay open until 6 p.m.)
Government Offices
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
230 V / 50 Hz

In Nantes like elsewhere in France, a service charge is always included in the bill. If you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly leave a few extra euros on the table. But this additional tip is neither expected nor necessary.

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