Nantes is an innovative & arty city on the banks of the River Loire.
Approximate flight time: 3 hours (total distance 365miles)
No of flights per week: 39
Airlines that fly indirect: Air France
No. of Airports in Nantes: Nantes Airport
Seasons: High = May-August ; Low = November-March
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Fly from Birmingham Airport for a seamless, enjoyable journey. Our central location and fantastic facilities make us an excellent choice for anyone flying from the UK.
If you need any currency, head to our Travelex stores conveniently located in the Arrivals area of the terminal building and Departures Lounge. Whether you’re looking to top up your Euros before you fly, or withdraw a few UK pounds for your return they'll be able to sort out your travel money. If you prefer, you can pre-order your currency and get next day collection if you order before 3pm at Birmingham Airport.
For those driving to the airport we have seven car parks on-site, all within walking distance of the airport terminal or accessible via a free shuttle bus.
If public transport is more convenient, there are plenty of options to choose from. Birmingham International train station is just outside the airport, with the free and frequent Air-Rail link service, which takes passengers to the terminal in just minutes. You can also find public buses and coaches that travel from all over the country and drop you right at the airport.
To make the most of the many amenities the airport provides, we recommend getting to the airport at least 2 hours before your flight to Nantes. You could even pre-book access to our Express Lane, which enables passengers to pass through the security area more quickly, so you have more time to explore.
We’ve got lots of shops inside the terminal – great if you’ve forgotten any holiday essentials or want something new for your trip. InMotion has any last-minute electicals or head to Boots for anything health and beauty related. There's a selection of fashion stores and World Duty Free has all your favourite brands at discount prices. Head to Rituals for an extensive collection of luxurious yet affordable products for body and home.
Once you’ve browsed the shops, why not grab some food from one of our bars, cafés or restaurants? If you’ve got the time, we’ve got a plethora of restaurants where you can choose to have a sit-down meal like Factory Bar and Kitchen. There are also coffee shops, like Costa for you to grab a hot drink and a pastry.
If you need any currency, head to our Travelex stores conveniently located in the Arrivals area of the terminal building and Departures Lounge. If you prefer, you can pre-order your currency and get next day collection if you order before 3pm at Birmingham Airport.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page.
Arriving at Nantes Airport
Nantes Airport is the main international airport serving Nantes and is located in Bouguenais, 10km southwest of the city centre.
The ‘Navette Aéroport’ bus covers the route between the Airport and Nantes railway station, located in the city centre. The bus runs every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends. Journey time is around 20 minutes and you will find the bus top located outside Hall 2.
If you would prefer a more direct route to your destination, taxi ranks are located in front of Hall 1 and will reach the city centre in 20 minutes. Car rental options are also available.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Nantes
Nantes, a city on the Loire River in the Upper Brittany region of western France, has a long history as a port and industrial centre. Nowadays, it is a vibrant university city where history and the present day are fused to offer visitors art, culture and a wealth of fun activities – not to mention amazing French cuisine.
The main language spoken in Nantes is French, but you will find many locals speak English in the tourist areas.
Nantes enjoys a mild and generally warm climate but even in the driest months, the town sees a lot of rainfall. Pack a rain mac even if you’re visiting during the summer.
Culture in Nantes
The best way to see Nantes, would you believe it, is from the top of a giant mechanical elephant. 50 passengers can board the 40ft Grand Éléphant propelled by a recycled combine-harvester engine. On top of a very novel experience, you will get sweeping views across the city.
The city has several museums, including the newly refurbished natural history museum. Art lovers should head to the Musée des Beaux-Arts, whose works date from the 13th to the 19th century.
Culture vultures are generally spoilt for choice as Nantes has a vibrant live music scene and even has its own opera house. There is a full calendar of events including a carnival in April.
With a spectacular location on the banks of the River Loire, no more than a half-hour drive from the Atlantic Ocean, Nantes is perfectly placed to offer the bounty of land and sea. With everything from fresh fish and just-picked vegetables, to French wine and perfectly matured cheese, you won’t go hungry.