IntroductionNantes lies on the western side of France on the Loire river, just off the Bay of Biscay. As France's 6th largest city, Nantes is well connected for all forms of transport; the TGV line from Paris Montparnasse (2hrs10m) for example makes it a great place to travel to by train. It is also served by plenty of InterCity and regional services to other local, national and international destinations.
Nantes Atlantique Airport lies just 8km to the south-west of the city and can easily be reached by a frequent shuttle service that runs from the airport to the city centre and south (Sud) railway station in approximately 30mins. The low cost airlines have made themselves very at home at Nantes airport and ensure there is plenty of competition at the budget end of the market; direct flights operate to other French cities, many European destinations and from regional and London airports in England.
Nantes has easy access to the A83 and A11 motorways. The A11 is the main route into Paris (via the A10) in 3hrs 30mins, and also Le Mans (2hrs), although both these routes are subject to toll roads.