TRANSPORT OPTIONS TO AND FROM NANTES ATLANTIQUE AIRPORT (NTE)
Taxi, Tram, Bus and Shuttle Service… which means of transport does Nantes Airport serve? Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE) is situated in the south of Nantes (Loire-Atlantique region – 44), more precisely in the little city of Bouguenais, approximately fifteen minutes from the city centre. Nantes Airport serves the biggest French cities: Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Lille, Montpellier, Nice, Strasbourg, Toulouse, and offers more than 60 international destinations, from Canada to the Czech Republic. Regarding the number of passengers, Nantes Atlantique Airport is the 9th provincial airport in France. Many travellers wonder how they can leave and go to Nantes Airport. Here is the list of the means of transport serving the airport:
In the capital city of the Loire-Atlantique region, trams or streetcars are very comfortable and faster than buses. They can also run freely in town, even when the traffic is heavy, offering its passengers a view of one of the most beautiful cities of France. Unfortunately, trams don’t directly serve the airport from Nantes. Nevertheless, line 3 leads you to Neustrie, where you can take the airport shuttle, with only one ticket, in either direction! On a sunny day, if you have some free time and if you don’t have too many bags to carry, this can be a good idea! However, if the weather is rainy, early in the morning or late in the evening, or if you have many suitcases to carry, or if you are in hurry and/or tensed, other options are possible.
THE SHUTTLE / BUS
The shuttle links Nantes Atlantique Airport to other key locations in Nantes. Exiting HALL 2, you can therefore choose to go to the Southern Train Station, the Palais des Congrès, or the city centre. The shuttle is €9/person, and the ride approximately lasts 25 minutes. Depending on the time of the year, you can catch a shuttle every 20/30 minutes. More than twenty thousand people take the Nantes Atlantique Airport shuttle every month. This is ideal for passengers who travel alone and who carry a few bags. Watch out: the shuttle is sometimes crammed-full!
THE TAXI / VTC
This is the fastest, the safest and the most comfortable mean of transport. No other traveller, no trouble related to public transportation, just a quiet car and a peaceful ride, for you and your luggage. However, remember that Taxi are the most expensive mean of transport, especially between 7 pm and 7 am during the week, on Sundays and public holidays. During those periods, the price of a taxi fare is double compared with daytime rides. Taxis link the airport to the whole urban area of Nantes and Saint Nazaire. The taxi stand is situated right in front of the air terminal, facing HALL 1, and available right away.
You can also book your VTC (Cab service) in advance. The reservation of a VTC from/to Nantes Airport enables you to benefit from a certain comfort, and to avoid queues for instance. In order to make the passengers transport easier, reserved VTC have their own specific space in front HALL 1 facing of the car rental company building. The meeting place is under the sign reading: “taxis commandés” – Reserved Taxis.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A TAXI AND A VTC
The profession of VTC – Transport Car with Driver was created several decades ago for rich and demanding passengers (luxury hotel service). Today, VTC services are more and more similar to Taxi services. With the evolution of technology and more particularly the appearance of applications putting passengers in touch with drivers, the profession of VTC driver has become more accessible. And nowadays, this is common to hear a passenger say: “I am in the taxi”, although he or she is in a VTC.
Compared with a taxi, the strength of a car-and-driver service is the personal attention which is given to each passenger. Indeed, thanks to an intense training, VTC drivers are very kind towards their passengers during the ride and they often offer bottles of water, sweets, tissues, and most of all, they show unfailing politeness. A VTC driver must be well-dressed to meet the personal service sector’s standards. Nowadays, this mean of transport at is very trendy and passengers are really calling for it because this is perfect for those who look for a human and quality service.
TAXI AND VTC TRANSFER PRICE
VTC passengers pay a flat fee, contrary to TAXI users. Whether there are 1 or 4 passengers, 1 or 4 suitcases, or if you don’t have any cash with you to pay, the VTC driver will adapt and propose you a solution at the most reasonable price.
For example, in Nantes, a “city centre < > airport” flat fee is €25 – €35 on average, whereas the price for a Taxi fare is between €35 and €50.
VTC must be booked in advance. The price is set before the ride, this way, passengers don’t have any nasty surprises, as it sometimes happens with taxis. Another difference between a VTC and the latter is that VTC cars are more discreet, for they have no neon light on their roof.
MAIN ADVANTAGES OF A VTC
A personalised welcome
– A personalised welcome at the airport, with a sign with your name on it
– Your driver takes care of your luggage
– A text message including your driver’s name and the vehicle’s type is sent to you when your driver arrives.
– You travel in a clean, discreet and comfortable class car
– No neon light, no taximeter and no stickers on the cars
– Dark-coloured high-class sedans, with premium service.
– 24/7 flat fee
– No “approach cost”
– No luggage or passenger extra cost
– You know the price you’ll have to pay for your transfer in advance, whatever the fare.
Clear and transparent invoicing
– Secured payment by credit card, via our website or from the car
– Reservation confirmation and invoice sent by email.
NAC – Nantes Airport Cab – VTC service offers the quality and flexibility its passengers look for at affordable prices.
NAC – Nantes Airport Cab is specialised in airport transfers. NAC offers daily transfers to the most touristic destinations in western France. NAC can also drive you to the most beautiful spots of the Loire-Atlantique region: amusement parks, regional natural parks, wonderful castles and historical properties, the greatest campsites by the Atlantic Ocean, 5-star hotels… and many other locations to discover.
NAC – Nantes Airport Cab also offers a “Business Class” service. Indeed, tens of passengers choose us every day for their business trips in the Nantes region. We therefore pick them up as soon as they leave or arrive at the airport, but we also drive them for their trips in the surrounding area. For these passengers, punctuality and quality service are essential! They can trust us to provide them all the peacefulness they need for their rides.
NAC – Nantes Airport Cab can also take care of the passengers leaving or coming to the closest airports: Rennes Bretagne Airport; Vannes – Golfe du Morbihan Airport, Tours Val de Loire Airport, Angers Loire Airport, Poitiers Biard Airport, La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport.
Remember to book in advance. This way, all you’ll need to do when you get off the plane will be to get in your private vehicle, booked for you only beforehand!