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You can get to Nantes by train from the UK in around six hours, making it an ideal weekend destination. Catch the Eurostar to Paris and then change on to the high-speed TGV. Before you know it, you’ll be right in the heart of the city, just a few minutes’ walk from the main sights.
Nantes and its immediate surrounds have plenty to keep you amused. But high-speed TGV connections also give you the opportunity to visit other fascinating cities in northern and western France.
Nantes Station receives around 25 high-speed TGV trains from Paris each day. It also serves the regional TER and Corail trains.
Nantes Station is around half a mile east of the city centre. When you get off your train, be aware that there are two exits – North (‘Nord’) and South (‘Sud’). The station is a bit like two terminals connected by a subway. You can catch Tramway 1 from the North exit and town buses from the South. The South exit faces the Convention Centre (Cité Internationale des Congrès). You’ll find taxis whichever way you exit.
Nantes Station is a modern, glass fronted building that first entered service in 1968. The southern entrance hall opened in 1989, in time for the arrival of the TGV Atlantique.
Both manual and automatic left-luggage services are open daily 06.15 – 23.00.
Lost and Found:
Tel: +33 (0)5 49 36 81 30
06.15 – 23.00 every day
Hungry passengers at Nantes Station are spoilt for choice.
There are three restaurants and four take-away kiosks throughout the station. They’re open every day, generally from around 6am until 9pm or later.
Telephones and Wifi are available in the station.
Business lounges & waiting rooms
‘Grand Voyageur’ lounge:
On the right as you come in the north entrance.
Tel: +33 (0)892 891 892
05.30 – 20.00 Monday – Friday
04.35 – 00.25 Monday – Friday
05.35 – 00.25 Saturday
06.05 – 00.25 Sunday and Bank Holidays
Banks and currency exchange:
There are cash point machines at the station
For help with boarding, you should go to the disabled persons’ reception desk at least 30 minutes before departure time.
Tel: +33 (0)890 640 650
05.00 – 23.30 Monday – Friday
05.35 – 23.20 Saturday
06.05 – 23.30 Sunday and Bank Holidays
You should turn up 30 minutes before your train leaves if you require extra assistance. Wheelchairs and boarding ramps are also available if required.
Getting to the station –
Walking west from the station into the city centre will only take about 10 minutes.
There’s a tax stand outside both station exits. A journey into the city centre should take less than 5 minutes.
Bus and tram:
Tramway 1 and several bus routes will take you into the city centre in minutes.
There are bicycle spaces onboard the TGV if you want to take your bike on holiday with you.
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