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Nantes

Cathedral of Nantes

Practical Info about Nantes

Getting around the city

Public transport in Nantes is provided by the TAN network, which consists of three modern tram lines, a bus network, and an express 'Busway'service. Buses run from 7:15am to 9pm, with limited night service until 12:30am. Tickets, sold from machines at each station, are good on all forms of transport and allow free transfer within a specified time period. Daily and monthly passes are available. Taxi service is infrequent, but taxis can be found at designated waiting spots near Place du Commerce and the train station. Nantes is also a bicycle-friendly city, with dedicated lanes and a city-wide bike-rental scheme called Bicloo.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

The official currency of France is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.

Communication

The international access code for France is +33. Most public telephones accept phone cards, which are available in newsagents. Most hotels add a surcharge to calls, which can be very expensive; the cheapest way to call abroad is often with a phone card from a public telephone or at a post office. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international mobile phone companies. Internet cafes are available in towns throughout France.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112.

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2014 2015
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Good Friday 18 Apr 3 Apr
Easter Sunday 20 Apr 5 Apr
Easter Monday 21 Apr 6 Apr
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
WWII Victory Day 8 May 8 May
Ascension Day 29 May 14 May
Whit Monday 9 Jun 25 May
Bastille Day 14 Jul 14 Jul
Assumption of the Virgin Mary 15 Aug 15 Aug
All Saints Day 1 Nov 1 Nov
Armistice Day 11 Nov 11 Nov
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec
St Stephens Day (Alsace) 26 Dec 26 Dec

Climate

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Nantes enjoys the oceanic climate typical of Western Europe, with rainfall all year long and mild temperatures. In summer (June to September) temperatures range from 54°F (12°C) to 75°F (24°C), with an average of 10-12 rainy days per month. July is the hottest month. In winter (December to February) it is cooler, with temperatures ranging between 37°F (3°C) and 50°F (10°C), and an average of 15-17 days of rain per month.

Nantes Atlantique Airport

www.nantes.aeroport.fr

Getting to the city

TAN shuttles connect the airport to the city centre every 20 minutes between 5:30am and 11pm Monday to Saturday, and every 30 minutes between 6:15am and 11pm on Sundays and holidays. The shuttle runs from outside Hall 1 to the railway station; the trip takes roughly 20 minutes and costs €7.50.

Car rental

Car rental offices are located on the esplanade, and include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Enterprise, and Sixt.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available from the esplanade. An average fare to downtown Nantes is roughly €25-35.

Facilities

Airport facilities include conference rooms, handicapped services, information desks, a petrol station, currency exchange, mail drops, a photo booth, ATMs, and an infirmary. The terminal also offers a variety of shopping and dining options.

Parking

Parking at Nantes Atlantique Airport starts at €5.50 for up to two hours and goes up to daily rates ranging from €8 to €16.80, depending on the parking lot.

Internet

Wifi is available for a fee throughout the terminal building.