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 5am 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.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).
Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are standard.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.
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.
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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.
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 offices are located on the esplanade, and include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Enterprise, and Sixt.
Taxis are available from the esplanade. An average fare to downtown Nantes is roughly €30-€35.
Airport facilities include conference rooms, services for the disabled, 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 at Nantes Atlantique Airport starts at €5.50 for up to two hours and rises to between €59.50 and €124 for a week, depending on which parking lot is used.
Free wifi is available throughout the terminal building.