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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Nantes Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$60.58 per day
Nantes Train Station Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
RentScape
$60.70 per day
Nantes Airport Car Rental
Compact
Peugeot 308 or similar
Peugeot 308
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$61.19 per day
Nantes Airport Car Rental
Mini
Renault Twingo or similar
Renault Twingo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$61.38 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Nantes Airport Car Rental
Mini
Renault Twingo or similar
Renault Twingo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$61.85 / per day
Nantes Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$62.00 / per day
Nantes Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$62.00 / per day
Nantes Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Peugeot 508 or similar
Peugeot 508
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$62.43 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 18:20 on 2022-12-01. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
French
Currency
EUR
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Country code
33
Economy car rental price
$68.40 / per day
Average car rental length
1 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
80 km/h
50 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.0
Average gasoline price
$2.11 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
$2.21 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
$2.09 / 1 liter

Why rent a car in Nantes?

Nantes is a great place to rent a car. Its historic center has many impressive buildings from different historical periods while just outside the city borders there are nice green areas for relaxation. Near both the Bay of Biscay and large cities like Paris and Bordeaux, Nantes can also serve as a great base from which to explore the rest of France.

One-Way Car Rentals in Nantes

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Nantes and drop off in another city include:

  • From Nantes to Rennes - 127 offers from $40.68 per day
  • From Nantes to Paris - 128 offers from $41.66 per day
  • From Nantes to Toulouse - 56 offers from $43.95 per day
  • From Nantes to Bordeaux - 79 offers from $43.95 per day

Top ways to enter Nantes

  • Nantes Atlantique Airport: Handling more than 6 million travelers every year, Nantes Airport is served by more than 25 different airlines, including some low-cost carriers. Located in the nearby town of Bouguenais, the airport is just 8km (5 miles) southwest of the city center.
  • Rennes-Saint-Jacques Airport: Small and cozy, Rennes Airport offers a number of domestic flights, as well as air connections to the Netherlands, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, and other countries. Also known as Rennes Bretagne Airport, it is about 104km (64 miles) north of Nantes.
  • La Rochelle Airport: Located in the nearby Charente-Maritime Region, La Rochelle Airport serves only 240,000 travelers per year, but the airport is quite active during the summer months when it hosts the international flights of six different airlines. About 137km (85 miles) south of Nantes, the airport can be reached in 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: Serving the French capital, CDG is the second-busiest airport in Europe and in the top 10 in the world. The airport offers flights to and from countless destinations in all parts of the world. About 410km (255 miles) northeast of Nantes, the distance between the two can be covered in four to five hours.
  • By rail: If you’re arriving in Nantes by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Nantes Railway Station.

City facts

  • Located near the Bay of Biscay (which is part of the Atlantic Ocean), Nantes has a Western European oceanic climate with moderate to warm summers and mild winters. The average temperature is 19.6°C  (67.3°F) in June and July, the warmest months, and 6.1°C  (43°F) in January, the coldest month. Precipitation is at highest from October to January.
  • Nantes has more than 100 public parks, gardens, and other green areas. The oldest and the most famous of them is the Jardin des Plantes, a botanical garden that is home to both native and exotic, tropical species. The combination of relatively warm weather and high precipitation means Nantes is a great place for  rich and varied plant life. Nantes City Council has also created three special eco-districts that aim to provide affordable, ecological housing.

Top destinations and activities

  • The Jules Verne Museum. Dedicated to the famous French fantasy and science fiction author who was born in Nantes, this museum has been recently renovated, making it one of the most important places in the city. Here you’ll find many objects, artifacts, and other memorabilia relating to Verne’s fantastical books such as The Mysterious Island, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. On top of that, the museum’s building also provides an impressive view of the nearby Nantes Port.
  • Place du Bouffay. A large square in the central part of the city, Place du Bouffay (and the neighborhood around it) is home to some of the most famous attractions in Nantes, such as the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, the building of the former Palais de la Bourse, and the medieval Nantes Vieux quarter.
  • Nantes Cathedral. Also known as the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of Nantes, it is arguably the most famous building in the city. With foundations laid in the 15th century, it took more than 400 years to finish it. The epic result is a mixture of Romanesque and Late Gothic styles that was worth the long wait. 

Traffic and parking

  • The speed limit in cities is 50km/h, although in certain areas the speed limit may be reduced to 30km/h. Unlike for inter-city roads, the urban speed limit is unaffected by weather.
  • Outside cities and as of May 2019, the speed limit depends on the type of the road. Highways are limited to 130km/h, 4-lane expressways to 110 km/h, and 2 or 3-lane roads to 90km/h. When it is raining, the limits are respectively lowered to 110km/h, 100km/h, and 80km/h. The general speed limit is lowered to 50km/h during periods of heavy fog or other times of impaired visibility.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • When you are driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • As of 2019, hands-free mobile phone use is banned in France and the fines are hefty.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.02% for novice drivers.
  • The emergency number is 112.

Toll roads

Most of the main highways in France (autoroute in French) are toll roads. Their names start with a letter A and you can recognize them by their red number sign. The fee for using a toll road depends on the specific route, distance traveled, as well as the type of vehicle - trailer cars and caravans have to pay more than regular cars. You can pay by credit card or in cash. You’ll be given a ticket that you have to keep while on the toll road.

Some rental cars are equipped with toll road transponders that can be used at the automatic toll road payment booths (Télépéage). Ask your rental car provider to find out if they offer cars with toll road transporters.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Guerande. Known as Gwenrann in the Breton language in which it means the “White land,” Guarande is a medieval town that is still populated but has been kept in its original state. A fortified settlement once frequented by dukes of Brittany, walking past its wooden and stone buildings feels like a journey back in time. On the coast of the Bay of Biscay, Guerande is 79km (49 miles) west of Nantes and can be reached in a little more than one hour.
  • Marais Poitevin. Often called the Green Venice, Marais Poitevin is a large wetland area near the seashore about 135km (84 miles) south of Nantes. A regional natural park made up of countless streams and canals, it has some human settlement like small villages and standalone houses, but is also rich with plant, animal, bird, and fish life. A lot of the territory is only navigable by boat. 
  • Rennes. Capital of the Brittany region, Rennes might not have a lot of famous landmarks, but there are many delights to be found. Places like the Rue du Chapitre, the medieval Portes Mordelaises, and the Le marché des Lices  where you can buy local delicacies like snails, crêpes, and oysters, create a special atmosphere that cannot be found anywhere else in France. About 115km (71 miles) north of Nantes, Rennes can be reached in less than two hours.
  • Angers. The city of Angers is famous for its castle — known for its characteristic towers (of which there are 17), it is perhaps the most impressive medieval building in this part of the country. The castle is also where the Apocalypse Tapestry is located. Other reasons to visit Angers include a number of art museums and a rich historical atmosphere. The drive from Nantes takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in Nantes is the Renault Twingo. Many travelers also go with the Opel Corsa and the Fiat 500. The most popular rental car types are mini, economy, and compact.

Further destinations

  • Brittany. Famous for its long rugged beaches, megalithic prehistoric sites, and Celtic heritage, the peninsula of Brittany is one of the unique regions of France in terms of landscape and culture. With plenty of fishing villages, inland hiking paths, and protected natural areas, Brittany is best enjoyed at a slow pace. Brest, the westernmost city of France at the edge of Brittany, is a bit more than a three-hour drive from Nantes.
  • Paris. It would be impossible to list even one-tenth of the world-famous landmarks that the French capital has to offer. Coming here is an experience of a lifetime that won’t be lessened by the large crowds of other travelers. About 385km (239 miles) northeast of Nantes, it can be reached by car in four hours.
  • French Basque Country. The southwestern part of France is famous for its picturesque coastal towns, unique Basque culture, and, above all, the amazing water sports opportunities it offers. Biarritz, one of the European capitals of surfing, is about a five-hour drive south of Nantes.
  • Mont Saint-Michel. An island and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most interesting attractions in the Lower Normandy region. Known for its spectacular abbey, the island is only accessible on foot, though there is a parking lot for those arriving with a vehicle. The only safe way to reach Mont Saint-Michel is over the designated bridge that connects it to the mainland — even when the tide is low, it is very easy to get stuck in the quicksand if you try to just drive over land. The drive from Nantes to Mont Saint-Michel takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Car Rental Prices in Nantes

  • Station wagons - from $149 per day
  • Large cars - from $103 per day
  • Medium cars - from $106 per day
  • Vans - from $125 per day
  • Premium cars - from $142 per day
  • Small cars - from $81 per day
  • SUVs - from $104 per day

Money-saving tips

Try these tricks to land a cheap rental car in Nantes:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Nantes is the cheapest in April when renting a car is about 32% cheaper than the yearly average and about 48% cheaper than renting a car in July.

Top 20 Cities near Nantes

  1. 340.8 km / 211.8 miles away
  2. Marseille Car Rentals from $56.64 per day
    674.7 km / 419.2 miles away
  3. 517.8 km / 321.7 miles away
  4. 459.5 km / 285.5 miles away
  5. Lille Car Rentals from $39.41 per day
    502.7 km / 312.4 miles away
  6. Nice Car Rentals from $115.82 per day
    790.1 km / 490.9 miles away
  7. Bordeaux Car Rentals from $143.14 per day
    268.9 km / 167.1 miles away
  8. Strasbourg Car Rentals from $37.03 per day
    699.8 km / 434.8 miles away
  9. Montpellier Car Rentals from $71.34 per day
    589.6 km / 366.3 miles away
  10. Beauvais Car Rentals from $42.38 per day
    364.2 km / 226.3 miles away
  11. Mulhouse Car Rentals from $78.62 per day
    669.9 km / 416.3 miles away
  12. Grenoble Car Rentals from $21.69 per day
    566.8 km / 352.2 miles away
  13. 621.9 km / 386.4 miles away
  14. Rennes Car Rentals from $31.90 per day
    100.1 km / 62.2 miles away
  15. Massy Car Rentals from $46.20 per day
    330.3 km / 205.2 miles away
  16. Cannes Car Rentals from $78.25 per day
    782.8 km / 486.4 miles away
  17. Perpignan Car Rentals from $66.38 per day
    606.6 km / 376.9 miles away
  18. Biarritz Car Rentals from $64.37 per day
    416.9 km / 259.0 miles away
  19. Aix-en-Provence Car Rentals from $66.92 per day
    681.9 km / 423.7 miles away
  20. Caen Car Rentals from $86.59 per day
    235.1 km / 146.1 miles away

Top 16 Locations near Nantes

  1. 8.4 km / 5.2 miles away
  2. 79.2 km / 49.2 miles away
  3. 96.1 km / 59.7 miles away
  4. 100.1 km / 62.2 miles away
  5. 100.1 km / 62.2 miles away
  6. 118.4 km / 73.6 miles away
  7. 149.6 km / 93.0 miles away
  8. 156.9 km / 97.5 miles away
  9. 157.6 km / 97.9 miles away
  10. 217.6 km / 135.2 miles away
  11. Caen Airport Car Rentals from $51.10 per day
    232.0 km / 144.2 miles away
  12. 235.1 km / 146.1 miles away
  13. Brest Airport Car Rentals from $44.63 per day
    254.2 km / 158.0 miles away
  14. 257.1 km / 159.7 miles away
  15. 261.5 km / 162.5 miles away
  16. Orleans Olivet Car Rentals from $32.61 per day
    268.1 km / 166.6 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Nantes?

Car rental prices in Nantes vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Nantes
$40.99
January
$51.85
February
$41.14
March
$72.52
April
$71.70
May
$73.53
June
$79.44
July
$60.73
August
$48.14
September
$56.38
October
$62.94
November
$62.94
December
The best month to rent a car in Nantes is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $40.99). This is 32% cheaper than the yearly average and 48% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $79.44 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Nantes?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in November, travelers rent a car for an average of 15 days in January, the average rental period is 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Nantes
5
January
5
February
7
March
7
April
6
May
6
June
6
July
5
August
5
September
5
October
15
November
5
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Nantes?

The most popular month for renting a car in Nantes is May, and the least popular is December.
Popularity of Car Rental in Nantes by Monthly Searches
103%
January
95%
February
106%
March
127%
April
157%
May
77%
June
112%
July
106%
August
85%
September
87%
October
77%
November
70%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
RentScape Peugeot 208 5 1 Small cars
RentScape Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
RentScape Ford Focus 5 1 Medium cars
RentScape Peugeot 2008 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo Renault Twingo 3 1 Small cars
RentScape Volkswagen Golf 2 2 Medium cars
RentScape Peugeot 5008 5+2 5 1 Vans
RentScape Renault Talisman 5 2 Large cars
RentScape BMW X1 5 2 SUVs
RentScape Peugeot 308 5 3 Large cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Ireland
Fiat 500
August 12, 2022
You definitely require a car to get out and explore surrounding areas on Nantes, the Hertz staff at train station are class
Ireland
Renault Twingo
September 16, 2018
Did not encounter any problems, stress free thanks to a very friendly team.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Europcar
9.07 / 10
Lowest rated company
RentScape
7.99 / 10
Total number of reviews
2
Total rental companies
12
Average daily price
$68.40
Lowest daily price
$22.05
Total cars available
254

Top 12 Suppliers in Nantes in 2022

Europcar
Europcar
Exceptional 9.1 / 11 reviews
+330240840139
NANTES ATLANTIQUE AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:07:30-22:29
Tue:07:30-22:29
Wed:07:30-22:29
Thu:07:30-22:29
Fri:07:30-22:29
Sat:07:30-18:59
Sun:08:00-22:29
SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9 / 28 reviews
+33820007498
Aéroport Nantes Atlantique, 44340 Bouguenais
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8 / 46 reviews
+33240082837
13 Rue de Cornulier, 44000 Nantes
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.7 / 20 reviews
+330240481400
Aeroport De Nantes Atlantique, 44340 Bouguenais
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.7 / 11 reviews
+33820611676
Aeroport Nantes Atlantique
Working hours
Mon:07:45-22:45
Tue:07:45-22:45
Wed:07:45-22:45
Thu:07:45-22:45
Fri:07:45-22:45
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:12:00-22:45
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.7 / 8 reviews
+330820031800
Atlantique Airport Nantes (Bouguenais) , France , 44340
Working hours
Mon:07:30-23:00
Tue:07:30-23:00
Wed:07:30-23:00
Thu:07:30-23:00
Fri:07:30-23:00
Sat:09:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-23:00
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.7 / 5 reviews
+330240840139
NANTES ATLANTIQUE AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:07:30-22:29
Tue:07:30-22:29
Wed:07:30-22:29
Thu:07:30-22:29
Fri:07:30-22:29
Sat:07:30-18:59
Sun:08:00-22:29
National
National
Excellent 8.6 / 3 reviews
+330240481400
Nantes Atlantique Airport, 44340 Bouguenais
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.5 / 4 reviews
+33820031800
Airport De L'atlantique (Nte), 44346 Bouguenais, France
Working hours
Mon:07:30-23:00
Tue:07:30-23:00
Wed:07:30-23:00
Thu:07:30-23:00
Fri:07:30-23:00
Sat:09:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-23:00
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.4
+33240848103
AIRPORT DE L'ATLANTIQUE (NTE), 44340 Nantes, France
Working hours
Mon:07:30-23:00
Tue:07:30-23:00
Wed:07:30-23:00
Thu:07:30-23:00
Fri:07:30-23:00
Sat:09:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-23:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.4 / 3 reviews
+330820611675
Parking Sud Loueur, 3 Rue Marcel Paul, 44000 Nantes
Working hours
Mon:07:00-21:00
Tue:07:00-21:00
Wed:07:00-21:00
Thu:07:00-21:00
Fri:07:00-21:00
Sat:09:00-16:00
Sun:12:00-20:00
RentScape
RentScape
Excellent 8 / 49 reviews
+330228496156
RENTSCAPE NANTES GARE 19 rue Marcel Paul 44100 Nantes
Working hours
Mon:07:45-22:00
Tue:07:45-22:00
Wed:07:45-22:00
Thu:07:45-22:00
Fri:07:45-22:00
Sat:07:45-22:00
Sun:07:45-22:00
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