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Car Rental in Nantes

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Nantes Train Station Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$25.55 / per day
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Nantes Train Station Car Rental
Economy
Peugeot 208 or similar
Peugeot 208
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$26.35 / per day
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Nantes Train Station Car Rental
Compact
Opel Combo or similar
Opel Combo
  • 2
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$28.72 / per day
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Nantes Airport Car Rental
Mini
Renault Twingo or similar
Renault Twingo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$33.37 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Nantes Train Station Car Rental
Economy
Citroen C3 or similar
Citroen C3
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$33.70 / per day
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Nantes Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$33.71 / per day
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Nantes Airport Car Rental
Compact
Peugeot 308 or similar
Peugeot 308
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$34.04 / per day
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Nantes Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$34.04 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 13:08 on 2020-10-20. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
French
Currency
EUR
Country code
33
Average car rental length
4 days
Economy car rental price
$29.80 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 km/h
50 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
10.0

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 US$ 45.79 per day
  • From Nantes to Paris - 128 offers from US$ 46.89 per day
  • From Nantes to Toulouse - 56 offers from US$ 49.47 per day
  • From Nantes to Bordeaux - 79 offers from US$ 49.47 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.

Useful 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 tips

  • 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.

Most popular rental types and 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.

Car Rental Prices in Nantes

  • Station wagons - from $41 per day
  • Large cars - from $42 per day
  • Medium cars - from $38 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $55 per day
  • Premium cars - from $70 per day
  • Small cars - from $28 per day
  • SUVs - from $56 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

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. Paris Car Rentals from $39.53 per day
    362.1 km / 225.0 miles away
  2. Nice Car Rentals from $20.51 per day
    789.9 km / 490.8 miles away
  3. Lyon Car Rentals from $26.59 per day
    517.0 km / 321.2 miles away
  4. Marseille Car Rentals from $24.57 per day
    696.7 km / 432.9 miles away
  5. Toulouse Car Rentals from $42.51 per day
    457.3 km / 284.1 miles away
  6. Lille Car Rentals from $26.92 per day
    511.1 km / 317.6 miles away
  7. Montpellier Car Rentals from $24.14 per day
    582.6 km / 362.0 miles away
  8. Bordeaux Car Rentals from $39.75 per day
    267.8 km / 166.4 miles away
  9. Biarritz Car Rentals from $33.45 per day
    410.2 km / 254.9 miles away
  10. Toulon Car Rentals from $30.97 per day
    741.1 km / 460.5 miles away
  11. Nimes Car Rentals from $54.21 per day
    602.7 km / 374.5 miles away
  12. Perpignan Car Rentals from $33.82 per day
    608.7 km / 378.2 miles away
  13. Strasbourg Car Rentals from $34.71 per day
    714.2 km / 443.8 miles away
  14. Grenoble Car Rentals from $37.70 per day
    569.4 km / 353.8 miles away
  15. Aix-en-Provence Car Rentals from $26.54 per day
    679.8 km / 422.4 miles away
  16. Cannes Car Rentals from $21.85 per day
    784.1 km / 487.2 miles away
  17. Massy Car Rentals from $33.80 per day
    338.1 km / 210.1 miles away
  18. Rennes Car Rentals from $25.94 per day
    102.2 km / 63.5 miles away
  19. Caen Car Rentals from $24.88 per day
    240.1 km / 149.2 miles away
  20. Angers Car Rentals from $39.30 per day
    107.4 km / 66.7 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Nantes

  1. Nantes Airport Car Rentals from $25.55 per day
    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. Downtown Car Rentals from $20.90 per day
    101.6 km / 63.1 miles away
  6. 118.4 km / 73.6 miles away
  7. 149.6 km / 93.0 miles away
  8. 154.9 km / 96.2 miles away
  9. 156.9 km / 97.5 miles away
  10. 162.6 km / 101.0 miles away
  11. 170.0 km / 105.6 miles away
  12. Downtown Car Rentals from $28.21 per day
    182.2 km / 113.2 miles away
  13. 209.8 km / 130.4 miles away
  14. 217.6 km / 135.2 miles away
  15. Caen Airport Car Rentals from $24.88 per day
    232.0 km / 144.2 miles away
  16. 235.1 km / 146.1 miles away
  17. Brest Airport Car Rentals from $23.66 per day
    254.2 km / 158.0 miles away
  18. 257.1 km / 159.7 miles away
  19. 263.9 km / 164.0 miles away

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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
$46.13
January
$58.35
February
$46.30
March
$81.62
April
$80.70
May
$82.76
June
$89.40
July
$68.35
August
$54.18
September
$63.45
October
$70.83
November
$70.83
December
The best month to rent a car in Nantes is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $46.13). This is 32% cheaper than the yearly average and 48% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $89.40 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 9 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
9
November
5
December

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

While travelers visit Nantes year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is March, and the least popular is November.
Popularity of Car Rental in Nantes by Monthly Searches
75%
January
335%
February
374%
March
3%
April
4%
May
2%
June
3%
July
3%
August
62%
September
63%
October
2%
November
274%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Enterprise Opel Combo 5 3 Medium cars
Alamo Renault Twingo 3 1 Small cars
Enterprise Renault Clio 3 3 Small cars
Europcar Toyota Aygo 5 2 Small cars
Alamo Peugeot 5008 5+2 5 People Carriers/Vans
SIXT Peugeot 208 4 1 Small cars
SIXT Fiat 500 2 1 Small cars
Alamo Peugeot 308 4 2 Medium cars
Thrifty Peugeot 2008 5 2 Medium cars
Avis Fiat 500 2 1 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

Ireland
Renault Twingo
September 16, 2018
Did not encounter any problems, stress free thanks to a very friendly team.

Top 8 Suppliers in Nantes in 2020

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9
+33820007498
Aéroport Nantes Atlantique, 44340 Bouguenais
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.9
+330240481400
Aeroport De Nantes Atlantique, 44340 Bouguenais
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.8
+330240840139
NANTES ATLANTIQUE AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:29
Tue:08:00-22:29
Wed:08:00-22:29
Thu:08:00-22:29
Fri:08:00-22:29
Sat:08:00-18:59
Sun:08:00-22:29
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.7
+330240481400
Aeroport De Nantes Atlantique, 44340 Bouguenais
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.5
+330240840139
NANTES ATLANTIQUE AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:30
Tue:07:00-22:30
Wed:07:00-22:30
Thu:07:00-22:30
Fri:07:00-22:30
Sat:08:00-19:00
Sun:08:30-22:30
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+33820611676
Aeroport Nantes Atlantique
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:45
Tue:07:00-22:45
Wed:07:00-22:45
Thu:07:00-22:45
Fri:07:00-22:45
Sat:08:00-15:00
Sun:09:30-22:45
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+330820611676
Nantes Atlantique Airport
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:45
Tue:07:00-22:45
Wed:07:00-22:45
Thu:07:00-22:45
Fri:07:00-22:45
Sat:08:00-15:00
Sun:09:30-22:45
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
0240481400
Enterprise Rent A Car
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:07:00-21:00
Sun:09:00-21:00
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