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An outstanding destination

Nantes, an event destination where you’ll never get bored!

Following in the footsteps of Jules Verne or Anne de Bretagne, discover a city where heritage and architecture, urban projects and landscaping are constantly enhanced by a touch of creativity. A city that is welcoming and liveable, a city that breathes and that takes care of its residents and visitors. A creative and socially responsible destination.

  • Getting here
  • Why choose Nantes?

Getting here

  • Train
  • Airplane
  • Car
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Paris: 2h
Bordeaux: 4h20
Lyon: 4h50
Lille: 4h15

When you arrive at the Nantes train station

Le Jardin des Plantes Botanical Gardens across from the station (north exit)

To get to the city centre

  • 5 min. walk to the Castle and the historic centre (north exit)
  • 2 min. by tram (north exit: tram towards François Mitterrand, Bouffay or Commerce stop)

To get to La Cité Nantes Events Center

  • 5 min. walk (south exit)

To get to the Exhibition Centre

  • 20 min. by tram (north exit: tram towards Beaujoire (Beaujoire stop)

To get to the Ile de Nantes and Les Machines de l'Ile

  • 10 min. by tram (north exit: tram towards François Mitterrand, Chantiers Navals stop)

Other sites

  • Public transport hub at Commerce station (north exit: tram towards François Mitterrand)
Aéroport Nantes Atlantique
Paris: 1h
Madrid: 1h30
London: 1h20
Amsterdam: 1h35
Berlin: 2h
Geneva: 1h15
Milan: 1h35

When you arrive at Nantes Atlantique airport 

To get to the city centre

  • 20 min. by airport shuttle (departures every 20 min.)
  • 20 min. by bus and tram (line 2)

To get to La Cité Nantes Events Center

  • 20 min. by airport shuttle (Lieu Unique stop) or bus + tram (Hôtel Dieu stop, then 5 min. walk)

To get to the Exhibition Centre

  • 45 min. by airport shuttle or bus + tram (Commerce stop) then tram line 1 towards Beaujoire (Beaujoire stop)

To get to the Ile de Nantes and Les Machines de l'Ile

  • 20 min. by airport shuttle or bus + tram to Commerce stop, then 5 min. by tram (line 1 towards François Mitterrand, Chantiers Navals stop)
Photo panneaux périphérie de Nantes
Paris: 4h
Bordeaux: 3h30

19 park-and-ride lots at the exits of the ring road

Car parks connected to tram and bus lines

Parking at the Exhibition Centre

  • 5,000 parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the Centre

Parking at La Cité Nantes Events Center

  • 450 spaces in the "Cités des Congrès" car park and more than 2,500 spaces available in nearby car parks

Why plan your event in Nantes?

Our creativity and our

quirky vibe

A giant elephant that roams the park, a weird and wonderful carousel, a gallery of fanciful animals, works of art in the public space... welcome to Nantes! From the Machines de l'Ile to the green line, creativity is everywhere in the city.
Take advantage of our inventive DNA and the unconventional offerings of "the loopiest city in France" (Sunday Times) to plan an original and unique event!

INVENDUS BOTTES, 2020, LILIAN BOURGEAT, le Potager de la Cantine du Voyage, le Voyage à Nantes © Philippe Piron _ LVAN

Our rich


City of art and history, Nantes holds numerous attractions for heritage lovers. From the medieval streets of the Bouffay district to the Place Graslin, the city centre takes you on a journey back in time via its historic monuments, including the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, the Gothic cathedral and the Passage Pommeraye.

But Nantes also owes its unique atmosphere to its industrial heritage. On the Ile de Nantes, the former warehouses of the famous 19th century Dubigeon shipyard are today one of the flagship sites of Nantes creativity. Just steps from the castle, the iconic LU tower, a remnant of the famous biscuit factory, adorns the Lieu Unique, a key cultural venue in Nantes. These vestiges of the past coexist perfectly with the creative urban renewal of the city.

Passage Pommeraye, Nantes


culture and entertainment

With ongoing exhibits, concerts, festivals and live performances, in Nantes, culture and entertainment are everywhere, all the time! The city of Jules Verne and Jacques Demy offers arts and entertainment for all ages and all interests, with major cultural events such as La Folle Journée, the Rendez-vous de l'Erdre, Scopitone, Hip HOPsession, the Spanish Film Festival, Nantes Maker Campus, the Festival des 3 Continents and the Utopiales. And of course the Voyage à Nantes summer arts event, which every year thrills residents and visitors alike with its creative art installations.

Théâtre Graslin, hip-hop



Nantes was the first French city to be designated European Green Capital, and is recognised nationally and internationally for its commitment to the environment. With more than 100 parks and gardens, urban forests, a zero pesticide and zero waste policy, and the decision to encourage soft mobility, the city gives nature plenty of space. 

A forerunner in the field of CSR, Nantes cultivates a socially-responsible and inclusive environment, by promoting social equality, hiring people with disabilities and encouraging community spirit. And these values are shared by the business tourism community. 

Biodiversité, Nantes

Nantes Hospitality

Hailed for its quality of life, Nantes likes its new residents and visitors to feel welcome. With its strong sense of community, the city knows how to welcome visitors with a premium hospitality experience, as shown by the Nantes Travel Safe charter, which was set up during the pandemic to protect business and leisure tourists. With the Events Hosting Charter, the entire city rolls out the red carpet for meeting planners and participants as soon as they arrive at the destination and throughout their stay.

Discover the Events Hosting Charter

Discover the Nantes Travel Safe 

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Champion of mobility

Easy, convenient and accessible are the key words for mobility in Nantes! With an extensive and efficient public transport network (free on weekends), self-service bicycles, bike lanes, "30 kph" zones and a carpooling service, Nantes promotes soft mobility in a calm environment. All this means that visitors can easily get from their hotel to their event venue!

Le tramway près du château à Nantes

Sectors of excellence

Thanks to an excellent educational ecosystem, as well as R&D organisations, competitiveness clusters and hubs, large corporations and emerging start-ups, Nantes benefits from a rich and diverse economy. The economic capital of Western France occupies a prime position in several business sectors, including healthcare, industry, digital technology, ship and boat building and the cultural and creative industries.

MIN de Nantes, vue aérienne

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and its flagship industries

Where industrial know-how coexists with a relaxed coastal lifestyle.

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The coast

The coast

From the long beaches of La Baule to the small coves of the Guérande peninsula, whether you prefer Pornic or Pornichet, you’re never far from the seaside in Nantes, and it’s right at your doorstep in Saint-Nazaire!

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Green destination

Green destination

In the vineyards or in the city parks, on the trails or in a canoe, on the banks of the Loire, the Erdre or the Sèvre, here, we love nature in all its forms!


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