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Rent a car or van at Nantes Airport with Europcar
With so much to see and do in Upper Brittany and beyond, hiring a car from Nantes Airport – more commonly known as Nantes Atlantique Airport – makes perfect sense. Located in Bouguenais, just eight kilometres south-west of Nantes, this international travel hub is a gateway to Western France and is the perfect place to start an adventure.
The Europcar car hire experience at Nantes Airport
Whether you want to explore the ancient ruins of Nantes, take a relaxing drive along the Loire River or discover what else Brittany has to offer, you can do so in comfort with one of our new, sleek and stylish vehicles. We have something to suit all tastes from small and compact rides like the nippy Ford Focus to the Renault Grand Scenic which can transport a family of seven with ease.
If you want to cruise through France in a ride that commands attention, don’t miss our premium range which features the Audi A4, the Mercedes Vito Combi people carrier and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta amongst others. Whatever you opt for, simply book online in three easy steps and take advantage of our long and short-term car hire solutions.
Discover Nantes Airport and surroundings by car
With a rich and colourful past, the trading hub of Nantes offers a wealth of attractions that are best explored by car. Amongst the top sites includes Château des Ducs de Bretagne which was built in the 13 century and occupied for 300 years by the Dukes of Brittany until becoming a French royal residence in the 1500s. It is located on the east side of the Old Town and is instantly recognisable thanks to its strikingly large walls and impressive towers.
Other great places to visit include the Nante’s History Museum as well as the city’s cathedral which took 400 years to build and dates back to 1434. When in the area, be sure to also explore Île Feydeau – an upmarket neighbourhood home to an array of lavish mansions. As its name suggests, this prestigious part of Nantes was once an island but, since the Loire tributary was filled in back in the 1930s, it is now known as an island on dry land.
While there’s plenty to see and do in Nantes itself, you may want to also head north-west towards Brière Regional Natural Park for a spot of peace and tranquillity or make your way up to popular north-western cities such as Quimper and Brest. Paris is less than a four hour drive away too, so go ahead and put your hire car to the test.
Driving in Nantes
When in France, always drive on the right hand side of the road unless you are overtaking. Follow local road signs and never exceed the speed limits. Rush hour periods fall from around 7-9 in the morning and 5-7 in the evening, so it’s worth leaving more time for your journey if you need to travel during these hours.
On-street parking is available throughout the city, but this is limited and chargeable so always look out for pay metres. If you’re planning to stay in Nantes for more than a few hours, leaving your car in one of the many off-street parking lots makes more sense as you won’t have to worry about time.