Car Rental Nantes

Starting from
26 $ per day*
* Rates include tax and are based on a 7 day rental from 09/06/2018 - 09/13/2018 at Nantes
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  • No cancellation or amendment feesWhen the booking is cancelled within two days of being made.
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
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Hertz in Nantes

A medieval heart and forward-thinking attitude mean you can enjoy both the old and the new in Nantes. The city was once a major Atlantic sea port but is now the cultural capital of north-west France, with some of the country’s most enticing coastline just a short drive away.

Book a rental car in Nantes to make the most of your time in the area. We have several pick-up points in and around the city, as well as at the airport and main train station, so you can collect your vehicle at a location that’s convenient for you.

When you rent a car with us, there are no hidden extras to pay and you can change or cancel your reservation for free up to two days before collection.

Plus, our best price guarantee means that, in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference.

Pickup Locations Nantes

  • St Herblain-Boulevard Marcel Paul

    Opening hours: Mo-Th 0800-1230 1400-1800, Fr 0800-1230 1400-1900, Sa 0800-1200 1630-1930, Su Closed

    Address: 2 rue Marguerite Yourcenar

    Phone: +33 (0) 2 40 36 79 18

  • Nantes Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0700-2230, Sa-Su 0730-2230

    Address: Atlantique Airport,
    Bouguenais

    Phone: +33 (0) 820 031 800

  • Nantes Railway Station

    Opening hours: Mo-Th 0730-2100, Fr 0730-2200, Sa 0800-1230 1430-1800, Su 1000-1230 1730-2030.

    Address: Rue Cornulier

    Phone: +33 (0) 8 20 03 18 00

  • NTEW01

    Opening hours:

    Address: 25 rue Jan Palach

    Phone:

  • NTEX01

    Opening hours:

    Address: Rue Marcel Paul,
    Car Rentals Parking - South entry

    Phone:

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Driving in and around Nantes

Nantes

Driving in Nantes is relatively straightforward compared to navigating some of the larger French cities. The city center is ringed by the N844 and E3, from which you can access the A11 and A83.

To visit the Machines of the Isle of Nantes, cross over onto the island from the city center via Pont Haudaudine and take Boulevard de la Prairie au Duc.

Parts of the historic district in Nantes, where Château des ducs de Bretagne can be found, are pedestrianized so it’s best to park your vehicle and explore this area on foot. There’s plenty of parking in the city with both on-street parking and parking lots conveniently located around the center.

Beyond Nantes, there are plenty of places to visit on a day trip. The A83 is the main route to the seaside resorts of the Vendée, one of France’s loveliest and most popular stretches of coast. Plage du Veillon is one of the best beaches in the area, just 90 minutes away via the A83 and A87. Pornic is less than an hour away if you take the D751. This pretty fishing port boasts 12 beaches, making it the perfect place to soak up the French sunshine.

The sedate college town of Angers is just over an hour’s drive away along the A11. This is a place brimming with history, thanks to a series of centuries-old tapestries and a fairytale medieval castle.

Saumur, tucked away in the Loire Valley, is also 90 minutes away if you follow the A11. Here you can visit the dazzling château overlooking the glittering Loire River, wander the tangle of medieval streets and dine at some of the best restaurants in the region.  

While driving in France you’ll use the right-hand side of the road, as in the US. French freeways are called autoroutes, prefixed with an ‘A’ and mostly tolled. They’re indicated by blue road signs, marked ‘Péage’ and you can pay with cash or card.

The speed limit on autoroutes is 80mph (130km/h), which can vary with the weather, while in built-up areas the maximum is 30mph (50km/h).

A quick guide to Nantes

Nantes

Nantes is the western gateway to the Loire Valley, famed for its enchanting châteaux and award-winning vineyards, but this once-powerful port has many compelling attractions of its own. Tick off the city’s must-see sights before heading out into the rolling French countryside.

A historic heart

The impressive 15th-century Château des ducs de Bretagne stands proudly in the heart of the city and is evidence of Nantes’ rich history. Meander through the cobbled streets of the medieval district to the castle and cross the moat to enter the complex. The ramparts are still intact and are worth taking a stroll around for breathtaking views of the city. Back down in the Musée d’Histoire de Nantes, look around the multimedia exhibits which bring the city's long and dramatic tale to life.

Close to the castle is the Gothic-style Cathédrale St-Pierre et St-Paul, which took more than 450 years to build, finally reaching completion in 1893. Enjoy views of the intricate masonry work decorating the snow-white interior from the square outside, then head into the church to see the colorful stained-glass windows and beautiful Renaissance tombs of François II, Duke of Brittany, and his second wife, Marguerite de Foix.

After a day of sightseeing, finish off with a spot of shopping at Passage Pommeraye. This ornate Renaissance-style 19th-century mall is teeming with upscale boutiques, so you can enjoy beautiful historical architecture while picking up designer goodies. Across three levels, you can scale a sweeping wooden staircase, marvel at ornate statues and admire elegant columns.

Mechanical animals

Nantes is the birthplace of Jules Verne, the godfather of science fiction, and his spirit lives on in the magical fantasy world of Les Machines de l'Île, on an island in the middle of the Loire River. This unmissable attraction should be at the top of any visitors to do list, thanks to the unique sights that lie within the park.

Here you can take a ride aboard a 40 feet-tall mechanical elephant as it squirts water at passing visitors while ambling through the complex. Le Carrousel des Mondes Marins is just as fun, a gigantic carousel that takes you under the sea on the back of giant crabs and other fantastical marine creatures.

More mythical machinery is on display in the Galerie des Machines, surrounded by lush plants. Have a go at flying an enormous heron, hop into the belly of a spider and take control of a giant ant.

Follow the castle trail

Nantes is ideally located for touring the splendor of the Loire Valley. A collection of ancient towns and magnificent castles await, each one more outlandishly extravagant than the last.

The medieval town of Saumur, overlooked by its impressive fortress, is within easy reach and makes a great day out. Stroll through the maze of cobbled streets, lined with half-timbered houses, and stop for lunch in one of its charming little squares – Place Saint-Pierre is one of the prettiest. 

Dedicate some time to exploring Saumur’s hilltop château. From its walls, you can enjoy incredible views down the river and across the town. Don’t miss the École Nationale d’Équitation either, a world-class equestrian school where you can tour the grounds and watch performances from the fine horses.

Car rental in Nantes will help you to make the most of your time in the city and explore more of north-west France, an endlessly fascinating part of Europe.