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Traveling to Nantes
The regional capital of "Pays de la Loire" is located a few miles from the Atlantic shore, on the banks of the wild Loire River. Nantes is 380 km away from Paris, and 700 to 800 km away from Belgium and Switzerland. To get to Nantes, you can fly, take the train or drive your car - but the best option will depend upon your dwellings.
The Nantes Atlantique International Airport is located 12 km away from the city centre, in the town of Bouguenais. Airport shuttles leaving every 20 minutes will take you to the central railway station in roughly 20 minutes; the fare is 8€. A taxi ride to the centre costs 30 to 35€. The airport welcomes both domestic and international airlines.
Nantes is well connected to the French railway network; 20 trains link Nantes to Paris daily, in just 2 hours. Both TGVs (high-speed trains) and TERs (regional trains) arrive right in the city centre, in two adjacent stations.
Driving to Nantes is a good option if you come from Brittany; it is definitely a cheap solution. Besides, if you cannot charter a whole bus for your group trip, try the regular lines that have been developing since the liberalization of the sector started.
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Nantes constitutes the core of one of the biggest conurbations in France, gathering 900,000 people. It is an economic landmark that has developed firstly thanks to port trading, then thanks to different industries. Therefore it is no wonder that Nantes offers such a vast array of accommodations and equipments that suit groups perfectly. Let's take a tour of the main districts. The historical centre is a mosaic of tiny quarters dating back to very different periods in time: ancient popular streets, insular quarters and post-World War II reconstructions. Before its canals were filled, Nantes was nicknamed "the Western Venice". The centre is full of shops, bars and cultural venues. West of the historical centre, Dervallière Zola is one of the largest residential areas. Northwards, close to the historical centre, Haut Pavés-Saint-Félix is a sought-after district; it harbors universities and is crossed by the River Erdre, a tributary of the Loire. Eastwards, the developing Malakoff Saint-Donatien quarter attracts the young, with its modern public facilities and its shopping area. A major urban project, the "Ile de Nantes" (Island of Nantes, on the Loire River) is developing very fast, South of the centre. This district, which used to be a port, is now home to brand new cultural venues and educational facilities. Besides, a large business district is currently developing between the railway station (in Saint Donatien quarter) and the Ile of Nantes. The city hosts many congress centres, including "Exponantes Le Parc", located in the suburbs next to the Stadium, and "La Cité-Nantes Event Centre", set in the city's newest business district. Groupcorner has selected hotels in Nantes that are fully equipped for group trips. According to your needs, Groupcorner helps you choose the accommodation that match your requests in terms of location and equipment.
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