Manchester to Nantes

Located on the banks of the Loire, Nantes is renowned for being the city of reinvention. Once a hub of industry and ship building, it’s now a cultural and student hotspot. Naturally, in this region of France, you’ll find sensational food, excellent wines, buzzing café culture and breathtaking scenery. Whatever your reason for visiting, this thriving city will not disappoint.

For the latest information on our flight schedules from Manchester (MAN) to Nantes (NTE), take a look at our Flybe timetable page for this route, and for the return journey take a look at the Nantes to Manchester page.

The sections below offer tips and guidance about your trip, covering everything you need to know. In a hurry? Then use the list below to fast-forward to the information you need.


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Getting to Manchester Airport

Getting to Manchester Airport for your flight to Nantes is easy, as the airport has excellent transport links and plenty of parking. For full details, visit our getting to Manchester Airport page.


Manchester Airport Departures

At a glance:

  • Short stay and long stay car parking
    Book in advance via or book now
  • Public transport
    Bus, train, coach and tram links from the airport station
  • 1 hour of free WiFi throughout
  • Bookable Fast Track Security
  • Bookable Escape Lounge
  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Shopping including Duty Free

For more detailed information, visit our dedicated Manchester Airport information page.

Check-in and bag drop at Manchester Airport

Before your flight from Manchester to Nantes, we recommend you check-in online wherever possible. If you’re unable to do so, you can check-in and collect your boarding pass at the airport free of charge. Read more about the check-in options available by airport.

Terminal 3 - Facilities before Security

  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Escape Lounge


  • Duty Free
  • Fashion and accessories
  • Audio, electrical and music
  • Health and beauty
  • Newsagents

Terminal 3 - Facilities after Security

  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Escape Lounge


  • Duty Free
  • Fashion and accessories
  • Audio, electrical and music
  • Health and beauty
  • Newsagents

Nantes Airport Arrivals

At a glance

  • 11km from city centre
  • 18 minutes drive to city centre in normal traffic
  • Public transport
    A shuttle bus operates between the airport, Nantes train station and the city centre.
    No trains operate from the airport.
  • Taxi stand
    Located outside Arrivals
  • Car hire
    Book now through our preferred partner Avis or Budget
  • Café
    In Arrivals area
  • Newsagents
    In Arrivals area
  • ATM
  • In Hall 2
  • Bureau de change
    In Hall 3

To find out more, visit our dedicated flights to Nantes page and browse other available routes.

Visiting Nantes

Beautiful Nantes is a pleasure to visit and explore, whether you're visiting on a business trip or enjoying the city at your leisure. Below are our tips on where to stay in Nantes, recommendations on what to see and do during your visit, and where to drink and dine in true French style.


Hotels in Nantes

Flybe works in partnership with to make it even easier to help you find the perfect hotel in Nantes. From shoestring travellers, to those seeking a little luxury, there is accommodation in Nantes to suit every type of visitor.

Things to see in Nantes

Sitting prettily on the banks of the Loire, Nantes has a lot to offer – from the trendy arts scene to the myriad of green open spaces. Voted European Green Capital in 2013, sustainability is the ethos here and cyclists are very welcome.

Flybe recommends...

Les Machines de l'Île de Nantes

Fantasy meets machinery at this award-winning attraction where you can interact with a range of mechanical creatures, including riding on a 40ft high metal elephant. Must be seen to be believed!

Château des ducs de Bretagne

This historic white-walled castle is a must-see. 500 years of medieval history will leave you spellbound. Once you’ve toured the castle, check out the Urban History Museum, also housed within the château walls.

Le Lieu Unique

Theatre, gallery, bar, restaurant, and even Turkish bath – there isn’t much that this extraordinary venue doesn’t offer. Oh, and panoramic city views from the tower.

Bars and restaurants in Nantes

Nantes’ gastronomy scene has all the typical French delights you’d expect as well as a hip, modern vibe. Quaint cafés and fine dining restaurants sit happily alongside modern bistros and trendy bars.

Flybe recommends...
Les Pieds dans le Plats

Old French classics are brought bang up to date with a modern twist in this ultra-cool bistro. It’s popular, so it’s wise to book in advance.

Crêperie Heb-Ken

A plethora of tasty variations of crêpe are on the menu at this cosy spot. The hardest part is choosing whether to go for sweet or savoury – or both!

Hangar à Bananes

Over a dozen restaurants, bars and nightclubs come together under one roof at the city’s old banana ripening warehouse. A very hip hangout located on the Île de Nantes.


Getting more from your trip to Nantes

From shopping to nightlife, to the dreamy scenery of the Loire Valley beyond, discover how you can get more out of your trip from Manchester to Nantes.

Flybe recommends...

Shopping in Nantes

  • Wander through the chic boutiques and opulent marble interiors of Passage Pomeraye.
  • Stock up on handmade chocolates and other sweet treats at Chocolaterie Debotté.
  • Fromagerie Beillevaire is one of the best places to sample local cheeses and other artisanal products.

Nightlife in Nantes

  • Sip your drink in the bathtub or on the sofa at La Maison Café, which is styled like a 1970s house.
  • Late night cafés and wine bars flank the cobbled streets of Quartier Bouffay in the medieval part of town.
  • Find students, culture and contemporary music at Stereolux on the Île de Nantes.

Beyond Nantes:

  • Follow the trail of an open-air collection of artworks along Estuaire Nantes – Saint-Nazaire. Open year-round.
  • Venture deeper into the Loire valley and take a tasting tour at one of the many vineyards.
  • Drive or take a bus from Nantes to the stunning beaches of Noirmoutier, one of France’s best-kept secrets.