Nantes is a small, pleasant city located on the north-western side of France and is some 730km from Amsterdam.
Let's look at the options for travel between these cities by air, train and bus...
1. Amsterdam-Nantes by Air
Flying is by far the quickest and easiest option for travel between the 2 cities. Flights between Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and Nantes Atlantique (NTE) take approximately 1 hour 40 minutes.Air France Regional (Skyteam) is the only airline to fly non-stop between Amsterdam and Nantes. The 3x daily flights are made using Canadair Regional Jet 700 aircraft. Return fares are usually available from about €190 not including checked luggage.
2. Amsterdam-Nantes by Train
Amsterdam-Nantes by rail can be done in just under 7 hours via Paris. From Amsterdam you take the high-speed Thalys service which takes just over 3 hours to reach Paris Gare du Nord (having made stops in Schiphol, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brussels).
At Paris Nord you need to make a transfer to Paris Montparnasse station. This can be done by taking Metro line 4 (direction Porte d'Orleans). From Paris Montparnasse you take a TGV train to Nantes with a journey time of 2 hours 15 minutes.
From Nantes to Amsterdam you would do the trip in reverse - TGV, then at Paris Montparnasse take Metro 4 (direction Porte de Clignancourt) to Paris Nord for the Thalys. Prices can vary for this trip depending on demand. The cheapest one-way through-fares start from €55 (2nd class, comprising of a Thalys "No-Flex" ticket and a TGV "PREM" fare) and €120 (1st class).
You could also combine flying with the TGV train. For example, take a flight from Amsterdam to Paris Charles De Gaulle - there is a station at the airport with a direct TGV service to Nantes.
3. Amsterdam-Nantes by Coach
Eurolines operates a 1x daily overnight coach service between Amsterdam Duivendrecht and Nantes which takes just about 17 1/2 hours. A change is required at Paris Gallieni bus station. Prices start from around €49 single.
French coach operator OUIBUS has a 5x daily service between Amsterdam Sloterdijk and Paris Bercy; it also has a 5x daily service between Paris Bercy and Nantes. It is possible to buy Amsterdam-Nantes through-tickets though the selection of services offered can be more limited than purchasing separate tickets. Singles range between €30 and €55.
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