FAQ: bicycle
Frequently asked questions
What are the bicycle rental companies in Nantes Metropole ?


You can also take a guided bike ride with the Bike’n Tour rental company.

What are the bike repair shops ?
Where can I find VAE charging stations?

At professionals and in tourist sites with the “Accueil vélo” label as well as in some biclooParks (see map: https://www.bicloo.nantesmetropole.fr/fr/mapping).

What does the “Accueil vélo” label guarantee?

This is a national label that guarantees a quality welcome and services for cyclists along cycle routes. Establishments with the label :

. are located less than 5 km from a cycle route

. have adapted equipment: secure bicycle shelter, repair kit

. have a warm welcome: useful information and advice (routes, weather, etc.)

. have services adapted to cyclists: luggage transfer, washing and drying of clothes, bike and accessory rental, bike washing, etc.

The label is intended for accommodation providers / tourist offices / places of interest / bicycle rental and repair companies.

Which establishments have the “Accueil vélo” label in Loire-Atlantique?
How can I find out about accommodation on the cycle route?

Consult our selection of “Accueil Vélo” label accommodation in Nantes Metropole, as well as the France Vélo Tourisme website which is full of information on itineraries, accommodation and good tips.

The websites of the Loire à vélo and the Vélodyssée also list adapted accommodations.

Can I come to Nantes by train with my bike?

Traveling with a bicycle is possible, the SNCF (national railway company) offers this possibility but be careful, the number of places dedicated to bicycles is limited (reservation required except for the TER regional trains). We advise you to arrive sufficiently in advance, to avoid peak times and to anticipate your reservation. You can get more information on the SNCF website : https://www.sncf-voyageurs.com/en/travel-with-us/train-and-bike/bike-on-board/

Can I take my bike on public transport?

Standard bike:

In the tramway: it is possible to travel with your bike before 7am or after 7pm (1 bike maximum per door).

Navibus (river shuttle) : access possible at any time (10 bikes maximum/boat)

Bikes are not allowed on busways and buses.

Cargo bikes:

They are not allowed on public transportation

Folding bike:

Access possible at all times on all public transport

Where can I park my car during my trip?

There is a P+R Voyage ticket package at 12€/24h Prairie de Mauves. It is the closest to the train station and to the Loire River.

You can park your car safely for a long time and at an attractive price near the airport:

Aeropark (300m) 5 rue Charles Lindbergh 44340 Bouguenais

Alterpark (800m) 10 rue Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 44860 St-Aignan-Grandlieu

NGPark (1,9km) 2 route de l’Aérodrome 44860 St-Aignan-Grandlieu

Park And Trip (2km) 19 Rue de l’Aéronautique 44860 St-Aignan-Grandlieu

Izipark (2,7km) 24 rue Christophe Colomb 44340 Bouguenais

Atlantique Parking (2.2km) 1 rue de l’Aéronautique 44340 Bouguenais


Good to know: uninterrupted parking for 7 days is prohibited on the roadway. Parking in a park and ride (P+R) is limited to 24 hours, except for those where the P+R « Voyage » ticket is offered (Prairie de Mauves and Neustrie).

How to calculate a route ?

You can consult the GeoVelo website or the corresponding application as well as France Vélo Tourisme where you will find the GPX routes.

Where can I wash my clothes?

At the accommodation providers labeled “Accueil Vélo”, it is the guarantee for the tourist by bike to have services adapted to cyclists such as washing and drying clothes!

Some laundries in Nantes :

– Laveries Atlantique Ouest : 3 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville – T. 06 09 63 59 96

– Laverie de la Madeleine : 11 chaussée Madeleine – T. 02 40 47 10 17

– Le Lavoir d’aujourd’hui (Laundry service in 1h30) : 3 rue Bouffay – T. 02 51 88 93 15

Askip (contemporary art gallery, community café and laundromat): 2 allée Frida Kahlo – T. 06 24 35 54 97

Where can I leave my bike while I visit the city?

It is possible to park your bike safely in Nantes and in the metropolis: city hall website.

The “Naolib bike parking facilities” formula allows you to secure your bike for a very low rate: 0.80€/day

Single-park pass valid for 24 hours from the date and time of purchase, allowing you to secure your personal bicycle in a collective enclosure with controlled access, to be chosen from among the 17 car parks available on the territory of Nantes Metropole: Commerce / Graslin / Cathédrale / Talensac / Decré-Bouffay / Tour Bretagne / Feydeau / Gare Nord / Gare Sud (x4) / Les Machines / Les Nefs / Descartes / Cité des Congrès / Médiathèque. The facilities may only be accessed with a smartphone using the “bicloo officiel” app. E-bike option: +€0.20 per day

GareTonVélo : Map of bicycle parking facilities in Nantes Métropole listed in OpenStreetMap.

Where can I leave my luggage while I visit the city?
What are the solutions to travel light?

Bagafrance offers luggage, bicycle or people transfer services between Orleans and Nantes.

Bicybags offers luggage and bike transfers.

Paulette Bike offers bike rental and luggage transportation.

Du vent dans les rayons offers bike rental, bike and passenger transport.

Where are the public toilets located?

There are many public toilets in Nantes (sanisettes or automatic toilets).

I want to fill my water bottle, where are the drinking water points?

Numerous public water points are available to everyone in the city of Nantes: in parks, cemeteries and reception areas or in the street. Here’s where to find these fountains and hydrants to refresh yourself or quench your thirst.


Good to know: Sites with the “Accueil Vélo” label also offer drinking water refills for your bottles!

Other questions?

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