K&Q11 Location and
Travel Information for Delegates
Nantes is a vibrant city, where you can bring your walking shoes as there are plenty of interesting urban visits from the medieval streets near the castle of the Kings of Britanny, to the 18th century quarter (rue Kervégan) where slave traders used to live in opulent houses, to the gorgeous 19th century covered shopping mall (Passage Pommeraye) and the early 20th century rococo/art nouveau brasserie La Cigale.
Nantes is also well known for the transformation of its industrial sites and shipyards along the Loire River with rhumeries, and creative factories. Nantes, one of the former shipyards, is also the home of the Royal Deluxe Company which builds giants (like the giant spider, or the giant elephant…) You can visit their workshop called “Machines de l’île”). Nantes is also home to “Voyage à Nantes”, a green line trail which takes you around the city to explore quaint parts, to visit traditional sites and less conventional street arts.
Try to stay in Nantes some extra days before or after the conference, it is quite an interesting and original touristic destination (less than an hour away by train from the beaches in La Baule, Pornic, Croisic…)
We have organized guided walking tours of the city of Nantes and of the Castle as part of your registration.
“Visit Nantes” brochure in English: https://www.nantes-tourisme.com/en/visit
Transportation to Nantes
Travelling by plane to Nantes Airport:
Nantes is very well-connected when you travel from Europe and even from the rest of the world. Our international airport (providing all airlines have resumed their regular routes and rotations by June 2022) is connected to several main hubs (Schipol Airport, Roissy Charles De Gaulle, and most London airports).
You can fly to Nantes direct or from one of these hubs. I would recommend flying direct to Nantes, instead of taking a train from Paris for instance.
There are many low-cost companies connecting European cities to Nantes (Ryan Air, Easy Jet, Transavia, Volotea as well as Lufthansa and Air France)
From the airport to downtown Nantes:
Nantes airport is connected to the train station (downtown, stop located at the station South exit). A shuttle bus (every 20 min - 9 € - credit card payment on board the shuttle or inside the terminal).
The shuttle stop is located in front of the main terminal exit.
Travelling by train to Gare de Nantes:
If you land in Roissy Airport, you could take a SNCF train to Nantes (2h40)
If you choose to stay in Paris first, you can take a TGV train from Gare Montparnasse to Nantes (2h10),
If you are travelling from London Waterloo station on Eurostar, you could stop in Lille and take a SNCF train from Lille to Nantes.
If you travel on Eurostar to Gare du Nord in Paris, you will need to take the metro to Gare Montparnasse…).
Maps and directions
From the train station (see MAP 1 below)
As you are most likely to arrive at the station (by train or with the airport shuttle), directions are provided from there. Nantes train station is located right downtown, not far from the Castle.
There is a North exit which connects you to the tramway line (ligne 1) and to the heart of town.
The South exit is less used but you can find several hotels nearby and you can walk to them as well (near Cité des Congrès, or Tour LU or Brasserie Félix (our gala dinner venue).
Tramway lines (see MAP 2)
The tramway takes you everywhere in Nantes (3 main lines). Tickets are valid for 1h. They must be punched the first time you board the tramway. Tickets are sold by unit or by 10, at vending machines (with a roll-on system) which take credit cards (one vending machine taking cards is located at each stop, either near the inbound or outbound platform).
The lines you are most likely to use:
Ligne 1 – direction « François Mitterrand » from the « Gare SNCF Nord » towards “Commerce” (Place du Commerce is a central hub as it connect three tramway lines)
Ligne 2 – direction « Orvault Grand Val » from “Commerce” to « Facultés » or « Ecole Centrale Audencia » (both stops on our Campus)
Hotels and accommodations
You will need to make your own reservation via the usual platforms. Nantes is quite a touristic destination in June and early July so make sure you reserve early.
Look for accommodations “within 2 kms from Nantes Centre” (check that you are near a tramway line or chronobus)
If you are on a budget, look for chain hotels like : Ibis Styles, Adagio, Appart City, Kyriad, or Mercure
+ one star hotels : Hotel Duquesne / Hotel Le Petit Duquesne.
(if in doubt on the location of your accommodation, you can email the organizers)
Conference venue and Nantes Université campus
Campus map: (MAP 3)
We will welcome you on the Campus Humanités at Nantes Université. Our History and Modern languages faculties are located on a green campus, surrounded with woods, along the Erdre river.
We are a tram ride away (on Line 2 – direction Orvault Grand Val) from the heart of downtown (20 min.) but it is also a pleasant walk or bike ride along the river from downtown.
Map 1 – from the train station to downtown Nantes (within walking distance of the station)
In yellow the tramway lines
From Gare de Nantes Nord - North Exit – access to tramway line 1 (or you can walk to Place du Commerce in 15 min)
From Gare de Nantes Sud - South exit – you can walk to several hotels from there
Map 2 – tramway lines
Line 1 – Green – from “Gare Nord” train station to “commerce”
Line 2 – Red – from “Commerce” to “Ecole Centrale-Audencia” of “Facultés”
Line 3 – Blue (some hotels are located near Viarme, Talensac or Poitou)
Map 3 – our Campus Humanités (tramway line 2 – stop at “Ecole Centrale Audencia” (top) or “Faculté” (left on map)).
1 – Château de l’Erdre (conference rooms)
5 – Batiment Tertre – Tertre Building (History faculty)
8 – Modern languages Faculty