About the Venue
La Cité Nantes Events Center
is easy to reach. Located in the city center, just a 5-minute walk from the highspeed train station (South exit) and a 20-minute shuttle ride from the airport, La Cité is served by excellent transport links:
- Tram: line 1 - 'Duchesse Anne - Château des Ducs de Bretagne' tram stop, one stop from the TGV railway station (North exit)
- Airport / city centre shuttle bus: every half hour - 'Cité Internationale des Congrès' stop
- Busway: line 4 - 'Cité Internationale des Congrès' stop.
- Bicloo self-service bikes and Marguerite self-service cars: stations at La Cité.
- 450 parking spaces are available underneath La Cité and 2,000 additional parking spaces in close walking distance. Exhibitors are allocated a temporary parking area with direct access to la Cité’s exhibition areas.
How to travel to Nantes
The International Airport is located 20 minutes away from the Convention Center by shuttle bus and serves
65 international destinations by direct flight; most European capitals within two hours.
By High-Speed Train
The station is located in the center of Nantes, in front of the Convention Center.
There are 21 daily trains to Paris, a train every hour (2 hours travel time from/to Paris).
Nantes is the largest city in western France, located on the Loire River, 50 km from the Atlantic Coast. The city is the sixth largest in France, with a metropolitan area of about 900,000 inhabitants. It was one of the major cities of the historic province of Brittany and the ancient Duchy of Brittany.
In 2004, the magazine 'Time' named Nantes as "the most liveable city in Europe". In 2010, Nantes was named a hub city for innovation in the Innovation Cities Index by innovation agency 2thinknow. In 2013, Nantes held the title of European Green Capital, awarded by the European Commission for its efforts to reduce air pollution and CO2 emissions, for its highquality and well-managed public transport system, and for its biodiversity with 3,366 hectares of green spaces and several Natura 2000 zones which guarantee protection of nature in the area. Since then, the city of Jules Verne is regularly top ranked among the cities where to live.
A stunning heritage, the result of audacity and tradition
Nantes’ rich and turbulent past unfolds throughout the city, being successively a port open to the world, a driving force for the shipping industry, a source of inspiration for many surrealists, and for Jules Verne’s imaginary worlds. Nantes is an appealing and varied destination for tourists, with an architectural, historical and industrial heritage marked by the medieval streets (Bouffay area), the great maritime adventures (Graslin area and Ile Feydeau) and listed industrial buildings, now converted into cultural venues thanks to the imagination of leading modern architects (Ile de Nantes area). The regional capital is full of delightful cultural and artistic surprises, one of the leading creative cities in France. From the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany to Lieu Unique, Nantes-Angers Opera, Hangar à Bananes, the Machines de l’Ile, the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery, the open-air museum Estuaire, as well as festivals and a rich architectural and historical heritage.
- The Loire Estuary with cycling lanes all along
- The picturesque medieval town of Clisson and its Tuscany-looking surroundings
- The Muscadet vineyards
- La Baule with its 9km-long sandy beach, the longest in Europe
- Saint-Nazaire and the magic world of transatlantic passenger ships
- The medieval town of Guérande, and its surrounding salt marshes
- The Brière natural reserve
- Le Croisic and its fishing port