Nantes Airport Taxis (NTE)

The airport is found just 8km, or 5 miles from the city centre of Nantes, and is an important gateway to the Pays de la Loire region of France. It is also the largest airport in the west of the country, with a capacity of three million passengers per annum. The airport is recognised by its official airport code of NTE, and is well known as the Nantes Atlantique Airport. The Nantes Airport Taxis are a quick and efficient means of transport to anywhere in the city of Nantes, and are available at all hours of the day from the airport. Although bus services are cheaper, many passengers prefer the convenience of a taxi.

The airport consists of an ‘L’ shaped, single terminal building, with some parts built as a two-level construction. The airport’s longer side of the ‘L’ contains zones that are named as the Halls 1 to 3, and passengers will arrive on the ground level of the building. The check-in desks are also found on the ground floor, while the departure lounges are located on the first floor. The shorter side of the airport’s ‘L’ building consists of Hall 4, and this is a single-storey building. The Nantes Airport taxis can be located outside various sections of the airport, but the main taxi rank is found nearby Hall 1. Passengers who arrive at Hall 4, which is located at a fair distance from the main taxi rank, can call a taxi from the taxi shelter available, and a car will arrive to make the collection.

Although taxis are always available at Nantes, throughout the day and later evening hours, passengers are welcome to reserve a taxi in advance of their arrival. Taxis that have been reserved can be found waiting at a special area marked as ‘Taxi Commandés’, or ‘Reserved Taxis’. There is a sign that marks the area, and it is found just outside of the car hire building. Pre-arranged taxis can only use this area.

Although the services offered by the Nantes taxi companies are considered as honest and reliable, passengers are advised to be aware of the average taxi fare to their destination in advance. Passengers are less likely to be overcharged if they know the average cost to their destinations, and also if they are able to speak a little French. Unprofessional taxi operators often target tourists who speak only English. Information in regards to taxi fares is available from the airport information desks, and is displayed at various locations in airports. Always discuss the fare with your taxi driver before leaving the airport, and ask him to explain any additional costs involved.

In general, taxis in France operate on a metered system, which means that the taxi should be equipped with a device that records the length of the journey. The taxi fare is then calculated accordingly. However, there may also be extra charges over and above the metered fare. A small amount could be charged for heavy items of luggage loaded, more than four adults in a single taxi and animals travelling in the vehicle. There is also usually an airport surcharge for journeys to and from the airport, and a minimum amount charged from the start of the journey. Taxis at night, and on Sundays and bank holidays are more expensive as well.

Passengers arriving at most European airports should also be aware of the possible illegal taxi operators that offer their services in the arrival areas. These taxi owners are not permitted to provide transport services at the airports, and should be declined. Any incident experienced can also be reported to the appropriate airport officials. The legitimate Nantes taxis will always be found at the taxi rank, and their drivers will be waiting at their vehicles. They do not wander the airport halls, or try and persuade passengers to make use of their services.

Taxis at the airport take passengers to any location in the Nantes/Saint-Nazaire urban area, and a trip to the city centre will cost between €25 and €30. The journey is also very quick, only approximately fifteen minutes, as the airport is so closely located to the city. Taxis are also a popular way to travel to the Nantes train station for railway connections. Further information regarding The Nantes Taxis can be found online, from the airport’s official website, or from the information desks within the terminal building.