A Travel Price Comparison for France Nantes vs. Bordeaux for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Nantes or Bordeaux?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Nantes or Bordeaux, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Nantes

Nantes is a city in western France, located on the Loire River, 31 miles from the Atlantic coast. The city is the sixth largest in France, with almost 600,000 inhabitants within the Urban area. Together with Saint-Nazaire, a seaport located on the Loire estuary, Nantes forms the main metropolis of north-western France. The city has a unique architectural heritage with its magnificent Chateau des ducs de Bretagne - a Renaissance-style castle nestled in a fortress, a medieval quarter and one of the highest cathedrals of France. It has been transformed in the last 20 years probably more than any other city in France. It is not only a vibrant and young metropolis often rewarded for its top-quality of life, but a city where art has literally been integrated in all possible aspects, making it a true example of how artists can turn a city upside down.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the place to go for fine wines. It's a very mellow, cultural city where you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a quaint cafe or restaurant without being rushed. The city is the capital of Gironde, and the entire metropolitan area has over one million residents. The city also has a rather large and vibrant university and the population is known to be very tolerant and liberal. There is a very strong artistic vibe in the city and, due to it's history of English rule, there is an English flair to the area. The large student population means that there is no shortage of opportunities to see shows, hear music, or visit a museum.

Which city is cheaper, Bordeaux or Nantes?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Nantes is €87, while the average daily cost in Bordeaux is €95. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Nantes and Bordeaux in more detail.



Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Nantes can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €48, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €96.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €51. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Bordeaux the cost is €102 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nantes 48
    Bordeaux 51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nantes 96
    Bordeaux 102

Food

In Nantes travelers spend around €22 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

The average traveler spends about €36 per day in Bordeaux for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Nantes 22
    Bordeaux 36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bordeaux

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Bordeaux.

  • Street Food Tour by Bike: $57
  • 2-Hour River Dinner Cruise: $72
  • Bordeaux Traditional Food Tour: $106
  • Small-group French Cooking Class in Bordeaux with Dinner: $108
  • Saint-Emilion Afternoon & French Cooking Class: $210
  • Bordeaux and La Cité du Vin Day Tour with French Cuisine Cooking Class: $514

Local Transportation

Nantes's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €29 per person, per day on transportation in Nantes.

The average price of local transportation around Bordeaux is €12 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nantes 29
    Bordeaux 12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nantes

Also for Nantes, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Nantes Atlantique Airport to Nantes City - One Way: $78
  • Nantes Private Transfer from Nantes city centre to Nantes Airport: $75
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Nantes to Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE): $50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bordeaux

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bordeaux:

  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Bordeaux to Pessac - Château Haut-Brion Winery: $9.54
  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Bordeaux to Pauillac - Chateau Lafite Rothschild: $9.54
  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Bordeaux to Margaux - Chateau Margaux: $9.54
  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Bordeaux City Centre to Saint Emilion: $9.54
  • Ultra - Bordeaux Airport Private Transfer City Centre to Bordeaux Airport BOD: $9.54
  • Private Transfer: Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport (BOD): $68
  • Private Transfer: Bordeaux Airport to Bordeaux: $111
  • Private Transfer from Airport to Bordeaux City: $149
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport (BOD): $42
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Bordeaux Airport (BOD) to Bordeaux: $42
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Bergerac-Roumanière Airport to Bordeaux City - One Way: $358
  • Departure Private Transfers : Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Luxury Van: $108

Is it cheaper to fly into Nantes or Bordeaux?

Prices for flights to both Bordeaux and Nantes change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Nantes can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €11 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Bordeaux's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €6.31 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nantes 11
    Bordeaux 6.31

Tours and Activities in Nantes

For Nantes, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Segway: "Inside the Historical Center of Nantes" - city tour Nantes - 1H00: $37
  • Nantes Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $40
  • Segway: "Nantes's Patrimony" City tour Nantes - 1H30: $56
  • Segway: "The Great Escape" - city tour Nantes - 2H00: $68
  • Segway: "The Wide Angle" city tour Nantes - 2H30: $81
  • Nantes Private Walking Tour: $230
  • Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Nantes with official tour guide: $231

Tours and Activities in Bordeaux

Here are a few actual costs in Bordeaux for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 1-Day Self-Guided Cabriolet Tour to Pauillac Médoc: $148
  • 1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $31
  • 1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $31
  • 1-Hour Electric Bike Tour of Bordeaux: $31
  • 2-Hour Bordeaux Electric Bike Tour: $56
  • 2-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $56
  • 2-Hour Bordeaux Segway Tour: $106
  • 2-Hour Bordeaux Segway Tour: $68
  • 7-Hour Self-Guided Cabriolet Tour: Montesquieu's Homeland: $123
  • Architectural splendors of Bordeaux Walking Tour: $286
  • Bordeaux 2-Hour Electric Scooter Tour: $56
  • Bordeaux 2-Hour Segway Tour: $68

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Nantes spend on average €5.14 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Bordeaux may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €21 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nantes 5.14
    Bordeaux 21

Sample the Local Flavors in Bordeaux

Also in Bordeaux, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum Admission Ticket with Wine Tasting: $8.71
  • Walking Tour and Wine Tasting: $20
  • La Cité du Vin Entrance Ticket and Wine Tasting: $24
  • Wine Tasting Cruise from Cité du Vin: $26
  • Discover Bordeaux vineyard : special wine tasting with two cellar men brothers: $37
  • Cheese & Wine Tasting in Bordeaux: $48
  • Bordeaux Cheese & Wine Tasting Walking Guided Tour: $49
  • Chateau du Taillan and Park including Wine Tasting Tour: $50
  • Bordeaux Urban Wine Tour: Wine Chateau and Wine Bar: $61
  • Bordeaux Morning Wine Tasting Class: $61
  • Bordeaux Small-Group Wine Tasting & Workshop with a Professional Sommelier: $61
  • Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip: $61


When comparing the travel costs between Nantes and Bordeaux, we can see that Bordeaux is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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