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

Should you visit Nantes or Marseille?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Nantes or Marseille, 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.

Marseille

Marseille is the second largest city in France and is the largest Mediterranean port in the region. For visitors, Marseille offers an authentic glimpse at France. It has many colorful markets, natural beauty such as the Calanques with its large, beautiful cliffs, and the old harbor area, which offers a glimpse at the areas working class history.

Which city is cheaper, Marseille 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 Marseille is €117. 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 Marseille 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.

The prices for places to stay in Marseille can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €56, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €112.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nantes 48
    Marseille 56
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nantes 96
    Marseille 112

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 €34 per day in Marseille 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
    Marseille 34

Typical Food prices in Marseille

For Marseille, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Orangina
    2.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Marseille

For Marseille, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • 2.5-Hour Food Tour: $61
  • From Sunset Dinner Cruise: $61
  • Cool Food Tour and Street art Marseille: $106
  • Great Marseille Food Tour Experience: $107
  • Food Tour Excursion in Provence !: $771

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.

Marseille'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 €23 per person, per day on transportation in Marseille.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nantes 29
    Marseille 23

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nantes

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

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

Typical Local Transportation prices in Marseille

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Marseille:


  • Metro Pass
    3.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marseille

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

  • transfer Marseille Airport to Nimes: $479
  • Ultra - Marseille Private Transfer from Marseille Cruise Port to City Centre: $9.41
  • Ultra - Marseille Private Transfer from City Centre to Marseille Cruise Port: $9.41
  • Ultra - Marseille Private Airport Transfer from Cruise Port to Marseille Airport: $9.41
  • Ultra - Marseille Private Airport Transfer from City Centre to Marseille Airport: $9.41
  • Transfers Marseille Airport / Railway station / Cassis: $218
  • Transfer from the Port of Marseille to Cassis: $730
  • Transfer from marseille Cruise Terminal to Arles: $650
  • Transfer from marseille Cruise Terminal to Aix en Provence: $650
  • Transfer from Marseille Cruise Terminal to Avignon: $730
  • Transfer from Les Baux de Provence or St Remy de Provence to Airport of Marseille: $311
  • Transfer from Cruise terminal of Marseille to Marseille airport: $83

Is it cheaper to fly into Nantes or Marseille?

Prices for flights to both Marseille 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.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Marseille can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €30 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nantes 11
    Marseille 30

Tours and Activities in Nantes

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

  • Nantes Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $40
  • Nantes Private Walking Tour: $230
  • Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Nantes with official tour guide: $231
  • Segway: "Inside the Historical Center of Nantes" - city tour Nantes - 1H00: $37
  • 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

Tours and Activities in Marseille

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

  • 4 Hour Tour Aix-en-Provence Highlights: $584
  • 5-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour of the Provence from Marseille in Luxury Car: $724
  • Aix en Provence & Cassis Private Day Tour Marseille Shore excursion: $771
  • Aix en Provence & Cassis Tour: $1,039
  • Aix en Provence & Marseille Tour: $1,039
  • Aix en Provence Half–Day Town and Winery Tour from Marseille: $521
  • Aix en Provence Tour from Marseille: $81
  • Aix en Provence and Cassis Small Group Tour from Marseille: $107
  • Aix en Provence and Cassis full day private tour: $1,867
  • Aix en Provence, Marseille and Cassis Tour: $1,014
  • Aix–en–Provence: Full–Day Winery Tour from Marseille: $134
  • Aix-en-Provence 4-Hour Sightseeing Tour from Marseille: $87

Alcohol

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

Typically, people visiting Marseille spend on average €22 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nantes 5.14
    Marseille 22

Sample the Local Flavors in Marseille

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Marseille:

  • Aix en Provence Full-Day Wine Tour from Marseille: $137
  • Full-Day Wine Tour around Luberon from Marseille: $137
  • Full-day Wine Tour around Bandol & Cassis from Marseille: $137
  • Marseille Shore Excursion - Full Day Wine Tour in Provence: $137
  • From Bandol and Cassis Wine Tasting Tour: $161
  • Marseille Shore Excursion - Private Full Day Wine Tour in Provence: $348
  • Provence wine tour of vineyards & the best foods & wine of Provence private tour: $404
  • Provence Private Wine Tasting Tour from Marseille: $435
  • Wine tour of Ch√Ęteauneuf du Pape, gastronomy, wines & joie de vivre private tour: $435
  • Aix en Povence Private Half Day Tour including Wine Tasting from Marseille: $523
  • Bandol Wine Tour - 4 hour Private tour: $650
  • Coteaux D'Aix : Half Day Wine Tour: $650


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Nantes and Marseille, we can see that Marseille is more expensive. And not only is Nantes much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Nantes would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Nantes and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Marseille would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Marseille than you might in Nantes.

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