Should you visit Nantes or Mont-Saint-Michel?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Nantes or Mont-Saint-Michel, 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 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.
Mont Saint-Michel is an island community in Normandy, France. It is located about a half of a mile (or one kilometer) off of the country's northwest coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. The population of the island, at last count, was just under 50 people. The island has been a strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it was named. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: on top, God, the abbey and monastery; below, the great halls; then stores and housing; and at the bottom, outside the walls, houses for fishermen and farmers. One of France's most recognizable landmarks, visited by more than 3 million people each year, Mont Saint-Michel and its bay are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Over 60 buildings within the commune are protected in France as historical monuments.
Which city is cheaper, Mont-Saint-Michel 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 Mont-Saint-Michel is €125. 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 Mont-Saint-Michel in more detail.
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.
Mont-Saint-Michel's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €112. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €56.
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 €35 per day in Mont-Saint-Michel 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.
Meals for one day
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 Mont-Saint-Michel is €56 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.
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:
Nantes Private Transfer from Nantes city centre to Nantes Airport:
Private Airport Transfer: from Nantes to Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE):
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mont-Saint-Michel
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Mont-Saint-Michel:
Private Transfer: Mont Saint-Michel to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG):
Private Transfer from Mont Saint-Michel to Rennes - Up to 7 People:
Is it cheaper to fly into Nantes or Mont-Saint-Michel?
Prices for flights to both Mont-Saint-Michel 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.
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.
Mont-Saint-Michel's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €24 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.
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:
Nantes Like a Local: Customized Private Tour:
Segway: "Nantes's Patrimony" City tour Nantes - 1H30:
Segway: "The Great Escape" - city tour Nantes - 2H00:
Segway: "The Wide Angle" city tour Nantes - 2H30:
Nantes Private Walking Tour:
Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Nantes with official tour guide:
Tours and Activities in Mont-Saint-Michel
Here are a few actual costs in Mont-Saint-Michel for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Mt St. Michel with official tour guide:
Private Mont Saint-Michel Family Walking Tour:
Private Walking Tour of Mont-St-Michel and Surroundings:
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 Mont-Saint-Michel may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €6.29 per day on alcoholic beverages.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Nantes and Mont-Saint-Michel, we can see that Mont-Saint-Michel 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 Mont-Saint-Michel would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Mont-Saint-Michel than you might in Nantes.
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