Saint-Nazaire (Nantes) Ferries

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Book ferries to Saint-Nazaire (Nantes) in France from Gijon in Spain and Rosslare in Ireland with

Saint-Nazaire is the port for the French city of Nantes - the 6th largest city in France. Currently you can book ferries from Gijon in Northern Spain and Rosslare in Ireland to Saint-Nazaire. These connections mean this port is often used by those travelling to Spain via a "land-bridge" where the start point is either the UK or Ireland. Saint-Nazaire is close to other French ports by road such as Roscoff (approx. 3 hours) and St Malo (approx. 2hrs 20 minutes).

Ferries to and from St Nazaire

LD Lines vessels offer the highest levels of comfort combined with speed along with a wide range of facilities. These include bars, restaurants and shopping. You can also choose luxury reclining seats or enjoy the comfort and peace of a crossing in your own cabin.

Saint-Nazaire port facilities

The Nantes / Saint-Nazaire port is more than 3000 years old and is the 4th busiest behind Marseille (95,5 Mt), Le havre (69 Mt), Dunkerque (50 Mt). The port is a modern port allowing tourist traffic and freight excellent facilities and comfort. You will find all the facilities that you would expect of such a large port including a reception, information booth, telephone booths and toilets.

Getting to Saint-Nazaire port

By car:

  • The port is 5 minutes from the Estuaires motorway.
  • 5 minutes from 2LE (Loire Logistic Estuaire multimodal plateform).
  • The Nantes motorway "direction Paris" also is easily accessible.

About Nantes

Nantes, the capital of the north-western French region of Pays de la Loire, is the 6th largest city in France and well worth a visit if you have a stop-over while travelling from Ireland or the UK onwards to Spain. Nantes has strong historical connections with the adjoining region of Brittany, and is the historical capital of the region (though not its official capital since the days of Napoleon).

The historic city of Nantes grew rich because of with Africa and the West Indies. The city is also famous for being the home of the science fiction writer Jules Verne. Today it is a lively and cosmopolitan hub that still manages to retain a distinctive beauty and charm due to it's castles, old buildings and location on the Loire river which begins to reach its widest point as it enters the city.

For more information about the city of Nantes, we recommend that you take a look at the website of the Nantes tourist board.

based on 41 reviews

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  • 24 Sep 2014
    Heading off on holiday - Had a very pleasant crossing
    • Had a very pleasant crossing. Delighted that we were able to secure a crossing taking us south of Cherbourg and Roscoff. Very clean comfortable and functional. Beds very comfortable service very good friendly helpful staff. Food very good and reasonably priced. Main criticism is made in the company's best interest, which is, that it was just lucky that I discovered this crossing through a friend, had she not informed me I would not have known about it. I had previously googled for info on alternative crossings to Cherbourg & Roscoff, preferably to Northern Spain and nothing had come up. When we arrived we discovered that there was an additional sailing connection to Northern Spain which we would have been interested in had we known about it prior to all our holiday planning . As other passengers complained similarily I feel it is not simply that my internet capability is in question. Feel that this could be a very useful crossing but needs much more rigorous advertising for it to be financially viable.

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  • 16 Aug 2014
    LD lines review
    • Our return trip to France with LD Lines was excellent both ways and will use the company again if possible. One issue, the return to Ireland on Thursday night is quite late for onward travelling. Staff were excellent and accommodation was excellent. Would recommend them to anyone...and already have.

      Review by Michael Morris

  • 21 Jul 2014
    Disorganised check in and long waiting for check out
    • Disorganised check in and long waiting for check out.

      Review by Lena Denmark

  • 30 Sep 2013
    Sleep your way through France
    • An excellent way to bypass the most of France if you are coming or going to Spain from the North.

      Review by Stephen from Passage

  • 17 Sep 2013
    Room for improvment
    • According the price we could not expect a luxury vessel, and that's okay. We got what we paid for. The cleanliness on board was not good. A nice staff worn dirty uniforms and cabin was poorly cleaned. A view of the beds showed that there was old dirt and papers showing more than 14 days old receipts. Totally unacceptable. However, it is something that could very easily be remedied with the right leadership. The crossing sticked to the schedule and the route is perfect for us who do not like to spend time on crowded highways.

      Review by Preben Juel