Cost of Living in Nantes, France

Nantes is the sixth largest city in France which is located in the west of the country.

It has a very well-developed economy and trading system with the neighboring countries like Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The cost of living in Nantes depends on the items of expenditure.

For instance, Nantes have low prices for personal care, healthcare, and communications, but the cost of cultural events, sports and recreation are rather high.

Also, the high prices are for clothing, hotels, and restaurants.

Transportation also costs much.



Inexpensive restaurants offer meals for $13.64, or you can choose to have a three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant for $45.47.

Some drinks that are considered cheap in your home country can be expensive in Nantes.

For instance, a small bottle of Pepsi is $2.46, a regular cappuccino costs $2.27, and a 0.33-liter bottle of water is $1.55.



Usually, you won’t be able to buy something other than water for $0.50.

The prices at the local markets in Nantes start from the figure of $1.00 for a liter of milk.

The rest of the products do not cost less than $1.50.

For this money, you can buy 500 g of fresh white bread, or a kilo or white rice, or a head of lettuce.



The most frequently used kind of transport in Nantes is a bicycle.

You can rent one at a very low price and get to almost anywhere in the city.

Locals prefer this kind of transport which is eco-friendly and light.

If you choose to drive in a taxi cab, payment will start from $2.27 per kilometer at a normal tariff.



There are separate bills in Nantes for gas supply and electricity, as well as there are bills for garbage, cooling, heating, Internet, and mobile phones.

The average price for these wonders of modern life is $165.44, but you will usually have to put away about $200 to feel absolutely sure that your bills will be covered.

Sports and leisure


Sports and leisure in Nantes are said to be rather expensive.

You can go on a guided walking tour, a riverboat trip, taste wines in the private vineries, visit museums and galleries, or take surfing lessons.

Probably, the cinema will cost you the least money.

A monthly subscription to a fitness club us $40.17 per adult; at that, an hour at the tennis court costs half of that price.

Clothing and shoes


There are some great selections of stores, shops, and boutiques where you can buy classic, casual and original clothes and shoes.

Naturally, you don’t want to miss something that you are accustomed to like chain stores.

You can compare the prices and choose whether it’s cheaper to travel and shop in Nantes or wait for the sales in your city.

Rent per month


Nantes offers thousands of holiday houses and apartments both short-term and long-term.

We will talk about monthly rented premises from the owner and realtors.

Prices differ a lot depending on whether the space for rent is furnished or unfurnished.

The first choice would be to rent a three-bedroom apartment outside the city center for $990.68.

Cost of Living Averages Table for Nantes

Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) $ 13.64
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter) $ 5.68
Water (0.33 Liter) $ 1.55
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter) $ 1.00
Loaf Bread (500g) $ 1.44
Eggs (12) $ 2.70
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket $ 1.82
Monthly Pass $ 68.21
Gasoline $ 1.58
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling) $ 165.44
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local $ 0.14
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) $ 30.24
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $ 40.17
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour) $ 24.44
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release $ 11.14
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable) $ 89.81
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...) $ 32.21
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range) $ 96.63
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center $ 557.06
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center $ 419.21
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center $ 1286.06

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Nantes?

The cheapest item of expenditure in Nantes is clothing and shoes.

You will not spend lots of money by enriching your wardrobe.

Markets are a different story.

The largest part of a monthly salary (35.8%) is spent there.

Monthly rent takes 21.6% of the income, and the fourth place in the charts is, traditionally for the French cities, given to restaurants and transportation.

An average person living in Nantes does not spend much on utilities, as you may judge from the statistics below.

New apartments, houses, and cars are among the expensive things that average people do not often buy.

Utilities (Monthly)
Sports & Leisure
Clothing & Shoes
Rent Per Month

Nantes: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

Typical French brokeries offer mortgage loans to the French residents at 2.00% annual interest rate for the dwellings loaned for twenty years.

The mortgage programmes mean that you can borrow from 50% to 80% of the value of property depending on your place of residence (EU or non-EU).

Also, they will take into account your net income and the type of property you have and are going to buy.

Average monthly salaries in Nantes are $1,976.85 which is only $235 higher than a minimum wage which is nationally fixed for France.

The highest paid jobs in Nantes are in the financial sphere and IT whereas the lowest paying positions are cashiers, customer supports, graphic designers and hardware engineers.

Average Salary$ 1976.85
Minimum Wage$ 1741.8
Mortgage Interest Rate2.00%

Cost of Living by City in France

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City Cost of Living Index
Bordeaux 76.31
Grenoble 78.43
Lille 67.73
Lyon 78
Marseille 64.64
Montpellier 74.08
Nantes 72.37
Nice 75.84
Paris 84.68
Strasbourg 75.47
Toulouse 76.3

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