phone: +33 383 352 241address: Place StanislasThe office is in the southwest corner of place Stanislas, in the city hall building.
By planeMetz-Nancy-Lorraine Airport (ETZ) is a small regional airport, about 30 km north of Nancy. The airport hosts only regional flights (Lyon, Toulouse, Mediterranean coast). Access to and from the city is provided by road (A31 motorway) or by shuttles (fare €8).
By trainNancy is served by two major railway stations :
- Gare de Nancy Ville
- Gare Lorraine-TGV (20 km)
- Paris - Nancy : 1hr 30min by TGV
- Strasbourg - Nancy : 1hr 15min
- Dijon - Nancy : 2hr 30min
- Lyon - Nancy : 4hr
- Luxembourg (city) - Nancy : 1hr 30min
There are washing machines on the station, but no baggage room and no lockboxes.
The Gare Lorraine-TGV is 20 km north of Nancy. The station is served only by TGV high-speed trains of the TGV Est high-speed line, linking Paris to Strasbourg. Destinations include Bordeaux, Northwest France, Lille, as well as various TGV stations around Paris (such as Charles de Gaulle Airport).
Because of local political feuds, the station was built halfway between Nancy and Metz, in the middle of nowhere. Thus, the station can only be accessed by road (A31 motorway). The station includes a taxi station. Additionally, a shuttle operated by the SNCF connects the station to Gare de Nancy Ville.
For schedules, fares and bookings, see the SNCF website.
By carNancy is an important regional automotive hub:
- A31 to the north: Metz, Luxembourg
- A31 to the west: Dijon, Lyon, Paris
- A33/D400 (former N4) to the east: Strasbourg, Germany
- N57 to the south: Epinal
By busInternational bus services are operated by Eurolines. Coaches usually stop at the Porte Sainte-Catherine, near the marina.
By boatNancy is crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, which is open to navigation for small boats and péniches. The Port de Nancy Saint-Georges offers dockage to visiting boats. It is on the eastern edge of the city centre, 500 m away from the place Stanislas.
phone: +33 383 376 370address: Port de Nancy Saint-Georges - Boulevard du 21e Régiment d'Aviation
On footNancy is on the GR 5, a 2,600 km-long footpath that links the North Sea to the Mediterranean Sea.
By footWalking is one of the easiest and most pleasant ways to get around. The city centre is very compact, so most places of interest can be easily reached by foot. For example, walking from the railway station to the Porte Sainte-Catherine takes about 20 min. Many streets are pedestrian-only.
By public transportation
The city has a single tramway route, which is actually some sort of tramway on tyres. This strange system was built in replacement of the city's ageing trolleybus system, but has been plagued by technical problems since its inception. The tram 's ill fortunes have become a running joke among inhabitants. It is best to avoid it during rush hour, as it tends to be completely overcrowded.
Tramways run from 05:00 to 00:00, buses from 06:00 to 21:00. Service is dismal during Sundays and holidays.
On buses, you can buy tickets (€1.30) directly from the driver, but if you take the tram, you'll need to use the vending machines at each stop. Be sure to have change with you, as these machines do not accept bank notes. The only credit cards accepted are European-style ones with a chip.
Tickets are valid for one hour. If you'll be moving around Greater Nancy a lot, you might consider purchasing a "Pass 10" (€8.70) or a "Pass Découverte 24h" (€3.30). The latter one is valid for an unlimited number of trips during 24 hours.
There are two STAN offices in the city, where you can find maps and timetables, purchase tickets or ask information about the network.
Espace Transportphone: +33 383 300 808address: Place de la République
Agence STANphone: +33 383 300 808address: 3, rue du Docteur Schmitt
The city has a bike rental system called VélOstan, offering both short- and long-term bike rental.
The short-term service is called VélOstan'lib and is quite similar to those found in other French cities. Users can to pick up, and drop cycles to and from over 25 points around the city. You need a credit card (Visa/MC/French CB) to make use of the service. It is very cheap:
- 1-day ticket: €1, then free for the first 30 min of each ride, €1 for 30 to 60 min, then €2 every 30 min.
- 7-day ticket: €2, then same fares as the 1-day ticket.
As of 2012, there are very few stations outside the city centre. Be careful not to go too far, as you may not find any station to return your bike to and then be overcharged. There are, however, plans to cover the whole Greater Nancy area in the coming years.
The long-term rental service is called VélOstan'boutic. Users can rent bikes and accessories for up to one year. Price range from €2 for half a day, to €80 for a whole year. Reduction may apply in certain cases.
There are 5 shops around the city, including one in the main railway station (exit Place Thiers).
If you stay long enough to need your own bike, you can find cheap used bikes at the Atelier Dynamo, a small collective workshop. Membership can be as low as €15/year (for students), usable bikes can be found for €25 or more.
address: 35, Grande rue
By carThe streets of the city are narrow and not adapted to mass traffic. The local authorities are actively discouraging the use of cars in the historical centre, and have set up many pedestrian-only streets as well a labyrinth of one-way streets. Surface parking is rare and expensive. Avoid driving within the city if you can.
There are several underground car parks in the centre , as well as three park and ride car parks on the outskirts of the city. The latter are managed by STAN (see public transportation section for more info).
TaxisThe fares are fixed by the authorities and can vary depending on your destination or the time of the day. Minimum fare is €6.20 (as of January 2011). Taxis cannot be hailed on the street; you need to go to a taxi station or to call for one.
The major taxi companies are:
Place StanislasThe town square was built by Stanislas Leszczyński, Duke of Lorraine and former King of Poland, in the 18th century. It has a Stanislas statue pointing to the north and fountains and wrought iron gates in the two northern corners. The surrounding buildings are all in a single, classic style, adding to the grandeur of the square. In the summer, there is a very impressive light show every night at 10:45.
- The Tourism Office, where you can pick up handy maps and other information, is in a building on the southern side of Place Stanislas, facing the statue's back.
Arc de TriompheA Baroque arch by Emmanuel Héré, along the northern side of the Place Stanislas, leading to the Place de la Carrière. It was built at the same time as the Place Stanislas, in honour of King Louis XV.
Place de la CarrierePlace de la Carriere is a tree-lined square with notable buildings around it.
Place St-Epvre,Part of the Old City, Place St-Epvre includes the St-Epvre basilique and square with many cafés and restaurants
La Porte de la Craffe
Place d'AlliancePlace d'Alliance has a central fountain, modelled after those in Piazza Navona in Rome.
Villa MajorelleA beautiful three-storey house constructed in 1902 by the architects of École de Nancy. As of July 2018, it is closed for renovation for an expected 18 months.
Les Glycinesaddress: 5 rue des BriceA villa built for Charles Fernbach, a wine merchant, by the architect Émile André.
Museums and galleries
address: 3, place StanislasA well-balanced collection of paintings from different periods, including "The Battle of Nancy" by Eugène Delacroix.
address: 36-38, rue du Sergent BlandanDedicated to art-nouveau Nancy school of architecture, this museum occupies a building which itself is a fine specimen of the style.
phone: +33 3 83 32 18 74address: 64, Grand RueHistory of the Lorraine region. Since April 2018, the main museum is closed for renovation, but the Ducal Chapel is still open, free of charge.
Muséum–aquarium de NancyA natural history musem devoted to animals
Musée de l'histoire du ferA museum of the history of iron manufacturing in Lorraine, told through models of iron factories, iron artifacts, and historical drawings. Text only in French.
Château de MontaiguA historic 18th-century mansion
Château de FlévilleA castle completed in 1533, and one of the few châteaux in Lorraine spared after the Thirty Years' War.
Parks and gardens
Parc de la PépinièreA square park in the heart of the city. It was once used as a garden to grow trees for other parks/green areas in Nancy and the region. Now it is a pleasant and relaxing setting. There is a small zoo, a couple of bars and a children's puppet theatre. The open-air Auditorum hosts free concerts during summer evenings. Main entrances are at place Stanislas and place de la Carrière.
Parc Sainte-MarieA nice park, southwest of the city centre. Tends to be less crowded than the Pépinière during summer. Includes an Alsatian-style house.
address: 100, rue du Jardin Botanique, Vilères-Les-NancyA 70-acre botanical garden, one of the most beautiful of the country, in the western outskirts of town.
- Parc de la Cure d'Air - A small park on a hill, northwest of the city centre. The park is not very interesting, however there is a great view over the whole city.
- Les jardins d'eau - A pleasant promenade along the canal. Near the marina.
Music, dancing and opera
phone: +33 383 853 060address: 1 rue Sainte-CatherineThe opera house is in one of the eastern pavillons of place Stanislas. It hosts most of the city's opera shows. Early booking is strongly recommended.
phone: +33 383 323 125address: 3 rue Victor PoirelA medium-sized hall for classical music shows and popular music concerts.
phone: +33 383 856 901address: 3 rue Henri Bazin
address: Rue du Zénith – MaxevilleA 25,000-seat zenith in open air, for large popular music concerts or sport events, on the northern outskirts of the city.
phone: +33 383 323 125address: 45, Boulevard d'AustrasieA small hall dedicated to modern music : rock, electronic, R&B...
phone: +33 383 374 242address: 8 rue Baron LouisThe city's main theatre, housed in a former 19th century tobacco factory.
phone: +33 383 853 484address: 71 bis, rue de Mon DésertA small municipal theatre.
phone: +33 892 700 000 (€0.34/min)address: 54, rue Saint JeanA major cinema chain. Mostly dubbed American blockbusters and mainstream French movies.
Le Cameo is a small independent regional chain. Mostly foreign films in original version and a few avant-garde movies. There are two addresses in Nancy :
phone: +33 383 354 776address: 6, Rue Léopold Lallement
phone: +33 383 284 100address: 16, Rue de la Commanderie
address: Stade Marcel Picot - 90 Boulevard Jean-Jaurès - 54510 TomblaineThe local football (soccer) team has been playing in the Ligue 1 championship for many years. While it has never won the first division championship, it has steadily maintained itself among the French professional-level leagues throughout its existence. One of the club's most famous players is former French international Michel Platini. The ASNL plays in the Stade Marcel Picot (20,000 seats).
address: Palais des sports Jean-WeilleThe local basketball team is one of the major clubs in the country. It won the French championship in 2008 and 2011.
Greater Nancy swimming poolsThere are 9 swimming pols in the greater Nancy area.
Nancy Jazz PulsationsOctober
The city has many universities and research centres, including the prestigious engineering college Ecole des Mines de Nancy. Traditional strong points include law, medicine, computer science, mathematics and material sciences/metallurgy.
The presence of so many students gives the city a very vibrant atmosphere. It is a nice place for spending a student exchange program (such as ERASMUS) or a post-doc.
- Université Henri Poincaré (Nancy 1)
- Université de Nancy 2
- Institut national polytechnique de Lorraine (INPL) avec différentes écoles (EEIGM, Ensaia, Ensem, ENSG, ENSGSI, Ensic, ENSMN)
- École nationale supérieure d'arts (ENSA)
- École nationale supérieure des mines de Nancy (ENSMN)
- Institut commercial de Nancy (ICN Nancy)
- Franco-allemand premier cycle of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po)
- École d'architecture (EAN)
A couple of nice bookstores
- Quiche Lorraine - quiche with little bacon bits—is a local speciality. This can be found in any boulangerie/patisserie for roughly (€2), but the better version can be found in restaurants.
- mirabelle stuff,
Small bakeries and delis can be found throughout the city. Kebab shops and oriental restaurants are numerous around Saint Nicolas street.
At the covered market on Rue St. Dizier you can find fresh fruits and vegetables, a couple of butchers, a triperie, and one stand that sells fresh fish (and a pretty nice selection; you can even get octopus!), plus a couple of small restaurants.
- The Sushi Bar. Place Stanislas.
- La Gavotte. Grand Rue. Crêpes.
Le T'Roi StanislasApart from desserts and ice cream, this places offers a selection of small savory pies which, served with salad and crisps, make a good option if you need a fast light lunch. Pies with escargot are really nice.
Les Feuillantsphone: +33-383358133address: 27, rue GambettaQuite chic restaurant, with excellent food at an acceptable price. Only indoor seats.
Café Foyaddress: Place StanislasA restaurant right on the square, with outside seating on the square or inside seating on two levels. Brilliant location, great food, although a bit on the pricey side.
phone: +33 383 36 4316address: 123 Grande RueA somewhat quirky restaurant with "traditional" French fare. Friendly staff who speak English, brilliant presentation and absolutely brilliant food. 3-course set menu at €24, 2 courses for €20.
Le petit Cunyphone: +33 3 83 32 85 94address: 93-95 Grande rue, 54000 NancyA delicious winstub-like restaurant with local specialities, including the delicious "ardoise de fromages". Just next door, the bar "Le Lez'art" belongs to the same owner and serves delicious buffets on Sundays.
address: 50, rue Henri-PoincaréA grand old restaurant, close to the train station, should be visited just for the interior decorations alone. Traditional French bistro cuisine. Good food, though on the pricey side with 3 course meal for €30. Excellent wine list, and restaurant well known for its specialities such as its veal steak.
Chez Tanesy - Le Gastrolâtrephone: +33 383 355 194address: 23, Grande RueA tiny gastronomical restaurant run by semi-retired, former 1 Michelin star, chef Patrick Tanésy. Sometimes a bit grumpy, the chef is nonetheless a great cook. Traditional French and Provençal cuisine. Excellent wine list. His olive-flavored chocolate dessert is a must-try.
phone: +33 383 352 652address: 7, rue Gustave SimonA small quality restaurant. Traditional Lorraine and Polish cuisine. The menus are directly inspired by food served at the court of King Stanislas.
In case you need more than just drinks and are looking for a seedier kind of nightlife, you can find it around the rue Mouilleron (west of the railway station), near the Chat Noir night club (see below).
Le Ch'timiaddress: Place Saint-EpvreSpecialty beers.
Le McCarthyaddress: 6, Rue Guerrier de DumastIrish pub. Pool table.
Les Frères Berthomaddress: 5 rue StanislasSpeciality beers, especially Belgian beers.
Le Medievaladdress: 27 bis Rue Saint MichelIrish pub. Live Irish music twice a month.
L'Echansonaddress: 9 rue de la PrimatialeWine bar.
Le Vertigoaddress: 29 rue de la VisitationMany live music concerts.
Le Cyranoaddress: Grand RueWine bar.
Le Queen's Pubaddress: 5 Place Stanislas
address: 21, place du MarchéBrew their own beer.
Opéra caféaddress: 5 Terrasse de la pépinièreSpeciality & imported beers.
Le Chat Noiraddress: 63 rue Jeanne d'Arc
L'Enversaddress: 1 ter rue du Géneral Hoche
La Placeaddress: 7 Place Stanislas
Le Circusaddress: 42 rue Jean Mermoz
L'Oaddress: Quai Sainte Catherine
phone: +33 383 277 367address: 149 Rue de Vandoeuvre, 54600 Villers les Nancy
phone: +33 383 271 828address: Camping Le Brabois
Hotel Akenaphone: +33 383 28 12 03cheap, clean, don't expect any charm
address: ZAC Houdemont Heillecourt, 4 allée de la genelièreCheap, clean rooms (including bed, TV, sink), shared bathrooms are much less appealing.
phone: +33 383372388address: 22, Rue Sainte CatherineHotel very near the main city attractions, small but quiet room. Don't expect "charm".
address: 18, rue de GuiseA 3-star hotel, in the old town, close to major attractions. Used to be an old mansion. Great rooms, filled with antique furniture, paintings and rugs.
phone: +33 383 302 020address: 56, pl. Mgr-RuchVery nice looking mid-upper range 3-star hotel in the center of town.
phone: +33 383 35 03 01address: place StanislasA 4-star hotel, in the old town, close to major attractions.
Most of the upper northern neighbourhoods, known as "Plateau de Haye", as well as the commune of Vandoeuvre, have the reputation to be sensitive areas. As there is little of interest for tourists there, it is probably better to avoid these areas altogether.
Fire brigadephone: 18
Medical emergencyphone: 15
European emergency numberphone: 112 (should be used on mobile phones)
There are two major hospitals with emergency rooms :
- C.H.U de Brabois - Rue Morvan, tel. +33 383 153 030
- C.H.U Hôpital Central - 29, avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, tel. +33 383 858 585
However, in case of emergency (even not life-threatening), it is better to call the Centre 15 than to directly to the hospital, as emergency rooms usually have long waiting lines.
There are several cyber-cafés around Saint Nicolas street.
Média Servicesphone: +33 3 68 38 34 16address: 32 r St Nicolas
- Metz, the other capital of Lorraine.
- Lunéville Home of King Stanislas' massive castle.
- Saint-Nicolas de Port, a small neighbouring town, home of a massive basilica dedicated to Saint-Nicolas. There is also a museum of brewery, set inside a former beer factory.
- Luxembourg The capital of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg is only 90 min away by train.
- Strasbourg - The capital of Alsace.
- The Vosges mountains. Many hiking paths and beautiful scenery. Small, low-altitude ski resorts. 1 hr by car, train service up to Epinal .