Bus Services in Pays de la Loire

Details and contact information on the regional and city bus, tram and transport systems in the Pays-de-la-Loire region...

Generally, information on routes and timetables is available from local SNCF Train Stations, bus stations (gares routières), Tourist Offices and Bar Tabacs. The websites of the Conseils Générals of each département have information on the local bus services.

Click for information on the public bus transport systems of: Loire Atlantique (44), Maine-et-Loire (49), Mayenne (53), Sarthe (72) or Vendée (85)

Loire Atlantique (44)

Lila is the departmental inter-urban bus service with a regular schedule service (Lila), school bus service (Lila scolaire) and an "on demand" (Lila à la demande) transport option. This is available in areas which are not on the regular, schedule line. Full details on the local service are available at the mairie.

Nantes

  • Cariane Atlantique
    At
    : 1, rue Pré Gauchet, 44000 Nantes
    Tel: 02 40 12 27 30
    Information and timetables: 08 25 08 71 56

TAN (Transports Urbains de l'Agglomeration Nantaises) is the bus and tram network for Nantes greater metropolitan area.

  • TAN (website in French)
    At
    : Allée Brancas opposite the bus and tram station
    Open: Monday to Saturday 07:15 to 19:00. There is also a ticket counter for the SNCF.
    Tel: 08 10 44 44 44 (local call rate), for information on timetables, lines, destinations, lost property, traffic and road works. Line open from Monday to Saturday 06:45 to19:30

Regional bus companies

  • La Baule: Cariane Atlantique
    At
    : La Baule Bus Station, 4 Place Victoire, 44500 La Baule
    Tel: 02 40 11 53 00
    Information and timetables: 08 25 08 71 56 (15 cents a min) Monday to Friday 08:00 to 19:00, Saturdays 08:30 to 12:30
  • Chateaubriant: Cariane Atlantique
    At
    : rue General Eisenhower, 44110 Chateaubriant
    Tel: 02 40 28 58 00
    Information and timetables: 02 40 28 10 26
  • Saint Nazaire: STRAN (Societe Transport Agglomeration Nazairienne) (website in French)
    Tel: 0810 184 186 (local call)

Reseau Atlantic is the transport system for the department and is managed by the local Conseil General.

  • Reseau Atlantic (in French)
    Tel
    : ALLOatlantic (in French): 0825 087 156 (15 cents a min) Monday to Friday 08:00 to 19:00, Saturday 08:30-12:30

The website (in French) has information on bus times, point of sale locations, pick up stops and tariffs for the department. PDFs of the routes, times and tariffs for your commune can be downloaded.

Rural transport

The Abeille (bee) service is available in rural towns and communities. Call to arrange a pick-up in your area or "pays". It is low cost scheduled transport that can be booked to collect passengers at a home address and transport them within a fixed area. Vehicles adapted for mobility reduced people can also be reserved.

The service is available in the following areas:

  • Vignoble (Château-Thébaud, Haute-Goulaine, La Haye Fouassière, St Fiacre/Maine) 
    Tel: 02 40 54 86 19
  • Pays de Retz (Grandlieu, Machecoul, Logne) 
    Tel: 02 40 02 38 43
  • Pays d'Ancenis
    Reservations made at the Marie Pontchâteau
  • Pays de Châteaubriant
    Tel: 02 40 07 54 71
  • Pays de Retz Atlantique
    Tel: 02 40 21 80 40
  • Du Canal (Blain, Guémené, et St Nicolas de Redon) 
    Tel: 02 40 51 87 92
  • De la Presqu'île (Herbignac, Assérac, Pénestin, Camoël, Férel) 
    Tel: 02 40 62 32 33
  • Sillon
    Tel: 02 40 45 68 95
  • Pays de Erdre et Gesvres
    Tel
    : 02 28 02 25 00
  • Pays de Pontchâteau
    Tel
    : 02 40 45 68 95

Maine-et-Loire (49)

Angers

Anjou Bus website (in French only) includes detailed maps on the lines and timetables

  • Anjou Bus
    At
    : Hotel du Department, Place Michel Debre, 49000 Angers
    Tel: 02 41 81 49 72

Cordier is a private company running the following lines for Anjou Bus: 15, 18, 21/22, 30 & 4

  • Cordier (in French)
    At: 6 rue Portieres, 49180 St Barthelemy d'Anjou
    Tel: 08 20 820 799 (12 cents a min)

C.A.A (Compagnie des Autocars de l'Anjou) is an Inter Urban bus service.

  • C.A.A
    At: Place Poissonnerie, 49000 Angers
    Tel: 0820 16 00 49 (12 cents a min) (in French only)

COTRA (Compagnie Transport Region Angevine) provides urban transport for Angers and metropolitan area

  • COTRA 
    At
    : Rue Bois Rinier, 49180 St Barthelemy d'Anjou
    Tel: 02 41 33 64 64

Cholet

  • CholetBus
    At
    : 1 rue Langeais
    Tel: 02 41 62 65 65 / 02 41 62 11 86
    Main bus station at: Bd Faidherbe
  • TPC (Transports Public du Choletais)
    At: 1 rue Langeais
    Tel: 02 41 49 02 88

St-Barthelemy d'Anjou

  • COTRA (Compagnie Transport Region Angevine)
    At: 6 Rue Bois Rinier, 49180 St Barthelemy d'Anjou
    Tel: 02 41 33 64 64

Saumur

Mayenne (53)

Laval

  • TUL (Transports Urbains Lavallois) (website in French)
    At: Galerie Commerciale le St Louis, 13 rue du Vieux St Louis, Laval
    Tel: 02 43 53 00 00
    Main bus station: 18 rue Verdun, Laval - Tel: 02 43 53 13 67

Sarthe (72)

Le Mans

TIS (Transports Interurbains de la Sarthe) provides inter town/village transport for the department. They also provide transport on demand for people with reduced mobility, mobiliTIS.

  • TIS (Transports Interurbains de la Sarthe) (website in French)
    Tel TIS: 0811 900 149 (local call rate)
    Tel mobiliTIS: 0805 800 160 (free call)

SETRAM (Societe des Transports en commun de l'Agglomeration Mancelle) provides transport in Le Mans City and in the surrounding areas.

  • SETRAM (website in French)
    At: Ave General de Gaulle, Le Mans
    Tel: 02 43 24 36 36
    Open: Monday to Friday, 07:00 to 19:00, Saturday, 08:30 to 18:30

Vendée (85)

La Roche sur Yon

  • STY (Societe des Transports Yonnais)
    At: Place Napoleon
    Tel: 02 51 37 13 93

Ile de Noirmoutier

  • CTA (Compagnie des Transports de l'Atlantique)
    At: 11 rue Prée aux Ducs
    Tel: 02 51 39 04 7

La Barre de Monts

  • CTA (Compagnie des Transports de l'Atlantique)
    At: Place Gare Fromentine
    Tel: 02 51 68 51 98