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Behind the scenes at the Saint-Nazaire Airbus plant

Enter the huge assembly workshops and witness the creation of all Airbus models: A320, A330, A350… Just a few steps away from cockpits and fuselages, you will be astonished how every single operation is done with surgical precision. After this tour, you will not get on a plane in the same way again!

BOOKING ESSENTIAL FOR THIS TOUR.

 

Airbus Factory

Conquering the skies

Saint-Nazaire has been the cradle of the aeronautical industry since 1923: at first seaplanes and propeller aircrafts, today modern Airbus planes. The Airbus plant is one of the biggest centres of excellence for the aeronautical industry in Europe. Let us take you on a two-hour guided tour through the workshops where the planes are assembled and equipped.

See airplanes like nowhere else

The Saint-Nazaire site specialises in assembling, equipping and testing the forward sections and central fuselages of the entire Airbus aircraft range. The whole family is represented: from the A320 –still among the world’s best-selling aircrafts– to the huge A350 models. Some fuselage sections are very impressive!

Follow your guide…

  • For a fascinating tour through various workshops
  • For close looks at a plane when it is being assembled and equipped with its critical parts
  • For the “wow” effect when standing in front of the fuselage of a A350 model

Inside the workshops

Depending on the model, final assembly operations are carried out either at Airbus’ main French plant in Toulouse or at the Airbus facility in Hamburg, Germany. Here in Saint-Nazaire you are given the unique opportunity to see the airplanes prior to final assembly: watch the rivets being lined up on a fuselage, see cabin windows being installed, observe the high-precision work done in the cockpits…

With a bit of luck, you might even see the fabulous cargo aircraft Beluga ‘Flying whale’. It regularly lands in Saint-Nazaire to pick up fuselage sections which are then taken to Toulouse or Hamburg. Not all of the sections take the Beluga, though: those of the A380 are too big even for the huge cargo compartment of the air freighter. They leave Saint-Nazaire by sea.

Practical Information

Visitor Info:

  • 2-hour guided tour (routes and areas to be visited may vary according to the workshops’ activities).
  • Departure by bus: submarine base – boulevard de la Légion d’Honneur, near the ticket office
  • Tours are in French; tours for English-speaking visitors are organised in July and August.
  • Booking essential. Booking procedure: personal details (first and last name, nationality, date and place of birth) are required for each visitor.
  • Booking Deadline: at least 2 working days prior to visiting.
  • Valid ID/Passport required (driver’s licence will not be accepted)
  • Photography and filming are strictly forbidden during the tour.
  • See booking terms and conditions for groups of 20 people or more.
  • Please note that the industrial sites to be visited may expose you to short-term inconvenience resulting from noise and/or smells. Therefore, tours are not recommended for infants and young children.

Prices – Airbus
2-hour guided tour

Full Reduced* Children aged 4-17
€17 €15 €8.50

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Escal’Atlantic + 1 industrial tour (Shipyard OR Airbus OR Harbour Terminals)

Full Reduced* Children aged 4-17
€25 €12.50

 

*Reduced price (on presentation of proof): students, job seekers, people with disabilities with one accompanying person

Free admission for children under the age of 4 and annual PASS holders

Where can I buy tickets?

  • On this website
  • On site, 3 ticket offices: submarine base, fortified lock and Écomusée

Means of payment: cash, credit card (VISA and Mastercard)

How to get here?

Departure by bus from the submarine base, Boulevard de la Légion d’Honneur, Saint-Nazaire – near the ticket office.

There are several car parks close by.

Public transportation:

  • Saint-Nazaire is served by both the TGV and the regional trains.
  • From the railway station, the nearest bus stops to the submarine base are:
    • ‘Rue de la Paix’ (Hélyce line, daily) + 7 minutes walk
    • ‘Ruban Bleu’ (U2 and U4 lines, from Monday to Saturday) + 4 minutes walk

Accessibility

  • Mobility impairment: the site is not wheelchair accessible
  • Deaf and hearing impaired visitors: no specific arrangement
  • Blind and visually impaired visitors: audio tour
  • Mentally impaired visitors: noisy industrial site

For further clarification or information, please call +33 (0)2 28 540 640

What our visitors think

Here you walk in a real factory and observe planes being built in real time, such a wonderful experience. We saw fuselages of all of the Airbus family being built right from adding parts together to form outer body, to the laying of electrics, water, hydraulics and fuel systems.” – p0lak

“The guide was very knowledgable about everything Airbus related. Great access inside the factory, fascinating to see the ins and outs of the production line.” – mackie192019

“A great holiday treat to have a tour of a working factory! No, really – it was fascinating. We were collected from the submarine base, and taken by coach with a guide. We toured the factory to look at the different projects taking place. The guide was very knowledgeable.” – trescomania