Chantiers de l'Atlantique The birthplace of great ocean liners

France, Queen Mary 2, Harmony of the Seas… many legendary ocean liners were built in Saint-Nazaire. The Shipyard tour immerses you into an outstanding industrial adventure. As a privileged visitor, you will see the “streets” of the yard, the huge workshops and assembly docks, and you will feel quite small amongst the gigantic installations all around you.


Welcome to the Shipyard

An outstanding industrial saga

Chantiers de l’Atlantique is both one of the oldest and most innovative shipyards in the world. Everything is gigantic here: the assembly dock and the pre-assembly area are almost 3,000 feet long; the huge gantry crane can lift weights of up to 1,400 tons, i.e. ship sections that are as big as buildings. You might even be lucky enough to see it in action!

Birthplace of the giants of the seas

For more than a century and a half, ocean liners have been the most prestigious ambassadors of Saint-Nazaire, bearing witness to an extraordinary know-how. Saint-Nazaire’s shipyard, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, which is renowned all over the world, opens its doors and allows you to tour inside, as a privileged visitor.

We will take you by bus from the submarine base to the shipyard for a guided tour of a very dynamic and constantly evolving company. You will see the “streets” of the yard, the huge workshops and assembly docks, while high above you towers one of the most powerful gantry cranes in Europe. Join a shipyard tour and see the industry becoming spectacular!

The two-hour tour of the shipyard:

Join a guided tour and enjoy stunning views of the ships under construction! The site spreads over more than 250 acres of land (100 hectares), and its facilities are among the largest and most innovative in the world. You will also be amazed by the giant facilities involved in the diversification towards marine renewable energy (the yard builds turbine parts and other elements for offshore wind farms).

The tour provides a very comprehensive overview of this industrial site and covers all the aspects of the shipbuilding process. From a pedestrian gallery that overlooks the assembly dock, you will have a privileged view of the yard’s activity. You will also visit a huge workshop where steel plates are welded together.

Please note that routes and areas to be visited may be subject to change due to the shipyard’s activities and constraints.

Three good reasons to visit the shipyard in Saint-Nazaire:

  • Find yourself very close to the ships under construction and understand what an outstanding industrial story has been writing itself here over the last 150 years…
  • Gain a privileged entrance to a real “city within the city”, experiencing its gigantic scale and innovative work…
  • Understand all the stages of the shipbuilding process, from the arrival of the steel plates to the finishing touches…

What our visitors think 

“This visit is a must if you go to Saint-Nazaire – very instructive, the guide was excellent, she was very knowledgeable. We could see two huge ships under construction close-up.”

“We had a lovely English-speaking guide who was very knowledgeable. It was very interesting to see the dry dock so closely.”

“There were three mega-cruise ships in various stages of completion, and the tour bus took us through the shipyards and let us out on a viewing platform to watch the men working on the ships. Just the vast size of the work was overwhelming. If you are in or near Nantes, it’s definitely worth a trip.”

Practical Information

Visitor Info:

  • 2-hour guided tour (routes and areas to be visited may vary according to the shipyard’s activities).
  • The tour is in French. Audio guide tour available in 8 languages: English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian and Polish.
  • Departure by bus: submarine base – boulevard de la Légion d’Honneur, near the ticket office. The bus is air-conditioned.
  • Booking is compulsory. Booking procedure: personal details (first and last name, nationality, date and place of birth) are required for each visitor.
  • Photography and filming are strictly forbidden during the tour.
  • Visitors must wear closed shoes that cover the feet.
  • During the shipyard tour you do not have access to the ships under construction.
  • 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 – Chantiers de l’Atlantique
2-hour guided tour

FullReducedChildren aged 4-17

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

FullReducedChildren aged 4-17
  • Reduced price (on presentation of proof): students, job seekers, people with disabilities with one accompanying person, annual PASS holders.
  • Free admission for children under the age of 4.
  • 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. Bike stands and lockers are available inside the submarine base.

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


  • 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

Find out more

  • The world's most innovative passengers ships

    In Saint-Nazaire, ships –yesterday transatlantic liners, now cruise liners– have been built for a century and a half. More than 120 liners were born here, and records are part of this history! Among these giants of the seas, many were the biggest vessels in the world at their time: Normandie in 1935, France in 1962, Queen Mary 2 in 2013. The ships that currently hold every record, Harmony of the Seas, and her sister-ship Symphony of the Seas, have also been built in Saint-Nazaire.

    The Italian shipowner MSC Cruises had almost all of its fleet built in Saint-Nazaire and has ordered several new ships. They are about 1,087-feet long and 141-feet wide, accommodating more than 6,300 passengers along with more than 1,70 crew members.

    After the four Millenium-class ships in the early 2000s, the American cruise line Celebrity Cruises tasked Chantiers de l’Atlantique with the construction of five of its luxurious and innovative Edge-class cruise ships.