Ferries and Flights to the Vendee, France
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Travelling to the Vendee in western France - ferry crossings, budget flights, car hire...

The Vendee has the advantage of being a part of France that is very easy to get to, yet far enough south to enjoy a warmer climate, making it an ideal choice for families with children. This page offers suggestions for your travel*. See below for our selection of the essential travel guide books for the Vendee.
For planning your trip to the Vendee and getting to your holiday cottage, you can use the Michelin or Mappy websites or rely on your GPS/Sat-Nav, but beware of errors and omissions. In all cases, we recommend that once your are in the general area you make use of the detailed arrival instructions that are provided with your holiday accommodation paperwork, as these are based on real local knowledge. See also - Hints and tips for holidays in the Vendee.
cottages, gites and villas with pools
Travelling to the vendee by car
If you are planning a sea crossing, the following chart of distances from the ferry ports will help you in deciding your holiday travel arrangements. The shortest sea crossings from the UK are Calais and Cherbourg, whereas the shortest drive in France is from St Malo (only 3 hours to central Vendee).
Distances from ferry ports to the Vendee
Ferry Port Km Miles
A Roscoff 424 265
B St Malo 296 185
C Cherbourg 416 260
D Caen 358 224
E Le Havre 461 288
F Calais 715 447
Distances to the town of Lucon, by the usual road route. Individual holiday properties may vary from this depending on their exact location, which you can check on the map that is available with each property description.
List of cross channel ferry routes to France
See below for discount deals on ferry crossings for the Vendee.
UK & Ireland Ports Destination Port Ferry Company
Portsmouth Caen Brittany Ferries
Dover Calais Seafrance
Dover Calais P&O Ferries
Folkestone Calais Train Station Eurotunnel
Portsmouth Cherbourg Brittany Ferries
Portsmouth Cherbourg Condor Ferries
Rosslare Cherbourg Celtic Link Ferries
Rosslare Cherbourg Irish Ferries
Poole Cherbourg Brittany Ferries
Newhaven Dieppe Transmanche Ferries
Dover Dunkerque Norfolkline
Portsmouth Le Havre LD Lines
Newhaven Le Havre LD Lines
Portsmouth Le Havre Transmanche Ferries
Newhaven Le Havre Transmanche Ferries
Cork Roscoff Brittany Ferries
Cork Roscoff Brittany Ferries
Plymouth Roscoff Brittany Ferries
Rosslare Roscoff Irish Ferries
Weymouth St Malo Condor Ferries
Jersey St Malo Condor Ferries
Jersey St Malo HD Ferries
Guernsey St Malo Condor Ferries
Portsmouth St Malo Brittany Ferries
Poole St Malo Condor Ferries

Ferry crossing deals to Vendee, France
We have selected some suggestions below for good prices for your cross channel ferries to France. Compare prices to see which gives the best deal.

You can compare crossings and book on line on this website :
 
Cross channel ferries to France

Chez Nous Chez Nous Travel Offers

Properties on vendee-gites.com qualify for discounts on cross-channel ferries
through the "Chez Nous" Travel Service.
Click these links for a quote on-line (this link activates the discount scheme).

Discounts on Brittany Ferries   |    P&O Ferries
 
Note: You may need to clear your browser temporary files to get the discount to operate.
 
Holiday Insurance for France
We are often asked to suggest a suitable holiday insurance provider...
A one trip policy for a family group of 2 adults and 2 children is typically under £25.
UP TO 10% OFF until 31/1/12 with this discount code: Flex512


 
Fly-Drive to the Vendee, France
 
You can easily fly to the Vendée, offering a competitive and convienient solution which is often ideal for low season breaks.
There are two nearby airports:
Nantes Atlantique Airport to the north of the area.
La Rochelle Airport to the south of the area.
Depending on exactly where you are staying, these two airports are within 30 to 90 minutes drive drive of most of the Vendee.
You can also fly to Poitiers Airport (90 minutes from central Vendee).
Car hire is available at both of these airports (see below).
You can consult the the usual low-cost companies for flights to these airports (links opposite) or see this Flight comparison site.
Airports:

Nantes Atlantique
La Rochelle

Poitiers

Low costs flights:

EASYJET
FLYBE
RYANAIR

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Car Hire in Vendee, France
We have had a look at the offers for car hire in France and this site seems to come out very well. Also has a flight search facility.
Pick up at the airports - Nantes, La Rochelle or Poitiers. 
List of airlines flying to the Vendee
Budget companies change their schedules all the time so you need to check that the company is still offering the destination you require for your holiday dates. Check carefully the supplements to be paid to get the true all-in price. Note that baggage allowances on budget airlines are very restrictive...
UK & Ireland Airports Destination Airport Airline
London Stanstead La Rochelle Ryanair
Manchester La Rochelle Flybe
Bristol La Rochelle easyJet
Southampton La Rochelle Flybe
London (Gatwick) La Rochelle easyJet
Birmingham La Rochelle Flybe
Leeds - Bradford La Rochelle Jet2
Glasgow La Rochelle Flybe
Dublin La Rochelle Ryanair
Edinburgh La Rochelle Jet2
London (Gatwick) Nantes easyjet
London (Stansted) Nantes Ryanair
Bournemouth Nantes Ryanair
Liverpool Nantes Ryanair
East Midlands Nantes Ryanair
London (Stansted) Poitiers Ryanair
Birmingham Poitiers Ryanair
Internal flights Paris (CDG) Nantes Air France
Getting to the Vendee by train
There is now a TGV (high-speed train) link from Paris to Vendee in under 3 hours, stopping at La Roche sur Yon and Les Sables d'Olonne. Combined with the Eurostar cross-channel service this offers a convenient alternative to ferry or plane.
Car hire is available for pick-up at either station.
Check the timetables and prices on www.voyages-sncf.com or the TGV site (English)
 
Need to hire baby equipment ?  BB-CO-LOC
This company rents out car seats, push-chairs and other baby equipment. Based in La Roche sur Yon, but they will deliver anywhere in Vendee or directly to Nantes or La Rochelle airports for your arrival. Depending on the distance they can offer discounts on the delivery fee - quote our discount code "HATPM".
See: www.bbcoloc.fr
(Site in French but easy to use)
Nice, easy to use site, you can pick up the car at Nantes or La Rochelle airports.

Car Hire in France
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Overnight stops in France
Why not treat yourselves to a nice B&B...

Directory of B&B in France

 
Self-catering accommodation in the Vendee
 

Enquire for availability  | See the Vendee-Gites site
 

France travel links:

Channel ferry tickets
www.brittany-ferries.com
www.eurotunnel.com
www.poferries.com
www.seafrance.com
www.hoverspeed.co.uk
www.posl.com
www.transmancheferries.com
www.ryanair.com
www.easyjet.com
www.flybe.com
www.britishairways.com
Europe Travel Guide
Gatwick airport parking

Other useful tourism links:

Our page tourist information on the Vendee

Our page for things to do in the Vendee

Our page Vendee holiday hints and tips

*Suppliers mentioned in this document are suggestions. The client makes his/her own free choice as to their suitability and we do not take part in any arrangements or purchases that the client may make through these companies.