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*. 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.
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).
See below for a full list of ferry crossing routes.
We have selected some suggestions here for good prices for your cross channel ferries to France. Compare prices to see which gives the best deal.
Chez Nous Travel
Please note that Chez Nous will be closing at the end of 2021, so their Travel Service will no longer be operating.
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 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.
Car hire is available for pick-up at the airports in this region, Nantes, La Rochelle and Poitiers. Try Rhino Car Hire for great deals on holiday car rental in France.
Take care to specify the pick-up and drop-off times to correspond with your flights as some car hire companies can be a little inflexible in this respect at the smaller airports. Child seats can usually be provided, but make sure on this point.
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
The listings below are due to be updated once the Covid situation has settled and the new scheduling is known. Consult the supplier concerned to check whether the service will still be running for next year.
See above for discount deals on ferry crossings for the Vendee.
|UK & Ireland Ports||Destination Port||Ferry Company|
|Rosslare||Cherbourg||Celtic Link Ferries|
|Portsmouth||Le Havre||LD Lines|
|Poole||St Malo||Condor Ferries|
|Weymouth||St Malo||Condor Ferries|
|Jersey||St Malo||Condor Ferries|
|Guernsey||St Malo||Condor Ferries|
|Portsmouth||St Malo||Brittany Ferries|
|Poole||St Malo||Condor Ferries|
Last updated July 2015. There may be seasonal variations.
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|
|Most main airports||La Rochelle||Air France|
|London Stanstead||La Rochelle||Ryanair|
|London (Gatwick)||La Rochelle||easyJet|
|East Midlands||La Rochelle||Ryanair|
|Most main airports||Nantes||BA|
|Internal flights Paris (CDG)||Nantes||Air France|
Direct flights shown. Last updated July 2015. There may be seasonal variations.
*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.
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