Travel to Vendee, France
Information regarding travelling to the Vendee in Western France - including details of ferry crossings, budget flights, car hire...
The Vendee - an easily accessible French holiday destination.
The Vendee region of France has a great advantage...it is a part of France that is very easy to get to, yet it is located far enough South to enjoy a warmer climate, which makes it an ideal choice for families with children.
On this page we can offer various 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 please beware of errors and omissions. In all cases, we recommend that once your are in the general area you make use of the detailed directions and 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.
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).
See below for a full list of ferry crossing routes.
The RAC website has excellent information on ferry crossings to France.
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. Travel times and distances to individual holiday properties may vary from this depending on their exact location.
Flydrive to the Vendee, France
You can easily fly to the Vendée, various airlines offer a competitive and convenient solution.
Two airports are located nearby:
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 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 contact the the usual low-cost companies for flights to these airports (links below) o you can check the various flight comparison sites.
Air travel links
Car hire in the Vendee
Car hire is available for pick-up at the airports in this region, Nantes, La Rochelle and Poitiers. Rhino Car Hire and Holiday Autos offer various 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.
Getting to the Vendee by train
There is now a TGV (high-speed train) link from Paris to Vendee which takes less than 3 hours, stopping at La Roche sur Yon and Les Sables d'Olonne. This, combined with the Eurostar cross-channel service, offers a convenient alternative to ferry or plane.
Car hire is also available for pick-up at either of these stations.
Please check the various timetables and prices on www.voyages-sncf.com or the TGV site