How to get there?
Located about 3 hours from Paris by TGV and 1 hour from Nantes by car, the Vendée is easily accessible. Thanks to an extensive road and rail network and two nearby airports, you can reach the Vendée by car, train, TGV, plane and bus. Once there, you want to visit the Vendée with your family, alone or as a couple? A multitude of means of transport are available to you to travel in complete peace and safety: car, train, TGV, bus, boat and helicopter.
Paris - La Roche-sur-Yon - Les Sables d'Olonne: 450 km - A10 / A11 / A87 Motorways.
Paris - Le Marais Poitevin: 446 km - A10 Motorway (Paris - Niort) - A83 Motorway (Niort - Nantes, exit Oulmes or Fontenay-le-Comte).
Toulouse - La Roche sur Yon: 532 km - A62 Motorway (Toulouse - Bordeaux) - A10 Motorway (Bordeaux - Niort) - A83 Motorway (Niort - Nantes, exit La Roche-sur-Yon).
Rennes - La Roche sur Yon: 185 km - N137 - A83/dual carriage way Montaigu - La Roche-sur-Yon.
The Vendée is a department with good train links:
Nearest TGV train stations: La Roche-sur-Yon, Les Sables d'Olonne, Nantes, Niort, La Rochelle.
Connecting train stations: Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, Challans, Luçon, Montaigu.
Regional coach service N°12 offers a daily service between Nantes and Saint-Jean-de-Monts and stops in Challans and Le Perrier. Regional coach service N°13 runs throughout the year from Nantes TGV train station and stops in Noirmoutier-en-l'lle (bus station) and Fromentine (by the Ile d'Yeu shuttle).
Information: CTA /EFFIA Synergies - Tel: 0 810 00 66 92 (local rate call) www.oui.sncf/
Other bus routes: Sovetours, Impulsyon (www.impulsyon.fr) serving La Roche-sur-Yon and its 14 surrounding communes.
La Rochelle - Ile de Ré and Nantes - Atlantique Airports are thirty minutes from the Vendée coast. They are quick and easy to get to and national direct flight destinations include Toulouse, Brest, Bordeaux, Paris and Nice, and international flight destinations include London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin and Brussels.
Flights and timetables for LA Rochelle - Ile de Ré airport are available at www.larochelle.aeroport.fr and Nantes - Atlantique airport information at www.nantes.aeroport.fr.
> Travelling by ferry from UK to France
Brittany Ferries A/R :
- Caen to Portsmouth
- St Malo to Portsmouth
- Cherbourg to Portsmouth
- Cherboug to Poole
- Roscoff to Plymouth
- Dunkerque to Douvres
- Calais to Douvres
- Dieppe to Newhaven
> Travelling to Vendée's island
Although the island of Noirmoutier is accessible by road, the only way to get to the Ile d'Yeu is by boat from Port Fromentine (La Barre de Monts).
Sailings throughout the year from La Barre de Monts: www.compagnie-yeu-continent.fr
Sailings in medium and high season from Saint Gilles Croix de vie and La Barre de Monts: www.compagnievendeenne.com
Compagnie Oya Vendée Hélicoptère provides a helicopter service between La Barre de Monts and Ile d'Yeu.
Informations at www.oya-helico.com