Travel to Vendee

Travel to VendeeA handy guide to travel options between the UK and Vendee for summer 2022.

Direct Flights

All of our villas in Vendee have a Saturday arrival day in peak season. Flexible changeover days outside peak season mean you can tailor your holiday to flight availability and prices.
Please be aware that flight schedules are now much more fluid as airlines continue to deal with the consequences of the Covid pandemic.
The details below are correct to the best of our knowledge. However, please check the airline’s website for up to date information.
We also recommend that before booking you make yourself aware of the airline’s cancellation terms in case of further flight disruptions.
Bristol to La Rochelle
Bristol to Nantes
Gatwick to La Rochelle
Gatwick to Nantes
Birmingham to La Rochelle
Leeds to La Rochelle
Manchester to La Rochelle
Stansted to La Rochelle
Edinburgh to Nantes
Manchester to Nantes
Stansted to La Rochelle
Stansted to Nantes
Stansted to Poitiers

Car hire

All the above mentioned airports offer car hire from all the major rental companies. It goes without saying that we recommend you pre-book your car, and shop around for the best deal.
Our top tips for car hire:

1. Take advantage of the online check-in facility offered by some rental agencies before you travel. This will save time on arrival at the airport.
2. If possible, get the person in whose name the car has been booked to go straight to the car-hire desk, rather than wait for your luggage, to get ahead of the queue at the rental desk.
3. We read of many problems where rental agencies claim that the vehicle has been damaged, even though the bumps or scratches were pre-existing. Take a moment to photo the vehicle where pre-existing damage has been highlighted on your rental agreement as proof should there be any future dispute.


One of the reasons for the popularity of Vendee to the British is the relatively short driving distance to sunshine. For many in the south of England, Vendee can be reached in a day, albeit a long one. The much improved roads across the north of France offer a short sea crossing from Dover with a 6 to 7 hour drive. Alternatively, a longer (and less frequent) crossing to Normandy or St Malo means a shorter drive of between 3 and 4 ½ hours once in France.

The AA Route Planner indicates the following driving times from the ferry ports to Les Sable d’Olonne:
Calais 6 ½ hours
Le Havre 4 ¾ hours
Caen 4 hours
Cherbourg 4 ¾ hours
St Malo 3½ hours
Roscoff 4½ hours

Port to resort distances (in kms)

Destination Dunkirk Calais Le Havre Caen Cherbourg St Malo Roscoff
Les Sables d’Olonne 716 675 461 414 452 290 428
St Gilles Croix de Vie 722 681 467 378 420 258 396
St Jean de Monts 709 668 454 364 413 290 428


An overnight ferry to Normandy is a good option to break your drive and with an early morning arrival at the French port offers a more leisurely drive to your property for the afternoon check-in. These overnight crossings, as well as those to Brittany (Portsmouth-St Malo for Vendee) get fully booked quite quickly, especially weekend crossings during July and August. An alternative is an early morning sailing from the UK port with an overnight hotel close to the port if travelling some distance to the south coast.
If taking a short crossing and a longer drive, you may want to consider an overnight hotel. Different hotel chains provide different room types such as triple and family rooms, so it is worth doing some research. A good starting point is the Accor Hotels website which features a number of the leading chains across a wide price range including Novotel, Mercure, Ibis and Formula 1.


To make the most of your stay at one of our villas in Vendee we strongly recommend having access to a car. Nonetheless, if members of your party are arriving by different means, travelling to Vendee on the train is an option to consider.
Through tickets are available from London to Vendee using Eurostar, high-speed TGV trains, with only the last part of the journey on a local train. The journey time from London to Les Sables d’Olonne is usually between seven and eight hours. All journeys require a couple of changes and we recommend itineraries where this happens at Lille Europe, where only a change of platform is required. Other options entail crossing Paris between terminals, which may be off-putting for some. A second change is required at Nantes.
Tickets can be booked at the English language website of French Railways.
If your travel plans are a little more complicated and involve flights and train travel, there are TGV trains from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to Nantes usually requiring a change at one at one of the out-of-town TGV only stations. Trains are not too frequent, so check your itinerary carefully and be aware of your options if your flight is delayed. The local train connection from Nantes to Les Sables d’Olonne takes under 1 ½ hours.

Information updated October 2021.

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