Travel to Vendee

A handy guide to travel options between the UK and Vendee for summer 2024.

Here we include information about ferries and driving times, direct flights and car hire, plus train travel to Vendee. Click on ‘Read more’ for all details.


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

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