Les Sables-d’Olonne – Tips


Getting there

By Car
By Train
CalaisA16, A28, A116:30 hoursvia Paris (station change) and Nantes:
7 hours
ParisA11, A874:30 hourson TGV to Nantes, change there:
3:30 hours
DieppeA28, A115 hoursvia Rouen, Paris (station change):
6:45 hours
Le HavreA28, A114:45 hoursvia Paris (station change):
6:45 hours
CherbourgA84, N137, A834:45 hoursvia Paris (station change) and Nantes:
8 hours
MarseillesA61, A62, A109 hoursvia Paris (station change):
8 hours

Air: Although there’s an airport at Les Sables-d’Olonne, it’s used for leisure aircraft and parachuting.

The closest airports with international flights would be Nantes (the biggest by far) and La Rochelle.

Nantes airport is 123 km, La Rochelle is 105 km from the city.

Ferry: There are no direct ferry operators to this city. Closest international one is Cherbourg (450 km away), while St. Malo (290 kms) serves the Channel Islands.

Bus: Only one long distance bus operator travels to this city.

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Within Les Sables-d’Olonne

Les Sables-d’Olonne is not flat, but the older part is easy to walk. Driving on the other hand can prove difficult since some of the roads are VERY narrow. There’s a rather large car park in front of the Saint-Clair castle. It even has a Electric Car charger.

The city operates a shuttle bus service that takes you around the city, but also from parking areas to downton. They have a smartphone app that allows you to buy tickets. The city also rents out (electric) bicycles.

The city also operates a boat shuttle service.

Shuttle boat bus service in Les Sables d'Olonne
Shuttle boat bus service in Les Sables d’Olonne

Click here to access the Les Sables-d’Olonne transportation website.


If you like eating in restaurants, you’re in luck. The city counts some 200 restaurants, ranging from expensive to fast food. However, you’ll not find any Michelin star restaurants.


There’s enough hotel choice to satisfy anyone. Some 30 hotels from luxury spa hotels to 1 star hotels!

Things To See/To Do

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