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Getting here ... by road

Le Vieux Chai is situated midway between La Rochelle and Bordeaux, near the Atlantic coast on the Bay of Biscay.  Despite its rural location, it enjoys good transport links, being a few kilometres from the A10 "Autoroute du Soleil" motorway.  Approximate mileages from all of the ferry ports are shown in the table below.

Port UK Port Distance (miles) Operator
Roscoff (Morlaix) Plymouth 365 Brittany Ferries
Santander Plymouth 330 Brittany Ferries
Bilbao Portsmouth 271 P&O Ferries
St. Malo Portsmouth / Poole / CI 278 Brittany Ferries / Condor Ferries
Caen (Ouistreham) Portsmouth 348 Brittany Ferries
Cherbourg-Octeville Portsmouth / Poole 378 Brittany Ferries / Condor Ferries
Le Havre Portsmouth / Newhaven 374 LD Transmanche Lines
Dieppe Newhaven 393 LD Transmanche Lines
Boulogne-sur-Mer Dover 450 Speedferries
Calais Dover 488 P&O Ferries / Seafrance

Getting here ... by air

The two nearest airports to Le Vieux Chai are situated at Bordeaux Mérignac and La Rochelle.  Both are served throughout the year from London Stansted and London Heathrow, and during the summer period, additional flights operate from UK regional airports such as Southampton and Bristol.  Car rental facilities are available at both airports.

Getting here ... by rail

Due to the rural location, the use of a car during your stay is almost mandatory. However, for those  wishing to travel by train, Saintes is the nearest station to offer a roughly hourly service, changing at Niort or Angoulême for a TGV service to Paris.  Here, connections with Eurostar services to London and flights at the Paris airports can be made.  For those intending to travel by train, car hire facilities are available at Saintes station.

Useful travel links

The following links may be of use when planning your journey  (All links open in a new window)

Airlines (some flights may be seasonal - please check with the airline)
Aer Lingus Flights to Bordeaux from Dublin
British Airways Flights to Bordeaux from London Gatwick
BMIbaby Flights to Bordeaux from Birmingham & Manchester
EasyJet Flights to Bordeaux from Bristol & Birmingham / Flights to La Rochelle from Bristol & London Gatwick
FlyBe Flights to Bordeaux from Southampton / Flights to La Rochelle from Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton & Glasgow
Ryanair Flights to La Rochelle from London Stansted & Dublin
Jet2 Flights to La Rochelle from Ediinburgh & Leeds
Ferry Operators  
Brittany Ferries Ferries from Poole, Portsmouth and Plymouth
Condor Ferries Ferries from Poole, Weymouth and the Channel Islands
LD Transmanche Lines Ferries from Newhaven and Portsmouth
P&O Ferries Ferries from Dover and Portsmouth (Bilbao route)
SeaFrance Ferries from Dover
SpeedFerries Ferries from Dover
Rail Services  
SNCF (French Railways) All internal French rail services
Eurostar International train services between London and Paris
Car Hire  
National / Citer La Rochelle and Bordeaux Airports
Rent-a-Car Saintes - Gare SNCF (Rail) Station
Avis La Rochelle and Bordeaux Airports
Hertz La Rochelle and Bordeaux Airports
Budget La Rochelle and Bordeaux Airports