Travelling by plane or train

Flights to Nantes

Flying could be your most economical way of getting to LPO, especially if travelling solo or without a car. You’ll need to book your own flights, but feel free to call us for advice. Skyscanner is a great tool to view most available routes to French airports.

The pandemic has disrupted flight schedules. Direct flights to Nantes are available from Gatwick (Easyjet) and Manchester (Ryanair). Other services may be available.

Routes and schedules can and do change, so please check each airline’s website for the most up-to-date schedules. Many flights on these routes are seasonal and operate a different timetable at different times of year.

Arriving at Nantes airport

Airport shuttle

From the moment you walk out of the arrivals door at Nantes airport you can be in our safe hands. We’ll meet you, help you with your luggage and drive you to the park which is less than an hour away.

Our friendly drivers know their way around and will take care of everything for you. And of course we’ll make the return journey just as easy, ensuring you’re in plenty of time for your flight.

Your holiday price includes a free return airport shuttle for one, as an alternative to an Own Transport discount. Full costs of transfers are:

One way: £29/£24/£98 (for adult/under 16/group of two adults + two children)

Return: £52/£42/£165

You’ll never be short of a lift to the shops, the town or beaches. Just book our shuttle service in Reception to see more of the area, eat out or pick up some shopping.

The airport shuttle operates to and from Nantes airport on Mondays and some other days, tailored according to flight timings on the day. Prebooking is essential.

Car hire

If you prefer to pick up a hire car when you arrive, you’ll find all the major operators represented at the airport. Prices can be surprisingly low, especially if you book in advance and use a comparison website.

Public transport

Alternatively, a regular shuttle service runs from the airport to Nantes station (a 25 minute journey) so you can catch a train from there direct to St Gilles or Challans, both of which are just a taxi ride away from the park. The train is not expensive. You could also consider booking a taxi, but that will cost over €100 one way. We recommend that you book in advance, and the Reception team at LPO would be happy to help you make arrangements.

By Train

Taking the Eurostar is convenient, comfortable and the perfect way to enjoy a window into France. Choose to travel either via Paris, or the city of Lille. Both routes are serviced by Eurostar from London’s St Pancras station, Ebbsfleet or Ashford in Kent.

Eurostar via Lille – Changing at Lille station is easy and you’ll soon be on the high speed TGV service to Nantes.

Eurostar via Paris – You’ll need to take the Metro or a taxi from the Gare du Nord station to Montparnasse station to pick up your TGV service to Nantes.

Arriving at Nantes train station

On arrival at Nantes, you can either hire a car, or continue your journey by local train to St Gilles or Challans, from which the site is just a short taxi ride away. You could take a taxi from Nantes, but this would cost over €100.

If you want to take the train all the way to St Gilles, be sure to plan your journey using the Rail Europe website, setting ‘ST GILLES C DE VIE’ as the destination rather than Nantes.

Booking the Eurostar

You can book via the RailEurope website. Rail tickets become available 90 days before your travel date.

More ways of travelling to LPO