The Vendée will be only 3hrs 15mins from Paris when French Railways opens a new high speed line there on Sunday.
Daily TGVs (Trains a Grande Vitesse)will run from the capital to Les Sables d'Olonne on the Atlantic coast via La Roche sur Yonne at 10am (11am in summer) and 5.50pm. Services in the opposite direction will depart on Monday - Saturday at 5:43am and 3.42pm In summer they will leave at 10.43pm and 3.15 (4.15pm in high season) in the summer. Sunday trains to Paris will depart at 6.10pm.
Les Sables d'Olonne, north of La Rochelle, is not only a beach resort and port with plenty of fish restaurants but is also a jumping off place for the Isles of Yeu and Noirmoutier - and the canals of the Marais Poitevin.
The link has cost €105 million, including a €20.4 million contribution from the Conseil Général de Vendée (the departmental government)and has taken three years to build.