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La Vélodyssée: A 1200 km long cycle route along the Atlantic coast

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Getting to Nantes-Royan by plane

You can get to La Vélodyssée by plane, via Nantes and La Rochelle airports.

What are the air links for getting to the cycle route?

Can I take my bike on the plane?

  • Most airlines accept bicycles. Check their websites!
  • Some airlines accept tandems, folding bikes, etc.
  • In order to prepare your equipment for safe transportation, we advise you to
    - remove or fold down the pedals
    - remove the front wheel and secure it to the frame
    - turn the handlebars and secure them parallel to the frame,
    - place your bicycle, folding bike or tandem in a protective cover (cardboard or durable plastic).

What are the conditions of carriage for bicycles?

  • Good to know: each airline has its own conditions of carriage. The conditions for airline companies serving Nantes Airport from French cities are given below:
    Air Corsica
    Air France
  • Price: a surcharge will be payable (each airline’s charges vary).
  • Reservations: Some companies accept online reservations; others only accept reservations at the airport.
  • Weight: depending on the airline, the bike must not exceed 23 kg / 32 kg / etc. in weight. Above this limit, an additional charge will be made.
  • Packaging: depending on the airline, and whether or not it is dismantled, you will have to pack your bike in a cardboard box or plastic carrier.
    Good to know: boxes designed especially for bicycles (175 x 21.5 x 86 cm) are on sale at some airline check-in desks.

How to get to La Vélodyssée from Nantes airport?

  • The sign-posted cycle route goes through Nantes city centre. So you can join the route just 2.5kms away from the airport (see map).
  • Warning: the roads around Nantes Airport are not adapted for bicycle traffic. At the present time, there is a 2 km stretch of road to travel before reaching the nearest cycle path.
  • Airport shuttle services and buses do not accept bicycles.
  • Helpful hint: some taxis can carry bicycles. Ask for an estate car (‘un break’) when booking.
    Airport/City Centre journey by taxi: €30 to €35 (guide price) + large luggage surcharge.

How to get to La Vélodyssée from La Rochelle airport?

A bike path connects the airport to downtown La Rochelle (in 8km5) , from which La Vélodyssée .

Where can I hire a bicycle or a trailer when I arrive?

Bike rental services are available at train stations and in the vicinity of tourist accommodation: