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Getting to l’Ile d’Yeu
Yeu is a small expanse of land peeking out over the surrounding Atlantic Ocean waves, so one needs to take a ferry to get there. Rest assured, ain’t no swashbuckling required as the catamaran ferry speeds to the Island in around thirty minutes. Departures are from the little town of Fromentine (Barre-de-mont), around 70km from Nantes
For those coming from afar and without a car, here are the travel options :
For those arriving by plane, the SNCF (France’s national train company) has trains travelling from Roissy-CDG airport Terminal 2 directly to Nantes train station, or for those spending time in Paris, from Montparnasse train station to Nantes (https://www.oui.sncf/billet-train) – travel time estimated between 2 – 3.5 hrs depending on the departure train station.
If you are arriving at Nantes airport, there are two buses to take: a shuttle from the airport to Nantes SNCF train station (accès Sud — around 30 minutes); and then a bus to the Fromentine ferry station (Barre de Monts — around 1.25 hrs, but be careful to arrive at least 30 minutes before the boat’s departure time!).
For those joining us by car, you will need to leave your car in a paid parking lot at Fromentine before taking the ferry. There are 2 options within 50 metres of the landing dock :
- Garage Bodin – http://www.bodin-parking.com/
- Garage Blanchard – http://www.parking-blanchard.com/
You will also find other cheaper parking options around 15 minutes further away in Fromentine. There are free shuttles to the landing dock.
- Garage Martineau – http://www.parking-martineau.fr/
- Garage Alizés – http://www.parking-alizes.fr/
And finally, we’re ready to ferry-off to the Island! There are two companies to consider, and the ferry schedules can vary widely due to the tide. We recommend reserving your tickets long in advance (ideally at the same time the flight tickets and accommodation are booked) since the ferries at the beginning/end of the weekend are often fully-booked. Please arrive 30 minutes in advance before embarking, because the epitome of sadness is watching your ferry slowly pull-away as you sprint to the dock with your luggage!
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We would like to avoid cheques in Euros if possible because, despite Blockchain, the 21st century banking system still hasn’t figured out a cost-efficient way to transfer chequing Euros to Cad internationally.
Here are some other solutions:
- An electronic transfer via our TransferWise account (for €) or using Interac (for CAD). Transferwise works just like any regular bank transfer & it’s free.
- Using banking transfer: our French banking details can be send if asked
- Interac: to [email protected]
- A wedding envelope drop-off