The Vendée Globe departure attracts more than 300 000 visitors on-site. As a significant event, the French region of Pays de la Loire and SNCF, French railway company, improve the rail offer :
- Additional regional trains (TER) on Saturdays and Sundays the 3 weekends before the start of the race (from 10/15 to 11/06)
- High-speed train offer (TGV) heightened the weekend of the departure : an additional return trip Paris<>Les Sables d’Olonne (Outward journey on 11/04, 04 :21pm / Inward journey on 11/05, 04 :50pm)
- On 11/05 and 11/06, 10€ each return trip to Les Sables d’Olonne from every railway station in Pays de la Loire (TER).
On 10/15, for the Vendee Globe Village opening, the countdown to the departure also will be launched in railway stations : photographs exhibitions, relating to the previous Vendée Globe, will take place in Nantes and Les Sables d’Olonne.