There are two connections by ferries, allowing a combination of travel and tourism on the estuary of the Gironde.
The ferries, of modern design, are built in the "amphidrome" style, which means that they are constructed symmetrically with an identical bow and stern.
Vehicles cross in it and are able to disembark from either end of the boat. The ferry will not need to reverse, which saves time.
The crossing Royan-Le Verdon now lasts 15 to 20 minutes instead of 35 minutes as previously. The number of crossings per day can be appreciably increased. The boat called " La Gironde ", is 71 metres long and can take 600 passengers and 150 cars.
"L'Estuaire" is the second ferry of the same type as the "Gironde".
If you don't wish to take the ferry to cross to Soulac-sur-Mer and the left bank of the Gironde with your car, by coming from the North on the A10 autoroute, you've two options ; either by Bordeaux and the bridge of Aquitaine, or by the ferry Blaye-Lamarque.
For comparison of the road distance from the exit Saintes, the A10 autoroute, and Soulac-sur-Mer, we give the following three options :
- by the ferry Royan – Le Verdon: 50 km
- by the bridge of Aquitaine and the bypass of Bordeaux: 210 km
- by Blaye and the ferry Blaye-Lamarque: 130 km (tourist option).
The crossing between Blaye, on the right bank of the Gironde and Lamarque in the Médoc vineyard by the Blaye-Lamarque ferry takes about twenty minutes.schedules of the crossing Blaye - Lamarque
Le bac-ferry Sébastien Vauban à quai à Blaye
Royan-Le Verdon / Le Verdon-Royan, une micro-croisière sur l’estuaire de la Gironde avec les bacs-ferrys La Gironde et l’Estuaire, en vidéo et en image
Le bac ferry Royan Royan - Le Verdon, à Royan
Le bac ferry Royan Royan - Le Verdon, à l'embarcadère de Royan
Le bac ferry Royan Royan - Le Verdon, débarquement de convois exceptionnels à Royan
Le bac ferry Royan Royan - Le Verdon, la gare d'embarquement à Royan
Le bac ferry Royan Royan - Le Verdon, à quai au Verdon
For the inhabitants and for the tourists who can still recall them, the ferries of the island of Oléron and the island of Ré are now just memories.
An impressive series of bridges was built to replace the ferries that had become congested with long queues during the summer periods.
The bridge to l’île d’Oléron was opened in 1966, the bridge of the Seudre in 1972, the bridge to l’île de Ré in 1988, the bridge of Rochefort sur la Charente in 1991.