Fastest journey2hr 26m
It is a very easy journey by train from Paris to La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast of France. It’s a journey which is hugely popular with Parisiennes who in mid-summer swap city life for a spell by the sea. And it's a mark of the enduring popularity of La Rochelle that much improved train services from Paris to the resort town were launched in July 2017.
Bookings for the journey from Paris to La Rochelle normally open three months prior to the date of travel. However, at certain times of the year, Loco2 may be able to sell tickets for this route as long as four months in advance. It pays to book early if you are keen to get the best fares.
At times when there is no convenient TGV direct from Paris to La Rochelle, additional connections are possible with an extra change of trains at Poitiers, but this is often more expensive than the direct train.
Paris to La Rochelle-Ville
There are six to nine high-speed TGVs each day from Paris Montparnasse to La Rochelle. The train journey starts with an impressive high-speed dash, with most trains covering the first 218 km in less than an hour. The train then follows a new high-speed line, just opened in July 2017, running south from Tours. It branches off near Poitiers from where the train takes a traditional railway line to the coast.
Most trains from Paris to La Rochelle take under three hours for the 470-kilometre journey. A very occasional seasonal service (just twice-weekly) links Paris to La Rochelle in a record-breaking time of just two-and-a-half hours. Services on this route make between one and four intermediate stops on the journey. These TGV services all run to la Rochelle Ville station, just a 12-minute walk from the Vieux Port in the heart of La Rochelle.