Trains to La Rochelle Find train times and tickets

As the nearest city to Paris on France’s west coast, La Rochelle is ever popular with Parisiennes looking for a short break by the sea. And it also pulls big crowds from Britain in the summer season. La Rochelle is arguably the nicest seaside town in France (devotees of Deauville or Menton might disagree!). Highlights include the elegant Rue du Palais and the hubbub of maritime life around the Vieux Port, where you’ll find oysters and mussels aplenty in a fine range of seafood restaurants.

The main railway station, easily spotted from afar by its dominant clock tower, is called La Rochelle Ville. It is a 15-minute walk south-east of the town centre on boulevard Joffre. A second station to the north of the city centre is La Rochelle Porte Dauphine. It is a minimalist affair, used only by local trains to and from Rochefort.

From La Rochelle Ville there are direct TGVs to Poitiers and Paris. The 468-km journey to the capital takes about 3 hrs 15 mins. There are regular regional or Intercités trains running south to Bordeaux (with one Intercités per day continuing to Toulouse) and north to Nantes (with one Intercités per day continuing to Quimper on the coast of Brittany). There is a very useful SNCF bus which runs from La Rochelle Ville over a dramatic bridge to the island of Ré. Tickets for this bus service can be purchased here on Loco2. Book to the island’s picturesque main settlement at Saint-Martin-de-Ré, or if you really want to experience the back of beyond, book to Les Portes-en-Ré at the very tip of the island.

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Travel to La Rochelle by train from anywhere in the UK or across Europe

London to La Rochelle by train

from £61.00

Avg 1 change 6hr 21m

Paris to La Rochelle by train

from £22.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 49m

Poitiers to La Rochelle by train

from £15.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 25m

Bordeaux to La Rochelle by train

from £13.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 9m

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