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. Since the opening of a new high-speed line between Tours and Poitiers in July 2017, the travel time for the 470-km journey to Paris has been trimmed to under three hours. The very fastest trains from the capital to La Rochelle now take just two-and-a-half hours. There are regular regional or Intercités trains running south to Bordeaux, north to Nantes and east to Poitiers. 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 £62.00

Avg 1 change 6hr 15m

Paris to La Rochelle by train

from £23.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 26m

Angoulême to La Rochelle by train

from £16.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 58m

Poitiers to La Rochelle by train

from £16.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 20m

Lille to La Rochelle by train

from £38.50

Avg 1 change 4hr 52m

Nantes to La Rochelle by train

from £9.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 34m

Bordeaux to La Rochelle by train

from £14.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 5m

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