By Air

    There is a small airport that services La Rochelle and the neighboring Île de Ré, located close to the city center. Ryanair, Easyjet, Flybe and other airlines offer regular flights to more than 80 destinations and sixteen countries, mostly in Western Europe and the United Kingdom. Once at the airport, there is regular bus service between there and downtown La Rochelle. Buses begin around 7 am and end towards 7:30 pm. There is also car rental available at the airport.

By Train

    Another option is flying into Paris and then taking France's high-speed train known as the TGV. There is a direct train to La Rochelle from Paris's Montparnasse train station that takes about two and a half to three hours and costs between 60 and 80 euros for a full fare. This may, in fact, be cheaper than flying directly to La Rochelle, although it takes more time. You can book train tickets online at and then pick them up once in France.

Alternatively if coming from the UK (London) try the Eurostar and then get the TGV, a fantastic service and not as expensive as you might think (about £120 return)

By Car

    If you are driving from elsewhere in France, La Rochelle is easily reachable via France's large and modern highway system. Be aware, however, that all of France's major highways are toll roads, and tolls can be expensive.