It is necesary to go to La Rochelle with a private car. This is because, there are several place of interests that are scattered around, especially the beach points.
But you enjoy the town by just walking it.
One may also need to take scheduled boat ride to other interesting Islands around this coaster town.
Travel, move clean
From La Rochelle to be the first french city to encourage the use of electric cars, why not give it a try?
Near place Verdun, you would find electric cars parking lots, with cars being reloaded.
La Rochelle is a bicycle-friendly city, lost of city streets are free of car, that makes it even easier to cycle.
Highly recommendable, to discover and appreciate hidden treasures.
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- Work Abroad
- Study Abroad
Of the importance of Place Verdun
Important place in La Rochelle as far as transportation is concerned.
*If you go to La Rochelle by car, the underground of this place houses multi-storey parking lots. Park your car there. You can rent bicycles there (if I recall it right, 2 first hours were free;)
*Place Verdun is one of places that houses the electric car pools and specific parking with reloading facilities.
*Place Verdun is an important bus stop that serves as ending station for bus lines.
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
From Brussels to LR and from LR to Brussels
By road, from Brussels to LR
Towns of the Atlantic region are served by the A10 motorway. It crosses the area from North to South. Most towns are only a few kilometres away from the entries/exits of the A10 motorway, exits n°33, n°34, n°35, n°36, n°37, n°38.
From the A10, the French and European network of motorways makes the big European cities easily and safely accessible.
From south of England, the easiest way is to catch a fast ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo with Brittany Ferries. From St-Malo: some six hour drive. Or take the route to Le Havre, then to drive to Charente-Maritime.
Our way to la Rochelle was by motorway (autoroute) since we were in a hurry.
From LR to Brussels
But the return (LR-Bru) was via route nationales and départementales. Then we could see the cities, the villages, the castles in regions we were driving through... My travelmates could visit the 24 heures du Mans circuit (see pic). :)
It was easy, we just worked on a map about the itinerary, according places we wanted to see. Then set out which nationales, departementales to take not to miss the places...
For other transportations means, check the website.
- Road Trip
By boat-bus around La Rochelle
Bus de Mer ferry:
From the city centre to the Minimes marina and back.
Electric shuttle boat
The electric shuttle boat takes you across La Rochelle's harbour channel in just minutes. Non-stop service from Cours des Dames to the Ville-en-Bois district on the other side. Bikes allowed!
- Women's Travel
Transportation to La Rochelle
La Rochelle is served by a central railway station designated La Rochelle Ville. The TGC from Paris to La Rochelle takes about 3 hours. There are car rental services at the station.
The Aeroport de La Rochelle serves Airlinair (air France), Ryanair, Flybe, and Easyjet. Busses running Monday through Saturday take you to La Rochelle center.
Finding the Airport.
All we had to do was follow the signs for Laleu but getting out of La Rochelle was a nightmare and finding the right route was worse, my map showed the airport just to the north of the bridge to Ile De Re, it`s just to the south (turn off to the right before you get there) at the end of the Rue de Jura, when we got there it was so small and a 2 seater flew over us that we were convinced that this was a provincial airfield and went to look for the big planes, no luck. Eventually we went back and spotted a Hertz office, we could off load the car here and taxi to the airport but it turned out that this WAS the airport.
We were so relived that we opened a bottle of Champagne and sat in the sun while we waited, the best way to end a good holiday.
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How to and from La Rochelle
great place to drive by with good roads and also a train station with direct to Montparnasse Paris.
The road from me now is N165 past nantes, then A83 autoroute with tolls of about 7,20€ now,to Niort then N11 to La Rochelle. or no tolls, past nantes take the D937 to La Roche sur Yon, then D746 to Luçon,there D137 to N11 and La Rochelle.
if not done it will help you find a way, for traffic ,
The train station is very nice. It open in 1857 once been the line Nantes-Orléans to Saintes , and terminus for the line coming from Saint-Benoît (near Poitiers allowing connections to Paris) , as well as the origins of the line La Rochelle-Ville to La Rochelle-Pallice that serves the harbor and port of La Rochelle. IT now allows you to connect to TGV daily to Paris, Poitiers ,and Tours, and Intercités connections to Bordeaux, Nantes, and Limoges by Saintes and Angoulême. It links Paris in 3 hrs.
In French for schedules and address
by local bus, the terminal is
Place de Verdun
open mondays to fridays from 7h30 to 19h00, and Saturdays from 8h to 18h30
the site is here and good for vélos/bikes, boats and trains
the best car parkings are here in clicking the name you find more info in French
I have used the St Nicolas (quai de la georgette), Verdun( right on rue chaudrier to vieux port), saint Jean d'Acres (between tour de la chaine and tour de la lanterne)
parc relais to drop off the car and come into city center on public transport is here in pdf file
best here I have used is jean Moulin, 1 km to vieux port, open 6h to 21h in summer jul/aug to 01H has navette to city center and several bus lines such as 2,14,15,16,18,19,and 29.
you have harbor boat crossing between port des Minimes and port de La Rochelle.here
with the bus boat and the Passeur boat buy tickets at the bus office Yélo at pl de verdun 1€ and open April May from 7h30- 22h, June to September from 7h30 to midnight, and October to March from 7h30 to 20h.
Some distance calculation from the city of La Rochelle and great for walking we did all over.
gare SNCF to Aquarium (Espace Encan) : 4 minutes
plage de la Concurrence to the Grosse Horloge : 8 minutes
place de l’Arsenal to Hôtel de Ville : 3 minutes
gare SNCF to Hôtel de Ville : 11 minutes
place du Marché to Hôtel de Ville : 3 minutes
place de Verdun to the Grosse Horloge : 5 minutes
place de Verdun to Marché Central : 2 minutes
parking du Bastion to the Grosse Horloge : 6 minutes
The Streets that are semi pedestrians (car and folks) are
Quai du Gabut, close to cars from may to september, Rue des Bonnes Femmes ,Rue de la Buffeterie, Rue Gargoulleau, Rue du Brave Rondeau, Rue St-Jean du Pérot, Rue de l'Echelle Chauvin, Rue des Frères Prêcheurs, Rue de l'Echelle de la Couronne, Rue des Cloutiers,
Rue Bujaud, part of the rue Verdière.
The streets that are totally pedestrians are
Rue des Carmes, Rue du Temple, Rue des Templiers, Rue de la Commanderie, Rue des Gentilshommes, Rue Saint-Sauveur, Rue Bletterie, Rue du Port, Rue des Moureilles, Rue des Mariettes, Rue du Beurre, Rue de la Chaîne, Rue Ballangerie, Rue des Carmes, Rue des Canards, Rue d'Ablois, part of the rue des Dames, part of the rue St-Nicolas,part of the rue verdière, Place de La Fourche, and Cour Saint-Michel.
And the passarelles or walk bridges of Passerelle du bassin des Chalutiers, Passerelle du bassin à Flot, and Pont Levant du Gabut.
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
the passeur boat ,passing boat
a very nice quaint way to travel from across the old harbor, from the minimes /ville en bois area to the vieux port by the tour de la chaine.
cost is 1 euro and takes less than 10 minutes
we took for the fun of it, as walking around the harbor is easy but its nice to have it done especially on a big shopping day in old city center.
- Sailing and Boating
- Arts and Culture
- Family Travel
cruises to islands and beyond
Plenty of boat operators to take you to fort boyard and the islands of Oléron,Aix, and Ré nearby.
My oldest son studied here and took the cruises of inter iles
from the choices in contact.
You have cruises with a stop of half day to the island of Ile d'Aix. and rides around Fort Boyard with comments. Regular line to the island of Ile d'Oléron and Boyardville from April to October. St Denis d'Oléron in July and August. You have linkup from St Martin in the Ile de Ré. Cruises in weekends from March to October, school holidays in France from February and All Saint's Day(in November) weather conditions permitting.
- Family Travel
- Sailing and Boating
Trains go to Nantes Paris, Bordeaux, Rochfort and others. Before you travel reseach train times on web as french train stations dont seem to show timetables other than tiny leaflets. Yes there is the departure screens but that no good outside those hours.By the way ive travelled 3 times in France this year and encounted strikes on two occasions.My fare from La Rochelle to Paris 2nd class was 70 euro bought 3 days in advance. TGV train takes 3 hours to Paris.
You can use this boat.Sorry but I forgot name of this boat.And i forgot price,too.(it was not much,about 1 Euro)
Take the TGV train from Paris
It is a 3-hr journey from Paris. Once you get to La Rochelle, it is a 15-minute walk to the Old port.
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