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Getting around in Charente Maritime


Motorways A10 and A83 will take you La Rochelle, but if you prefer to take your time and discover the beautiful landscapes of the region, take the national road 10 and 11. Do not forget that the access bridge to île de Ré has a toll and the Oléron’s bridge will soon have one too. Plan an additional budget of €4,85 in winter and €9,70 in summer for a small car).


Paris Montparnasse to La Rochelle is 2H50 by TGV. Interrail train “Corail” also serves the train stations of Saintes, Rochefort and Royan from Paris Austerlitz.

SNCF tickets on www.voyages-sncf.com or by telephone on 36 35.

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La Rochelle - Ile de Ré Airport offers flights to many European cities all year round:

  • Ajaccio
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Bruxelles Charleroi 
  • Cork 
  • Dublin
  • Genève
  • London Gatwick
  • London Stansted
  • Lyon
  • Porto
  • Manchester
  • Southampton

Many airlines offer direct flights from La Rochelle: 

  • FlyBe
  • EasyJet
  • Ryanair
  • Hop
  • Cityjet

La Rochelle - Ile de Ré Airport has been entirely refurbished in 2017 and welcomes you in a modernised space with many facilities such as bar-restaurant, souvenirs shop and car hire. 


Many long haul lines go through Charente Maritime.

FlixBus has the largest European network of long haul buses. 

Tickets start from €5, Wi-fi and electrical sockets are available on board. With FlixBus you can go to La Rochelle from many French towns. 

For example:

- Paris - La Rochelle from €19 or Bordeaux - La Rochelle from €9. 

Find all the destinations on the Flixbus website https://www.flixbus.fr/

Crédit Photo Flixbus