La Rochelle travel guide

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You're Going to Love La Rochelle

With a population of 76.810, La Rochelle is a must-see destination in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. La Rochelle deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

When to visit La Rochelle

La Rochelle in January
Estimated hotel price
$151
1 night at 3-star hotel
La Rochelle in January
Estimated hotel price
$151
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to La Rochelle in July, when the average temperature is 20 °C, and the highest can go up to 23 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 4 °C, with an average temperature of 6 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in October, when precipitation is around 80 mm. In contrast, March is usually the driest month of the year in La Rochelle, with an average rainfall of 40 mm.

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How to Get to La Rochelle

Plane

When flying to La Rochelle, you’ll arrive at La Rochelle Laleu (LRH), which is located 4 km from the city centre.

Train

SNCF is the only carrier operating train routes to La Rochelle. The train journey from La Rochelle to Paris takes 2h 49m and costs around $52 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Rennes, expect to pay about $74 for a 4h 09m trip. Located 1.6 km from the city centre, La Rochelle is the busiest station in La Rochelle. Another popular train station is La Rochelle Porte Dauphine, located 0.2 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to La Rochelle is to pick up a car hire from Bordeaux, which is about 154 km from La Rochelle. You’ll find branches of keddy by Europcar and Europcar, among others, in Bordeaux.

Bus

You can travel by bus to La Rochelle using FlixBus or BlaBlaBus. From Nantes, the bus ride to La Rochelle takes 193 km and will cost you around $31. From Bordeaux, the ticket costs about $52 for a journey of 217 km. La Rochelle’s bus station is located 0.6 km from the city centre.

Plane

When flying to La Rochelle, you’ll arrive at La Rochelle Laleu (LRH), which is located 4 km from the city centre.

Train

SNCF is the only carrier operating train routes to La Rochelle. The train journey from La Rochelle to Paris takes 2h 49m and costs around $52 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Rennes, expect to pay about $74 for a 4h 09m trip. Located 1.6 km from the city centre, La Rochelle is the busiest station in La Rochelle. Another popular train station is La Rochelle Porte Dauphine, located 0.2 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to La Rochelle is to pick up a car hire from Bordeaux, which is about 154 km from La Rochelle. You’ll find branches of keddy by Europcar and Europcar, among others, in Bordeaux.

Bus

You can travel by bus to La Rochelle using FlixBus or BlaBlaBus. From Nantes, the bus ride to La Rochelle takes 193 km and will cost you around $31. From Bordeaux, the ticket costs about $52 for a journey of 217 km. La Rochelle’s bus station is located 0.6 km from the city centre.

Airports near La Rochelle

Airlines serving La Rochelle

Lufthansa
Good (4,691 reviews)
KLM
Good (848 reviews)
SWISS
Good (944 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,551 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,624 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,298 reviews)
Air France
Good (981 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,594 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,455 reviews)
Finnair
Good (872 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (925 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,182 reviews)
LOT
Good (685 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (829 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (508 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (721 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (767 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (811 reviews)
China Eastern
Good (54 reviews)
Thai Airways
Good (211 reviews)
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Where to stay in La Rochelle

From 5-star hotels such as the Maison des Ambassadeurs to great affordable options like the Lagrange Apart'hotel L'escale Marine, La Rochelle offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $176 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $301 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Premiere Classe La Rochelle Centre - Les Minimes and Appart'City Classic La Rochelle Centre.

Where to stay in popular areas of La Rochelle

Most booked hotels in La Rochelle

ibis La Rochelle Vieux-Port
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$182+
Kyriad La Rochelle Centre - Les Minimes
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$121+
Appart'City Classic La Rochelle Centre
2 stars
Good (7.4, Good reviews)
$125+
Premiere Classe la Rochelle Sud - Aytre
1 star
Good (7, Good reviews)
$80+

Hiring a car in La Rochelle

Expect to pay $3.33 per litre in La Rochelle (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $39.94 and $53.25. The most frequently booked car type in La Rochelle is Economy (Opel Corsa or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Peugeot 208 or similar) is, on average, 68% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Expect to pay $3.33 per litre in La Rochelle (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $39.94 and $53.25. The most frequently booked car type in La Rochelle is Economy (Opel Corsa or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Peugeot 208 or similar) is, on average, 68% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.