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London to La Rochelle by train
Fastest journey6hr 9m
Trains per day8
Avg. journey time7hr 9m
Travelling from London to La Rochelle by train
Fast trains from London to La Rochelle take around 6 hours and 9 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 602 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and La Rochelle.
1. Are there direct trains from London to La Rochelle?
Journeys between London and La Rochelle usually involve one change of train.
We usually find around 8 departures on the route from London to La Rochelle every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.
Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 11 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from London to La Rochelle?
The London to La Rochelle train travel time is normally about 6 hours and 9 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the London to La Rochelle train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to La Rochelle is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:40 and the last train is around 16:01. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 06:18, and the last at 14:22.
What's the London to La Rochelle train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from London to La Rochelle are $228.19.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $242 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $154. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.
When to book London to La Rochelle train tickets?
Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 12 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from London to La Rochelle by train.
Which train companies operate between London and La Rochelle?
More than one train company operates on the route from London to La Rochelle, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
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Eurostar & TGV
It is a very easy journey by train from London to La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast of France. The journey starts with a run on Eurostar from London to Paris. In the French capital, it’s necessary to change stations, connecting in Paris Montparnasse onto a TGV direct to La Rochelle. The leg from Paris to La Rochelle is now a real high-speed dash, thanks to the opening of a new fast route in July 2017.
At times when there is no convenient TGV direct from Paris to La Rochelle, additional connections are possible with an extra change of trains at Poitiers.
London to Paris
The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.
Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.
Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Montparnasse
Cross Paris by Métro from Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse. To do so, head underground and follow the signs from the Eurostar platform to Métro line 4. Take the Métro in the direction of Porte d'Orléans or Mairie de Montrouge, which will get you straight to Montparnasse Bienvenüe in about 25 minutes. You should note that there's a 700m walk, along a moving walkway and up stairs and escalators, between the Métro at Montparnasse and the mainline station. We recommend allowing at least 45mins for the entire transfer.
If you arrive at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Métro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.
Paris to La Rochelle-Ville
There are high-speed TGVs each day from Paris Montparnasse to La Rochelle. The train journey starts with an impressive high-speed dash, with most trains covering the first 218 km in less than an hour. The train then follows a new high-speed line, just opened in July 2017, running south from Tours. It branches off near Poitiers from where the train takes a traditional railway line to the coast.
A very occasional seasonal service (just twice-weekly) links Paris to La Rochelle in a record-breaking time of just two-and-a-half hours. Services on this route make between one and four intermediate stops on the journey. These TGV services all run to la Rochelle Ville station, just a 12-minute walk from the Vieux Port in the heart of La Rochelle.
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