Paris to La Rochelle by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

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  1. Cheapest Price $30.05
  2. 30 day advance $77.57
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    2hr 26m
  • Distance
    399 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    3hr 1m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Paris to La Rochelle by train

Fast trains from Paris to La Rochelle take around 2 hours and 26 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 399 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Paris and La Rochelle.

1. Are there direct trains from Paris to La Rochelle?

Direct trains from Paris to La Rochelle have been found.

We usually find around 47 direct trains on the route from Paris to La Rochelle every weekday.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 40 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Paris to La Rochelle?

The Paris to La Rochelle train travel time is normally about 2 hours and 26 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Paris to La Rochelle train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to La Rochelle is usually scheduled to depart Paris around 07:05 and the last train is around 20:27. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Paris around 07:05, and the last at 19:27.

What's the Paris to La Rochelle train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Paris to La Rochelle are $30.05.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $77, and when booking 7 days in advance the price is usually the same. Booking on the day of travel may be more expensive.

When to book Paris to La Rochelle train tickets?

Trains in France usually open for booking around 3 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 Paris to La Rochelle by train.

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Which train companies operate between Paris and La Rochelle?

More than one train company operates on the route from Paris to La Rochelle, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • TGV

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

La Rochelle to Paris by train

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It is a very easy journey by train from Paris to La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast of France. It’s a journey which is hugely popular with Parisiennes who in mid-summer swap city life for a spell by the sea. And it's a mark of the enduring popularity of La Rochelle that much improved train services from Paris to the resort town were launched 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, but this is often more expensive than the direct train.

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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