If you want to know more about the journey from Saintes to La Rochelle by train, look no further!
The average journey time from Saintes to La Rochelle by train is 1 hour 4 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 50 minutes. You'll usually find 19 trains per day traveling the 61 km between these two destinations. Direct trains are usually available every day on the route to La Rochelle. You can travel to La Rochelle with SNCF – the main train operator in France – who offer comfortable, quick journeys on either a TER or Intercités service.
Book train tickets from Saintes to La Rochelle in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $8.81. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.
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|Journey time||From 50m|
|Distance||38 miles (61 km)|
|Frequency||19 trains per day|
|Arrival station||La Rochelle|
|Changes||Direct trains available|
|Train and bus operators||SNCF|
Intercités is the classic service of SNCF. The Intercités lines are an important part of the French rail network. Trains make more stops and are cheaper than TGVs, and run at speeds of up to 100 mph (160 km/h). Two comfort classes are offered aboard Intercités – First Class and Second Class. Intercités by night allows you to travel at night on certain routes, in sleeper cars.
TER (Transport Express Régional) trains are the regional service from SNCF that allow you to make trips to nearby towns and villages located within the same region. With 20 regions in France, TER trains are ideal for travelling to destinations not covered by high-speed services, although ticket prices vary between each region. TER trains have dedicated spaces for bicycles and allow animals on board. Not all TER trains include a First Class carriage.
SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Saintes to La Rochelle by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
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The average journey time by train between Saintes and La Rochelle is 1 hour and 4 minutes, with around 19 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Saintes to La Rochelle is 50 minutes.
Train tickets from Saintes to La Rochelle can start from as little as $8.81 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Saintes to La Rochelle without having to change trains. There are 17 direct trains from Saintes to La Rochelle each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Saintes to La Rochelle leaves at 05:49. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Saintes to La Rochelle leaves at 21:40. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Saintes to La Rochelle cover a distance of around 38 miles (61 km) during the journey.