17000 La Rochelle France
La Rochelle Ville station is perfect to go to the city centre and to begin sightseeing right away. The station is located near the old port, with many places of interest nearby. Its three platforms are served by TGV, Intercities, TER Poitou-Charentes and TER Pays de la Loire, operated by SNCF. Five trains stop in La Rochelle-Ville station per hour. The TGV connects the port town to Paris-Montparnasse in only 3 hours. TER can get to Bordeaux in 2 hours, and to Poitiers in an hour and a half. Public transports (urban buses, taxis) allow you to move into the town. Car location agencies and a self-service car hire are also available. It is worth noting that the station building is itself part of the historical monument of La Rochelle, and deserves to be admired.
After arriving at La Rochelle-Ville station, you can start visiting one of the essential places: the aquarium. This is a five minutes walk from the station. It allows you to dive in the heart of the marine world, accompanied by a considerably varied fauna. You can spend hours discovering all the riches of the aquarium. Then, you can explore the old port, its landscapes worthy of postcards, and its structures where medieval era and renaissance style are blended. Not to be missed, the two towers which make the architectural fame of this town, and which guard the port entrance: the tour Saint-Nicolas and the tour de la Chaine. You can join the tour Saint-Nicolas from the station in just ten minutes. By staying near the old port, you can stroll through the alleys bordered by shops and restaurants, and you can settle to taste local specialities: oysters from Marennes-Oleron are essential, as well as the mussels from Bouchot and la mouclade put the mussels in the spotlight. For dessert, la merveille, a traditional doughnut, is on the menu. A few minutes walk from the station and you can also stroll along the canal of Marans, and along the dock Louis Durans. Walking along the streets, you will be charmed by the little shops, but also by its rich and well-conserved structures: houses with wood plan, particular hotels, or even facades dated from the renaissance, it is a postcard decor that you don’t get tired of.
|Duration||First and last train||Trains per day|
|To Bordeaux St-Jean||2h 24m||5:42 – 21:30||11|
|To Saintes||50m||5:42 – 21:30||15|
|To Royan||1h 29m||6:34 – 21:30||10|
|To Paris Montparnasse||2h 36m||5:35 – 21:30||13|
|To Poitiers||1h 30m||5:35 – 18:31||11|
|To Biarritz||5h 6m||5:42 – 21:30||9|