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Take the train from La Rochelle to Poitiers in 1 hour 25 minutes

If you want to travel from La Rochelle to Poitiers by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from La Rochelle to Poitiers by train to take around 2 hours 29 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 1 hour 25 minutes on the fastest services. You’ll usually find around 15 trains per day running on this route, which spans 76 miles (123 km). There’s no need for any changes along the way, as there are direct trains available to Poitiers. Both TGV and SNCF trains operate on this route, offering modern comfortable services with plenty of room for luggage as standard.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from La Rochelle to Poitiers start from €15.00 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for timetables, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

La Rochelle to Poitiers by train

It takes an average of 2h 29m to travel from La Rochelle to Poitiers by train, over a distance of around 76 miles (123 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from La Rochelle to Poitiers and tickets for this journey start from €15 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 25m
PriceFrom €15
Distance76 miles (123 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train05:39
Last train19:43
Departure stationLa Rochelle
Arrival stationPoitiers
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus

La Rochelle to Poitiers train times

Check out the next trains departing from La Rochelle to Poitiers for mercredi 10 août 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
05:39 La Rochelle Ville07:08 PoitiersTGV 8370 SNCF Get tickets1h 29m, direct
06:23 La Rochelle Ville08:09 PoitiersTER 63444 SNCF Get tickets1h 46m, direct
07:15 La Rochelle Ville08:57 PoitiersTER 63448 SNCF Get tickets1h 42m, direct
07:53 La Rochelle Ville09:30 PoitiersTER 63452 SNCF Get tickets1h 37m, direct
08:24 La Rochelle Ville10:50 PoitiersTGV 8362 SNCF Get tickets2h 26m, 1 change
10:44 La Rochelle Ville12:09 PoitiersTGV 8376 SNCF Get tickets1h 25m, direct

TGV, TER and SNCF trains from La Rochelle to Poitiers

You can travel from La Rochelle to Poitiers on TGV, TER and SNCF trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoErmell, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.

PhotoSmiley.toerist, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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).

Cheap train tickets from La Rochelle to Poitiers

The price of train tickets from La Rochelle to Poitiers starts at €15 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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 La Rochelle to Poitiers by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from La Rochelle to Poitiers? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from La Rochelle to Poitiers take?

The average journey time by train between La Rochelle and Poitiers is 2 hours and 29 minutes, with around 15 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.

What's the fastest journey time between La Rochelle and Poitiers by train?

The fastest journey time by train from La Rochelle to Poitiers is 1 hour and 25 minutes.

How much does the train from La Rochelle to Poitiers cost?

Train ticket prices from La Rochelle to Poitiers can start from as little as €15 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from La Rochelle to Poitiers?

Yes, it is possible to travel from La Rochelle to Poitiers without having to change trains. There are 12 direct trains from La Rochelle to Poitiers each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from La Rochelle to Poitiers leave?

The first train from La Rochelle to Poitiers leaves at 05:39. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from La Rochelle to Poitiers leave?

The last train from La Rochelle to Poitiers leaves at 19:43. 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.

What's the distance between La Rochelle and Poitiers by train?

Trains travelling from La Rochelle to Poitiers cover a distance of around 76 miles (123 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Poitiers to La Rochelle. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from La Rochelle to Poitiers.
Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in France. Subject to availability. Excludes coach. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for La Rochelle to Poitiers for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/10/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 08/22/2022 for travel on 08/22/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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