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Nantes to La Rochelle by train

It takes an average of 4h 33m to travel from Nantes to La Rochelle by train, over a distance of around 76 miles (122 km). There are normally 13 trains per day travelling from Nantes to La Rochelle and tickets for this journey start from €10 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 30m
Price€10 - €171.20
Distance76 miles (122 km)
Frequency13 trains per day
Departure stationNantes
Arrival stationLa Rochelle
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSNCF, Flixbus, BlaBlaBus

Nantes to La Rochelle train times

Check out the next trains departing from Nantes to La Rochelle for Tuesday 20th Oct 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
17:10 Nantes22:16 La Rochelle VilleTER 60114 SNCF Get tickets5h 06m, 3 changes
18:10 Nantes07:35 La Rochelle VilleTER 60012 SNCF Get tickets13h 25m, 2 changes
05:40 Nantes09:05 La Rochelle VilleIntercités 62401 SNCF Get tickets3h 25m, direct
05:59 Nantes09:05 La Rochelle VilleTER 58853 SNCF Get tickets3h 06m, 1 change
06:45 Nantes09:15 La Rochelle VilleIntercités 62403 SNCF Get tickets2h 30m, direct
07:10 Nantes12:21 La Rochelle VilleTER 60002 SNCF Get tickets5h 11m, 1 change
09:40 Nantes13:05 La Rochelle VilleIntercités 62407 SNCF Get tickets3h 25m, direct
10:45 Nantes13:15 La Rochelle VilleIntercités 62409 SNCF Get tickets2h 30m, direct
11:06 Nantes15:20 La Rochelle VilleTER 60006 SNCF Get tickets4h 14m, 1 change
11:44 Nantes17:23 La Rochelle VilleTER 57312 SNCF Get tickets5h 39m, 4 changes

SNCF and Intercités trains from Nantes to La Rochelle

You can travel from Nantes to La Rochelle on SNCF and Intercités 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.

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).

PhotoThierry80, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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.

Cheap train tickets from Nantes to La Rochelle

Train tickets from Nantes to La Rochelle start at €10 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €58.33.
lowest price found
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price34.12
on the day
avg. single price58.33

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 Nantes to La Rochelle 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Nantes to La Rochelle? 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 Nantes to La Rochelle take?

The average journey time by train between Nantes and La Rochelle is 4 hours and 33 minutes, with around 13 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 Nantes and La Rochelle by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Nantes to La Rochelle is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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

Train tickets from Nantes to La Rochelle can start from as little as €10 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.

Is there a direct train from Nantes to La Rochelle?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Nantes to La Rochelle without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from Nantes to La Rochelle. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Nantes to La Rochelle leaves at 05:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Nantes to La Rochelle leaves at 18:10. 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 Nantes and La Rochelle by train?

Trains travelling from Nantes to La Rochelle cover a distance of around 76 miles (122 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from La Rochelle to Nantes. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Nantes to La Rochelle.
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. / Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Nantes to La Rochelle for a typical week day using timetable data for 20/10/2020. 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 12/10/2020 for travel on 22/10/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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