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Taking the train from Paris to La Rochelle

With a high-speed train from Paris to La Rochelle, taking a trip from the city to the coast is a breeze. There are departures every one to two hours throughout the day from early morning until early evening. Even better, all routes are direct with journey times of approximately three hours.

Sit back and enjoy the comfort of SNCF trains as the French countryside shoots past at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). Forget long security checks that slow you down or lengthy drives with motorway tolls. Your train from Paris to La Rochelle has the room you need to stretch out, while WiFi and power outlets let you work or keep in touch while travelling. Every carriage has toilets and plenty of luggage space and with no size restrictions, you can go overboard with your packing.

Ticket choices suit all budgets while upgrading to First Class is often not as much as you’d think. Who can resist those complimentary treats? Step off the train from Paris to La Rochelle and start soaking up the sun and exploring the old port or famous aquarium. Keep scrolling down for FAQs plus full details of trains and times.

Paris to La Rochelle by train

It takes an average of 4h 32m to travel from Paris to La Rochelle by train, over a distance of around 248 miles (399 km). There are normally 11 trains per day travelling from Paris to La Rochelle and tickets for this journey start from €15 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 40m
Price€15 - €168
Distance248 miles (399 km)
Frequency11 trains per day
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationLa Rochelle
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Paris to La Rochelle train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to La Rochelle for Monday 1st Jun 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
07:21 Paris Montparnasse10:17 La Rochelle VilleTGV INOUI 8371 SNCF Get tickets2h 56m, direct
09:07 Paris Montparnasse12:23 La Rochelle VilleTGV INOUI 8375 SNCF Get tickets3h 16m, direct
10:07 Paris Montparnasse14:07 La Rochelle VilleTGV INOUI 8433 SNCF Get tickets4h 00m, 1 change
12:13 Paris Montparnasse15:22 La Rochelle VilleTGV INOUI 8377 SNCF Get tickets3h 09m, direct
13:42 Paris Montparnasse16:20 La Rochelle VilleTGV INOUI 8365 SNCF Get tickets2h 38m, direct
15:22 Paris Montparnasse18:23 La Rochelle VilleTGV INOUI 8383 SNCF Get tickets3h 01m, direct
19:22 Paris Montparnasse22:17 La Rochelle VilleTGV INOUI 8393 SNCF Get tickets2h 55m, direct
21:56 Paris Montparnasse07:35 La Rochelle VilleTGV INOUI 8297 SNCF Get tickets9h 39m, 1 change
07:21 Paris Montparnasse10:17 La Rochelle VilleTGV INOUI 8371 SNCF Get tickets2h 56m, direct
09:07 Paris Montparnasse12:23 La Rochelle VilleTGV INOUI 8375 SNCF Get tickets3h 16m, direct

TGV and SNCF trains from Paris to La Rochelle

You can travel from Paris to La Rochelle on TGV 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.

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 Paris to La Rochelle

Train tickets from Paris to La Rochelle start at €15 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 €94.18.
lowest price found
from15
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price76.62
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price86.53
on the day
avg. single price94.18

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 Paris 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 Paris 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 Paris to La Rochelle take?

The average journey time by train between Paris and La Rochelle is 4 hours and 32 minutes, with around 11 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 Paris and La Rochelle by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to La Rochelle is 2 hours and 40 minutes.

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

Train tickets from Paris to La Rochelle can start from as little as €15 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 Paris to La Rochelle?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to La Rochelle without having to change trains. There are 5 direct trains from Paris to La Rochelle. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Paris to La Rochelle leaves at 07:21. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Paris to La Rochelle leaves at 20:52. 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 Paris and La Rochelle by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to La Rochelle cover a distance of around 248 miles (399 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from La Rochelle to Paris. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Paris 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 Paris to La Rochelle for a typical week day using timetable data for 01/06/2020. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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