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La Rochelle by rail:
The enchanting port city of La Rochelle is perched on the west coast of France. For a relaxing break, catch one of the nine high-speed TGV trains that run from Paris to La Rochelle Ville station every day. Less than three hours later you’ll be breathing the invigorating sea air.
La Rochelle is an excellent point from which to take the train south to the Bordeaux vineyards, north to the Loire, or east to the picturesque Poitou-Charentes région.
La Rochelle Ville station is well served by nine daily high-speed TGV trains from Paris. Hop on a bus outside the station and you’ll be in the city centre in two ticks.
La Rochelle Ville station opened in the nineteen hundreds and sits on the high-speed TGV line from Paris.
A 45 metre tall clock tower looms above travellers passing through the station. This was constructed by architect Pierre Esquié in 1922. The station was renovated for the arrival of the TGV in the early 1990s.
Trolleys are available inside the station.
Lost & Found:
00 33 (0)5 46 51 72 00
13:00 – 19:00 Monday-Saturday
There are basic facilities on offer for passengers passing through the station, including a café serving snacks.
1. Bonne Journée
05:15 – 15:00 and 03:30 – 19:30 Monday – Thursday
05:15 – 08:15 Friday
05:15 – 15:00 and 15:30 to 19:15 Saturday
10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 to 20:15 Sunday & Bank Holidays
Take-away – Station hall
Tourist Board of La Rochelle
Quai Georges Simenon 2
+33 5464 11468
Location: Outside station
Handicapped persons reception
+33 (0)8 90 64 06 50
05:30 – 10:10 Monday – Thursday
05:30 – 23:35 Friday
07:00 – 19:50 Saturday
07:00 – 23:00 Sunday & Bank Holidays
You should turn up to the reception 30 minutes before your train leaves if you require extra assistance boarding. Wheelchairs and boarding ramps are also available if required.
Getting to the station –
Buses for routes across the town stop outside the left exit of the station.
The station is near the heart of the city. A ten-minute stroll will take you right to the famous harbour front.
There are Bicycle Spaces onboard the TGV if you want to take your bike on holiday with you.
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