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There are 8 ways to get from Barcelona to La Rochelle by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  9h 54m

  1. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Narbonne Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Narbonne to Bordeaux St Jean
  3. Take the train from Bordeaux St Jean to La Rochelle Ville Ter

108€ - 198€

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Bus  •  13h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona Nord - Bus Station to Bordeaux City Centre Barcelona Nord - Bus Station > Le Perthus - Espagne > Le Perthus - France > Perpignan > Toulouse > Bordeaux City Centre / ...
  2. Take the bus from Bordeaux City Centre to La Rochelle Toulouse > Bordeaux City Centre > La Rochelle > Nantes > Rennes / ...

28€ - 50€

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Bus, train  •  13h 2m

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Saintes
  2. Take the train from Saintes to La Rochelle Ville Ter / ...

72€ - 110€

Train via Toulouse  •  14h 26m

  1. Take the train from PlaÇa Catalunya to La Tor de Querol-Enveig R3
  2. Take the train from Latour De Carol Enveitg to Toulouse Matabiau Ter
  3. Take the train from Toulouse Matabiau to Bordeaux St Jean Tgv
  4. Take the train from Bordeaux St Jean to La Rochelle Ville Ter

88€ - 177€

Drive  •  7h 35m

  1. Drive from Barcelona to La Rochelle 814.5 km

90€ - 130€

Fly Barcelona to Nantes, train  •  7h 19m

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Nantes (NTE) BCN - NTE
  2. Take the train from Nantes to La Rochelle Ville

61€ - 195€

Fly Barcelona to Bordeaux, train  •  8h 21m

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Bordeaux (BOD) BCN - BOD
  2. Take the train from Bordeaux St Jean to La Rochelle Ville

53€ - 211€

Train to Perpignan, fly to Nantes, train  •  8h 21m

  1. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Perpignan
  2. Fly from Perpignan (PGF) to Nantes (NTE) PGF - NTE
  3. Take the train from Nantes to La Rochelle Ville

142€ - 272€

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in La Rochelle is 800 130 000.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in La Rochelle is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in La Rochelle is 1 metre.

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The cheapest way to get from Barcelona to La Rochelle is to bus which costs 28€ - 55€ and takes 13h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Barcelona to La Rochelle is to fly and train which costs 60€ - 200€ and takes 7h 19m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Barcelona station to La Rochelle. However, there are services departing from Barcelona Nord - Bus Station and arriving at La Rochelle via Bordeaux City Centre. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 5m.

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No, there is no direct train from Barcelona to La Rochelle. However, there are services departing from Barcelona-Sants and arriving at La Rochelle Ville via Narbonne and Bordeaux St Jean. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 54m.

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The distance between Barcelona and La Rochelle is 594 km. The road distance is 814.5 km.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to La Rochelle without a car is to train which takes 9h 54m and costs 100€ - 200€.

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It takes approximately 9h 54m to get from Barcelona to La Rochelle, including transfers.

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Barcelona to La Rochelle bus services, operated by Blablabus, depart from Barcelona Nord - Bus Station.

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Barcelona to La Rochelle train services, operated by Renfe SNCF, depart from Barcelona-Sants station.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to La Rochelle is to train which takes 9h 54m and costs 100€ - 200€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 28€ - 55€ and takes 13h 5m.

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  • Distance: 594.4 km
  • Duration: 9h 54m

What companies run services between Barcelona, Spain and La Rochelle, France?

You can take a train from Barcelona to La Rochelle via Narbonne and Bordeaux St Jean in around 9h 54m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Barcelona to La Rochelle via Bordeaux City Centre in around 13h 5m.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to Nantes
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
Flights from Barcelona to Nantes via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
Flights from Barcelona to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
23€ - 160€
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Barcelona to Nantes
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 190€
Flights from Perpignan to Nantes
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
55€ - 260€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Barcelona to Nantes via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 400€
Flights from Perpignan to Nantes
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
150€ - 250€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Barcelona to Nantes via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
75€ - 410€
Train operators
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Narbonne
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Perpignan
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
renfe-sncf.com
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Narbonne to Bordeaux St Jean
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
45€ - 95€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
45€ - 70€
Rail 1st Class
60€ - 95€
Train from Bordeaux St Jean to La Rochelle Ville
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
24€ - 50€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
24€ - 35€
Rail 1st Class
30€ - 50€
Train from Saintes to La Rochelle Ville
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
12€ - 30€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
12€ - 19€
Rail 1st Class
20€ - 30€
Train from Latour De Carol Enveitg to Toulouse Matabiau
Ave. Duration
2h 51m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
20€ - 45€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
20€ - 30€
Rail 1st Class
30€ - 45€
Train from Toulouse Matabiau to Bordeaux St Jean
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
30€ - 65€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
30€ - 45€
Rail 1st Class
40€ - 65€
Train from Nantes to La Rochelle Ville
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
18€ - 40€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
18€ - 26€
Rail 1st Class
27€ - 40€
Renfe Cercanias

This regional commuter train system (also known as Cercanías) connects Barcelona with Catalonia and the Barcelona metropolitan area, including popular destinations like Sitges and the Costa Brava. The network of routes mostly runs overground and connects to many Barcelona metro and bus stations. Trains run frequently, and tickets can be bought at station ticket machines on the day of travel. Two children per adult (up to 6 years) can travel for free. If you’re arriving or departing Barcelona on a domestic AVE or long-distance train, check your ticket for a 5-digit Combinado Cercanias code, which is redeemable for a free local ticket from the ticket machines.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 (0) 902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from PlaÇa Catalunya to La Tor de Querol-Enveig
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
13€ - 17€
Website
Renfe Cercanias
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Toulouse Matabiau to Bordeaux St Jean
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
50€ - 60€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
50€ - 60€
1st Class
50€ - 60€
Bus operators
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Barcelona to Saintes
Ave. Duration
10h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
Website
alsa.com
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Barcelona Nord - Bus Station to Bordeaux City Centre
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
19€ - 24€
Website
Blablabus
Bus from Bordeaux City Centre to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
9€ - 12€
Website
Blablabus
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Barcelona to Bordeaux Saint-Jean
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
30€ - 40€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Bordeaux Saint-Jean to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Barcelona Airport to Nantes Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 35m.

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Barcelona to La Rochelle bus services, operated by Blablabus, arrive at La Rochelle station.

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Barcelona to La Rochelle train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at La Rochelle Ville station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Barcelona to La Rochelle is 815 km. It takes approximately 7h 35m to drive from Barcelona to La Rochelle.

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Volotea, easyJet, Air France and Vueling Airlines offer flights from Barcelona Airport to Nantes Airport.

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Book your Barcelona to La Rochelle train tickets online with Omio.

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There are 190+ hotels available in La Rochelle. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Barcelona Airport is to train which takes 25 min and costs .

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