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There are 6 ways to get from La Rochelle to Lago di Como by train, ferry, bus, car ferry, car or plane

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Train, Lake shuttle  •  13h 35m

  1. Take the train from La Rochelle Ville to Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2 Tgv
  2. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Zuerich Hb Tgv
  3. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano Ec / ...
  4. Take the Lake shuttle from Menaggio to Varenna 911 / ...

228€ - 332€

Cheapest option

Bus, car ferry  •  21h 12m

  1. Take the bus from La Rochelle to Bordeaux, Bordeaux Saint-Jean
  2. Take the bus from Bordeaux City Centre to Milan
  3. Take the car ferry from Bellagio to Varenna

40€ - 83€

4 alternative options

Train, Lake shuttle via Basel  •  14h 15m

  1. Take the train from La Rochelle Ville to Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2 Tgv
  2. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Basel Sbb Tgv
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano 21 / ...
  4. Take the Lake shuttle from Menaggio to Varenna 911 / ...

233€ - 347€

Bus, train, ferry  •  27h 35m

  1. Take the bus from La Rochelle Verdun to Agen 262
  2. Take the bus from Agen to Milan, Milan
  3. Take the train from Milano Cadorna to Como Lago R17
  4. Take the ferry from Como to Varenna 10 / ...

85€ - 112€

Drive  •  11h 55m

  1. Drive from La Rochelle to Lago di Como 1203.4 km

150€ - 230€

Train, fly, Lake shuttle  •  13h 59m

  1. Take the train from La Rochelle Ville to Nantes
  2. Fly from Nantes (NTE) to Basel (BSL) NTE - BSL
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Arth-Goldau
  4. Take the train from Arth-Goldau to Lugano
  5. Take the Lake shuttle from Menaggio to Varenna

167€ - 477€

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The COVID-19 helpline number in Lago di Como is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lago di Como is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Lago di Como is 1 metre.

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The cheapest way to get from La Rochelle to Lago di Como is to bus and car ferry which costs 40€ - 85€ and takes 21h 12m.

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The quickest way to get from La Rochelle to Lago di Como is to drive which costs 150€ - 230€ and takes 11h 55m.

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The distance between La Rochelle and Lago di Como is 803 km. The road distance is 1203.4 km.

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The best way to get from La Rochelle to Lago di Como without a car is to train and Lake shuttle which takes 13h 35m and costs 220€ - 340€.

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It takes approximately 13h 35m to get from La Rochelle to Lago di Como, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Nantes Airport to Basel Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 30m.

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Yes, the driving distance between La Rochelle to Lago di Como is 1203 km. It takes approximately 11h 55m to drive from La Rochelle to Lago di Como.

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Air France and easyJet offer flights from Nantes Airport to Basel Airport.

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There are 1199+ hotels available in Lago di Como. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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  • Distance: 802.7 km
  • Duration: 13h 35m

What companies run services between La Rochelle, France and Lago di Como, Italy?

There is no direct connection from La Rochelle to Lago di Como. However, you can take the train to Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2, take the walk to Montparnasse-Bienvenue, take the line 6 subway to Bercy, take the walk to Paris Gare De Lyon, take the train to Zuerich Hb, take the train to Lugano, take the walk to Lugano, Stazione Nord, take the line 631 bus to Menaggio, Via Mazzini, take the walk to Menaggio, then take the Lake shuttle to Varenna. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from La Rochelle to Lago di Como via Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2, Montparnasse 2 - Gare Tgv, Gare De Lyon - Diderot, Paris Gare De Lyon, Basel SBB, Lugano, Lugano, Stazione Nord, Menaggio, Via Mazzini, and Menaggio in around 14h 15m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Nantes to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
120€ - 460€
Flights from Nantes to Basel via Toulouse
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
120€ - 460€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Nantes to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 1500€
Train operators
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 La Rochelle Ville to Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2
Ave. Duration
2h 34m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
75€ - 100€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
75€ - 90€
1st Class
80€ - 100€
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
95€ - 130€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
95€ - 110€
1st Class
100€ - 130€
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
3h 4m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
80€ - 110€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
80€ - 100€
1st Class
90€ - 110€
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
50€ - 95€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
70€ - 130€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 70€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Arth-Goldau to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 65€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Basel Sbb to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
16€ - 23€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Arth-Goldau to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
10€ - 15€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Trenord

Trenord operates regional and suburban lines throughout Italy’s Lombardy region, including the Malapensa Express from Milan’s Malapensa Airport and local lines around Lake Como and the Italian Lakes. Trenord train tickets can be purchased from machines at any train station and don’t need to be booked in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Milano Cadorna to Como Lago
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
4€ - 5€
Website
Trenord
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 La Rochelle Ville to Nantes
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
22€ - 50€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
22€ - 35€
Rail 1st Class
30€ - 50€
Bus operators
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from La Rochelle to Bordeaux, Bordeaux Saint-Jean
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Bordeaux, Bordeaux Saint-Jean to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
19h 15m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Agen to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
17h 40m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 65€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 La Rochelle to Bordeaux City Centre
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Website
Blablabus
Bus from Bordeaux City Centre to Milan
Ave. Duration
13h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
25€ - 35€
Website
Blablabus
Estació d'autobusos Barcelona Nord
Phone
+34 937 065 366
Website
barcelonanord.cat
Bus from La Rochelle to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Estació d'autobusos Barcelona Nord
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from La Rochelle Verdun to Agen
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
21€ - 35€
Website
Eurolines FR
Ferry operators
Gestione Navigazione Laghi Italia
Phone
800 551801
Email
navicomo@navigazionelaghi.it
Website
navigazionelaghi.it
Ferry from Menaggio to Varenna
Ave. Duration
13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€ - 4€
Website
Gestione Navigazione Laghi Italia
Car ferry from Bellagio to Varenna
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€ - 4€
Website
Gestione Navigazione Laghi Italia
Ferry from Como to Varenna
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
7€ - 10€
Website
Gestione Navigazione Laghi Italia

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