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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to La Rochelle  •  7 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to La Rochelle (LRH) MAD - LRH

$99 - $555

Cheapest option

Bus Ouibus  •  15 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid - South Station to San Sebastián Ouibus
  2. Take the bus from San Sebastián to La Rochelle Ouibus

$37 - $52

6 alternative options

Fly to Nantes, train  •  8 h 4 min

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

$94 - $290

Fly to Bordeaux, train  •  8 h 3 min

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

$77 - $363

Bus ALSA  •  12 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Burgos
  2. Take the bus from Burgos to La Rochelle

$65 - $107

Train via Zaragoza Delicias  •  13 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Zaragoza Delicias Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Zaragoza Delicias to San Sebastian A / ...
  3. Take the train from Hendaye to Bordeaux-St-Jean Tgv
  4. Take the train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to La Rochelle Ville Ic

$148 - $226

Train  •  16 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Chamartin to Pasajes Ir
  2. Take the train from Hendaye to Bordeaux-St-Jean Tgv
  3. Take the train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to La Rochelle Ville Ic

$143 - $210

Drive  •  8 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to La Rochelle 545.5 miles

$110 - $170

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to La Rochelle is to bus which costs 30€ - 45€ and takes 15 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to La Rochelle is to fly which costs 85€ - 480€ and takes 7 h 18 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to La Rochelle. However, there are services departing from Madrid and arriving at La Rochelle via Burgos. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to La Rochelle. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arriving at La Rochelle Ville via Zaragoza Delicias, Donostia - San Sebastián, Bentak-Irun, Hendaye and Bordeaux-St-Jean. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 55 min.

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The distance between Madrid and La Rochelle is 672 km. The road distance is 872.7 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to La Rochelle without a car is to bus which takes 12 h 30 min and costs 55€ - 95€.

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It takes approximately 7 h 18 min to get from Madrid to La Rochelle, including transfers.

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Madrid to La Rochelle bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to La Rochelle train services, operated by Spanish Railways AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to La Rochelle is to fly which takes 7 h 18 min and costs 85€ - 480€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 55€ - 95€ and takes 12 h 30 min, you could also train, which costs 120€ - 200€ and takes 13 h 55 min.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to La Rochelle.
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  • Distance: 419.9 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 18 min

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

Ryanair, Air Europa and four other airlines fly from Madrid to La Rochelle 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Madrid to La Rochelle via Burgos in around 12 h 30 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Nantes
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $500
Flights from Madrid to Nantes via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $600
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to La Rochelle via Charleroi
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Madrid to La Rochelle via Porto
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Flights from Madrid to La Rochelle via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to La Rochelle via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Madrid to La Rochelle via Lyon, Poitiers
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Madrid to La Rochelle via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Madrid to La Rochelle via Lyon, Poitiers
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Madrid to Nantes
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Madrid to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$30 - $280
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Nantes via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Train operators
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Nantes to La Rochelle Ville
Ave. Duration
2 h 41 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $45
1st Class
$40 - $65
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to La Rochelle Ville
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $50
1st Class
$45 - $70
Train from Hendaye to Bordeaux-St-Jean
Ave. Duration
2 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $55
1st Class
$50 - $80
Spanish Railways AVE
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Zaragoza Delicias to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Pasajes
Ave. Duration
7 h 43 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $95
Website
renfe.com
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Hendaye to Bordeaux-St-Jean
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$50 - $60
1st Class
$75 - $95
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 so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with 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 Madrid to Burgos
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Burgos to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $70
Website
alsa.com
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 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 Madrid - South Station to San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Website
Ouibus
Bus from San Sebastián to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Website
Ouibus

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