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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  •  7h 12m

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

$99 - $555

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Bus FlixBus  •  13h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Barajas Airport, Madrid Airport to Bordeaux, Bordeaux Saint-Jean 793
  2. Take the bus from Bordeaux City Centre to La Rochelle Ouibus / ...

$44 - $86

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Fly to Nantes, train  •  8h 7m

  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  •  8h 3m

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

$77 - $358

Bus ALSA  •  12h 30m

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

$64 - $106

Train via Barcelona Sants  •  13h 27m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Toulouse-Matabiau Tgv
  3. Take the train from Gare de Toulouse-Matabiau to Gare de Bordeaux-St-Jean Ic / ...
  4. Take the train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to La Rochelle Ville Ic

$217 - $299

Train Spanish Railways (RENFE)  •  14h 56m

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

$133 - $194

Drive  •  8h 29m

  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 35€ - 75€ and takes 13h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to La Rochelle is to fly which costs 85€ - 490€ and takes 7h 12m.

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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 12h 30m.

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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 Barcelona Sants, Gare de Toulouse-Matabiau and Bordeaux-St-Jean. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 27m.

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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 12h 30m and costs 55€ - 95€.

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It takes approximately 7h 12m 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 7h 12m and costs 85€ - 490€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 55€ - 95€ and takes 12h 30m, you could also train, which costs 180€ - 260€ and takes 13h 27m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to La Rochelle.
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  • Distance: 419.9 miles
  • Duration: 7h 12m

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

Ryanair, easyJet and three other airlines fly from Madrid to La Rochelle once daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Madrid to La Rochelle via Burgos in around 12h 30m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Nantes
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $500
Flights from Madrid to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Bordeaux via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $600
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Nantes
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $500
Flights from Madrid to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Bordeaux via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $600
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to La Rochelle via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Madrid to La Rochelle via Porto
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$95 - $550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to La Rochelle via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
6h 37m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to La Rochelle via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Madrid to Nantes
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Madrid to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$30 - $280
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Nantes to La Rochelle Ville
Ave. Duration
2h 41m
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
2h 11m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $45
1st Class
$45 - $70
Train from Gare de Toulouse-Matabiau to Gare de Bordeaux-St-Jean
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $60
1st Class
$55 - $85
Train from Hendaye to Bordeaux-St-Jean
Ave. Duration
2h 48m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $55
1st Class
$50 - $80
Spanish Railways AVE
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Barcelona Sants to Toulouse-Matabiau
Ave. Duration
3h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$75 - $90
1st Class
$110 - $150
Train from Toulouse-Matabiau to Bordeaux-St-Jean
Ave. Duration
2h 9m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$50 - $60
1st Class
$75 - $100
Train from Hendaye to Bordeaux-St-Jean
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$45 - $60
1st Class
$70 - $95
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 Madrid-Chamartin to Irun
Ave. Duration
6h 6m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $85
Website
renfe.com
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
2h 45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Burgos to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $70
Website
alsa.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid Barajas Airport, Madrid Airport to Bordeaux, Bordeaux Saint-Jean
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Bordeaux, Bordeaux Saint-Jean to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$10 - $17
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Bordeaux City Centre to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
Ouibus

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There is no direct flight from Madrid Airport to La Rochelle Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 40m and has one stopover.

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Madrid to La Rochelle bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at La Rochelle station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to La Rochelle is 873 km. It takes approximately 8h 29m to drive from Madrid to La Rochelle.

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Air France, Iberia, easyJet and two other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to La Rochelle Airport.

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Book your Madrid to La Rochelle train tickets online with Loco2, Loco2 and two other operators.

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There are 790+ hotels available in La Rochelle. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 22m and costs 1€ - 3€.

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