There are 5 ways to get from Donostia / San Sebastián to La Rochelle by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus ALSA  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from San Sebastian to La Rochelle Ouibus

$15 - $50

4 alternative options

Bus Iberocoach  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from San Sebastian - Estacion de Autobuses to Bordeaux - Rue terre de Bordés
  2. Take the bus from Gare de Bordeaux-Saint-Jean to La Rochelle

$94 - $110

Train  •  7 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Hendaye to Bordeaux-St-Jean Tgv
  2. Take the train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to La Rochelle Ville Ic

$67 - $113

Drive  •  3 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Donostia / San Sebastián to La Rochelle 262.9 miles

$55 - $85

Bus, fly  •  7 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from San Sebastian to Aeropuerto Biarritz
  2. Fly from Biarritz (BIQ) to La Rochelle (LRH) BIQ - LRH

$258 - $1,427

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The cheapest way to get from Donostia / San Sebastián to La Rochelle is to bus which costs 13€ - 45€ and takes 5 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Donostia / San Sebastián to La Rochelle is to drive which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 3 h 58 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Sebastian and arriving at La Rochelle. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 5 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Donostia / San Sebastián to La Rochelle. However, there are services departing from Loiola-Donostia and arriving at La Rochelle Ville via Hendaye and Bordeaux-St-Jean. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 31 min.

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The distance between Donostia / San Sebastián and La Rochelle is 324 km. The road distance is 420.7 km.

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The best way to get from Donostia / San Sebastián to La Rochelle without a car is to bus which takes 5 h 30 min and costs 13€ - 45€.

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The bus from San Sebastian to La Rochelle takes 5 h 30 min including transfers and departs three times a week.

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Donostia / San Sebastián to La Rochelle bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from San Sebastian station.

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Donostia / San Sebastián to La Rochelle train services, operated by SNCF, depart from Hendaye station.

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The best way to get from Donostia / San Sebastián to La Rochelle is to bus which takes 5 h 30 min and costs 13€ - 45€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 55€ - 100€ and takes 7 h 31 min.

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Map of how to get from Donostia / San Sebastián to La Rochelle.
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  • Distance: 202.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 30 min

What companies run services between Donostia / San Sebastián, Spain and La Rochelle, France?

ALSA operates a bus from Donostia / San Sebastián to La Rochelle once daily. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 5 h 30 min. Ouibus also services this route 3 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a train from Donostia / San Sebastián to La Rochelle via Hendaia, Hendaye, and Bordeaux-St-Jean in around 7 h 31 min.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Biarritz to La Rochelle via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Biarritz to La Rochelle via Lyon, Poitiers
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,900
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Biarritz to La Rochelle via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Biarritz to La Rochelle via Lyon, Poitiers
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,900
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 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
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
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 San Sebastian to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
alsa.com
Bus from San Sebastian to Aeropuerto Biarritz
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $26
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 San Sebastián to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Website
Ouibus
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from San Sebastian - Estacion de Autobuses to Bordeaux - Rue terre de Bordés
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $95
Website
iberocoach.com
Isilines
Phone
0 892 89 12 00
Website
isilines.com
Bus from Gare de Bordeaux-Saint-Jean to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Schedules at
isilines.com
Transportes Pesa
Phone
+34 (0) 900 12 14 00
Email
atencionaclientes@pesa.net
Website
pesa.net
Bus from San Sebastian to Biarritz Airport
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Schedules at
pesa.net

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There is no direct flight from Biarritz Airport to La Rochelle Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 15 min and has one stopover.

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Donostia / San Sebastián to La Rochelle bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at La Rochelle station.

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Donostia / San Sebastián to La Rochelle train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at La Rochelle Ville station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Donostia / San Sebastián to La Rochelle is 421 km. It takes approximately 3 h 58 min to drive from Donostia / San Sebastián to La Rochelle.

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Air France and Hop! offer flights from Biarritz Airport to La Rochelle Airport.

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