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There are 5 ways to get from Santander to La Rochelle by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus ALSA  •  9h

  1. Take the bus from Santander to Bilbao
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to La Rochelle

$54 - $83

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Bus Eurolines FR  •  9h 47m

  1. Take the bus from Santander to Bordeaux
  2. Take the bus from Gare de Bordeaux-Saint-Jean to La Rochelle

$81 - $111

Train  •  14h 33m

  1. Take the train from Santander to Bilbao
  2. Take the train from Zazpikaleak-Bilbao to Amara-Donostia Fcc
  3. Take the train from Hendaye to Bordeaux-St-Jean Tgv
  4. Take the train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to La Rochelle Ville Ic

$82 - $130

Drive  •  6h 1m

  1. Drive from Santander to La Rochelle 387.7 miles

$80 - $120

Fly, train  •  10h 35m

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

$106 - $379

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The cheapest way to get from Santander to La Rochelle is to bus which costs 45€ - 75€ and takes 9h.

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The quickest way to get from Santander to La Rochelle is to drive which costs 70€ - 110€ and takes 6h 1m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santander to La Rochelle. However, there are services departing from Santander and arriving at La Rochelle via Bilbao. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h.

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No, there is no direct train from Santander to La Rochelle. However, there are services departing from Santander and arriving at La Rochelle Ville via Zazpikaleak-Bilbao, Amara-Donostia, Hendaye and Bordeaux-St-Jean. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14h 33m.

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The distance between Santander and La Rochelle is 366 km. The road distance is 620.2 km.

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The best way to get from Santander to La Rochelle without a car is to bus which takes 9h and costs 45€ - 75€.

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It takes approximately 9h to get from Santander to La Rochelle, including transfers.

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

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Santander to La Rochelle train services, operated by Renfe Feve, depart from Santander station.

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The best way to get from Santander to La Rochelle is to bus which takes 9h and costs 45€ - 75€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 70€ - 120€ and takes 14h 33m.

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Map of how to get from Santander to La Rochelle.
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  • Distance: 228.8 miles
  • Duration: 9h

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

You can take a bus from Santander to La Rochelle via Bilbao in around 9h. Alternatively, you can take a train from Santander to La Rochelle via Bilbao, Zazpikaleak-Bilbao, Amara-Donostia, Hendaia, Hendaye, and Bordeaux-St-Jean in around 14h 33m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Santander to Nantes via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Santander to Nantes via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $470
Flights from Santander to Nantes via Palma Mallorca, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Santander to Nantes via Madrid, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Santander to Nantes via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $470
Flights from Santander to Nantes via Palma Mallorca, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Santander to Nantes via Madrid, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Santander to Nantes via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Train operators
Renfe Feve
Phone
+34 912320320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2h 59m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
renfe.com
Euskotren
Website
euskotren.eus
Train from Zazpikaleak-Bilbao to Amara-Donostia
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
Euskotren
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
2h 48m
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
2h 11m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $45
1st Class
$45 - $70
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
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
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
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 Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
alsa.com
Isilines
Phone
0 892 89 12 00
Website
isilines.com
Bus from Gare de Bordeaux-Saint-Jean to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Schedules at
isilines.com

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There is no direct flight from Santander Airport to Nantes Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 10m and has one stopover.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Santander to La Rochelle is 620 km. It takes approximately 6h 1m to drive from Santander to La Rochelle.

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Ryanair, Iberia and Vueling Airlines offer flights from Santander Airport to Nantes Airport.

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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 Santander to Santander Airport is to bus which takes 10m and costs 12€ - 19€.

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