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

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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Bus  •  9 h

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

$54 - $88

Cheapest option

Night bus, bus  •  10 h 35 min

  1. Take the night bus from Santander to Bordeaux, Bordeaux Saint-Jean 783
  2. Take the bus from Bordeaux City Centre to La Rochelle Ouibus / ...

$31 - $58

3 alternative options

Train  •  14 h 34 min

  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

$83 - $133

Drive  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Santander to La Rochelle 387.7 miles

$80 - $120

Fly, train  •  10 h 22 min

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

$147 - $539

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santander to La Rochelle is to night bus and bus which costs 26€ - 50€ and takes 10 h 35 min.

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

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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 9 h.

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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 14 h 34 min.

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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 9 h and costs 45€ - 80€.

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

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 9 h. 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 14 h 34 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Santander to Nantes via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Santander to Nantes via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $470
Flights from Santander to Nantes via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Santander to Nantes via Palma Mallorca, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Santander to Nantes via Madrid, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Santander to Nantes via Malaga
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Santander to Nantes via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $470
Flights from Santander to Nantes via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Santander to Nantes via Palma Mallorca, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Santander to Nantes via Malaga
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Train operators
Renfe Feve
Phone
+34 912320320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
renfe.com
Euskotren
Website
euskotren.eus
Train from Zazpikaleak-Bilbao to Amara-Donostia
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
euskotren.eus
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 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
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
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
$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
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $29
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
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
Night bus from Santander to Bordeaux, Bordeaux Saint-Jean
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Bordeaux, Bordeaux Saint-Jean to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
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
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
Ouibus

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