There are 11 ways to get from Southampton to La Rochelle by train, car ferry, night bus, bus, bus and ferry, car, car train 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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Train  •  8 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Paris Nord Eurostar
  3. Take the train from Paris Montparnasse to La Rochelle Ville Tgv

$197 - $392

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Bus, bus and ferry  •  19 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Southampton City Centre, Coach Station to Victoria Coach Station Arrivals 032 / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London Victoria to Lille
  3. Take the bus from Lille to La Rochelle

$93 - $134

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Train, car ferry, night bus  •  17 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Poole
  2. Take the car ferry from Poole to St Helier, Jersey
  3. Take the car ferry from St Helier, Jersey to Saint-Malo
  4. Take the night bus from Saint-Malo to La Rochelle

$110 - $159

Car ferry, train  •  23 h 42 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Portsmouth to Saint-Malo
  2. Take the train from St Malo to Rennes Tgv
  3. Take the train from Rennes to Nantes
  4. Take the train from Nantes to La Rochelle Ville Ic

$121 - $302

Car ferry, drive  •  8 h 26 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg
  2. Drive from Cherbourg to La Rochelle

$94 - $186

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  9 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Southampton to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais
  3. Drive from Calais to La Rochelle

$293 - $357

Train to London Stansted, fly to La Rochelle  •  6 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to La Rochelle (LRH) STN - LRH

$98 - $725

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Nantes, train  •  9 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Clapham Junction
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Nantes (NTE) LGW - NTE
  3. Take the train from Nantes to La Rochelle Ville

$107 - $277

Fly Southampton to Bergerac, train  •  9 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Southampton (SOU) to Bergerac (EGC) SOU - EGC
  2. Take the train from Bergerac to Bordeaux-St-Jean
  3. Take the train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to La Rochelle Ville

$134 - $570

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Bordeaux, train  •  9 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Clapham Junction
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Bordeaux (BOD) LGW - BOD
  3. Take the train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to La Rochelle Ville

$115 - $300

Fly Southampton to Paris CDG, train  •  8 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Southampton (SOU) to Paris CDG (CDG) SOU - CDG
  2. Take the train from Paris Montparnasse to La Rochelle Ville

$157 - $426

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Southampton to La Rochelle is to bus and bus and ferry which costs £70 - £110 and takes 19 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Southampton to La Rochelle is to train and fly which costs £70 - £550 and takes 6 h 31 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Southampton station to La Rochelle. However, there are services departing from Southampton City Centre, Coach Station and arriving at La Rochelle via London Victoria and Lille. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 19 h 35 min.

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The distance between Southampton and La Rochelle is 329 miles.

The best way to get from Southampton to La Rochelle without a car is to train which takes 8 h 53 min and costs £140 - £300.

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It takes approximately 8 h 53 min to get from Southampton to La Rochelle, including transfers.

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Southampton to La Rochelle bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Southampton City Centre, Coach Station.

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The quickest flight from London Stansted Airport to La Rochelle Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 35 min.

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Southampton to La Rochelle bus services, operated by Ouibus, arrive at La Rochelle station.

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La Rochelle is 1 h ahead of Southampton. It is currently 9:13 PM in Southampton and 10:13 PM in La Rochelle.

Map of how to get from Southampton to La Rochelle.
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  • Distance: 329.4 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 53 min

What companies run services between Southampton, England and La Rochelle, France?

You can take a train from Southampton to La Rochelle via London Waterloo, Waterloo Underground Station, Euston Underground Station, London St. Pancras International, Paris Nord Eurostar, Gare du Nord, Montparnasse-Bienvenue, and Paris Montparnasse in around 8 h 53 min.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Nantes
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $290
Flights from London Gatwick to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Flights from London Gatwick to Bordeaux via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Southampton to Bergerac
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $900
Flights from Southampton to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $450
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $340
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $460
Train operators
South Western Railway
Phone
0345 6000 650
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Southampton Central to Poole
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $21
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Southampton Central to Clapham Junction
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Eurostar
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Paris Montparnasse to La Rochelle Ville
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$90 - $105
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$90 - $105
1st Class
$120 - $180
Train from St Malo to Rennes
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $26
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$21 - $26
1st Class
$38 - $40
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 St Malo to Rennes
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $27
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$18 - $27
1st Class
$24 - $40
Train from Rennes to Nantes
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$24 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $50
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 Bergerac to Bordeaux-St-Jean
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$20 - $29
1st Class
$27 - $45
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
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$173
Website
eurotunnel.com
Bus operators
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Night bus from Saint-Malo to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $30
Website
flixbus.co.uk
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Southampton City Centre, Coach Station to Victoria Coach Station Arrivals
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
nationalexpress.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 Lille to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
10 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
Ouibus
Ferry operators
Condor Ferries
Phone
01202 207216
Email
contactcentre@condorferries.co.uk
Website
condorferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Poole to St Helier, Jersey
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
condorferries.co.uk
Car ferry from St Helier, Jersey to Saint-Malo
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Schedules at
condorferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Schedules at
condorferries.co.uk
Book at
directferries.co.uk
Brittany Ferries
Phone
0330 159 7000
Email
reservations@brittanyferries.com
Website
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Portsmouth to Saint-Malo
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $190
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
$45 - $65
Car
$95 - $190
Car ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $85
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
$30 - $40
Car
$60 - $85

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Ryanair offers flights from London Stansted Airport to La Rochelle Airport.

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There are 671+ hotels available in La Rochelle. Prices start at $77 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Southampton to Southampton Airport is to train which takes 7 min and costs £1 - £28.

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