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There are 12 ways to get from Southampton to La Rochelle by plane, train, bus, car, car ferry or car train

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 Southampton to Nantes, train  •  7 h 40 min

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

$84 - $313

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Bus via Paris City Centre - Bercy  •  20 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to London Victoria Coach Station 032
  2. Take the bus from London to Paris City Centre - Bercy
  3. Take the bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy to La Rochelle

$43 - $62

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Train to London Stansted, fly to La Rochelle  •  6 h 29 min

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

$97 - $725

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Nantes, train  •  9 h 24 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

$106 - $276

Fly Southampton to La Rochelle  •  3 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Southampton (SOU) to La Rochelle (LRH) SOU - LRH

$184 - $888

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Bordeaux, train  •  9 h 40 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

$114 - $294

Fly Southampton to Bergerac, train  •  9 h 14 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 - $565

Fly Southampton to Paris CDG, train  •  8 h 16 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

Train  •  8 h 55 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

$196 - $392

Bus  •  19 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to London Victoria Coach Station 032
  2. Take the bus from London to Paris, Paris 700
  3. Take the bus from Paris, Paris to La Rochelle 723

$65 - $108

Drive, car ferry  •  11 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Southampton to Poole
  2. Take the car ferry from Poole to St Peter Port, Guernsey
  3. Take the car ferry from St Peter Port, Guernsey to Saint-Malo
  4. Drive from Saint-Malo to La Rochelle

$124 - $182

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

$291 - $355

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The cheapest way to get from Southampton to La Rochelle is to bus which costs £30 - £50 and takes 20 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Southampton to La Rochelle is to fly which costs £140 - £700 and takes 3 h 55 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Southampton station to La Rochelle. However, there are services departing from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade and arriving at La Rochelle via London and Paris, Paris. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 19 h 30 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 55 min and costs £150 - £310.

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It takes approximately 7 h 40 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 Coach Station Harbour Parade.

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The best way to get from Southampton to La Rochelle is to fly which takes 3 h 55 min and costs £140 - £700. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £150 - £310 and takes 8 h 55 min, you could also bus, which costs £50 - £85 and takes 19 h 30 min.

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The quickest flight from Southampton Airport to Nantes Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Southampton to La Rochelle.
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  • Distance: 329.4 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 40 min

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

Flybe flies from Southampton to La Rochelle once a week. Alternatively, you can take a train from Southampton to La Rochelle via London Waterloo, Waterloo station, Euston station, London St. Pancras International, Paris Nord Eurostar, Gare du Nord, Montparnasse-Bienvenue, and Paris Montparnasse in around 8 h 55 min.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Nantes
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $290
Flights from London Gatwick to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Flights from London Gatwick to Bordeaux via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Flights from London Gatwick to Bordeaux via Basel
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Flights from London Gatwick to Bordeaux via Marseille
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Southampton to Nantes
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $600
Flights from Southampton to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Southampton to Bergerac
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$35 - $340
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $460
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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Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
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 Bordeaux-St-Jean to La Rochelle Ville
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $45
1st Class
$45 - $70
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 - $40
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 Clapham Junction
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
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
Eurostar
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
$171
Website
eurotunnel.com
Bus operators
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 Coach Station Harbour Parade to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
National Express
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 London to Paris, Paris
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Paris, Paris to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$26 - $45
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 London to Paris City Centre - Bercy
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy to La Rochelle
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
Ouibus
Ferry operators
Condor Ferries
Phone
01202 207216
Email
contactcentre@condorferries.co.uk
Website
condorferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Poole to St Peter Port, Guernsey
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
condorferries.co.uk
Car ferry from St Peter Port, Guernsey to Saint-Malo
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
condorferries.co.uk

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La Rochelle is 1 h ahead of Southampton. It is currently 2:42 PM in Southampton and 3:42 PM in La Rochelle.

Flybe offers flights from Southampton Airport to Nantes Airport.

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There are 744+ hotels available in La Rochelle. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Southampton to Southampton Airport is to train which takes 10 min and costs £1 - £28.

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