Practical information for getting around La Rochelle: public transport, bicycles, parking, carpooling.

Discover La Rochelle

Consult the Map on the Tourist Office Website

Public Transport in La Rochelle

By bicycle, car, bus, coach

The Yelo public transport network of La Rochelle provides transport by bus, car, bicycle : Yelo Website

Check out the prices for students (under 26 years)

Buses run on Sundays, on public holidays and at night (during the school year, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between Place de Verdun and Minimes until 1 am)

For more information on coach services, visit the Charente-Maritime website.

A bicycle and Yélo car self-service is available 24/7 from station to station located in the city center and in the different districts of La Rochelle.

In summer, there is a shuttlebus service between La Rochelle (parking du Belvedere) and Ile de Ré (Parking des Sablanceaux)
For more information visit the Les Mouettes Website. Consult the shuttle timetable.


Transportation on the Yélo network (buses, boats, single-push bikes, transport on demand) is specifically adapted for people with reduced mobility, including the Isigo minibus service that runs 7/7 24/7.

A Yelopass for all types of transport!

A smart card pass can be used on all transport provided by the Yélo network and it can be recharged. It allows you to travel by bus, bicycle, boat, self-service electric vehicle and to get to the city centre from the park-and-ride areas by electric shuttle. To get your card, go to the Maison de la Mobilité (Place de Verdun) Monday to Friday from 7:30 to 19h and Saturday from 8h to 18h30.

To get your card:
Maison de la Mobilité (Place de Verdun)
Open :
Monday-Friday: 7:30am-7pm
Saturday: 8am-6:30pm

By Train

A dedicated webpage for La Rochelle train station
OUI SNCF website

  • TGV : La Rochelle-Paris: 3h
  • Intercités : La Rochelle/Nantes – La Rochelle/ Bordeaux: 2h

By Airplane

La Rochelle-Ile de Ré Airport

Capitals : Brussels Charleroi, Dublin, London Gatwick and Stansted, Paris-Orly
Cities : Lyon, Geneva, Ajaccio, Porto, Manchester, Bristol, Leeds, Southampton, Birmingham

Airlines : HOP, EasyJet, Ryanair, CityJet, Flybe

La Rochelle-Ile de Ré Airport
Rue du Jura 17000 La Rochelle
+33(0)5 46 42 30 26

La Rochelle-Ile de Ré Airport Official Website

By Car :

Take the direction “Les Minimes”, the campus is located between the train station and the Minimes harbour.

Parking :

For more information about parking in La Rochelle,go to the Tourist Office website

Since January 2018, the post-parking fee (FPS:Forfait Post Stationnement) has replaced criminal fines.

To find out more about the different fines possible, go to the official website of the City of La Rochelle


You can access the carpoolingplatform through the Yelo network map.

On The “Les Mouettes” website you can find a carpool between the towns in our region on the day of travel of your choice.

If you want to find carpooling in the department, go to the dedicated page of the official Charente-Maritime website.

You can also check out Facebook groups and carpooling advertising sites