To and from the Île de Ré

There are buses from the railway station and main bus station across the bridge to the various ports and resorts of the Ile de Ré. These are very frequent in summer and include special bike carrying buses - walking and cycling across the bridge is forbidden! For details see which is in French and English. Fare is €5.

The times of the fast Ré Express buses are shown on station departure boards as if they were trains. Other, slower, services are available with Les Mouettes as above.



The major tourist venues are in a compact area and easily walkable one from the other. Much of the area is closed to cars in any case.


La Rochelle has a cheap and efficient bus system around the city and suburbs. There is a flat fare (cash on board) of €1,30 and a day pass for €4.50. (Special fares apply for their summer time buses to the Île de Ré.

Other tickets and passes are available for frequent and regular users. Weekday and Saturday service runs from around 0630 to 2100hrs with core routes running every 20 or 30 minutes. Service on Sundays is much less frequent and some routes do not operate at all. The main bus station and interchange point is at Place de Verdun, just to the north of the city centre.

On board the bus all stops are announced and are also normally shown on screens.

All the details can be found at only in French


The area is almost flat. There are many bike paths and tracks, so getting around by bike is easy. The city has a bike share scheme to which visitors can subscribe. Details at only in French



There is a commuter train service between La Rochelle (Porte Dauphin station) via the main station down the coast to Rochefort, serving the various seaside towns. Some journeys do run at weekends. A local service also operates at infrequent intervals to Poitiers via  Niort.

Details of these services can be found at but only in French.

The départmental bus system 'Les Mouettes' connects La Rochelle with outlying towns and villages. For the most part buses are infrequent and irregular, timed as they are to suit local needs. Most routes do not run on Sundays and Holidays. Fares are charged according to distance to a maximum of €7,50. For maps and timetables see Les Mouettes also has information points at the railway station and main bus station.