Nearest Airport:

– La Rochelle (Transfer to island: 10 min.)
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Also worth investigating:

– Bordeaux Airport
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Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London Gatwick, Southampton
with Monarch, Easyjet, Ryanair, British Airways and Flybe
2 hours by car from the Ile de Ré

– Nantes Airport
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Glasgow, London City, London Gatwick, Southampton with
Ryanair Flybe, and Easyjet
2 hours by car from the Ile de Ré

– Bergerac Airport
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Stansted, Bristol, Nottingham, Liverpool and Southampton with
Ryanair and Flybe
3 hours by car from the Ile de Ré




– Please use Mappy as your route planner, or open Google Maps via one of our Houses’ page


London St-Pancras to Paris Nord
Paris Montparnasse to La Rochelle

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Transfer Paris Nord to Paris Montparnasse
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If you arrive in La Rochelle by air or rail, and don’t intend to hire a car, you’ll want to know how to get onto the island.

There are two options for the time being:
bus or taxi.


If you arrive by train in La Rochelle, the bus departs from outside the main train station.Les Mouettes bus

If you arrive at the airport, you’ll have to take a bus into town and then change to another bus.

The bus is cheap and cheerful, but it does take a long time! Depending on where you’re staying, reckon on an average transfer time of at least one hour. And don’t forget that the bus won’t drop you right in front of your accommodation. You’re probably going to have to walk a bit, perhaps with heavy luggage.

If you’d like to try this option, you want the No. 3 bus.
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More expensive, but probably the easiest option after a longish trip by rail or air.
It takes about 10 minutes to drive onto the island (Rivedoux) from the airport, perhaps a little longer, but not much, from the main train station in the centre of La Rochelle.

If you’re staying at our accommodation, we’d be pleased to arrange taxi transfers for you.

The fare is approx. €45 between the airport or train station and St. Martin, €50 to La Couarde. There will usually be a surcharge if you travel late (after 7pm) or early, or on a Sunday.

If you’re not staying at our accommodation, we may still be able to help.
Do contact us!

Our driver – Martine – knows all our houses, and she’ll see you safely to the door. You won’t have to queue for a taxi, and you won’t get charged what we’ll refer to as ‘an unexpectedly high fare’!

A word about children’s car seats: please don’t be surprised not to find a car seat in your taxi. Under French law, there’s no obligation for taxis to provide car seats.