Nestled on the Bay of Biscay on the west coast of France, La Rochelle is a proud sea port and a well-known tourist destination. The pearl of the city, the old town part, is a tourist magnet with many visitors flocking in each year. Make the most of your stay with a car hire in La Rochelle, and travel wherever you want and whenever you feel like it. Auto Europe partners with leading car hire suppliers offering competitive rental prices and top vehicles available at the airport and downtown.
Traffic in La Rochelle tends to be busy during peak times and in the areas around the old town. The city is connected to the rest of France by a well-developed motorway network. With a car hire in La Rochelle you will be able to reach other lovely French cities, Nantes in the north or Bordeaux in the south, in only two-hours drive. Remember that motorways in France are toll-roads. To learn more about French driving rules, pay a visit to our guide.
Free parking is available at Les Minimes, Parking du Rieupeyrout - close to Technoforum, Bernard Moitessier - in front of the Maritime Museum, and the public parks of La Rochelle. Other alternatives include paid car parks and ticketed on-street parking.
La Rochelle lies on the Bay of Biscay, a part of the Atlantic Ocean. The city has an Oceanic climate, and due to the Gulf Stream waters, it enjoys mild temperatures throughout the year. Summers are usually hot and dry, while winters are mild and wet.
La Rochelle-Île de Ré (LRH)
Located only two miles northwest of the city, La Rochelle Airport is an international airbase servicing the city and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.
Telephone: +33 5 46 42 86 70
The city is serviced by the TGV high speed trains with connections to Bordeaux, Nantes, Poitiers, and Paris. There are also regional train services. The railway station is situated close to the city centre. A local company, Yélo, runs bus services in the city and its surroundings. La Rochelle is also one of the first cities in France to have introduced a bike sharing system.