Warning to Visitors

Some of the information below may be out of date as a result of changing timetables and services. Please double check the accuracy of all information before travelling.

The booking forms should be up to date however, so if tickets for a particular service are available, then the service should be operational.

Paris - Poitiers - La Rochelle (TGV Train)

Rail

The Journey

The service between Paris and La Rochelle is most easily made by TGV Atlantique, in just under three hours. On-board you can expect the standard high quality TGV service as you travel through France at high-speed. The service is fairly frequent, with trains departing every hour and a half throughout the day.


TGV

The French rail network offers passengers the chance to travel anywhere within the country in a matter of hours. That wouldn't be possible without the iconic TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse); one of the fastest high-speed trains in Europe.

The service, operated by SNCF (the French national rail network) are the pride of the French rail system; fast, efficient, comfortable, reliable and cheap. TGVs serve around 150 destinations across France, as well as a number of international destinations. The service offers a range of train types, including dual-level 'Duplex' trains. TGV Est are the latest trains to join the fleet.

The TGV network is formed of a number of route segments:

  • TGV Est - east of France;
  • TGV Méditerranée - south and south-east of France;
  • TGV Lyria - international services to Switzerland;
  • TGV Atlantique - west of France;
  • TGV Nord - north of France, linking with the Channel Tunnel;
  • TGV Paris-Germany - international services to Germany;
  • TGV Sud-Est - southeast of France;
  • TGV France-Italy - international services to Italy; and
  • TGV France-Spain - international services to Spain.

There are three classes of travel available to passengers: Standard Class, First Class, and TGV Pro (Business Class). TGV carriages are generally very spacious and comfortable, with plenty of legroom, drop-down tables and power points.

In First Class, passengers can choose to have Solo seats, which are single seats, which each facing the back of the one in front. Duo seats are available to all classes (two seats next to each other, facing the backs of the ones in front). Pairs of seats facing each other across a table are available in all classes, whilst first class also offers single seats facing each other. First Class seats have access to electrical sockets for portable device chargine.

First Class passengers have access to extra legroom and power-assisted seats. TGV Pro customers get the extra legroom as well as a welcome service on some services, as well as access to business lounges, dedicated carriages and travel packs. 

Food and Drink

Everyone has access to a buffet car which serves hot and cold food, as well as drinks. There tend to be meal deals available which make eating on the train a reasonably priced offer, although still more expensive than bringing your own food. There are also vending machines for snacky purchases. First and TGV Pro Class customers may choose to have their meal served at their seats, if travelling between Monday and Friday.

Luggage

Each passenger is allowed to bring two bags or suitcases on board (unlimited weight), as well as one piece of hand luggage (beat that low cost airlines!). Bulkier items can also be stored at the end of carriages. Remember to label any luggage that you leave unattended though, as this is taken quite seriously.

Disabled Passengers

TGV trains are well equipped for disabled passengers. Dedicated spaces are available for disabled passengers and their travel companions in the First Class section of the train. Disabled toilets are available near to dedicated disabled seating areas. Disabled passengers should request these seats at the time of booking.

Bicycles

Bicycles can be carried on-board some TGV services for an additional charge of around €15. Bicycle spaces must be booked in advance as space is limited. Folded bicycles may be transported free of charge.

Pets

TGV services do permit the transportation of pets. Domestic animals in pet carriers and larger dogs need a separate ticket for travel, whilst smaller pets in a pet carrier can be brought on-board for free. Each passenger can take two dogs or pet carriers on-board with them. Guide dogs travel for free.

Timetable

There are up to seven services a day in either direction between Paris and La Rochelle. If the timings are not suitable for your journey however, there are plenty of indirect services available, with interchange available at Poitiers.

Paris to La Rochelle by Train:

Station8305831783218341836183698391
   Fri, Sun Sat Fri
Paris Montparnasse07.1310.1413.1316.1318.1519.1420.14
Poitiers08.4911.4914.4917.4919.5320.4921.49
Niort09.3712.3715.3718.3320.3921.3322.37
La Rochelle10.1913.1516.1919.08*21.2522.1523.20

* Arrives 19.25 on Sundays.

La Rochelle to Paris by Train:

Station830683148324833483388362836483748386
 SunSat   Fri  A
La Rochelle05.4007.4411.4013.4415.4016.4518.3619.5020.44
Niort06.2508.3012.2514.3016.2517.2519.2420.3121.25
Poitiers07.1209.1213.1215.1217.1218.1220.1321.1222.12
Paris Montparnasse08.4610.4614.4616.4618.4619.4421.4622.46*23.46

* Arrives 23.01 Mon-Thurs from 03.12.12.
A: Sundays and Fridays. Friday service also calls at St Pierre-des-Corps at 22.52.

Price

Special one-way fares start from as little as €19 as long as you book far enough in advance.

Tickets can be purchased direct from TGV through their ticketing website, tgv-europe.com. Alternatively, you can visit RailEurope using the link below to purchase tickets for your entire journey.

Railpass holders must pay a small supplement to travel on this service. The exact amount varies depending on the type of pass held, ranging from €1.50-€25.

Operated by TGV

Select your Country to Book Train Tickets

Tips, Questions & Comments