The historic harbour city of La Rochelle is located in New Aquitaine, a region of south west France. New Aquitaine’s Atlantic coastline extends from La Rochelle in the north to Biarritz in the south, picking up the Dordogne, Limousin and Basque regions in between. Book cheap flights to La Rochelle with Flybe today and discover this diverse, fascinating and sunny corner of France.
Flight frequency: Daily
Currency: EUR (€)
Owing to its radiant limestone façades, La Rochelle is known as La Ville Blanche (the White City). A prominent port from medieval times, its fascinating maritime heritage is evident wherever you go. The fact that the harbour and marinas are used predominantly by sailing yachts, as opposed to motor boats, gives La Rochelle a tranquil easy-going feeling, yet it buzzes with markets, shops and cafés by day, and with lively bars by night. Whether you are booking flights to La Rochelle for a romantic city break or a weekend away with friends, make the most of your stay by checking out our guide on things to do in La Rochelle.
Seafood is a big focus in many of the restaurants in La Rochelle. André, an institution since 1947, is famous for its seafood platters, good wine and reasonable prices. For fine dining, Les 4 Sargents is an exquisite spot to sample the local oysters, lobster and mussels from Charron. And as you’re in France, you’ll find dozens of excellent cafés and bistros where you can lunch with the locals and watch the world go by. Tranquil by day, La Rochelle morphs into a surprisingly electrifying city by night. Night owls won’t have any difficulty finding somewhere to party until dawn. Le Cohiba serves up Latin rhythms and cocktails and is a great bar to stop at before heading to the trendy Oxford Club. For an authentic French wine bar experience, La Cave de la Guignette is a must.
Shopping in La Rochelle celebrates the finer things in life – from the best cognacs to handmade chocolates. Wander the charming pedestrian streets and the bustling squares to find a plethora of individual boutiques brimming with character and beautiful things. Enter chocolate heaven at Ile De Re Chocolates et Caramels. Esprit du Sel sells handmade products using salt from the salt marshes of neighbouring Ile de Ré. For an authentic market experience head to Aux Halles, the 19th century covered market, where you can find the region’s legendary seafood and other local produce.
Seen one aquarium, seen them all? Not so with the state-of-the-art Aquarium La Rochelle. This family-friendly attraction is a must-see – the Galerie des Lumières (Gallery of Lights) is truly unforgettable. Another iconic La Rochelle landmark, the Tour de la Lanterne is one of three medieval towers that were built to protect the harbour. Throughout the centuries it has served as a lighthouse and a prison. Today, tourists scale the 158 steps to the top to admire the spectacular views across the city. La Rochelle’s calendar of events includes Les Francofolies, an annual summer music festival and Grand Pavois, Europe’s largest in-water boat exhibition. For more information on events and attractions in La Rochelle, visit the La Rochelle tourism website.
IATA code: LRH
Name: La Rochelle – Île de RÉ Airport
Address: Rue du Jura, 17000 La Rochelle, France
Telephone: +33 892 23 01 03
There are over 200 car parking spaces at La Rochelle Airport including both short and long stay options. For car parking fees, visit the La Rochelle Airport website. The airport lies just off the N237 motorway. Average driving time between La Rochelle Airport and the city centre is around 15 minutes.
If you’re taking the bus from La Rochelle Airport to La Rochelle city centre, the Yelo bus service runs to and from the city every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday, with a less frequent service on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased onboard, cash only. Find fares and timetable information.
You can pick up taxis from La Rochelle Airport just outside the Arrivals area. To book a taxi in advance, you can find phone numbers for several taxi operators here.
Several car hire operators are available at La Rochelle Airport including Avis, Flybe's car hire partners. We recommend booking your hire car in advance to ensure you get the best price and a speedy departure from the terminal after your flight to La Rochelle. Booking car hire with Avis couldn’t be simpler – just add on a car hire option when booking your Flybe flights.
You’ll find a range of accommodation in La Rochelle from luxury hotels, to villas, to self-catering apartments. With our partner, Booking.com, you’ll find accommodation that perfectly suits your taste and your budget.
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Images courtesy of La Rochelle Tourism and Getty images