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Take a leisurely bike ride amid some of the prettiest scenery in France when you step off La Rochelle flights...
La Rochelle – Ile de Ré Airport (LRH) is located on the west coast of France, where the Atlantic Ocean meets golden sands and handsome harbour cities. And La Rochelle is one such city.
With a picturesque marina and a striking cathedral, it’s hard to resist. But so is Ile de Ré, the gorgeous island destination just across the bridge from La Rochelle. It doesn’t scream at you to come over, it quietly beckons with the curl of a manicured finger, tempting you with long, sun-kissed lunches and afternoons snoozing on the sand. And the best way to get between café and coast? Bikes, of course. This island is criss-crossed by quiet cycle paths and dotted by sand dunes, forests, and historic villages. You might never want to hit the mainland again! If you do, hire a car and head for Cognac or Bordeaux, which are both within two hours of La Rochelle.
Low-cost flights to La Rochelle from London are easy to find, while you can also book cheap flights to La Rochelle from a number of UK airports. TravelSupermarket shows you low fares from the best airlines serving La Rochelle, meaning you don’t need to look anywhere else.
It’s a short hop of just one-and-a-half hours to this idyllic part of France and its Atlantic coastline...
Not all services operate year round so do check schedules. However, you can reach La Rochelle direct with Ryanair from Stansted, easyJet from Bristol and Gatwick, and Flybe from Birmingham, Manchester and Southampton.
There are no connecting services through Paris or any other European hubs.
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Fly to La Rochelle and you’ll touch down just a few kilometres from the city centre of La Rochelle and a 30-minute drive from Saint-Martin-de-Ré, the main port town and buzzing epicentre of life on Ile de Ré.
Hop on the bus after leaving arrivals and get to La Rochelle in 15 minutes (services leave every 30 minutes). Outside of summer, get the bus to the city and connect with bus services to Ile de Ré. During July and August, Les Mouettes coaches whisk passengers direct to the island from the airport.
Taxis are also available. Summer sees a huge influx of visitors and pre-booking is advised during this busy season. The average cost of a taxi from the airport to Ile de Ré is around 50 euros.
La Rochelle Airport is small, so it’s wise to pre-book car hire to secure your vehicle if you want to get about independently during your stay.
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La Rochelle features a wealth of places to stay, from budget lodgings to luxury hotels. Out on Ile de Ré, campsites and self-catering villas complete the accommodation scene alongside some terrific village hotels.
When summer arrives and the streets of Paris tremble with stifling heat, the capital’s well-to-do residents say “au revoir” to the Seine and “bonjour” to the Atlantic. This means that hotels on Ile de Ré are in huge demand in July and August and prices rise accordingly. For a cheaper (and quieter) stay, it therefore makes sense to visit outside of the summer months. For summer holidays, book well in advance and compare hotels on TravelSupermarket for the best chance of finding a bargain.
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