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 Access La Rochelle, the city

With over 80,000 inhabitants, this port city on the Atlantic coast is situated halfway between Nantes and Bordeaux.

The city of La Rochelle has for many years placed sustainable development at the heart of its policies and has implemented many positive actions in the areas of health promotion, solidarity, social action, biodiversity, water… but also in the area of town planning, construction and energy. The priority of La Rochelle is to reduce the carbon footprint by acting daily in different areas, which is expressed by many actions from the management of municipal buildings to town planning by way of public facilities, transport and travel.


The "Espace Encan" of La Rochelle

Espace ENCAN
Quai Louis Prunier
17033 La Rochelle, France




The Encan site is located close to the historic center, near the old harbourg, called now the "bassin des grands yachts". It was built on the old fish market, place of memory of Rochelaise fishing. The Encan center, now called "La Rochelle Congrès" has adopted an environmentally friendly and responsible approach, supported by the ADEME, for its various events.

How to get to La Rochelle


La Rochelle-Ile de Ré Airport
+33 (0)5 46 42 30 26
There are a dozen direct lines including Paris, Lyon, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Porto, Southampton, Bristol, Bruxelles,,Southampton, Est Midlands, Geneve, Leeds, Dublin and Edinburgh. It also serves a number of European destinations (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Munich, Madrid, Bologna, etc.).

You can also fly to Bordeaux (Merignac) or Nantes et rent a car to La Rochelle
http://www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr or http://www.nantes.aeroport.fr


  • 6 TGV per day Paris - La Rochelle , in 3h15min

  • 1 train per day La Rochelle - Marseille,

  • 12 trains per day La Rochelle - Paris,

  • Over 100 trains leave La Rochelle station all through the year for destinations such as Poitiers, Bordeaux, Nantes, Paris and Toulouse.

Tel : +33 9 70 60 99 70 - www.voyages-sncf.com



Paris: 467 km / Lyon: 650 km / Toulouse: 400 km / Bordeaux : 190 km / Nantes: 146 km / Marseille: 825 km


Abeilles Taxis
Tel : +33(0)5 46 41 22 22 / +33(0)5 46 41 55 55

Taxi G.I.R 17
Tel : +33(0)5 79 805 805

Taxi Abdel
Tel : +33(0)6 68 32 77 12

Taxi Anthony
Tel : +33(0)6 84 75 69 64

ABC Radio taxi
Tel : +33(0)5 46 42 22 00

Allo Taxi 17
Tel : +33(0)6 20 19 63 30





International and European Protocol

Depending on the nationality and the duration of the stay in France, it may be necessary to obtain a visa from their nearest French Consulate before leaving home.

Additional information

  • For citizens of European Union countries, Switzerland and Monaco a current valid identity card is sufficient.
  • The fee for a short-stay visa (less than 3 months) is 60€.
  • Citizens of Bosnia, Georgia, Moldavia, Russia and Ukraine have applications fees of 35€ for short-stay visas.
  • A visa is waived for the citizens of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Antigua-&-Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chili, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong,  Israel, Japan, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Salvador, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea,  Taiwan, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Should you need a visa, apply to the French consulate in your country.
Details of the addresses can be found on the website of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs






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