At La Rochelle Airport our desk is clearly signposted in the car rentals building and once your paperwork is completed the drive into the city centre takes just 15 minutes on the N237 road. At La Rochelle Station our branch is on the Avenue Du General De Gaulle just a short walk from the concourse entrance. The station is within easy walking distance of the historic town centre.
Driving in La Rochelle is fairly straightforward and having a Sat Nav makes sure you do not get lost in the narrow streets and confusing one-way systems of the old city. Driving away from the town is a pleasure whether you use the well-maintained motorway network or enjoy the scenic views and slower pace of life on country roads. Remember to have your driving licence and vehicle documents with you at all times.
There are several underground parking areas on the outskirts of La Rochelle and two types of metered street parking. Cheaper street parking is found on the outskirts while it is more expensive in the city centre where a two-hour limit is imposed.
With your rental vehicle in La Rochelle you will soon find your way around its three distinct areas. These are the port, the old town and the historic centre and if you take the short drive across the water to the nearby Ile de Ré you will discover its long sandy beaches. The naval history of La Rochelle goes back to the 14th-century and earlier. This can be explored in the three imposing towers that loom over the harbour. Climb the labyrinthine passages of the Tours de la Chaine, de la Lanterne and St Nicolas to enjoy views from their parapets and discover secrets from the city's dark past. Take some time to wander through the narrow streets of the old town with its quaint buildings and around the Port des Minimes where you can window shop for a luxury yacht before heading to La Rochelle Aquarium. This huge modern glass vessel houses over 12,000 examples of fascinating marine life as well as lots of interactive and educational activities for all ages.