Rental companies may charge extra for drivers aged under 25, normally payable when you pick up your car. Age restrictions may apply in certain locations. Check the rental company's website before booking.

Car Hire from La Rochelle Airport

Car Hire La Rochelle Airport

The south west coast of France is home to seaside cities and the island of Ile De Re for beautiful beaches. Hiring a car at La Rochelle Airport will give you the opportunity to discover the coast for hidden gems off the beaten track.

Where to hire a car at La Rochelle Airport

Avis, Hertz, Enterprise, Sixt, Europcar and National-Citer offer car hire from La Rochelle Airport and can all be found in their own dedicated car rental building outside of the airport terminal. This is well sign posted and easy to find once you arrive in the terminal. It is important to note that as a small airport some of the car hire companies at La Rochelle airport operate with limited open hours.

Petrol Stations near La Rochelle

Depending on your car rental policy you may need to refuel your car close to La Rochelle Airport before dropping it off to avoid additional charges.

An Avia service station is located away from the airport on Rue de Bethencourt in La Rochelle.

Driving around La Rochelle

La Rochelle Airport is located to the north of the town on the N237 bypass, this will then connect you to the N11 heading to the east of France or the N137 south through the coastal towns.

Getting to your destination from La Rochelle Airport

La Rochelle

A seaside town which is known for its unspoilt ports and the La Rochelle Towers, some of the most photographed towers in Europe. The maritime history is kept alive throughout the town’s museums, events and busy harbour.

La Rochelle Airport to La Rochelle is a 15 minute, 5km drive leaving the airport at Avenue Modere Lombard and driving towards Avenue Carnot. Follow the signs for ‘Centre Ville’.
Free parking is available in La Rochelle in front of the Maritime Museum and public parks but during peak times spaces can be limited. Paid underground parking lots are near the port and the bus station.

Ile de Re

An island off the coast of France and a destination for those looking for glamour, beaches and beautiful scenery. There are many hiking and water sports opportunities for those wanting to enjoy the outdoors.

La Rochelle Airport to Ile De Re will take approximately 20 minutes over the D735 bridge which offers views of the Bay of Biscay during the drive. There is a 16 euro fee to access the bridge and during the peak season you may encounter delays and queues to get on and off the bridge.


This often overlooked town of Rochefort is one of the most stylish towns in the south of France. Elegant streets are centred around the historic maritime town which is rich in thermal waters and hot springs.

The drive from La Rochelle Airport to Rochefort is 41km and will take 30 minutes via the D137.
Hotels have parking available though it shouldn’t be difficult to find a parking place in the centre with on street parking and a large car park available off the D911 in the centre.

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