France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Transportation for Île-de-Ré, France
Go to La Rochelle first by plane, train, bus or car, then cross the 3-km (2-mile) toll bridge to reach the island of Île-de-Ré by car, bike, shuttle, bus or on foot.

 Lighthouse in the Citadel, Saint-Mrtin-de-Ré, Île-de-Ré, France
Lighthouse in the Citadel,




To go to Île-de-Ré, you first go to La Rochelle (map).

Île-de-Ré is connected to the mainland at La Rochelle by a 3-km (2-mile) rather expensive toll bridge.


Flights by easyJet, flybe, Hop!, and Ryanair arrive at Aéroport de La Rochelle/ Île-de-Ré (LRH) from Ajaccio, Brussels, Lyon, numerous airports in the UK and Ireland, Portugal and Switzerland.


The Gare de La Rochelle SNCF serves fast TGV trains from Paris and also regional TER trains.

TGV trains cover the distance between Paris's Gare de Montparnasse and La Rochelle in about 3.5 hours; to or from Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. From La Rochelle, Les Mouettes regional buses connect to Île-de-Ré.


Les Mouettes is the Keolis-operated regional bus network linking La Rochelle, Île-de-Ré, Rochefort, Île d'Oléron, Niort, Saintes, Surgères and other towns in the Charente-Maritime département. More...

Ligne 3 Bus

Les Mouettes buses on Ligne 3 offer 6 daily departures in summer (09:40, 10:40, 12:40, 14:40, 16:40, 19:40) from the Gare de La Rochelle SNCF to the 10 villages on Île-de-Ré: Rivedoux Plage, Sainte-Marie-de-Ré, La Flotte, Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Le Bois Plage, La Couade-sur-Mer, Loix, Ars-en-Ré, Saint-Clément des Baleines, and Les Portes-en-Ré.

An additional 7 departures on weekdays go as far as Saint-Martin-de-Ré.

The trip from the Gare de La Rochelle to Saint-Martin-de-Ré takes one hour (12 to 16 stops); all the way to the tip of the island at Les Portes-en-Ré nearly two hours (37 stops).

Ré Express

Ré Express buses are Les Mouettes buses scheduled to connect with train arrivals at the Gare de La Rochelle SNCF: you leave the train, board the bus, and 19 minutes after train arrival the bus starts for Île-de-Ré.

Navette du Pont-de-Ré

A shuttle bus service operates across the 3-km (2-mile)-long Pont-de-Ré bridge that connects Île-de-Ré to the mainland. You can board the shuttle at the Belvédère parking area near the mainland end of the bridge, or at the Sablanceaux parking area at Rivedoux Plage at the island end of the bridge. The 8-minute ride costs 1.

Navette de Village

Île-de-Ré also has three Village Shuttle Bus Navette de Village) lines:

—Saint-Martin-de-Ré<—>La Couarde-sur-Mer<—>Loix

—La Flotte<—>Coquereau

—Sainte-Marie-de-Ré<—>La Noue Crapaudière<—>Chapelle


From April through September, Croisières Inter-Îles ferryboats connect the mainland ports of La Rochelle and La Tranche sur Mer with Saint-Martin-de-Ré on the Île-de-Ré on weekdays. The 1-hour voyage costs 15.50€ one-way (single) per adult, with reduced prices for youth 4 to 11, and children 3 and younger. More...

Île-de-Ré Hotels & Flats

What to See & Do

About Île-de-Ré

Tourist Information

About La Rochelle

La Rochelle Transport

Poitou-Charentes Transport

Poitou-Charentes Region


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