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La Rochelle

Getting around


Le Passeur (tickets €0.60; 7.45am-8pm, to 10pm Apr & May, to midnight Jul & Aug) is a three-minute ferry service linking Tour de la Chaîne withthe Avant Port. It runs when there are passengers – press the red button on the board at the top of the gangplank.

The ferry Bus de Mer (tickets €1.50, €1.70 Jul & Aug) links Tour de la Chaîne with Les Minimes (20 minutes). It runs daily April to September; at weekends and holidays only from October to March. Boats from the Vieux Port depart every hour on the hour (except at 1pm) from 10am to 7pm (every half-hour and until 11.30pm in July and August).

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Bus & tram


The innovative local transport system, RTCR (05 46 34 02 22), has a main bus hub and information office (place de Verdun; 7.30am-6.30pm Mon-Fri, 8am-6.30pm Sat). Most lines run until sometime between 7.15pm and 8pm. Tickets cost €1.20.

Bus 1 runs from place de Verdun to the train station, returning via the Vieux Port. Bus 10 links place de Verdun with the youth hostel and Les Minimes.

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Car & motorcycle

There is free parking on the side streets north of the concrete transport hub, place de Verdun; at esplanade des Parcs, which is a few hundred metres northwest of place de Verdun; and around Neptunea. There’s an underground garage at place de Verdun.

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Local transport


Call 05 46 41 55 55 or 05 46 34 02 22 for a taxi.

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The city’s distinctive yellow bikes can be rented at Les Vélos Autoplus (05 46 34 02 22; 9am-7pm Jul & Aug, 9am-12.30pm & 1.30-7pm May, Jun & Sep, 9.15am-12.15pm & 1.50-6pm Mon-Sat Oct-Apr). The first two hours are free; after that bikes cost €1 per hour. Child seats, but not bike helmets, are available. From May to September, bikes can also be picked up at the Vieux Port (across the street from 11 quai Valin).

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