What you should know before hiring a car in La Rochelle
La Rochelle city centre
Car hires in La Rochelle: practical information
Where to rent a car in La Rochelle
La Rochelle is the main stay along the western coast of France in the Charente-Maritime region. It's a port city with a lot of character. Have you already booked your flight tickets from London to La Rochelle? The next travel planning detail to iron out is your cheapest car hire in La Rochelle. The best place to pick up a car hire in La Rochelle is at the airport. This is who you've got to work with: ADA, Avis, National/Citer, Europcar and Hertz.
For a car hire La Rochelle city, you'll find a selection of car rental companies in La Rochelle along Quai Valin. ADA, National and Rent a Car are right there, close to Boulevard Joffre. Across from the train station is Europcar. As with booking flights to La Rochelle, it's important to compare car hire prices and search for car hire deals in La Rochelle in order to find the best offer.
Driving in La Rochelle: parking and other tips
You'll find plenty of parking available for your rent car in La Rochelle. There is free parking at Les Minimes, in front of the Maritime Museum and at public parks. There are also 6 car parks in and around La Rochelle, some even offer bus shuttle services to the city centre like the one at Jean Moulin. Pay & Display at Esplanade St Jean d'Acre, Encan, Place of Verdun, St Nicolas and Notre Dame.
The best is if you book hotels in La Rochelle with parking available. Try Hotel Mercue along Quai Louis Prunier. If you do need to use your hotel's parking garage during your stay, make sure to call in advance and ask them to reserve a place, especially if they have limited capacity.
Road trips from La Rochelle: what to do, what to see
Baie de l'Aiguillon
Make the most out of your holidays in La Rochelle and take some small trips outside of the city. Our first recommendation is the national nature reserve in the Baie de l'Aiguillon. This is an important place for bird-watchers as these wetlands attract hundreds of thousands of birds during the migratory seasons. Don't forget your binoculars and your Wellingtons.
Tours is a wine city as well as the best place to practice your French! There is a ton to do here so arrive early! Check out the cathedral, the castle, the flower market and if you still have time, rent a bike and cycle the river banks of the mighty Loire River. The old city is just incredible, marked for its old and colourful houses in typical Tours style.
In two and a half hours you can be in Bordeaux, the world's most famous wine producing region! You'll be happy to have a cheap car hire from La Rochelle when you visit Bordeaux as many of the wineries are hard to access without your own car. Visit the city and then create your own tasting tour from vineyard to vineyard!