Getting to Poitou-Charentes Atlantic Coast & Cognac Country

Come and discover Poitou-Charentes when vacationing in France with your family, with friends, or on a romantic escapade! Our region is easy to reach, near Brittany, adjacent to the Loire castles, Périgord and Bordeaux.
 One week or even two, a weekend or 3-4 days, whatever may be your means of transportation or your budget, there are many ways of getting to Poitou-Charentes.
 You may desire calm and greenery, you may be planning action-packed family holidays, perhaps you are dreaming of a romantic weekend, two in love on the seaside or some isle in the Atlantic; in any event, a one-hour flight will change your environment !

By train

For travel arrangements, timetables, prices and bookings, visit

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  From Paris – Montparnasse train station: the TGV Atlantique service offers frequent runs to the high-speed train station

  • Futuroscope – 1h30
  • Poitiers – 1h35
  • Angoulême – 2h15
  • Niort – 2h15
  • La Rochelle – 2h55


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  From Paris – Austerlitz train station: Express services provide access to the same destinations and to:

  • Cognac
  • Saintes
  • Rochefort
  • Royan


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  From Bordeaux:

  • Angoulême - 55 minutes
  • Poitiers – 1h40

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  Connections with Eurostar from London St-Pancras:

  • via Lille-Europe to Poitiers – 3h20
  • via Gare du Nord and change for Paris-Montparnasse station

By car

Whether you are travelling by car ferry and then by car or renting a car once in France so as to get wherever you want to go, you will have no trouble discovering the region along motorways and other roads - highways and byways.

Driving through Poitou-Charentes is a great way to get around the countryside, discovering each and every nook and cranny.

Poitou-Charentes by car is the most convenient way to take an insider’s tour of the region!

By air

The two airports of the region, La Rochelle and Poitiers, offer direct flights to the main cities in Europe, especially Great Britain and Ireland.

To reach La Rochelle-Ile de Ré

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Drapeau Irlande



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  • From Brussells Charleroi - Ryanair


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To reach Poitiers

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These flights are not necessarily scheduled every day of the week and all year long. Please check out the hours and periods of scheduled flights on the websites of the region’s airports.

You can also fly to Paris and then take a TGV from the Charles-de-Gaulle Airport or Paris-Montparnasse train stations to Poitiers and other cities in the region.

By boat

Think Freedom at your steering wheel. Think Ferry!

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Drapeau Irlande


All offer regular links with French Channel ports just a half day’s drive from Poitou-Charentes.

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Distances from town to town

Distances from town to town

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