Getting to Ile de Ré
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Since 1st January 2012, an environmental tax is payable for crossing the bridge. The rate varies depending on the period and vehicle size. If you are planning to cross more than once, you can buy a pass which reduces the cost of each passage. The office is open every day from 5.30am to 9.30pm.
To contact bridge management call: +33 (0)5 46 00 51 10. Or buy season passes online: www.charente-maritime.fr/pont_re
From Paris: 4 hours 30 minutes
From Bordeaux: 2 hours
From Nantes 1 hour 45 minutes
Crossing is €3 for two-wheel motorised vehicles.
Trains stop at La Rochelle station from Nantes, Bordeaux and Paris-Montparnasse with the high-speed railway service: TGV Atlantique.
SNCF train information: 3635 or www.voyages-sncf.com
Paris Montparnasse - La Rochelle: 3 hours
Traffic depends on the season - check for your dates.
Contact La Rochelle-Ile de Ré airport on: +33 (0)5 46 42 86 70 or go to www.larochelle.aeroport.fr
Air France: Paris-Orly, Nice, Marseille
Chalair: Lyon, Ajaccio
Jet2: Leeds-Bradford, Londres Stansted, Manchester
EasyJet: Londres Gatwick, Bristol, Genève
Flybe: Birmingham, Southampton
Ryanair: Londres Stansted, Bruxelles Charleroi, Dublin, Porto
Note: the right lane when leaving the toll ages is reserved for bikes, and the left lane is reserved for pedestrians. Bridge crossing is free for cyclists and pedestrians.
From Niort via the Vélo Francette 90km (to La Rochelle) cycling route; from Roscoff or Hendaye via the Vélodyssée cycling route which follows the Atlantic coast.
Many local professionals provide transport services between the station, the airport and the island.
A complete list here
The KEOLIS-LES MOUETTES bus service provides transport from the the La Rochelle train station to the island. The bus service operates in all Ile de Ré villages all year round. Journey time varies from 25 minutes to arrive at Rivedoux-Plage, the first village after the bridge, to 2 hours to arrive at Portes-en-Ré at the other end of the island. In summer, Ré Express coaches provide transport from the station to the place of your choice. The journey is quicker. No bookings required.
Buy tickets from the driver, in Les Mouettes agency offices, Les Mouettes ticket offices and at the SNCF train station.
Day, week, month and year passes are available.
More information or 0 811 36 17 17.
The RTCR public transport authority provides a crossing during July and August only, with a single stop at Sablanceaux at the foot of the bridge on the island.
For more information contact: 05 46 34 02 22 or go to www.rtcr.fr
For day trips, an electric shuttle crosses the bridge every day from June to September for €1 per person aged over 5. Frequency varies from every 30 minutes to every 10 minutes depending on the time of day. Free car parks are available on each side of the bridge.
Ars-en-Ré, La Flotte, Rivedoux-Plage and Saint-Martin-de-Ré offer berths for visitors. It is necessary to contact the harbour office before arrival, unless in the event of an emergency.
Contact the port of Saint-Martin: +33 (0)5 46 09 26 69 or email@example.com
Cruises between the islands
Discover the island from the sea! From the old port of La Rochelle to Saint-Martin-de-Ré. 0 825 135 500 et www.inter-iles.com