Holiday: Practical information Ile de Ré
l'Ile de Ré in a few words:
|The island's reputation precedes it...|
With fine sandy beaches, salt marshes and forests, Île de Ré offers varied landscapes which change with the tides. Leave your car behind and take advantage of a vast network of cycle paths to discover Île de Ré by bike... Whether you're a fan of water sports and golf, or prefer to bask in the sun and enjoy the beach, Île de Ré offers something to suit everyone.
How to get here
Car: La Rochelle is the closest town to Île de Ré (about 10 minutes by car). La Rochelle is in the middle of the Atlantic coast, halfway between Nantes and Bordeaux. Since 1988, Île d Ré has been connected to La Rochelle by a toll bridge 3 km long. The bridge is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. An eco tax was introduced in 01/01/2012. The cost is €8.
Train station: La Rochelle has a TGV (high-speed train) station - La Rochelle is 3 hours from Paris by train. Check the SNCF website for train timetables: www.voyages-sncf.fr
Airport : La Rochelle has an airport as well (www.larochelle.aeroport.fr) well served by many airlines like Easy jet (www.easyjet.com) or Ryan Air (www.ryanair.com) from France or England
Bus & Taxi: When you arrive at the train station or airport, you can hire a car or take a bus or taxi (Tel: +33.(0)5.46.07.69.48). The buses serve all the villages in Île de Ré. See the following links for timetables:
When should I come?
Île de Ré is very busy from April to October, but is quieter during the winter period, making it ideal for "solitary" walks on the beach. As it has an oceanic climate, the temperatures are very pleasant all year round.
During the summer, the island tends to be very busy with holidaymakers, so you should book well in advance to be sure of finding somewhere to stay.