About getting to Les Arcs by Train
It's surprisingly easy, quick and comfortable to travel overland by train...from and to just about anywhere. Especially between some of the major European cities.
The nearest train station to Les Arcs is Bourg St Maurice which is about 30 minutes away by car or bus, depending on which part of the resort you're staying in. During the winter season (mid December to 1st week of April) Eurostar runs both a direct daytime and an overnight train from London St Pancras or Ashford in Kent to Bourg Saint Maurice.
The direct daytime Eurostar leaves London / Ashford on Saturday mornings and arrives around 8-9 hours later in Bourg St Maurice. The return train leaves early the following Saturday morning to the UK and takes around 7-8 hours. Other day daytime services are available but involve more changes in either Paris or Lyon Part-Dieu which then involve further changes to either Chambery or Grenoble and then a further connection to BSM. The direct day service is your best option as you won't need to change in Paris and find your way across the city from one station to another. For this reason it's incredibly popular and tickets sell out fast.
The night time Eurostar leaves London / Ashford and arrives into Paris-Nord station around 2 hours later. The connecting regional train to Bourg St Maurice leaves just over an hour later (from a different station - Paris-Lyon) and arrives around 8 hours after that, in the early morning at Bourg St Maurice. If you do need to change from Paris Gare Nord to Paris Gare Lyon, you can use the Paris Metro or hop in a taxi. Getting from one to the other takes around 30 minutes, however you should try and build in an hour or more to make sure you make the connecting train.
Cross country trains connect Bourg St Maurice to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport or from Paris-Gare-de-Lyon on the TGV service, which takes around 5-6 hours. If you're coming from Lyon Part Dieu (across town from Lyon Saint Exupery airport) you can reach BSM on the regional trains which takes around 3.5 hours. If you've flown into Geneva, trains change either at Chambery or Lyon and then onward to Bourg St Maurice, which takes around 4 hours.
Once you've arrived in Bourg St Maurice you can pick up a shuttle bus (on Saturdays only in winter) to the Funicular which then takes you up to Arc 1600 and then another shuttle bus up into the other resort villages or a take a transfer minibus directly from BSM. Read more about Transfers to Les Arcs.
Eurostar is the high-speed passenger train from London to Paris & London to Brussels, which travels via the Channel Tunnel. Not to be confused with Eurotunnel, the company which owns the Channel Tunnel whose car-carrying trains shuttle road vehicles across the Channel.
Run by Eurostar International Limited, the company is owned by SNCF French Railways (55%), SNCB Belgian Railways (5%) & 40% originally by the UK government but now sold to overseas investors. Eurostar carries passengers, not cars. They now run a direct train from London to Lyon, Avignon & Marseille between one and five times a week all year round. You can also get a train to Geneva, but with one change, that takes approximately 6-7 hours.
Eurotunnel however provides a quick and simple method to get you and your car from England to France. From Folkestone to Calais in only 35 minutes, it is the fastest way to get across (or under) the English Channel. There are around four departures every hour - book early to get the best prices. If you are travelling with your bike, then see our Cycling Guide for information on taking you bike on the train.
The 'Train a Grand Vitesse' (TGV) is the high speed rail network of France. Reaching speeds of up to 200 mph, it's a great way to whip through the French countryside to your destination. Most journeys start in Paris, so if you are in the UK, you will need to take the Eurostar from London to Paris first (see above).
The SNCF website has the information for the TGV (high speed trains) & national rail service, or tgv-europe for all European train travel. TGV train tickets must be bought in advance. There are whole host of discounts available for families, seniors, and groups. Cats & dogs are allowed on the train for a fee.
Location: Les Arcs Region