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How to get to Les Arcs
Discover the top ways to get to Les Arcs
With 4 nearby airports and a train station only 7 minutes away, there are plenty of options for getting to Les Arcs.
Les Arcs sits at the heart of Paradiski, one of the largest and highest mountain resorts in Europe.
The easiest way for most international visitors to get here is probably to fly to Geneva.
But Les Arcs is definitely doable by train too. Bourg St Maurice railway station is only 7 minutes away and links directly to the resort via funicular.
If you're driving, it's straightforward as far as Bourg St Maurice. The road gets increasingly twisty after that.
So given the options, what’s the best way to get here?
Flying to Les Arcs
Flying to Geneva is probably the easiest way to get to Les Arcs for most international visitors.
The only trouble with flying anywhere is the environmental cost. Driving, coming by coach or catching a train are usually better options if you want to reduce CO2 emissions.
Flying to other airports
Lyon or Grenoble are options for Les Arcs if you can’t get a flight to Geneva. Both are around 215km away and transfers take 2h 30 hours.
Chambery is actually closer than the three airports already mentioned, but it's a lot smaller and not as many airlines fly there. But if you can get a flight then great.
We wouldn't recommend flying to Turin or Milan - even if they look close on the map. It usually takes a lot longer to get to the resort, and you'll often have to rely on pricey private transfers.
Getting from the airport to Les Arcs
There are several ways to get from the airport to Les Arcs. If your transfer only takes you as far as Bourg St Maurice, you can hop on the funicular at the train station and be at Arcs 1600 (the lowest of the Les Arcs) resorts in just 7 minutes.
There are free shuttle buses between Les Arcs 1600 and other villages in the resort (including Les Arcs 1800, Les Arcs 1950 and Les Arcs 2000).
|Flying to||Best option||Journey time|
|Chambery||Private transfers to Les Arcs 2000
Regular bus services to Bourg St Maurice on weekends during the winter season
|Geneva||Airport transfer to Les Arcs 2000||3h 15|
|Grenoble||Private airport transfers to Les Arcs 2000||3h|
|Lyon||Private transfers to Les Arcs 2000
Regular bus service to Bourg St Maurice
Train to Les Arcs
Getting to Les Arcs by train may involve a few changes, which can be tricky with baggage or kids. But:
- it's the most environmentally-friendly option
- you get more leg room than on a plane or in a car
- you normally won't have to pay extra for luggage
- journey times can be similar to driving or flying if you're doing a trip like London to Les Arcs
Which train station is closest to Les Arcs
Bourg St Maurice is the closest train station to Les Arcs and it's connected to Arcs 1600 by a funicular that takes 7 minutes.
High speed (TGV) trains from Paris and the Eurostar Snow train stop at Bourg St Maurice.
If you're coming to Les Arcs from the UK
London to Les Arcs by train takes 9 to 12 hours.
Driving to Les Arcs
Les Arcs is relatively easy to get to by car, but you don't really need your car once you're in resort, thanks to the free shuttle buses.
If you're using the French autoroute, the journey as far as Bourg St Maurice is straightforward. The final 35 minutes is a little more arduous as you wind your way up the 17km stretch into Les Arcs.
This road is cleared every day during winter, but it's not a trip for nervous drivers - especially in bad weather.
Remember too that if you're coming here for a ski holiday, you'll need to fit winter tyres or keep snow chains in the boot of your car.
Driving to Les Arcs from the UK
It takes about 9h 40 hours to drive from Calais to Les Arcs - a distance of around 930km.
Unless you're driving an electric car to the Alps however, driving isn't very environmentally friendly.
Coach to Les Arcs
Getting to Les Arcs by coach takes longer than flying. It's usually cheaper though, which makes it a good option if you're on a budget.
It's also a relatively environmentally-friendly way to travel.
Coaches from London to Les Arcs
There's a direct overnight coach from London to Les Arcs that runs once a week during the winter. The coach stops in Bourg St Maurice, where you can hop on the funicular for a short ride into the resort.
Total journey time is about 19 hours.
Reducing your environmental impact
We know flying is often the most convenient way to get to Les Arcs, but we'd encourage you to look at alternatives.
As Bourg St Maurice is so close to the resort, Les Arcs is one of the few ski resorts where it's genuinely possible to do the journey without lots of changes. This means you can minimise your carbon footprint while still getting to the resort in good time.
|Mode of transport||CO2 per km per person|
|Electric car with 4 passengers||13 grams|
|Diesel car with 4 passengers||43 grams|
|Petrol car with 4 passengers||48 grams|