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Trains in Les Arcs

Discover & book Les Arcs train services


There is no train station in Les Arcs but this doesn't mean that you can't come here by train.

More than ever encouraged as the sustainable and eco-friendly travel option, getting to Les Arcs by train is still worth the effort with short transfer times from its closest major transport hub, whether that be Grenoble, Lyon or Geneva. 

You'll get more leg room and it's a great way to enjoy the passing scenery.

You may be able to get money off your accommodation or transfer to the resort if you mention you're coming by train.

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About Trains to Les Arcs

Nearest train station to Les Arcs

Bourg St Maurice, just down the valley, boasts an international train station with connections to London and Paris.

To get from Bourg Saint Maurice to the ski area, there is a funicular that departs just behind the train station (around a 5 to 10-minute walk) and whizzes passengers up to Arc 1600 in only seven minutes.

About Trains to La Plagne

Journey time to Les Arcs by train

These are rough journey times for a number of destinations.

Journey times to Les Arcs by train
Journey Duration Changes Equivalent driving time
London to Bourg St Maurice (via Lille) 8 hours 1 12 hours
Paris (Gare de Lyon) to Bourg St Maurice  6 to 7 hours 2 or 3 7 hours
Geneva to Bourg St Maurice 4 hours 1 or 2 2h30
Lyon (Part-Dieu Gare Routière) to Bourg St Maurice 4 to 4.5 hours 1 2h30

London to Les Arcs by train

There's no direct link between London and Les Arcs by train. Whichever route you take, you'll need to change at Paris or Lille.

The Eurostar ski train goes from London St Pancras to various stations in the Alps including Chambery, Moûtiers and Bourg-Saint-Maurice.

About Trains to Les Arcs

Train prices to Les Arcs

How much it costs depends a lot on when you travel. Peak weeks like Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter are obviously more expensive.

Our top tip is to try to book as early as possible.

Eurostar ski train tickets usually go out for sale in mid-July and that's when they're at their cheapest.

TGV train tickets from Paris to other French cities are normally available to buy 120 to 90 days before your travel time.

About Getting to Les Arcs

Getting from the train station to Les Arcs

There are a few different options when trying to make your way from Bourg St Maurice train station to the Les Arcs resorts:

  • funicular - access is included in your Les Arcs and Paradiski pass
  • free local shuttle - to Arc 1800 (15min), Arc 1950 (20min) and Arc 2000 (25min)
  • local taxi - between 25 to 40 minutes

Local bus to La Plagne

Find the current bus timetables on our bus services page.

Note: those staying in Peisey, Vallandry, Montchavin or Nancroix and coming by TGV train from Paris may want to get off the train at Landry, the stop before Bourg St Maurice, and pick up a taxi, shuttle bus or local transfer to their accommodation.

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Booking train tickets to Les Arcs

For more information on journey times or to book tickets online, visit these websites:

You can also book through the Trainline.

Top tip!
Book early! Journeys at Christmas, Easter and the French half term weeks get packed out quickly.

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Luggage allowances on trains to Les Arcs

If you're coming to La Plagne, you'll probably be carrying additional luggage like ski boots, helmets or backpacks.

Train lines tend to have more generous allowances than airlines, but there are some limits.

Luggage allowances on trains to Les Arcs
Line Large bags Ski gear Bikes
Eurostar to Paris Up to 85cm long at its widest 1 pair of skis or snowboard - counts as one of your 2 large bags Only if boxed. Email for more information
Eurostar to Lyon Up to 85cm long at its widest 1 pair of skis or snowboard - counts as one of your 2 large bags Only if it fits into one of your 85cm pieces of luggage
French TER and TGV trains No limit - must be able to carry all luggage yourself Yes Yes, if packaged in a bag measuring 120cm x 90cm or less
Swiss SBB trains No limit - must be able to carry all luggage yourself Yes Free, if packaged and front wheel removed (you'll need to pay for a fully assembled bike to travel in the bike carriage)

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If you can make travelling by train work for you, you'll be helping to reduce your impact of your trip on the environment.

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