Getting to La Plagne
La Plagne is under two hours’ drive from Chambery airport, and within about two and a half hours’ drive of the larger airports at Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon. To complete the journey, there are specialist ski resort transfer companies, buses or you can rent a car. La Plagne’s villages can also be reached by rail via the train stations at Aime, Landry, Moutiers and Bourg-St-Maurice.
Nearest Airports to La Plagne
La Plagne can be easily accessed from the airports of Geneva, Lyon, Chambéry or Genoble. Approximate distances and drive times are:
Chambery Airport 119km / 1 hour 35 minutes;
Geneva International Airport 197km / 2 hours 25 minutes;
Grenoble Alpes-Isere Airport 192km / 2 hours 20 minutes;
Lyon St. Exupery Airport 196km / 2 hours 25 minutes.
Airport Transfers to La Plagne
Direct and private transfers from Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble and Chambery to La Plagne. Mountain Rescue offer a low cost and comfortable way for your group to get from the plane to your holiday accommodation in resort. Mountain Rescue operates 8-seater minibuses with child facilities and ski carriage all included in the price. Last minute bookings available and secure online booking and payment system. Tel: +33 (0) 6 03 05 22 17. Request a ski transfer quote >
GVA Transfers’ modern fleet of vehicles includes cars, minivans, minibuses and coaches, providing quick and comfortable private transfers for individuals and groups of any size. GVA offer competitive prices, wait if your flight’s delayed, and their 24/7 office is available in case your plans change. At Geneva you’re always met by a GVA representative and taken to your vehicle, which is just a short walk away due to priority parking. Get a transfer quote and book online >>>
Airport Car Hire / Car Rental for La Plagne
Normally you won’t need a car much when you get to La Plagne because each village is relatively compact. Some of the lower villages are a bit strung-out, however, so if your accommodation is a long way from the lift it can be useful. And if you’re staying in Champagny en Vanoise, it also gives you the option of driving to Courchevel for a day’s skiing in the 3 Valleys (it only takes about 30 minutes, and some lift passes include this). And of course, hiring a car is a quick and flexible way of getting from the airport to the resort.
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Getting to La Plagne by Rail
The nearest train stations are Aime (best for Plagne Centre, Aime La Plagne/ Aime 2000, Plagne 1800, Plagne Villages, Plagne Soleil, Plagne Bellecote, Belle Plagne and Plagne Montalbert); Landry (best for Montchavin and Les Coches) and Moutiers (best for Champagny en Vanoise). All three stations are on the same train line which also goes to Bourg St Maurice (which is an alternative stop for Montchavin and Les Coches).
Trains from Paris depart from the Gare de Lyon and normally take between four and six hours. There are direct trains from Paris and also indirect services which usually involve taking a TGV to Chambery, Aix Les Bains or Lyon, then completing the journey to Aime or Bourg on either a regional TER train service or a bus.
From the UK, Eurostar operates from London St Pancras, and the train service takes between eight and ten hours. There are some direct trains with no changes, but there are more with one change in Paris, which necessitates getting from the Gare du Nord to the Gare de Lyon. If you take the Metro this is just two stops on RER line D (Direction Melun). Even allowing time to buy tickets and walk to and from platforms, this should not take more than 30 to 40 minutes. But if you have a lot of baggage, a taxi ride might be a better option.
There are also international Thalys train services direct from Belgium and the Netherlands to Aime, Moutiers and Bourg St Maurice. From Southern and Eastern Europe, services from Geneva and Milan go via Chambery.
Getting from the Train Station to your village in La Plagne.
If you’re in a hurry, have a lot of luggage or just don’t like waiting for buses, you can arrange for a private transfer / taxi to meet you. You can book one online in advance through Ski-Lifts . It covers all the nearby train stations and airports and has a useful 24/7 English language helpline services if things don’t go exactly according to plan.
From Aime there are also several buses a day from the bus station which is right next door to the train station to La Plagne. Typical journey times are 35 mins to La Plagne 1800, 45 mins to Plagne Bellecote or Plagne Central, 50 mins to Belle Plagne, 55 mins to Plagne Villages, 60 mins to Plagne Soleil or Plagne Aime 2000. There are fewer buses to Montalbert but they are quicker – just 20 minutes. See www.altibus.com for further details.
The bus service from Landry to Montchavin and Les Coches only operates on Saturdays – see www.altibus.com for details. On any other day you will have to take a taxi (book online in advance through Ski-Lifts or take pot luck at the station). The journey is only 7km/12 mins to Montchavin and 10kms/15 mins to Les Coches. If you can not get a train to Landry, Bourg St Maurice is a bigger transport hub and less than 30 mins away from Montchavin and Les Coches by taxi / private transfer arranged through Ski-Lifts.
The bus service from Moutiers to Champagny en Vanoise takes between 35 and 50 minutes. There are three buses on most days about six on a Saturday and four on a Sunday. See: www.altibus.com for details. Taxis / private transfers are also easily arranged through Ski-Lifts. The 20km journey takes about 30 minutes.