Getting to Les Arcs
Les Arcs is one of the easiest ski resorts to get to by train because the station at Bourg-St-Maurice (a direct stop on the Eurostar service) is a short walk from the funicular which takes you up to Arc 1600. There are also four international airports within 3 hours’ drive of the resort, and airport transfers are easy to book online.
Nearest Airports to Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry
Les Arcs can be easily accessed from the airports of Geneva, Lyon, Chambéry or Genoble. Approximate distances and drive times to Arc 1600 are:
Chambery Airport 125km / 1 hour 50 minutes;
Geneva International Airport 202km / 2 hours 45 minutes;
Grenoble Alpes-Isere Airport 206 km / 2 hours 35 minutes;
Lyon St. Exupery Airport 205km / 2 hours 35 minutes.
Airport Transfers to Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry
There are transfer services to Les Arcs, Peisey Vallandry, Bourg St Maurice and the surrounding villages from Geneva, Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble airports; and at Geneva, Lyon and Grenoble airports you can choose between ultra-convenient private transfers, or lower-cost shared transfers.
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 from Geneva Airport to all the Les Arcs villages. 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 >>>
Based close to Les Arcs, Mountain Rescue offer value for money airport transfers from Geneva, Grenoble, Lyon and Chambery airports direct to your accommodation in resort. No waiting for other groups, minimal waiting time and comfortable 8 seater minibuses. Mountain Rescue offers free child facilities and ski carriage and are holders of the French and International operators licence. Last minute bookings available and secure online booking and payment system. Tel: +33 (0) 6 03 05 22 17. Request a ski transfer quote >
Ben’s Bus Shared Transfers from Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva Airports
Ben’s Bus transports passengers to Les Arcs in large coaches from the airport to keep prices low, but still provide great customer service. Ben’s Bus representatives at Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva Airport greet you when you arrive and guide you to your vehicle, where they liaise with French drivers, who know the mountain roads better than anyone. Their Enhanced Refunds protect you if your plans have to change so you can book ahead with confidence. Book a shared transfer to Les Arcs now >
Airport Car Hire / Car Rental for Les Arcs and Peisey Vallandry
Having a car is useful if you want to visit other resorts such as La Rosiere or Val d’Isere. If you’re staying in one of the Arcs or Peisey-Vallandry, you won’t use your car when you’re in the resort so make sure your accommodation has private parking or pre-book a space in the public car parks, but hiring a car is still a flexible way of getting to and from the airport at a time that suits you.
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Getting to Les Arcs and Peisey Vallandry by train
Les Arcs is situated above the town of Bourg-St-Maurice which has an international railway station. On arrival at Bourg, you can see the funicular railway which is only a short walk away and which is the quickest route to Arc 1600. See the paragraph below about how to get to the other villages from the train station. If you’re staying in Peisey Vallandry, it’s slightly quicker to get off at the station before Bourg which is Landry, but not all the trains stop there.
Rail Services to Bourg St Maurice
Trains from Paris for Bourg St Maurice depart from the Gare de Lyon. The fastest take just over four and a half hours but most direct ones take between five and six hours, and most indirect ones between six and seven, and involve changing once or twice at Chambery, Aix Les Bains and/or Lyon. see www.voyages-sncf.com for details.
From the UK, Eurostar (www.eurostar.com) operates services to Bourg St Maurice from London St Pancras, which takes between eight and and ten hours. There are some direct trains with no changes, but these can take longer than services 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 Bourg. From Southern and Eastern Europe, services from Geneva and Milan go via Chambery.
Getting to Les Arcs and Peisey Vallandry from the railway station
Getting to Arc 1600 from the train station in Bourg is simple: take the funicular! To reach the other Les Arc resorts, you will need to take a bus (see www.altibus.com for details) or a taxi / private transfer which you can book online in advance through Ski-Lifts. Villaroger is about 15 to 25 minutes away by taxi, Arc 1800 about 20 to 30 minutes away, and Arc 2000 and Arc 1950 about 30 to 45 minutes. Be warned that some public buses from Bourg to Arc 2000 take around two hours if they stop at all the other resorts along the way.
Peisey-Vallandry can be accessed from Bourg but is closer to Landry, the station before Bourg. Bus services from Landry to the resort either don’t exist or are few and far between but a taxi journey is only about 12 kms and takes about 20 mins. Again you can book one online in advance through Ski-Lifts. If your train does not stop at Landry, get off at Bourg.
Getting to Les Arcs by car
Les Arcs is about ten hours drive from Calais.