Driving Through Alps

Getting to Bourg Saint Maurice and Les Arcs


Given that Bourg Saint Maurice and Les Arcs ski resorts are the one of the most popular holiday destinations, getting there is pleasantly easy. Whether you chose to drive, fly and drive or train it there, your options are many.

Weighting costs, travel time and ease With all of the options available, you have to weigh up the cost, time situation. For example, a flight + drive might be the quickest and easiest, but it's the most espensive By Air The nearest airports are:  


There are 4 airports that are in striking distance of Bourg Saint Maurice and Les Arc.  Lyon and Geneva are the main international airports.  Chambéry and Grenoble are the two smaller local airports with mostly seasonal flights.

Landing at Lyon Airport

Airport: Lyon-Saint Exupéry
Airport Code: LYS
Distance from Bourg St Maurice: 190 kilometres
Driving Time to Bourg Saint Maurice: 2 hours, 4 minutes
Destinations Served: Approx 129


Airport: Geneva International
Airport Code: GVA
Distance from Bourg St Maurice: 195 kilometres
Driving Time to Bourg Saint Maurice: 2 hours, 10 minutes
Destinations Served: Approx 146


Airport: Chambéry
Airport Code: CMF
Distance from Bourg St Maurice: 113 kilometres
Driving Time to Bourg Saint Maurice: 1 hour, 22 minutes
Destinations Served: Approx 24.  Mostly seasonal


Airport: Grenoble Saint Geoirs Airport
Airport Code: GNB
Distance from Bourg St Maurice: 185 kilometres
Driving Time to Bourg Saint Maurice: 2 hours, 3 minutes
Destinations Served: Approx 30.  Mostly seasonal

From personal experience, Lyon-Saint Exupéry (LYS) and Geneva International Airport (GVA) are the most convenient landing points. Lyon is probably the easiest of all the airports in terms of the onward journey to Bourg Saint Maurice by train, bus or hire car.

By Train

Bourg Saint Maurice Train Station

If starting from the UK, the Eurostar/Eurotunnel will conveniently take you directly from London Kings Cross St. Pancras to Bourg Saint Maurice, but only during the winter months. During both the summer and winter months, you can catch direct trains from Paris (8 hours) or Lyon (3 hours).  Other airports and starting points may require a few connections to Bourg Saint Maurice. 

By Car

A43 France

If you are flying in, we would recommend that you fly to Lyon.  Then pick up your hire car and make the very pleasant and picturesque drive down the very A43 and N90 to Bourg Saint Maurice.  A similarly scenic route can be taken from Geneva airport via the A41, A43 and N90.  If you don't mind adding 20 minutes to your journey from Geneva then driving along the shores of Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy


Street and dedicated car parks are available in Bourg Saint Maurice and Les Arcs. If visiting Le Grande Rue high street, parking is available either 50m away at either the top of the high street (free in the evenings until 9am the following day), or 100m away opposite the hospital (free all day, but remember to move your car every 24 hours) There are long stay car parks at all of resorts. Prices are approx. €5 per day in peak season. Off peak and weekends often have free parking.

Local Transport


The funicular railway adjacent to the train station takes you to Arc 1600 in less than 10 minutes.  If you have your skis on already, catch the either the Mont Blanc or Cachette chair lift and you'll be on the slopes in no time. Or you can catch a short courtesy bus ride from the top of the funicular to Arc 1800 and 1950. Local buses are also available from the train station. Bicycle hire is available either in Bourg Saint Maurice or Les Arcs.

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