All you need to know about ski holidays by train

Train-station-to-ski-resort transfers

Shorter transfers from train stations to ski resorts, by bus or taxi, are one of benefits of travelling by train to the Alps.


Local taxi transfers from train stations to ski resorts

taxi transfer

Transfers from train stations are much shorter than airport transfers, because the local train station is always much closer to the resort. If you would like to be picked up by a taxi and taken to your accommodation, it's far cheaper to book with a local taxi.  In most cases, it's a mistake to ask an airport transfer company to quote a price from a train station to a resort because they just aren't set up logistically to serve train stations, and so they have to charge more (we'd love to hear of exceptions to this rule, of course).

How much?
Local taxi prices will typically vary from 45€ - 115€ one way per taxi, depending on the destination.  Taxis can take up to eight skiers in one go,  and can carry skis and snowboard bags, as well as luggage (Some taxis prefer a maximum of seven people if you have skis). It's normally a sliding scale in price depending on how many people you are. For example, if you are only two people, you may pay less than the price for a 4-seater, and if you are five people you won't pay as much as the 8-seater.

How to book
Taxis can be booked in advance by phone, email or online (depending on the company).  At popular destinations such as Bourg St Maurice, Moutiers or Grenoble, you can also just turn up and find taxis waiting at the taxi rank of each station - but you would certainly be advised to reserve a taxi in advance. The exception to the reserve-in-advance rule would be if there are just one or two of you, and you wanted to see if you could chip in and share a taxi with other people, thereby reducing the cost (and saving the world some petrol too).


Table of taxi duration and prices

Here is a list of taxi transfer durations and prices for popular French ski resorts, to help you plan your journey. 

Taxi transfers from train stations to French ski resorts
Ski resort / village Train station Journey time  4-seater taxi  8-seater taxi
Alpe d'Huez Grenoble 75 mins 130 € 165 €
Avoriaz Cluses 60 mins 88 € 138 €
Avoriaz via Prodains Cluses 45 mins 60 € 100 €
Brides les Bains Moutiers 10 mins 30 € 45 €
Courchevel  Moutiers 40 - 50 mins 65 - 85 € 100 - 120 €
Flaine Cluses 50 mins 75 € 120 €
La Clusaz Annecy  30 mins  70 € 100 €
La Plagne Centre Aime la Plagne 25 mins 60 € 80 €
La Plagne Belle Plagne Aime la Plagne 30 mins 65 € 90 €
La Plagne Bellecote Aime la Plagne 25 mins 60 € 80 €
La Plagne Village Aime la Plagne 30 mins 60 € 80 €
La Plagne Soleil Aime la Plagne 30 mins 60 € 80 €
La Plagne 1800 Aime la Plagne 20 mins 55 € 75 €
La Rosiere Bourg St Maurice 40 mins 60 € 100 €
La Tania Moutiers 45 mins 63 € 105 €
Le Grand Bornand Annecy  30 mins  70 € 100 €
Les Arcs 1600 Bourg St Maurice 25 mins 50 € 75 €
Les Arcs 1800 Bourg St Maurice 30 mins  60 € 80 €
Les Arcs 1950 Bourg St Maurice 30 mins  75 € 110 €
Les Arcs 2000 Bourg St Maurice 40 mins 75 € 110 €
Les Carroz Cluses 25 mins 40 € 80 €
Les Contamines St Gervais le Fayet 20 mins 35 € 55 €
Les Gets Cluses 25 mins 50 € 90 €
Les Menuires Moutiers 40 mins 80 € 120 €
Megeve Sallanches 20 mins 50 € 70 €
Meribel Les Allues Moutiers 20 mins 53 € 78 €
Meribel Centre Moutiers 25 mins 58 € 88 €
Meribel Altiport Moutiers 30 mins  58 € 88 €
Meribel Mottaret Moutiers 30 mins 68 € 98 €
Meribel Village Moutiers 25 mins 58 € 88 €
Montgenevre Briancon 25 mins 40€ 55 €
Montgenevre Oulx 35 mins 60 € 80 €
Morilion Cluses 15 mins 45 € 65 €
Morzine Cluses 45 mins 65 € 105 €
Peisey-Vallandry Landry 35 mins 45 € 65 €
Sainte Foy Bourg St Maurice 20 mins 50 € 70 €
Samoëns Cluses 25 mins 50 € 90 €
St Gervais St Gervais le Fayet 7 mins 18 € 25 €
St Martin de Belleville Moutiers 25 mins 55 € 90 €
Serre Chevalier Briancon 15 mins 30 € 40 €
Serre Chevalier Oulx 50 mins 120 € 140 €
Tignes Bourg St Maurice 50 mins 80 € 120 €
Val Cenis Modane 30 mins  45 € 65 €
Val d'Isere Bourg St Maurice 50 mins 80 € 120 €
Val Thorens Moutiers 55 mins 90 € 140 €
Valmorel Moutiers 40 mins  50 € 70 €

Public bus transfers

bus at Cluses train station

Taking a local bus from the train station to your resort is a way to reduce transport costs. It takes a little bit longer than a taxi, of course.  But once it leaves, there won't be many - if any - stops between the train station and the resort, so it's normally a fairly direct service.

Transfer buses are essentially coaches, and are big, warm and can take skis and snowboard bags as well as other luggage. The buses always depart from right outside the train stations, so you don’t have to walk any distance to the bus stop.

Depending on where your accommodation is in relation to where the bus stops, you will either be moments away from your accommodation or a short walk. Check this with your accommmodation. And if it would be some walk away, ask if they can come and pick you up from the bus stop.

Transferring by bus from station to resort is one of the most cost-effective method travel.  Prices to many French resorts are €12 one-way for adults, and €9 one-way for those under 26 (including children and infants).

Most buses can be booked in advance, and althought you can in some cases buy tickets on the bus, or at the station, it makes sense to book tickets in advance. For each resort on Snowcarbon, we have a 'Transfer guide' section that shows you which company to book though.

As a general rule, when arriving in the Alps by train, allow 15 minutes between your train arriving and the bus departing, so that you can comfortably reach the bus in good time.  And when departing at the end of the holiday, allow 30 minutes between the time of your bus arriving at the station, and the train departing, in case of any delays on the road. 

For French resorts, most bus services are booked though Altibus, a kind of umbrella bus-booking service. You can book buses on the website, www.altibus.com, as well as checking bus timetables. You can email Altibus at info@altibus.com or phone Altibus on +33 4 79 68 32 96


Chalet transfers/pick-ups

If you are staying in a catered chalet, the chances are they they will offer a pick up service from the local station - either for free or for a very reasonable charge. Whether or not it is free, might depend on the time of your arrival.

Generally chalet's prefer their guests to come by train, because its a more reliable method of transport, a shorter transfer, created less pollution and guests arrive having had a enjoyable journey.  So many many chalet's offer free pick ups from the station to encourage and reward this.

Most chalet's will write something on their 'Getting here/Travel' pages about this, but if in any doubt, ask.


Bus transfers from the daytime Eurostar Ski Train 2017-18 (predicted)

Here is a list of transfers from the daytime Eurostar Ski Train.  If you are headed to resorts served by Moutiers station there are good bus connections.

However, from Aime la Plagne and Bourg St Maurice the bus leaves just before the Eurostar Ski Train arrives!

This is because (in their wisdom) the bus companies decided to have the last bus depart a few minutes before the Eurostar Ski Train arrives (at 18:50).  Crazy but true. We are actively talking with Eurostar and the bus companies to try to help move them towards a sensible solution.

Daytime Eurostar Ski Train arrives at Moutiers at 18:11
Next bus departure to Departs  Arrives resort Booking link
Brides les Bains 18:30 18:40 Book bus 
Couchevel le Praz 1300 18:30 19:15 Book bus 
Courchevel Village 1550 18:30 19:25 Book bus 
Couchevel Moriond 1650 18:30 19:30 Book bus 
Courchevel 1850 18:30 19:40 Book bus 
Doucy 18:45 19:15 Book bus 
La Tania 18:30 19:10 Book bus 
Les Menuires 18:30 19:15 Book bus 
Meribel Les Allues 18:30 18:55 Book bus 
Meribel Village 18:30 19:00 Book bus 
Meribel Mussillon 18:30 19:05 Book bus 
Meribel La Chaudanne 18:30 19:10 Book bus 
Meribel Centre 18:30 19:15 Book bus 
Meribel Mottaret (Le Chatelet)  18:30 19:25 Book bus 
Meribel Mottaret (Le Hameau)  18:30 19:40 Book bus 
St Martin de Belleville 18:30 19:00 Book bus 
Val Thorens 18:30 19:45 Book bus 
Valmorel 19:00 19:45 Book bus