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Les Arcs - transfer guide

The villages of Les Arcs can be accessed via the unique funicular railway that runs from Bourg St Maurice to Arc 1600; and there are buses and taxis too

Bourg St Maurice - Les Arcs 1600, 1800, 1950 and 2000

The ski resort of Les Arcs has four different villages: 1600, 1800, 1950 and 2000.  You can access them either via the funicular railway that runs to Arc 1600, or directly from Bourg St Maurice by bus or taxi (without taking the funicular). 

The map below shows you the relative positions of the villages.


Taxi transfers - Bourg St Maurice - Les Arcs

Taxi journey duration and prices
From Bourg St Maurice to Duration 1-4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8 pax
Les Arcs 1600 25 mins 50€ 60€ 65€ 70€ 75€
Les Arcs 1800 30 mins 60€ 65€ 70€ 75€ 80€
Les Arcs 1950 40 mins 75€ 85€ 95€ 105€ 120€
Les Arcs 2000 40 mins 75€ 85€ 95€ 105€ 120€

 

Taxi company Telephone Email address Website
Arcs Taxis +33 6 62 45 06 88 infos@arcstaxis.com Website
Aarthur Taxis +33 6 14 18 26 11 aarthur2@orange.fr Website
Snow Taxi +33 6 12 50 24 16 contact@snow-taxi.com Website
Taxi L'Vie +33 6 47 47 18 86 taxilvie@orange.fr Website
All Mountain Taxis  +33 6 71 14 10 78 allmountainstaxi@gmail.com Website
Cosi Taxi 00 33 6 33 02 75 17 patricia.pellicier@orange.fr Website
Jack Celair + 33 6 22 23 76 36 jack_celair@yahoo.fr Website

Funicular transfers - Bourg St Maurice - Les Arcs

Funicular from Bourg St Maurice to Les Arcs
Funicular to Les Arcs
Funicular departs Les Arcs
Funicular departing

A funicular train runs between Bourg St Maurice railway station and Arcs 1600, making the 800-metre climb in seven minutes. This is the fastest way to get from or two Arc 1600 and there are great views as you ride.

The entrance to the funicular is at the end of the train platforms.  Since these are quite long,  wheeled luggage will help but there are trolleys too (takes a €1 coin to release them). You then need to climb up and down a set of stairs. Every Saturday, from 7.30am until 7.30pm from 15th of December until 27th of April, special staff from the Les Arcs tourist office are there at the station to help travellers up the stairs with their luggage. If you don't want to carry luggage up and down the stairs, you can walk around the front of the station. It is longer but it is flat.

The funicular, which takes seven minutes, departs every 20 minutes, and the first funicular departs at 07:30 and the last one departs at 20:00pm everyday except Saturdays, when it runs until 21:00. Here's the 2016 - 17 funicular and shuttle bus timetable.

When you arrive at the top of the funicular:

If you are staying in Arc 1600, then all the accommodation is a short walk away - literally metres.

Accessing Arc 1800, 1950 and 2000 from the funicular
If you are staying in the villages of Arc 1800, Arc 1950, or Arc 2000, then there is a free shuttle-bus service organised by the tourist office.The buses run every 20 minutes and are timed to meet the arrival of the funicular, so you won 't be waiting at all. You just turn left out of the funicular and about 100 metres awy you'll see the buses waiting. There are always enough buses to collect all the people coming by funicular (so there is always space).  It takes about 15 minutes to reach Arc 1800, 20 minutes to reach Arc 1950, and 25 minutes to reach Arc 2000.

Instead of taking the funicular, you can book taxis from the station at Bourg St Maurice. But you can’t book a taxi only from the top of the funicular, because all the taxis are based in Bourg and are only bookable from Bourg (or from the resort to go all the way down to Bourg).

Funicular prices
Single ticket : 8.50€/adult – 6.50€/children (from 6 to 13 years old)
Return ticket : 13.50/adult – 11€/children (from 6 to 13 years old)

Free with a valid ski pass
If you have a valid ski pass can ride the funicular for free. However, if you are arriving into Bourg St Maurice on a Saturday, for example, but your ski pass starts on the Sunday, this won’t give you free access to the funicular. If you have taken an overnight train and are arriving with a voucher for the ski pass to ski the same day, you can give this to the lift pass office at the bottom of the funicular and they will issue your ski pass (so that you can ride the funicular for free).

Here's a link to the Winter 2016-17 Bourg St Maurice - Arc 1600 funicular timetable 


Funicular film

 


Bus transfers - Bourg St Maurice - Les Arcs 1600, 1800, 1950 and 2000

Bourg St Maurice station
Bourg St Maurice station

Buses depart from a bay right outside Bourg St Maurice station. You walk out of Bourg St Maurice station and the buses are right there.  Bourg St Maurice station has a big hall and waiting room, so you can wait in the warm.   The station has a shop which also sells hot drinks, and there are cafes and restaurants opposite and around the station - so plenty of places to wait, eat and drink if there is a gap between train and bus. 

You can buy bus tickets at a counter at the train station, but it is recommended to buy them in advance online at www.altibus.com which shows timetable information too.

2016-17 timetable pdf in French View pdf of the 2016-17 bus timetable
2016-17 timetable pdf in English Coming soon - not available yet
Phone Altibus +33 4 79 68 32 96
Email Alitibus info@altibus.com
One-way fare Adults 12.60€; youth (U26) 9.50€
Arc 1600 - bus tickets for 2016-17 Bourg St Maurice to Arc 1600 bus tickets
Arc 1800 - bus tickets for 2016-17 Bourg St Maurice to Arc 1800 bus tickets
Arc 1950 - bus tickets for 2016-17 Bourg St Maurice to Arc 1950 bus tickets
Arc 2000 - bus tickets for 2016-17 Bourg St Maurice to Arc 2000 bus tickets

Bourg St Maurice station information & restaurants

Restaurants at St Maurice station photo:Daniel Elkan
Restaurants at Bourg St Maurice

Bourg St Maurice station has a waiting room, ticket hall where you can buy tickets for buses if you haven't pre-booked.

There's a small shop (open from about 6am) that sells newspapers, magazines and croissants and sandwiches.

The bus station is located right outside the railway station, as is the taxi rank. So you can wait for your transfer bus in the station waiting room or ticket hall.

Just a few metres from the station there are plenty of restaurants, so if you want to have breakfast, lunch or dinner before catching your train then you have lots of decent options.