How To Get To The Tarentaise Valley

How To Get To The Tarentaise Valley

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Bourg St Maurice is in the Savoie (pronounced Savwa) region of France on the banks of the Isere River in the famed upper Tarentaise Valley.

Where is Bourg St Maurice France?

The town of Bourg St Maurice is at the end of the railway line, only 6.5hr by train southeast of Paris! The Geneva airport is a piddling 150km away & Lyon St Exupery airport is only 190km (2hr drive) west of Bourg St Maurice. The well-known, but disappointing, Olympic city of Albertville is 55km by road (or 1hr on the train) to the west.

Flights to Bourg St Maurice

By road the town is 2-2.5hr southeast of Geneva (GVA) airport and a similar driving time east of Lyon-Saint Exupéry (LYS) airport, both of which are the best gateway international airports. In winter, weekend flights from the UK and within Europe arrive at Chambery (CMF), the closest airport to the Tarentaise.

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Train Transport to Bourg St Maurice

The recommended method of travel to the Tarentaise valley ski resorts is via the train direct to Bourg St Maurice, then buses or funicular for the final leg. It is an awesome way to contribute to POW (Protect Our Winters). Search & book train tickets to Bourg St Maurice & the Tarentaise valley ski resorts here.

Bus Services to the Ski Resorts

Bourg St Maurice is the terminus for trains travelling from as far away as Paris (6.5hr) & London. Trains are also accessible from airports at Lyon & Geneva. Buses (& taxis) meet the trains to transport skiers to the nearby resorts just outside the railway station. Belle Savoie Express run 3 main bus routes to the four resorts up the valley from the Bourg St Maurice train station. The T12 to La Rosiere, T14 to Val d'Isere & the T15 to Tignes. Some of the T14 buses occasional go via Tignes. For Saint Foy ski resort, take either the T14 or 15 bus, get off in Saint Foy Tarentaise village, then catch the bus shuttle up to the ski resort (Station Saint Foy). For Les Arcs, the funicular leaves a few minutes’ walk from the far end of the train platforms. Resort buses meet the funicular for onward journeys. Purchase bus tickets from the Belle Savoie Express office in the train station terminal.

Airport & Hotel Transfers

For larger groups a private transfers from the airport direct to the ski resort is the most cost effective & efficient mode of travel to the Tarentaise ski resorts. Search & book your transfer here.

Driving to Bourg St Maurice

Driving to Bourg St Maurice is easy from either Switzerland (Geneva) or anywhere in France. Major airports at Geneva & Lyon are only 2hr away by car. Neither driving route is particular difficult, however the road beyond Bourg St Maurice toward Tignes-Val d'Isere can be very busy from Friday to Sunday during the season.

Car Rental in Bourg St Maurice

All the major airports & cities have car hire available. The cheapest rates are at the airports, with France being better value than Switzerland. Bourg St Maurice has a small number of rental cars available in town a short walk from the train station.

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