With the funicular straight up to Arc 1600 from Bourg Saint Maurice, in just seven minutes, Les Arcs is probably the easiest ski resort to reach in the Alps by train, or anywhere for that matter. For those travelling by air, Les Arcs also benefits from the same choice of airports that the other major resorts of the Tarrentaise Valley do. These factors combine to make Les Arcs and extremely attractive proposition for those who like their travel easy .
Chambéry Airport - 135km / approx 1 hours 45 mins
There is the option of private transfers from Ski Lifts or car hire is a possibility.
Or Altibus run regular transfers to Les Arcs
Geneva Airport - 214 km / approx 2 hours 30 mins
You can drive in a hire car or take a private or shared transfers with Ski Lifts
Lyon Airport - 212 km / approx 2 hours 30 mins
Again, private transfers are possible with Ski Lifts as above and Altibus offer reasonably priced coach transfers
Grenoble Airport - 201 km / approx 2 hours 30 mins
There is the option of Ski Lifts as above who run private transfers, and hire cars if you prefer to drive yourself.
Also, Bens Busses operate a regular mini bus service for travel to Les Arcs in time with most flights. The mini bus will take you as far as Bourg St Maurice, from where you can take the funicular up to Les Arcs itself
If you require a hire car for your ski holiday, there are a number of fantastic car rental companies based in Europe.
It is for train travel that Les Arcs really comes into its own. The Eurostar operated snow train will take you straight from London St Pancras to Bourg St Maurice, from where you can take the funicular straight up to Arc 1600. It almost couldn’t be easier.
The overnight service leaves London each Friday and arrives into Bourg St Maurice first thing the following morning, so if you take this you will have almost a full day skiing when everyone else is still making their way to the resort. If you value your sleep though and prefer to travel by day, there is also a day time service that arrives in Bourg St Maurice later that afternoon. Eurostar operates the snow train service, so tickets can be booked at www.eurostar.com.
If you’d rather avoid travelling at the weekend, there are daily services to Bourg St Maurice. This will involve changing in Paris from Gare du Nord to Paris Austerlitz, for the direct TGV service that will get you to Bourg later that afternoon. Tickets and timetables are available at.rail-europe.com.
As with all resorts in the Tarrentaise, a drive to Les Arcs can be done quite comfortably in a day, but you will be spending a lot of time behind the wheel. The journey times can vary considerably depending on weather and traffic, but it can be as good as 7 hours, or as bad as 10 hours from Calais. Make sure you bring snowchains with you for the climb up to the ski resort, and keep an eye out on the weather forecast. For directions, www.viamichelin.com provide a fairly comprehensive service.
There are good parking options in Les Arcs, with parking available at each of the resort bases. Arc 1600 and Arc 1850 have free outdoor parking. Parking in Arcs 1950 and Arcs 2000 is not free however, costing around €75 a week, and at Arc 1950 all parking is under cover.