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Trains in Val d'Isere

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Relaxing on a train with friends or family, scenery gliding by as your ski resort gets ever closer is a great way to travel – a way to make the journey feel like it’s part of the holiday. There’s more legroom than flying or driving and you can get up and walk down to the café bar. As well as buying a meal and drinks there, you can also bring your own food and drink onboard so, if you get a table seat, you can create your own picnic. You can chat with friends, play games, read, watch films, work, snooze – the train journey is time to do stuff you enjoy on your way to Val d'Isère.

Val d'Isère is very well connected to two of Europe's largest capitals by train: London thanks to the Eurostar ski train and Paris thanks to the high-speed TGV trains. This complete guide has all the information you need to decide whether you should come to Val d'Isère by train, including a walkthrough with all the steps you need to take to hit the slopes full steam ahead.

Nearest train station to Val d'Isere

Bourg St Maurice Train Station

There is no train station in Val d'Isère but this doesn't mean that you can't come here by train. Bourg St Maurice, just down the valley, boasts an international train station with connections to London and Paris.

What's the closest train station to Val d'Isère?
Located on the valley floor, Bourg Saint Maurice is the nearest train station to Val d'Isère, around 32km from the resort centre. Eurostar ski trains from London and high-speed TGV trains from Paris stop here. To get from Bourg Saint Maurice to the ski area, there are local buses that can drop you off in Val d'Isère in around 45 minutes.

Read the section on 'Getting from the train station to Val d'Isère' for information on how to reach the ski area.

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Journey time to Val d'Isere by train

French train in the snow

You may think that coming to Val d'Isère by train takes much longer than by plane but that's not always true. When adding up your transfers to and from the airport, plus all the waiting time, travelling by train can be as fast as flying. Train travel is also more sustainable and environmentally-friendly – studies have shown that carbon footprint can be reduced by as much as 90% when travelling by train as compared to flying. Plus, coming by train has its very own charms. As well as more legroom, on a train you can enjoy the everchanging scenery – from urban London to the French countryside and the majestic Alps, it never gets boring.

How long does it take to get to Val d'Isère by train?
It depends on where you're travelling from. The London to Val d'Isère train travel time is around 10 hours while the Paris to Val d'Isère train travel time is about six hours, taking into account connections and transfers.

Train prices to Val d'Isere

Train in Aime

Train ticket prices depend on multiple factors: the time of year (peak weeks like Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter can be considerably more expensive), your age (there are discounts for children), the size of your group, your destination and even how far in advance you've booked.

Our top tip is that you try and book as early as possible. Eurostar ski train tickets usually go out for sale in mid-July and that's when they're at their cheapest. TGV train tickets from Paris to other French cities are normally available to buy 120 to 90 days before your travel time and, again, the earlier you book the lower the price will be.

A few accommodation providers and transfer companies offer special discounts for those coming to Val d'Isère by train, so it's worth asking when booking!

Travelling by train in France

Paris - Gare de Lyon

SNCF (Societé Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français) is France's national railway company, owned by the French state, operating throughout continental France and Monaco. There are over 32,000 kilometres of railway laid all across the country, a good chunk of them sustaining high-speed services, the world-renowned TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) which reaches average speeds of around 320km/h. Trains connect cities and towns all around France and even cross the border into Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium. Many routes will begin in Paris, stopping at convenient stations throughout the country before arriving near Val d'Isère.

How do you get from Paris to Val d'Isère by train?
Direct high-speed TGV trains connect Paris Gare de Lyon and Bourg Saint Maurice every weekend during the winter season (from Friday to Monday). They take around five hours to reach their destination.

When travelling during the week or the rest of the year, the shortest route from Paris to Bourg Saint Maurice is to get a TGV from Paris Gare de Lyon to Chambery and then change to a regional TER train to Bourg Saint Maurice. Travel time is around five hours.

From Bourg St Maurice, there are buses, transfers and taxis going to Val d'Isère (see 'Getting from the train station to Val d'Isère' below).

London to Val d'Isere by train

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It couldn't be easier to get from London to Val d'Isère by train thanks to the direct Eurostar ski trains running from London to Bourg Saint Maurice in the winter.

How do you get from London to Val d'Isère by train?
Taking around 10-12 hours, the fastest and easiest route to get to Val d'Isère from London by train is on a direct Eurostar ski train. The Eurostar ski train runs from London St Pancras (and Ashford in Kent) to Bourg Saint Maurice from December to April. There are two options available:

  1. Daytime Eurostar ski trains leave London St Pancras on Saturdays from mid-December to early April at 09:45, reaching Bourg St Maurice a couple of minutes after 19:00. This means that the travel time is around 9h15.
  2. Overnight Eurostar ski trains leave London St Pancras on Fridays at 19:45 from mid-December to early April, reaching Bourg St Maurice a couple of minutes after 06:15, for a travel time of 10h30. There is an extra Saturday overnight service from London to Bourg St Maurice during the February half-term holidays. The best thing about choosing to travel overnight is that you'll add a whole day to your ski holiday as you'll be on the slopes on Saturday morning. However, bear in mind that sleeping on the Eurostar may not be a five-star experience as there are no beds, only reclining seats.

From Bourg St Maurice, there are buses, transfers and taxis going to Val d'Isère (see 'Getting from the train station to Val d'Isère' below).

To return from Bourg St Maurice to London, Eurostar ski trains leave on Saturdays at around 09:30 and 22:10, with a Sunday morning service added during the peak holiday times of Christmas, New Year and February half-term.

When travelling outside winter weekends, hop on a Eurostar train from London St Pancras to Paris and then make your way to Val d'Isère from the French capital.

Getting from the train station to Val d'Isere

Model bus in the snow

There are a few different options when trying to make your way from Bourg St Maurice train station to Val d'Isère. In our experience, the quickest and easiest way is to hop on one of the local buses that run regularly between Bourg St Maurice train station and the different resorts in Val d'Isère.

How do you get from Bourg St Maurice train station to Val d'Isère?
Local buses run from the bus stop right outside Bourg St Maurice train station to Val d'Isère several times per day in winter (from early December to the end of April) and summer (in July and August), stopping at all the Val d'Isère resorts. They take around 45 minutes to reach the town centre and single tickets cost around €13.50. Find the current bus timetables on our Bus Services page.

Local taxis also run between Bourg St Maurice train station and Val d'Isère with prices ranging between €80 and €120 for a transfer time of around 40 minutes.

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Booking train tickets to Val d'Isere

Train ticket

For more information and timetables, or to purchase train tickets online, visit the Eurostar website (train travel from London to Bourg St Maurice and Paris) and the SNCF (National French Railway Services) website (train travel within France). If you have questions, you can also book by phone but bear in mind that there may be a booking fee involved.

Luggage & sports equipment on trains to Val d'Isere

Going to ski by train

Being able to carry more luggage with you is one of the main advantages of travelling to Val d'Isère by train, especially if you want to bring your fat powder skis, heavy split board or your bulky downhill mountain bike with you.

How much luggage can you carry on Eurostar trains?
Eurostar's standard luggage allowance includes two large bags (85cm max) and one small piece of hand luggage. On Eurostar ski trains to Bourg St Maurice, you're allowed to take one pair of skis or one snowboard with you in addition to your standard luggage allowance. On Eurostar trains to Paris, skis and snowboards are included as one of your two large pieces of luggage. They must be kept in a protective case that covers them.

Bikes can only be taken on Eurostar trains between London, Paris and Brussels. All non-folding bikes or those over 85cm long need to travel with EuroDespatch, Eurostar's luggage service. Boxed bicycles will be transported for a fee of £30-£40 and fully assembled bikes for £35-£55. Limited spaces available. If you're travelling with any dangerous sports equipment like, for example, mountaineering gear such as ice axes or crampons, you'll need to contact EuroDespatch in advance.

How much luggage can you carry on French trains?
French TGV and TER trains let you carry luggage and bikes (boxed or in a bag measuring max. 120 x 90cm). There is no maximum number of pieces or weight limit but you must be able to carry all your luggage by yourself. Skis are also allowed on TGV trains (max. 2m).

Snowcarbon Journey Planner to Val d'Isere

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Snowcarbon was launched in 2009 as the one-stop source for train travel to the Alps after its founder, Daniel, realised how hard it was to figure out which ski resorts could be reached by train and how. They offer a very helpful tool, the Snowcarbon Journey Planner which you can use to design your train trip, from viewing the recommended journey times for any date during the season to journey and transfer information to and from the train station. 

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In our experience, the most convenient way to get to Val d'Isère is to fly to Geneva and then and then get an airport transfer. Learn all about the best ways to get here on our Getting Here Guide.

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