Get there by train
Want a weekend getaway or summer holiday in the mountains? Whether you’re departing from Paris or another French city, you can reach the most spectacular peaks by train. Skip the traffic jams, enjoy the clean mountain air and fight global warming—all at the same time.
Choose from our selection of high-altitude resorts. They’re all easily accessible with TGV INOUI, Intercités and TER.
Les Arcs, Savoie
If you’re ready for the splendours of the French Alps, consider Les Arcs—a stunning resort with endless opportunities for fun with family and friends. Activities include hiking, a swimming pool, a high ropes course, rafting, golf and archery. And cycling enthusiasts will find plenty of things to do, riding roads to the legendary Iseran and Petit Saint-Bernard passes, or hitting the mountain bike trails.
To get there, take TGV INOUI or TER to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, then board the funicular from the station up to Les Arcs. During the 7-minute journey, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the valley and the surrounding peaks.
4h581 by train to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, then 7 minutes by funicular to the resort.
3h301 by train to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, then 7 minutes by funicular to the resort.
5h061 by train to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, then 7 minutes by funicular to the resort.
7h361 by train to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, then 7 minutes by funicular to the resort.
1h531 by train and shuttle to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, then 7 minutes by funicular to the resort.
of marked mountain bike trails in the bike park at Les Arcs.
Looking for a more sustainable holiday? Choose Avoriaz. This pedestrian-only resort was a pioneer in eco-friendly construction, and it’s worth visiting for its award-winning 20th-century architecture alone. Board the little train in the village of Avoriaz to enjoy some family time and see the complex in a whole new way.
The nearby Portes du Soleil area abounds with activities, including magnificent Via Ferrata2 routes that you can climb with one of the Morzine-Avoriaz mountain guides.
4h111 by train to Thonon-les-Bains. From there, buses run to Avoriaz on Saturdays and Sundays.
2h441 by train to Thonon-les-Bains. From there, buses run to Avoriaz on Saturdays and Sundays.
5h051 by train to Geneva, then take the shuttle to Avoriaz
The Avoriaz 1800 resort is pedestrian-only.
Straddling the French Alps and Italy’s Piedmont region, Montgenèvre is the grande dame of French ski resorts, and it offers a wealth of activities in summer as well. Its top attraction is the Trail 3000 area, a network of 12 routes and 200 km of marked trails that is unrivalled in France. Experts and beginners alike can hike, run and cycle through stunning natural settings ranging from rocky to wooded, with geological features that are famous around the world.
There are two ways to get there by train:
- take a TGV to Oulx station in Italy’s Piedmont region, where shuttles to Montgenèvre will be waiting, or
- travel by train to Briançon, then take one of the regular shuttles to Montgenèvre
4h401 by train to Oulx (in Italy), then by shuttle to the resort.
6h411 by train to Oulx (in Italy), then by shuttle to the resort.
of marked trails cover the Trail 3000 area
Alpe d’Huez, Isère
Passionate about cycling? Test yourself against the 21 hairpin turns on the legendary climb to Alpe d’Huez. From Bourg d’Oisans, you’ll pedal 13.9 km of road with an average gradient of 8.05% to reach the centre of the resort, at 1,860 metres altitude. Feel the magic of the Tour de France on the “Dutch Mountain”, where each bend is named for a stage winner from the past.
You can hire a bike from one of many local sources. And don’t forget the sunglasses and sunscreen—Alpe d’Huez averages 300 days of sunshine a year. To reach the Oisans resort, take a TGV or a TER regional train to Grenoble station: from there, a shuttle will take you to Alpe d’Huez in a little over 90 minutes.
3h001 by train to Grenoble, then about 1h40 by shuttle to Alpe d’Huez
4h351 by train to Grenoble, then about 1h40 by shuttle to Alpe d’Huez
2h171 by train to Grenoble, then about 1h40 by shuttle to Alpe d’Huez
The highest peak in the Alpe d’Huez area reaches 3,000 m.
Choose rail to preserve mountain ecosystems
If majestic, snow-capped mountains are your idea of the perfect summer holiday, low-carbon rail travel is the best way to get there. These untamed ecosystems are especially sensitive to global warming, and when you travel by train, you average about 95% less greenhouse gases than driving alone3. And you can skip those endless lines of cars snaking through the valley.
percent less greenhouse gases when you travel by rail².
Want to combine a mountain getaway with the pleasures of life in Catalonia? Easy. Board a TGV, Intercités or TER regional train for Perpignan, then take an Occitanie regional bus from the station to the heart of the Font-Romeu resort. The bus journey takes 2 hours, and the ticket is only €1.
Outdoor activities include rafting, fishing and caving, as well as trails for hiking, cycling and mountain biking. Meanwhile, history lovers can explore the Romanesque churches and follow in the footsteps of ancestral herders in the villages of Odeillo and Via.
5h011 by train to Perpignan station, then around 2 hours to the Font-Romeu resort via bus no. 260
1h281 by train to Perpignan station, then around 2 hours to the Font-Romeu resort via bus no. 260
2h101 by train to Perpignan station, then around 2 hours to the Font-Romeu resort via bus no. 260
4h321 by train to Perpignan station, then around 2 hours to the Font-Romeu resort via bus no. 260
Font-Romeu enjoys 3,000 hours of sunshine a year.
The Massif Central
With its relaxed ambiance and spectacular scenery, Super-Besse is the ideal starting point for walks, hikes and bike outings with majestic views of Puy de Sancy, the highest peak in the Massif Central. Hiking paths abound, including a trail to nearby Puy de la Perdrix. Its 1,824-metre summit offers a magnificent 360° panorama, with a stunning view of the Chaudefour Valley. Plan for a total of 2 hours to hike there and back from Super-Besse.
To reach Super-Besse, take Intercités or TER to Clermont-Ferrand station, then take the shuttle to the resort. You’ll be there in just 1h15.
3h251 by train to Clermont-Ferrand station, then 1h15 by shuttle to Super-Besse.
5h431 by train to Clermont-Ferrand station, then 1h15 by shuttle to Super-Besse.
5h581 by train to Clermont-Ferrand station, then 1h15 by shuttle to Super-Besse.
2h341 by train to Clermont-Ferrand station, then 1h15 by shuttle to Super-Besse.
At 1,886 metres, Puy de Sancy is the highest peak in the Massif Central.
If walking and hiking are your passion, head for Les Rousses. Nestled in the heart of the Haut-Jura Regional Natural Park near the Swiss border, this resort has something for everyone—circular walks, easy paths, themed trails, guided hikes and more.
To get there, take a TGV Lyria or TER regional train to Dole station, then board a TER for Morez. From the station, you can travel the 8 km to Les Rousses in under an hour by bus.
4h101 by train to Morez (via Dole). From there, you can reach Les Rousses by bus in under an hour.
6h161 by train to Morez (via Dole). From there, you can reach Les Rousses by bus in under an hour.
2h331 by train to Morez (via Dole). From there, you can reach Les Rousses by bus in under an hour.
1h591 by train to Morez station. From there, you can reach Les Rousses by bus in under an hour.
The Grande Traversée du Jura hiking trail spans 394 km, including a stop at Les Rousses.
The Vosges Mountains
Head for eastern France to discover the charms of La Bresse. Perched in the magnificent Ballons des Vosges regional park, this resort is perfect for families. Its mountain bike school bears the French Cycling Instructors’ seal of approval. Other options include summer luge, slip’n’slide, orienteering, swimming pool, horseback riding, and a play centre for kids.
Ready for a getaway in the Vosges? Board a TGV INOUI or a TER regional train to Remiremont station, then travel the 25 km to La Bresse by bus.
2h401 by train to Remiremont station, then around 50m by TER regional coach.
2h541 by train to Remiremont station, then around 50m by TER regional coach.
1h051 by train to Remiremont station, then around 50m by TER regional coach.
Remiremont TGV station is just 25 km from La Bresse.
Travelling by rail with a health pass
IMPORTANT: we’re adopting the new procedures required for France’s health pass.
From 9 August, if you wish to travel with TGV INOUI, OUIGO, INTERCITÉS or any long-distance international train departing from France, you must present a health pass, either on paper or in digital format via the TousAntiCovid app. Your health pass consists of at least one of these 3 documents:
- proof of full vaccination
- negative Covid-19 test results
- a certificate, dated within the last 6 months, showing that you have recovered from Covid-19
You may be asked to present your health pass at any time during your journey: as you board, while aboard your train, and as you disembark. Dedicated on-board teams will check for passes during your journey.
Aboard our trains, if you cannot present a health pass, you will be allowed to continue your journey, but you will be fined €135. In stations, if you do not have a health pass or test positive for Covid-19, you may not board, though you can request a refund for your tickets.
These new requirements do not apply to RER, Transilien commuter trains, or TER regional trains operating in France.
1 Shortest travel time.
2 Via Ferrata is Italian for ‘Iron Way’—a path along the side of a cliff-face that includes iron cables, metal rungs, rope bridges and more. It’s a high-wire adventure that verges on the acrobatic.
3 CO2e emissions per passenger for 1 km of travel