Trains in Alpe d'Huez
Discover & book Alpe d'Huez train services
There's no train station in Alpe d'Huez, but that doesn't mean you can't get here by train.
You may have to make several connections. And the last bit of the journey can be slow.
But train travel is the most environmentally friendly way to get to Alpe d'Huez. You'll get more leg room and it's a great way to enjoy the passing scenery.
Nearest train station to Alpe d'Huez
Grenoble is the nearest train station to Alpe d'Huez. It's about a 90 minute bus transfer or drive away.
High-speed TGV trains to and from Paris and Lyon stop at Grenoble, as do regional TER trains from neighbouring cities like Annecy and Chambery.
Journey time to Alpe d'Huez by train
These are rough journey times for a number of destinations.
|Journey||Duration||Changes||Equivalent driving time|
|London to Alpe d'Huez||7 to 9 hours||3||9 to 10 hours|
|Paris to Alpe d'Huez||5 to 6 hours||1||6 to 8 hours|
|Geneva to Alpe d'Huez||4 to 6 hours||1||3.5 to 4.5 hours|
|Lyon (Bellegarde-sur-Valserine) to Alpe d'Huez||3.5 to 4 hours||1||2.5 to 3.5 hours|
|Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Alpe d'Huez||4 to 6 hours||1||2.5 to 3.5 hours|
|Grenoble to Alpe d'Huez||2 to 3 hours||0||1.5 to 2.5 hours|
London to Alpe d'Huez by train
There's no direct link between London and Alpe d'Huez by train. Whichever route you take, you'll need to change at Paris or Lille.
The Eurostar ski train goes from London St Pancras to various stations in the Alps including Chambery, Moutiers and Bourg-Saint-Maurice.
Chambery is only 123km to Alpe d'Huez, but in reality it'd be a lot easier to get a high speed train to Grenoble and pick up a transfer from there.
Grenoble is only 65km away, and there are plenty of transfers from Grenoble airport and city centre.
Train prices to Alpe d'Huez
How much it costs depends a lot on when you travel. Peak weeks like Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter are obviously more expensive.
Our top tip is to try to 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.
Getting from the train station to Alpe d'Huez
Grenoble bus station (also known as the 'gare routière') is in the same building as the train station.
Your three options are:
- private transfer to Alpe d'Huez - direct
- local bus - 1 change
- Transaltitude - direct in winter only
Journey time is around 1h 45.
Local bus to Alpe d'Huez
To go by local bus, you'll need to:
- catch the Transisère bus number 3030 to Bourg d'Oisans (Agence Transisère VDF stop)
- change to the Transisère 3020 bus, which goes all the way to Alpe d'Huez
The Transisère 3020 bus makes lots of stops, including Les Bergers, the Palais des Sports and the Rond Point des Pistes.
Winter-only local bus
Transaltitude runs direct buses from Grenoble Gare Routière to Alpe d'Huez a few times per day in the winter only.
Booking train tickets to Alpe d'Huez
For more information on journey times or to book tickets online, visit these websites:
You can also book through the Trainline.
Book early! Journeys at Christmas, Easter and the French half term weeks get packed out quickly.
Luggage allowances on trains to Alpe d'Huez
If you're coming to Alpe d'Huez, you'll probably be carrying additional luggage like ski boots, helmets or backpacks.
Train lines tend to have more generous allowances than airlines, but there are some limits.
|Line||Large bags||Ski gear||Bikes|
|Eurostar to Paris||Up to 85cm long at its widest||1 pair of skis or snowboard - counts as one of your 2 large bags||Only if boxed. Email email@example.com for more information|
|Eurostar to Lyon||Up to 85cm long at its widest||1 pair of skis or snowboard - counts as one of your 2 large bags||Only if it fits into one of your 85cm pieces of luggage|
|French TER and TGV trains||No limit - must be able to carry all luggage yourself||Yes||Yes, if packaged in a bag measuring 120cm x 90cm or less|
|Swiss SBB trains||No limit - must be able to carry all luggage yourself||Yes||Free, if packaged and front wheel removed (you'll need to pay for a fully assembled bike to travel in the bike carriage)|