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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.

You may be able to get money off your accommodation or transfer to the resort if you mention you're coming by train.

About Trains to Alpe d'Huez

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.

Hire a car from Grenoble airport  

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.

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Journey time to Alpe d'Huez by train

These are rough journey times for a number of destinations.

Journey times to Alpe d'Huez by train + bus
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.

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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.

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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:

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.

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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.

Top tip!
Book early! Journeys at Christmas, Easter and the French half term weeks get packed out quickly.

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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.

Luggage allowances on trains to Alpe d'Huez
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 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)

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