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How to get to the Pays des Écrins and shuttle buses

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  • Driving
  • Bicycling

Access to the Pays des Écrins by road

There are three main access roads to reach the Pays des Écrins.

From the North 

On the A48 motorway as far as Grenoble, then over the Col du Lautaret (RN 91 road).  Continue through Briançon, heading towards Gap. You are entering the Pays des Écrins when you reach Saint Martin de Queyrières.  

Via Italy 

On the A43 Maurienne motorway through the Fréjus tunnel, then over the Col de Montgenèvre. Continue through Briançon, heading towards Gap. You are entering the Pays des Écrins when you reach Saint Martin de Queyrières.

From the South 

On the A51 motorway as far as La Saulce, then towards Briançon on the RN 94 road. You are entering the Pays des Écrins when you reach La Roche de Rame.

Traffic information

Before your trip, be sure to check the road and traffic conditions and the weather forecast for your route. To help you, our weather and traffic information is updated daily. 

We also advise you to note the following phone numbers and keep them with you during your journey:

Information for the Lautaret and Montgenèvre mountain passes: +33 (0)4 65 03 00 05

Traffic information: 08 26 02 20 22 (inside France)

Access to the Pays des Écrins by rail

You will find all the times for rail travel to the Pays des Écrins, and can book on the SNCF website: http://www.voyages-sncf.com

IMPORTANT: the train station serving the Puy St Vincent and Pelvoux-Vallouise resorts is called ‘L’Argentière les Écrins’. It is important that you specify the full name of the station when you book, as otherwise you may end up with a ticket for the ‘L’Argentière’ station in Savoy!

  • By TER from Paris, Marseille and Grenoble
  • The SNCF runs direct, daily connections from Paris, Marseille and Grenoble to L’Argentière les Écrins. Information and bookings: 36 35 (from France)
  • Paris/Briançon, direct trains + car-sleeper trains.
  • TGV (high-speed train), Paris-Valence or Paris-Grenoble.
  • Daily connections between Marseille and Briançon.

L’ARGENTIERE LES ÉCRINS STATION 

Place de la Gare, 05120 L’Argentière la Bessée
Website: www.ter-sncf.com/paca
Free phone number: 0 800 11 40 23 free from a landline in France every day from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Station ticket office opening hours:

  • Monday: 4:45 a.m. to 10:55 a.m./11:25 a.m. to 4:00 p.m./4:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 6:10 a.m. to 1:35 a.m./2:05 p.m. to 3:30 p.m./4:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 6:10 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. and 2:05 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 6:10 a.m. to 10:55 a.m./11:25 a.m. to 4:00 p.m./4:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Access to the Pays des Écrins by coach

From Grenoble with VFD

Regular lines to Briançon from Grenoble. Contact the company or visit their website for times.

VFD: http://www.vfd.fr – Telephone: +33 (0)4 76 60 47 08

From Nice, Marseille or Gap with SCAL

Regular lines to the Pays des Écrins and Briançon from Nice, Marseille and Gap.
SCAL: http://www.scal-amv-voyages.com – Telephone: +33 (0)4 92 51 06 05

TURIN AIRPORT line

PSV 1400 Centre – Hôtel L’Aiglière - PSV 1600 - Clot des Peouilloux - PSV 1800 - la Tartarasse - PSV 1800 – Hameau des Écrins - PSV 1800 – Récoumère
€37 flat rate per person.
Book online at www.linkbus-alps.com
4–5 return trips every Saturday and Sunday throughout the winter OULX TGV line

PSV 1400 Centre – Hôtel L’Aiglière - PSV 1600 - Clot des Peouilloux - PSV 1800 - la Tartarasse - PSV 1800 – Hameau des Écrins - PSV 1800 – Récoumère
€25 flat rate per person. Online sales at LINKBUS-ALPS.COM
3 return trips every Saturday during the winter. (3 times a day: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
Book online at www.linkbus-alps.com

You will also find details of the shuttle service from Marseille airport or Oulx station here.

By plane

The closest airports are Turin and Marseille.
Car rental services are available there.

 

Shuttles

For information on the shuttles operating across the Pays des Écrins, click here.