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National Trains to Avoriaz

Discover the top Avoriaz national rail services

About getting to Avoriaz by Train

It's surprisingly easy, quick and comfortable to travel overland by train...from and to just about anywhere. Especially between some of the major European cities.

The nearest train stations for Avoriaz are Cluses and Thonon-les-bains which are both around 1 hour away by road.

International trains connect to Cluses from Paris either by Eurostar & TGV or by Eurostar & an overnight service from Paris taking around 4.5 hours. You can also take an international train to Lyon Part-dieu and then on to Cluses on a regional train which takes around 3 hours. 

Some trains require you to change from Paris Gare Nord to Paris Gare Lyon, and if this is the case you can use the Paris Metro or hop in a taxi. Getting from one to the other takes around 30 minutes, however you should try and build in an hour or more to make sure you make the connecting train. 

If you’re travelling from the UK, the Eurostar leaves from London or Kent and takes you into Paris, where you pick up connecting TGV train via Bellegarde (in Switzerland) and onto Cluses via a regional express train. The night train also connects with the Eurostar in Paris, operating every night during the ski season and takes you to Cluses in around 7.5 hours - the same length of time as the daytime service.

If you'd prefer to head to Thonon-les-bains station instead, you can catch the Paris to Bellegarde train and then change for Thonon when you reach Bellegarde. This journey can take anything from 8-9 hours upwards from the UK depending on the number of changes on route. 

From here you'll need to catch a connecting transfer to resort. Read more about Transfers to Avoriaz.

International services

Eurostar is the high-speed passenger train from London to Paris & London to Brussels, which travels via the Channel Tunnel. Not to be confused with Eurotunnel, the company which owns the Channel Tunnel whose car-carrying trains shuttle road vehicles across the Channel. 

Run by Eurostar International Limited, the company is owned by SNCF French Railways (55%), SNCB Belgian Railways (5%) & 40% originally by the UK government but now sold to overseas investors. Eurostar carries passengers, not cars. They now run a direct train from London to Lyon, Avignon & Marseille between one and five times a week all year round. You can also get a train to Geneva, but with one change, that takes approximately 6-7 hours.

Eurotunnel however provides a quick and simple method to get you and your car from England to France. From Folkestone to Calais in only 35 minutes, it is the fastest way to get across (or under) the English Channel. There are around four departures every hour - book early to get the best prices. If you are travelling with your bike, then see our Cycling Guide for information on taking you bike on the train.


The 'Train a Grand Vitesse' (TGV) is the high speed rail network of France. Reaching speeds of up to 200 mph, it's a great way to whip through the French countryside to your destination. Most journeys start in Paris, so if you are in the UK, you will need to take the Eurostar from London to Paris first (see above).

The SNCF website has the information for the TGV (high speed trains) & national rail service, or tgv-europe for all European train travel. TGV train tickets must be bought in advance. There are whole host of discounts available for families, seniors, and groups. Cats & dogs are allowed on the train for a fee.

Location: Avoriaz Region

Snow Carbon Journey Planner to Avoriaz

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 on board, 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 the Alps. 

You can use the Snowcarbon Journey Planner to view the recommended journey times for any date during the season, and journey and transfer information. 

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