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No bus to meet Ski Train at Bourg - really?

Thu 17 December, 2015

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Daniel Elkan

It's crazy, but unfortunately true.

For skiers travelling by on the daytime Eurostar Ski Train to Bourg St Maurice, there are no connecting buses to the resorts of La Rosiere, Sainte Foy, Tignes or Val d'Isere.  The Ski Train arrives every saturday at 18:50. And guess what time the bus for those resorts leaves? 18:40 - ten minutes earlier.  Yes really. It's just bonkers.

Apparently, there is a rationale, which I'll write more about later.

For now, here is the bus schedule - as you can see, save for a few dates, there is no bus.  And even on the dates when there is, you have to wait an hour - hardly ideal.

Daytime Eurostar Ski Train arrives at Bourg St Maurice at 18:50  
La Rosiere None Runs Book bus
Les Arcs 1600 None - use funicular or taxi    
Les Arcs 1800 None - use funicular or taxi    
Les Arcs 1950 None - use funicular or taxi    
Les Arcs 2000 None - use funicular or taxi    
Sainte Foy (Chef Lieu)  20:00 20:15 Sat 19th - 26th Dec; Sat 6th - 27th Feb  
Tignes les Brevieres 20:00 20:40 Sat 19th - 26th Dec; Sat 6th - 27th Feb  
Tignes les Boisses 1800 20:00 20:50 Sat 19th - 26th Dec; Sat 6th - 27th Feb  
Tignes (Gare routiere) 20:00 21:00 Sat 19th - 26th Dec; Sat 6th - 27th Feb  
Tignes Val Claret 20:00 21:05 Sat 19th - 26th Dec; Sat 6th - 27th Feb  
Val d'Isere  20:00 21:00 Sat 19th - 26th Dec; Sat 6th - 27th Feb  

Fortunately, skiers arriving at Moutiers are well connected by bus:

Daytime Eurostar Ski Train arrives at Moutiers at 18:11  
Next bus departure to Departs  Arrives resort Runs Book bus
Brides les Bains 18:30 18:40 Every Sat 19th Dec  to 2nd April  
Couchevel le Praz 1300 18:30 19:15 Every Sat 19th Dec  to 2nd April  
Courchevel Village 1550 18:30 19:25 Every Sat 19th Dec  to 2nd April  
Couchevel Moriond 1650 18:30 19:30 Every Sat 19th Dec  to 2nd April  
Courchevel 1850 18:30 19:40 Every Sat 19th Dec  to 2nd April  
Doucy 18:45 19:15 Every Sat 19th Dec  to 2nd April  
La Tania 18:30 19:10 Every Sat 19th Dec  to 2nd April  
Les Menuires 18:30 19:15 Every Sat 19th Dec  to 2nd April  
Meribel Les Allues 18:30 18:55 Every Sat 19th Dec  to 2nd April  
Meribel Village 18:30 19:00 Every Sat 19th Dec  to 2nd April  
Meribel Mussillon 18:30 19:05 Every Sat 19th Dec  to 2nd April  
Meribel La Chaudanne 18:30 19:10 Every Sat 19th Dec  to 2nd April  
Meribel Centre 18:30 19:15 Every Sat 19th Dec  to 2nd April  
Meribel Mottaret (Le Chatelet)  18:30 19:25 Every Sat 19th Dec  to 2nd April  
Meribel Mottaret (Le Hameau)  18:30 19:40 Every Sat 19th Dec  to 2nd April  
St Martin de Belleville 18:30 19:00 Every Sat 19th Dec  to 2nd April  
Val Thorens 18:30 19:45 Every Sat 19th Dec  to 2nd April  
Valmorel 19:00 19:45 Sat 6th, 13th and 20th Feb only  

So what about taxi options?

There are taxi options - and if there are a few of you the price isn't high per-person.  Here are average prices from local taxi companies:

  Bourg St Maurice: local taxi prices to nearby ski resorts  
Ski resort 1 to 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8 pax
Couchevel le Praz 1300 63 € 68 € 73 € 83 € 93 € 105 €
Courchevel Village 1550 68 € 73 € 78 € 88 € 98 € 110 €
Couchevel Moriond 1650 70 € 75 € 80 € 90 € 100 € 115 €
Courchevel 1850 75 € 80 € 85 € 95 € 105 € 120 €
Doucy 55 € 58 € 60 € 70 € 80 € 90 €
La Tania 63 € 68 € 73 € 83 € 93 € 105 €
Les Menuires 75 € 80 € 85 € 95 € 105 € 120 €
Meribel Les Allues 48 € 53 € 58 € 68 € 78 € 88 €
Meribel Village 55 € 58 € 60 € 70 € 80 € 90 €
Meribel Centre 58 € 63 € 68 € 78 € 88 € 98 €
Meribel Morel 58 € 63 € 68 € 78 € 88 € 98 €
Meribel Mottaret  65 € 70 € 75 € 85 € 95 € 110 €
St Martin de Belleville 63 € 68 € 73 € 83 € 93 € 105 €
Val Thorens 90 € 95 € 100 € 110 € 120 € 140 €
Valmorel 55 € 60 € 65 € 75 € 85 € 100 €

 

Ski resort 1 to 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8 pax
Les Allues 48 53 58 68 78 88
Méribel centre et Morel 58 63 68 78 88 98
La Tania 63 68 73 83 93 105
Le Praz 63 68 73 83 93 105
Méribel Le Plateau 63 68 73 83 93 105
St Martin de Belleville 63 68 73 83 93 105
Courchevel 1550 68 73 78 88 98 110
Méribel Altiport/Belvédère 68 73 78 88 98 110
Courchevel 1650 70 75 80 90 100 115
Courchevel 1850 75 80 85 95 105 120
Les Ménuires 75 80 85 95 105 120
Val Thorens 90 95 100 110 120 140