Coming by train to Routes des Grandes Alpes by bike

How to reach and leave the Route des Grandes Alpes®?

Access by road to any part of the Route des Grandes Alpes® is easy. But there are other ways to reach or leave the route, notably by rail.

Is it possible to reach the route by train?

There are 15 stations dotted along the route or near to it. They are, from north to south:

  • Thonon-les-Bains
  • Cluses
  • Annecy
  • Albertville
  • Bourg-Saint-Maurice
  • Modane
  • Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne
  • Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
  • Grenoble
  • Oulx (in Italy)
  • Briançon
  • Guillestre
  • Embrun
  • Menton
  • Nice

Depending on whether you’re using a high-speed TGV train or regional TER train, check whether you can take your bike on the train you’ve selected and on any further connecting train(s), if you have to change. 


Is it possible to reach the route by plane?

The major airports close to the route are those at Geneva, Lyon and Nice. 
Please note, as transporting e-bike batteries in planes is forbidden, you’ll need to send your e-bike by freight transport if necessary. 


How can I have my luggage transferred along the route?

Be aware that if you don’t have your own independent motorized support or aren’t travelling with a specialist travel agency, for the time being there isn’t a luggage transfer service available on this route of the type “La Malle Postale” that is available on the Stevenson Trail or Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Route, for instance. If certain accommodation service providers have occasionally proved able to organize a similar service for cyclists, note that most often you’ll have to make use of local taxi services for luggage transfers.