Arcs Express funicular
An emblematic feature of the valley for more than 30 years, the funicular railway of Saint Maurice was one of the first valley lifts in the Alps. It was renovated in 2019. A pioneer in multimodal travel, Bourg Saint Maurice offers thousands of skiers and daily users a direct link between the skiing area of Les Arcs and the railway network in just 7 minutes.
The funicular railway, a pioneering 100% electric valley lift, is directly linked to the international high-speed train station of Bourg Saint Maurice, on which holidaymakers from all over Europe converge: many come from Paris on the TGV, while others have travelled from London on the Eurostar or Brussels and Amsterdam with Thalys.
For over 30 years now, the newly named Arcs Express funicular railway has been offering an eco-friendly alternative to reach the ski slopes in just 7 minutes. With more than 600,000 journeys per year, it is also used daily by local professionals, and is thus a model for the development of soft and sustainable mountain mobility. The “Arcs Express” offers a unique travel experience: spanning almost 3 km, the funicular railway offers travellers a fantastic view of the valley, thanks to its roof made entirely of glass and the new panoramic spaces at the front and rear of the trains.
The new trains are designed to the highest modern standards of comfort and meet the needs of users in all seasons by offering modular designs.
Difference in elevation
1500 passengers/ hour/ direction
Number of stations
Number of people per vehicule
for the project
A 360° trip
A very enjoyable travel experience with new glass-roofed trains and, thanks to the driving station located in the centre of the cabin, the new panoramic spaces at the front and rear offer passengers exceptional views of the valley.
A 100%-electric system that is part of the resort’s environmentally friendly approach, it is the first and only one to be linked to a railway station for access to the skiing area.
The Val Thorens resort estimated the carbon footprint to be 3 g/km of CO2 emissions for a journey from Paris to Bourg Saint Maurice by train + Funicular railway compared with 135 g/km for an equivalent journey by car and 168 g/km by plane.
The Bourg Saint Maurice local council was also particularly attentive to the way the funicular railway would blend into its environment, endorsing its elegant design and refined LED lighting.
Arcs Express funicular railway in pictures
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