How to get to us

By Plane

Here are the six closest international airports:

  • Turin Airport (TRN)*
    • Driving time: 1 hour 40 minutes.
  • Grenoble Alpes–Isère Airport (GNB)
    • Driving time: 2 hours 30 minutes.
    • Public transportation: Shuttle to Grenoble, then bus (LIGNE 55) to Briançon. Direct bus every Saturday during winter (3h).
  • Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS)
    • Driving time: 2 hours 50 minutes.
    • Public transportation: Shuttle to Grenoble (Flixbus), then bus (LIGNE 55) to Briançon. Direct bus every Saturday and Sunday during winter (3h30).
  • Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)*
    • Driving time: 2 hours 50 minutes.
  • Geneva Airport (GVA)
    • Driving time: 3 hours.
    • Public transportation: Bus or train to Grenoble, then bus (LIGNE 55) to Briançon.
  • Marseille Provence Airport (MRS)
    • Driving time: 3 hours.
    • Public transportation: Direct train to Briançon.

*Note: Due to a landslide in Maurienne on August 27, 2023, the Italian airports (Turin and Milan) currently have no public transport to Briançon.

By Train

There are four options to reach Briançon by train. All tickets can be booked on SNCF Connect.

  • From Paris
    • Option 1: Direct night train Intercités (12h): PARIS AUSTERLITZ => BRIANCON. Our favorite choice: go sleep in Paris, wake up in Briançon!
    • Option 2: High-speed train TGV (2h30): PARIS GARE DE LYON => VALENCE, then train (5h): Valence => Briançon Champ de Mars.
  • From Valence
    • Regional train TER (5h): VALENCE TGV => BRIANCON. This line also goes through Gap.
  • From Marseille
    • Regional train TER (5h): MARSEILLE ST CHARLES => BRIANCON. This line also goes through Gap.

By Bus

  • Bus LIGNE 55 (2h50): Gare de Grenoble => Briançon Place de l’Europe.
  • Flixbus and other bus services connect Grenoble to many destinations throughout Europe.

By Car

Avoid using the Frejus Tunnel at the French-Italian border due to high costs. It saves 15 minutes but costs 45-50€. During heavy snowfall, it may be a better option than the closed Lautaret pass. The Galibier pass is closed in winter. Check here for open routes and passes.

Three main routes to Briançon:

  • North West: Via Col du Lautaret (2058 m), connects to Grenoble (2h drive). Can close in winter after heavy snowfall.
  • North East: Via Col de Montgenèvre (1850 m), rarely closed. 40 minutes to Oulx and E70 highway (Fréjus Tunnel or Torino).
  • South: Road to Guillestre (35 min) and Gap (1h30), never closed.

Tip: In summer, if not in a hurry, take the highway to Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne and drive up to Col du Galibier (2642 m), one of the highest and most beautiful mountain passes in the French Alps.

Rideshare

Consider using rideshare services for an eco-friendly and cost-effective option. Popular platforms include BlaBlaCar and local Facebook groups.

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