Coming to Bessans
In line with its commitments, Bessans suggests the most environmentally-friendly transport solutions to reduce CO2 emissions.
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Bessans from the Tarentaise: in summer, you can get to Bessans from the Tarentaise valley (Val d'Isère) via the Iseran pass. This is the famous Route des Grandes Alpes. However, the Col de l'Iseran (Europe's highest road pass) is closed to traffic between November and June. In winter, you'll have to go through the Maurienne valley to reach Bessans (A43 freeway, Modane exit).
Bessans from Italy: in summer, you can reach Bessans from Italy via the Mont Cenis pass. If you're already staying in Bessans, this pass also allows you to spend a quick day in Italy (to enjoy a "gelati" in Susa and discover its Roman remains, or to push on to Turin and visit its superb museums and huge market). The road between the Mont Cenis pass and Susa is quite winding, but offers easy access to the Italian peninsula. This road is closed between November and April (on the Val Cenis side, it becomes a ski slope). Access to Italy is possible all year round by car via the Fréjus tunnel (Bardonecchia - Modane).
In winter, the Col de l'Iseran and the Col du Mont Cenis are closed to traffic. The Col de l'Iseran is blocked by meters of snow (up to 8m at the aptly named "Pont de la neige") and the Mont Cenis road is transformed into the Val Cenis ski slope (L'Escargot, the longest green run in the world at 13km).
To get to Bessans and find out all about traffic conditions, roadworks and detour, visit savoie-route.fr
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The SNCF offers regular services to the Maurienne, allowing you to discover our charming villages via our internal transport network.
Following a landslide at the end of August 2023 in the Maurienne region, the railroad line between Saint-Michel-Valloire and Modane has been cut. The work will last throughout the winter of 2023-2024.
This winter, trains (including the TGV) stop at Saint-Michel-Valloire station, not Modane. From Saint-Michel, take the S53 bus to Bessans. All you need to do is take a little less train and a little more bus (an extra ten minutes or so).
The airports of Chambéry, Grenoble, Geneva, Lyon and Turin are less than 3 hours' drive from Bessans. In winter, there are bus connections from Chambéry airport to Haute Maurienne.
You don't want to take the train or the bus? Rent a car or order a cab, it will be waiting for you when you get off the plane!