Coming to Bessans

In the heart of Savoie in the Northern Alps, Bessans is a high-altitude resort (1700m) that's easy to get to, whatever your means of transport. Whether you come by train or by car, you'll enjoy getting to us quickly! Trains, buses, shuttles, cabs and planes: The best way to get to Bessans
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How to reach the Haute Maurienne by car

By car

Freeway A43 towards Turin, exit N°30 (Modane/Haute Maurienne) then departmental road D1006 (ex-RN6) then D902 for 35 km

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In summer

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).

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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).

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By train

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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 was cut off. Major work is being carried out to make it safe. Train traffic is due to resume in autumn 2024.

Until November 2024, trains (including the TGV) stop at Saint-Michel-Valloire station, not Modane. From Saint-Michel, the S53 bus then takes you to Bessans. All you need to do is take a little less train and a little more bus (an extra ten minutes or so).

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By plane

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.

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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!

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