Getting to Avoriaz
Avoriaz is a car-free resort. Geneva is the nearest airport and transfers take under two hours using a specialist transfer service, or you can hire a car, or take a bus. There are also two train stations within an hour’s drive of Avoriaz.
Nearest Airports to Avoriaz
Approximate distances and travel times from the nearest airports to Avoriaz (assuming good road conditions):
- Geneva Airport to Avoriaz: 100 km; about 1 hour, 45 minutes drive.
- Chambery Airport to Avoriaz: 165 km; about 2 hours, 10 mins drive.
- Grenoble-Isere Airport to Avoriaz: 222 km; about 2 hours 35 mins drive.
- Lyon St Exupery Airport to Avoriaz : 217 km; about 2 hours, 30 minutes drive.
Avoriaz is a car-free resort, so it tends to more convenient and cheaper to get there from the airport by a transfer service rather than driving yourself. Most transfer services take you to the Les Prodains Cable Car outside Morzine, which is normally a quicker way to reach the centre of the resort than driving up the final twisty mountain road to the official Welcome Point on its edge (you’re not allowed to drive beyond this). There are special electric taxis and horse drawn sleighs to take you from the Welcome Point or the Cable Car station to your accommodation, but you usually won’t need them – Avoriaz is very compact.
Avoriaz Transfers from Geneva Airport
MorzExpress provides frequent, low-cost, shared airport transfers from Geneva Airport to the Avoriaz cable car at Les Prodains which is the quickest way to reach the car-free resort. Buy transfers on a seat-by-seat basis on brand new 8 seat minibuses or 29 seat midi-coaches driven by English-speaking drivers with scheduled departures every 30 minutes at peak periods. Check prices and times, and book online >>>
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Avoriaz Transfers from other airports
Although Geneva airport is the closest, Avoriaz is under 3 hours’ drive from Chambery, Grenoble and Lyon airports.
Alps2Alps provides reliable transfers to Avoriaz and Morzine from Chambery, Grenoble, Lyon and other European airports. Professional English speaking drivers meet and greet you on arrival and transport you safely and swiftly to your accommodation. Private transfers or group transfers for up to 52 people with secure online booking, 24/7 telephone support and generous discounts for mid-week transfers. Get a transfer quotation and book online >
Public bus services from the airport
There are also public bus services from Geneva airport to Avoriaz (usually to the Prodains lift), but the service is not very frequent and much slower than a transfer. See www.sat-annemasse.com/lignes-regulieres for details.
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Parking at Avoriaz
You can not use your car in the resort, so you will have to park it outside. There is a covered car park at the entrance to the resort; an outdoor car park 300m away; or parking near the Les Prodains lift (which goes into the heart of the resort) just outside Morzine. Booking a car parking space in advance is strongly advised.
Directions to Avoriaz
Arriving in Avoriaz by car means first making your way to Morzine – the shortest route from Geneva airport is via Thonon-les-Baines and is just 85 kms (53 miles) but it can be quicker to go via the A40 and get off at Exit 18 at Cluses. Once you’ve reached Morzine, your choice is between a 40 minute drive up the mountain and parking or parking your car and taking the Prodains Cable car to the Avoriaz plateau – which takes about 7 minutes.
If you’re driving all the way from the UK, it takes about 9 hours from Calais. The A26 route is usually quicker than the A6 route.
Getting to Avoriaz by train
The closest train stations to Avoriaz are at:
- Cluses (42kms away/1 hour drive)
- Thonon-les-Bains (45 kms/1 hour drive)
The quickest way to get from the stations to the resort is by taxi. Thes can be booked in advance through Ski-Lifts. There are also cheaper but slower scheduled public bus services as well – see www.altibus.com for details.
Both Cluses and Thonon-les-Baines have direct TGV service from Paris Gare de Lyon which take about four and a half hours. But there are not many direct trains to either station, so often you have to change onto a local TER service at Bellegarde, Annecy or Lyons. The fastest indirect services can be slightly quicker than the direct service. Full details are at www.voyages-sncf.com.
Neither Cluses nor Thonon-les-Baines currently have direct Eurostar services from London but this is subject to change.