Getting to Courchevel
Courchevel is easy to get to by air, with two to three hour transfers from Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble or Chambery airports, or by high-speed train to Moutiers, just 24km from Courchevel. VIP travel options include helicopter transfers from main airports or private flights to Courchevel Altiport, the highest asphalted runway in Europe.
Courchevel is situated in the Les Allues valley and the nearest town, Moutiers, is 24km away and has an international train station with regular services from London and other European cities including Paris and Geneva.
Nearest Airports to Courchevel
Geneva and Lyon are the nearest large international airports to Courchevel. Chambery and Grenoble airports are closer but there are fewer flights and transfer options.
Approximate distances and drive times from airports to Courchevel 1850 (other Courchevel villages will be slightly quicker to get to) :
Geneva 149km – 2 hours, 45 mins;
Lyon 187km – 2 hours, 45 mins ;
Chambery 110km – 1 hour, 45 mins:
Grenoble (Alpes-Isere)181 km – 2 hours, 30 mins.
Better still, if you can afford it, Courchevel has its own airport for light aircraft and small private jets. Courchevel Altiport is the highest asphalted runaway in Europe at an altitude of 2,010m (6,853 feet) which is just 537m in length including an uphill / downhill gradient of 18 degrees which helps to slow aircraft on landing and provides a roller coaster experience on take-off as aeroplanes and private jets accelerate down the runway and take to the skies before reaching the fly now (or crash) take-off point.
Airport Transfers to Courchevel
GVA Transfers’ modern fleet of vehicles includes cars, minivans, minibuses and coaches, providing quick and comfortable private transfers for individuals and groups of any size. GVA offer competitive prices, wait if your flight’s delayed, and their 24/7 office is available in case your plans change. At Geneva you’re always met by a GVA representative and taken to your vehicle, which is just a short walk away due to priority parking. Get a transfer quote and book online >>>
Airport Car Hire / Car Rental for Courchevel
Renting a car can be a good option, particularly if you’re staying for less than a full week, or you want to visit other ski areas (Champagny en Vanoise, the backdoor into La Plagne and Les Arcs, is 30 minutes’ drive from most of the Courchevel villages) or if you are flying into one of the smaller airports with fewer transfer options.
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Public Bus Services from the Airports to Courchevel
Altibus (www.altibus.com) provides bus services from Geneva, Lyon and Chambery airports. The Chambery service only runs on certain days – susually Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but check with Altibus.
There are a few buses and shuttles from Grenoble Airport, but some require you to change at the bus station in the centre of Grenoble and/or at Moutiers. See https://www.grenoble-airport.com for details.
Helicopter Transfers to Courchevel Airport
If you’re feeling flash or simply have the cash, SAF-Air Courchevel offer helicopter transfers from Chambery, Grenoble, Geneva and Lyon. Tel: +33 4 79 08 00 91. Email: office@ air-courchevel.com. Web: www.air-courchevel.com
Getting to Courchevel by Rail
The nearest railway station to Courchevel is Moutiers (“Moutiers-Salins-Brides Les Bains”), about 25kms away.
Trains from Paris for Moutiers depart from the Gare de Lyon and normally take between four and six hours. There are direct trains from Paris and also indirect services which usually involve taking a TGV to Chambery, Aix Les Bains or Lyon, then completing the journey onto Moutiers on either a regional TER train service or a bus.
From the UK, Eurostar operates services to Moutiers from London St Pancras, which takes between seven and a half hours and ten hours. There are some direct trains with no changes, but these can take longer than services with one change in Paris, which necessitates getting from the Gare du Nord to the Gare de Lyon. If you take the Metro this is just two stops on RER line D (Direction Melun). Even allowing time to buy tickets and walk to and from platforms, this should not take more than 30 to 40 minutes. But if you have a lot of baggage, a taxi ride might be a better option.
There are also international Thalys train services direct from Belgium and the Netherlands to Moutiers. From Southern and Eastern Europe, services from Geneva and Milan go via Chambery.
Getting from Moutiers train station to Courchevel
To get from Moutiers station to Courchevel, there are several buses a day – see www.mobisavoie.fr for bus times. Alternatively you can arrange a private transfer through Ski-Lifts. The 25km – 30 km journey takes about 35 to 60 minutes door to door.
Driving all the way to Courchevel
Approximate distances and drive times from European cities.
London – 1,100km – 13 hours
Calais – 950km – 10 hours 30 minutes
Paris – 665km – 7 hours 30 minutes
Lille – 885 km – 10 hours
Frankfurt – 716m – 7 hours 30 minutes
Milan – 375km – 4 hours 30 minutes
Geneva – 136km – 2 hours 15 minutes