Getting to Val d’Isere
The main gateway airports for Val d’Isere are Geneva and Lyon international airports; both under three hours’ drive away. Chambéry airport is much closer but has fewer flights. Bourg-St-Maurice’s Eurostar and TGV train station is 30 km away from the resort.
Nearest Airports to Val d’Isere
Geneva and Lyon are the nearest two major airports to the resort. Chambery and Grenoble are closer, but regular flights and reasonably priced transfers aren’t always available. Val d’Isère is located at the far end of the Tarentaise valley on the Iseran road. In centuries gone by, it was “like going to the end of the world” to reach the final stages of this then remote valley. Today the transfer from Chambery airport takes 2 hours and 2½ hours from Lyon St. Exupery, while Geneva international airport is 3 hours away.
Chambery Airport 144km / 1 hour 55 minutes
Geneva International Airport 222km / 2 hours 40 minutes
Grenoble Isere Airport 217km / 2 hours 35 minutes
Lyon St. Exupery Airport 221km / 2 hours 40 minutes
Airport Transfers to Val d’Isere
There are lots of companies who offer private or shared transfers to the resort from Geneva, Chambery and Lyon airports. It is worth checking transfer arrangements before booking your flights. If you’re flying during the week, especially from Chambery or Lyon, you can end up paying through the roof for a transfer if there are no other groups to share with, and bus or rail alternatives aren’t always available.
Private and comfortable airport transfers to Val d’Isere with the Mountain Rescue. Enjoy a sleek and professional service that offers you sole occupancy of an 8 seater minibus and no waiting for other groups. Child facilities and ski carriage are included in the price and you can even request a DVD player to keep the kids entertained. Mountain Rescue operates this service out of Geneva, Grenoble, Lyon and Chambery airports and train stations. Last minute bookings available and secure online booking and payment system. Request a ski transfer quote >
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 >>>
If you prefer the economy of a transfer by bus, there is a regular daily bus service from Geneva and Lyon airports, and a Saturday service from Chambéry (a return ticket must be booked at the airport)
Getting to Val d’Isere by Rail
The train station at Bourg St Maurice is 31kms (19 miles) away from Val d’Isere. The easiset way to get from the bus station to the resort is via a taxi or private transfer – you can book one online with Ski-Lifts. Or you can wait for a bus. The bus station is close to the train station and buses from Bourg to Val d’Iseres typically take under an hour to reach the centre of Val D’Isere. See www.altibus.com for timetable information and to book a ticket in advance (recommended).
Trains from Paris for Bourg St Maurice depart from the Gare de Lyon. The fastest take just over four and a half hours but most direct ones take between five and six hours, and most indirect ones between six and seven, and involve changing once or twice at Chambery, Aix Les Bains and/or Lyon. see www.voyages-sncf.com for details.
From the UK, Eurostar (www.eurostar.com) operates services to Bourg St Maurice from London St Pancras, which takes between eight and 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 Bourg. From Southern and Eastern Europe, services from Geneva and Milan go via Chambery.
Driving to Val d’Isere
Having a car in Val D’Isere can be useful if your chalet or hotel is a long way from the centre but you will have to plan in advance where you will park it when you go into the centre because a lot of the centre is either traffic free or for buses only. With a car you can drive to St Foy Tarentaise (good off piste), La Rosiere and Les Arcs which are all within an hour’s drive, if you really want a change of scenery. But there is so much lift-linked skiing available in the Espace Killy very few visitors to Val D’Isere feel any need to explore other ski areas. NB: In winter, Le Fornet, at the eastern end of Val D’Isere is the end of the road. There is no through-route to Bonneval-sur-Arc (although there are long distance ski-tours to there).
Distances and times to Val d’Isere are approximately as follows:
Amsterdam 1,185km / 11 hours 20 minutes
Brussels 970km / 9 hours 50 minutes
Calais 1,000km / 10 hours
Frankfurt 680km / 8 hours
Geneva 220km / 2 hours 40 minutes
London 1,160km / 12 hours
Lyon 240km / 2 hours 50 minutes
Milan 275km / 3 hours 30 minutes via A4/E64
Turin 206km / 3 hours via A5
Geneva – via autoroute to Chambéry – Albertville – Moûtiers – Bourg St. Maurice – Val d’Isère
Lyon: via autoroute to Chambéry – Albertville – Moûtiers – Bourg St. Maurice – Val d’Isère
Val d’Isere Taxi Services
Local taxi companies operating in Val d’Isère include:
Taxi Val D’Isere
Phone: +33 (0)629947535
Phone: +33 618 192000
Taxis Autocars Nicolas
Phone: +33 4 79 41 01 25
Phone: +33 6 17 15 49 83
Etoile des Neiges Taxi
Phone: +33 6 25 89 40 53