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 and Grenoble are closer but have fewer flights and transfer services. Bourg-St-Maurice’s train station has TGV and Eurostar services and is only 31 km away from the resort.
Nearest Airports to Val d’Isere
Val d’Isère is located at the far end of the Tarentaise valley on the Iseran road.
Distances and drive times from nearby airports (in good conditions).
Chambery Airport 144km / 1 hour 55 minutes;
Geneva International Airport 222km / 3 hours;
Grenoble Alpes-Isere Airport 217km / 2 hours 50 minutes;
Lyon St. Exupery Airport 221km / 2 hours 55 minutes.
Airport Transfers to Val d’Isere
There are both ultra-convenient private transfers and low cost shared transfer services available.
Private and comfortable airport transfers to Val d’Isere from Chambery, Geneva, Lyon and Grenoble airports 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. 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 from Geneva Airport 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 >>>
Ben’s Bus transports passengers to Val d’Isere from Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva Airports in large coaches to keep prices low, but still provide great customer service. Ben’s Bus representatives greet you at the airport when you arrive and guide you to your vehicle, where they liaise with French drivers, who know the mountain roads better than anyone. Their Enhanced Refunds protect you if your plans have to change so you can book ahead with confidence. Book a shared transfer to Val d’Isere now >
Airport Car Hire / Car Rental for Val d’Isere
Val d’Isere is a big resort. Near the centre, the bus service is efficient and free whilst parking is scarce and expensive. But as you go further out having a car has more benefits, and often a parking space is included with your accommodation.
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Bus Services from the airport to Val d’Isere
There are daily public bus service from Geneva and Lyon airports, and a public bus service at weekends from Chambéry. See Altibus for details.
Getting to Val d’Isere by Rail
The train station at Bourg St Maurice is 31kms (19 miles) away from Val d’Isere. The easiest 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’Isere 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