Getting to Val Thorens
Getting to Val Thorens is easy with a choice of four airports within three hours drive, and there are private and shared airport transfer services available; alternatively come by rail to the nearest train station in Moutiers. You can also drive all the way but will not be able to use your car in the resort.
Nearest Airports to Val Thorens
The nearest airports to Val Thorens are:
- Chambéry Airport (78 miles/122km, 1 hour 45 mins drive)
- Geneva Airport (129 miles/202km, 2 hours 40 mins drive)
- Lyon-St Exupery (125 miles/199km, 2 hours, 35min drive).
- Grenoble-Isere (122 miles / 195Km, 2 hours 35mins)
Chambery and Grenoble are the closest but have the least choice of flights. Geneva is the main gateway, although Lyons is very slightly closer.
Getting from the airport to Val Thorens
Val Thorens is almost car-free (you’re allowed to unload when you get there, but then have to park the car in one of the official car parks on the edge of the village and return by shuttle bus). Getting to the resort from the airport by a specialist transfer service therefore tends to be quicker and more convenient than hiring a car, and it also saves you the worry and hassle of driving in wintry conditions on mountain roads (putting on snowchains in the dark in a blizzard is not fun).
Transfer services from the airport to Val Thorens
AlpyBus offers simple, reliable, affordable transport from Geneva to your accommodation in Val Thorens. Our new fleet of comfortable minibuses are specially adapted for mountain roads, and we have priority parking at Geneva Airport, so there are no long walks. Choose either low cost shared services or ultra-convenient private transfers – both come with an unbeatable price match guarantee and no hidden charges. Get a transfer quotation and book online >>>
Mountain Rescue offers a safe and reliable service from Geneva, Grenoble, Lyon and Chambery direct to your Val Thorens accommodation in resort. Free ski carriage and free child facilities along with sole occupancy of an 8 seater minibus makes it a comfortable and competitively priced way of getting you from plane to the powder and back again. Last minute bookings available and secure online booking and payment system. Tel: UK +44 203 287 4588, France: +33 977 217 766. Request an airport transfer quote >
Airport Car Hire / Car Rental for Val Thorens
Having a car in Val Thorens is not an advantage because it’s a car-free resort. But it can be a useful way to get there and you are allowed to unload your car before leaving it in one of the mandatory car parks.
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Public Bus Services from the Airport to Val Thorens
There is also a public bus service between Val Thorens and Geneva, Chambery and Lyons aiports provided by AltiBus. To/from Geneva there are normally three buses a day on weekdays, up to seven on Saturdays and up to four on Sundays. The journey takes over 4 hours, including a stop in Moutiers where you often have to change buses. Between Val Thorens and Chambery Airport there are usually between two and four buses a day on a Saturday, one on Sunday and none on weekdays. The journey takes between 2 hours 30 mins and 4 hours, depending on the length of the stop at Moutiers. Between Val Thorens and Lyons Saint Exupery airport there are usually 2 buses a day on Saturday and 1 on Fridays and Sundays – journey time is about 4 hours. You are strongly advised to buy tickets in advance because if the bus is full they won’t let you on. Full schedules and online ticket purchasing at www.altibus.com
Getting to Val Thorens by Train
The nearest railway station to Val Thorens is Moutiers, about 40kms away. On railway timetables, Moutiers station is also sometimes called Moutiers-Salins-Brides Les Bains.
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 Val Thorens
To get from Moutiers station to Val Thorens, the 38km taxi ride takes about 45 to 60 minutes door to door. Ski-Lifts lets you book online a private transfer from the train station to the resort and provides a 24/7 English helpline if your train is delayed.
There are also several buses a day – see www.mobisavoie.fr for bus times.
Driving to Val Thorens and parking at Val Thorens
For a resort that is so high, Val Thorens is reasonably easy to reach by car from the UK or Northern Europe. It’s a 976km journey from Calais but only about a 9 to 10 hour drive because it’s on motorways almost all the way. (The toll charges add up, though.) Usually the A6-A46-A432 route around the outskirts of Lyons quicker than the A39-A40-A41 route around the outskirts of Annecy and Geneva but check road conditions on the day. Either way, the final part of the journey is on the A430 athen N90 then D117 via St Martin de Belleville and Les Menuires.
Remember that to stay mostly car-free, Val Thorens does not permit street parking during the season. You can drive to your accommodation and unload but then have to park your car in one of the car parks on the edge of the village and return by shuttle bus. You are strongly recommended to buy your parking in advance. You can reserve a place online at www.valthorens.com but you must do it at least one week before arrival.