Getting to Courmayeur
Getting to Courmayeur is easy but don’t assume this very Italian resort is best accessed from an Italian airport, because Geneva is closer and has better resort transfer services. Courmayeur is also one of the easiest Italian ski resorts to drive to from the UK.
Flying to Courmayeur: Nearest Airports
Geneva airport in Switzerland is actually the closest airport and there are excellent transfer services from Geneva airport to Courmayeur. It’s also well served by airlines like SWISS, BA and EasyJet. The most convenient Italian airport is Turin Caselle, and many airlines including BA and Ryan Air fly there as well. Approximate driving times and distances from the major airports to Courmayeur are as follows:
Geneva – 118km / 1hr 30 minutes
Turin – 151km / 1hr 40 minutes
Milan Malpensa – 214km / 2hrs 20 minutes
Swiss International Airlines (SWISS.com) and BA both have regular scheduled flights from London to Geneva. Taking into account all the extra’s charged by the ‘low cost’ carriers, these scheduled flight prices can be highly competitive.
Geneva Airport transfers to Courmayeur
AostaExpress provides private airport transfers for individuals and groups direct from Geneva airport to your accommodation in Courmayeur and its surrounding villages. Return trips are also door to door, picking up from your hotel, chalet or apartment. It has a range of modern vehicles, all equipped for driving on mountain roads in winter, and driven by English-speaking drivers. Check prices and book online >>>
AlpyBus offers both private transfers and shared transfer services from Geneva Airport to ski resorts including Courmayeur.
Public transport is cheaper still but more difficult to arrange. There is a limited bus service from both Milan and Turin airport to Courmayeur with the Savda Bus Company and the train station in nearby Pre San Didier connects with the town of Aosta. Check Italian Railways for rail travel options and timetables.
Lastly you could hire a car. There are hire car facilities at all the airports.
Driving to Courmayeur
Hiring a car to visit Courmayeur is definitely an option as the drive is fairly straightforward from the airports of Turin, Milan or Geneva. Many of the hotels offer free parking, but garaging normally incurs an additional charge.
From within Italy the Aosta Valley A5 toll motorway leads directly to Courmayeur. As Courmayeur is just on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc tunnel, it is also an easy drive from Geneva, just across the border in Switzerland, to where there are many flights daily. Snow chains or winter tyres should be booked in advance.
Travelling around Courmayeur
By car – it’s easy to visit resorts such as Chamonix, La Thuile and Pila by car from Courmayeur, though public transport services are also available. Good car parks are available at the Dolonne gondola and the Val Veny cable car stations, but parking in central Courmayeur is not always easy. Apart from when accessing hotels – it is best not to drive into the historic hamlets as roads can be extremely narrow in places!
By local bus – there is an excellent local bus service during the day, with routes linking all the main areas of Courmayeur and its hamlets. There is also a good ski bus service to the ski resort of La Thuile with which Courmayeur has lift pass sharing arrangements. Local buses can also be taken to the nearby towns/resorts of Pre San Didier, Chamonix and Aosta (which has ski lifts going up to Pila). Details of the services and bus timetables can be found in the bus operator’s offices in Piazzale Monte Bianco.
By taxi – the main taxi office is located in Piazzale Monte Bianco. Taxis run on a meter, and prices vary with the time of day, but are generally considerably more expensive than in the UK.