How to get to Val Thorens
Discover the top ways to get to Val Thorens
With a nearby train station and several airports within a 3 hour drive, there are plenty of options for getting to Val Thorens.
Val Thorens sits at the heart of the Three Valleys, the world's largest ski area.
Chambery is the closest airport, although Geneva is probably still the airport of choice for most international visitors. You can expect transfers from Geneva to Val Thorens to take 2h 45 or so.
Val Thorens doesn't have its own train station, but fast (TGV) trains from Paris and the Eurostar snow train stop at Moûtiers, which is only 35km (50 minutes) away. From there, you can catch a bus to the resort.
If you're driving, it's straightforward as far as Moûtiers. The road after that gets increasingly twisty.
So given the options, what’s the best way to get here?
Flying to Val Thorens
Flying to Geneva is probably the easiest way to get to Val Thorens for most international visitors.
The only trouble with flying anywhere is the environmental cost. Driving, coming by coach or catching a train are usually better options if you want to reduce CO2 emissions.
Flying to other airports
If you can’t get a flight to Geneva, try Chambery.
Chambery is closer than Geneva and journey time is only 1h 40. But the airport is lot smaller and not as many airlines fly there.
Lyon or Grenoble (both around 200km away) are also options for Val Thorens. Journey times are 2h 45 to 3 hours.
We wouldn't recommend flying to Turin or Milan - even if they look close on the map. It usually takes a lot longer to get to the resort, and you'll often have to rely on pricey private transfers.
Getting from the airport to Val Thorens
There are several ways to get from the airport to Val Thorens.
|Flying to||Best option||Journey time|
Regular bus services at weekends during the winter season, changing at Moûtiers
|Geneva||Airport transfer||2h 45|
|Grenoble||Private transfer||3 hours|
|Lyon||Regular bus service, changing at Moûtiers
Train to Val Thorens
Getting to Val Thorens by train may involve a few changes, which can be tricky with baggage or kids. But:
- it's the most environmentally-friendly option
- you get more leg room than on a plane or in a car
- you normally won't have to pay extra for luggage
- journey times can be similar to driving or flying if you're doing a trip like London to Val Thorens
Which train station is closest to Val Thorens
Moûtiers is the closest train station to Val Thorens. It's about 35km from the centre of the resort, or an hour by bus.
If you're looking to get to Val Thorens from Paris, Moûtiers is your final stop. Fast (TGV) trains from Paris and other cities stop here. So does the Eurostar Snow train.
If you're coming from the UK, London to Val Thorens by train is about 10 hours.
Driving to Val Thorens
Val Thorens is relatively easy to get to by car, but you don't really need your car once you're in resort, thanks to the free shuttle buses.
If you're using the French autoroute, the journey as far as Moûtiers is straightforward. The final hour is a little more arduous as you wind your way up the 35km stretch into Val Thorens.
This road is cleared every day during winter, but it's not a trip for nervous drivers - especially in bad weather.
Remember too that if you're coming here for a ski holiday, you'll need to fit winter tyres or keep snow chains in the boot of your car.
Driving to Val Thorens from the UK
It takes about 9h 45 hours to drive from Calais to Val Thorens - a distance of around 930km.
Unless you're driving an electric car to the Alps however, driving isn't very environmentally friendly.
Coach to Val Thorens
Getting to Val Thorens by coach takes longer than flying. It's usually cheaper though, which makes it a good option if you're on a budget.
It's also a relatively environmentally-friendly way to travel.
Coaches from London to Val Thorens
There's a direct overnight coach from London to Val Thorens that runs once a week during the winter. The coach stops in Moûtiers, where you’ll need to change on to a bus for the last 35km of the journey.
Total journey time is about 20 hours.
Reduce your environmental impact
We know flying is often the most convenient way to get to Val Thorens, but we'd encourage you to look at alternatives.
One option is to take the train as far as Moûtiers and do the last leg by bus. This allows you to minimise your carbon footprint while still getting to the resort in good time.
|Mode of transport||CO2 per km per person|
|Electric car with 4 passengers||13 grams|
|Diesel car with 4 passengers||43 grams|
|Petrol car with 4 passengers||48 grams|