Val Thorens is located in the Tarentaise Valley in the Savoie departement of France, and is part of the Three Valleys, one of the largest ski areas in the world. The most convenient airport for Val Thorens is Geneva as it offers the greatest choice of airlines, frequent flight times and the most competitive prices. To reach the Three Valleys' world-famous pistes from Geneva airport quickly and comfortably, your best bet is to book an airport transfer.
We’ve got the inside track on what to know and watch out for when booking a transfer from Geneva airport to Val Thorens, so read on for our complete guide.
How to get from Geneva airport to Val Thorens
Geneva airport is 200km from the centre of Val Thorens. To get to the ski resort, we recommend you book an airport transfer.
How do you get from Geneva airport to Val Thorens?
The easiest and most convenient way to get to Val Thorens is to book an airport transfer. The Geneva to Val Thorens transfer time is around 2h45 but will be longer on snowy days and in peak weeks, such as Christmas, New Year, school holidays and Easter.
Another option if you can't easily find transfers for the flight times you have chosen is to hire a car from Geneva airport, which also gives you the freedom to move around and visit neighbouring resorts. Nevertheless, driving on the snow means that you have safety and potential damage to consider, while snow tyres should be added to the final cost on the hire options. From 1st November 2021 several French départements, including Savoie, require cars to be equipped with winter tyres or have snow chains in the boot during the winter season (November - March).
Closest airport to Val Thorens
Even if Geneva is the most convenient airport when travelling to Val Thorens, it’s not the nearest one. There are other airports that offer shorter transfer times, however, they also present a few drawbacks.
What's the nearest airport to Val Thorens?
The closest airport to Val Thorens is Chambery, a little over 120km from the centre of resort. While it’s faster to get to Val Thorens from Chambery (around 1h40), flights are generally more expensive and rarer, as they are usually tour operator charters.
These are the average transfer times and distances from the main airports and train stations to Val Thorens. The values are approximate and can be affected by snow, bad weather or peak holiday times:
|Airport to Val Thorens Transfer Times & Distances|
|Geneva to Val Thorens||2h45||200km|
|Grenoble to Val Thorens||2h20||194km|
|Lyon to Val Thorens||2h20||199km|
|Chambery to Val Thorens||1h40||122km|
|Moutiers train station to Val Thorens||50mins||38km|
Transfer prices in Val Thorens
Val Thorens ski transfer prices will vary depending on whether you're booking a private or a shared transfer, as well as on dates (with off-peak weeks generally offering cheaper transfers), times (it may be cheaper to travel in the middle of the day as transfer companies will be able to group more people together), availability, vehicle and/or group size, etc.
How much do Val Thorens airport transfers cost?
The average price of a one-way shared transfer from Geneva to Val Thorens starts at around €50, going up to €450 for a private transfer. From other airports, most Val Thorens ski transfers are on a private basis, with a one-way starting at around €250. If you’re after something a bit fancier and most definitely faster, the sky can literally be the limit with a private helicopter luxury transfer taking off from €2,200.
Find out average transfer prices from the main airports to Val Thorens:
|Airport to Val Thorens Transfer Prices|
|Geneva to Val Thorens||From €50 (shared)|
|Grenoble to Val Thorens||From €250 (private)|
|Lyon to Val Thorens||From €250 (private)|
|Chambery to Val Thorens||From €250 (private)|
Shared vs private transfers
When booking your airport transfer you’ll find that there are two main Val Thorens transfer options: shared or private. These depend on whether you book the whole vehicle for yourself and your group or you share it with other people.
What's a shared transfer?
A shared transfer is when companies group passengers arriving at a similar time in the same vehicle, sharing costs among them. They are cheaper than private transfers, the trade-off is that they usually involve longer waiting and travel times. This is because they won't leave the airport until everyone’s plane lands, even if waiting times are usually under an hour. There will also be several stops on the way to drop people off, increasing the journey’s length.
What's a private transfer?
A private transfer is when the vehicle is reserved for your party only. Generally more convenient than shared transfers, they’re also more expensive. They’re the best option for groups and a good alternative when you can’t find a shared transfer around your flight time. Private transfers will leave the airport as soon as you arrive and go straight to your accommodation, making the waiting and journey times shorter. Those who prefer to travel in style will be able to book the latest luxury eco-friendly cars or even fly high in a helicopter.
Public bus transfers to Val Thorens
Using public transport can help keep the costs down on your trip to Val Thorens. However, it can take considerably longer than a shared or private transfer as buses usually stop several times along the way and you may need to make a connection in Moutiers, the nearest transport hub in the area.
How do you get from the airport to Val Thorens using public transport?
Public bus transfers run from the airports to Val Thorens in the winter season, especially during weekends. They usually stop at Moutiers, the closest train station to Val Thorens and where Eurostar ski trains from London St Pancras stop, before heading up to resort.
Public transport lines travel between Moutiers and Val Thorens a couple of times per day in summer and winter, stopping in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville and Les Menuires along the way. The Moutiers to Val Thorens bus transfer time is around 1h15. You can find the latest bus timetables on our Bus Services in Val Thorens page.