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Geneva to Val Thorens Transfers | Guide to Ski & Airport Transfers

Discover the top Val Thorens airport shuttle options

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Are you wondering how to get from Geneva airport to Val Thorens? If you want to learn how far the airport is from Val Thorens, how long it takes to arrive, what transfer options you have or how to book your seats with the best 3 Valleys transfer companies, we’ve got the inside track on what to know and watch out for.

How do you get from Geneva airport to Val Thorens?

Val Thorens is located in the Tarentaise Valley and is part of the Three Valleys, one of the largest ski areas in the world. There are several ways to get here, the fastest of which is flying. The best airport for Val Thorens is Geneva as it offers the greatest choice of airlines, frequent flight times and the most competitive prices.

How do I get from Geneva airport to Val Thorens? The easiest and most convenient way to get to Val Thorens is to book an airport transfer. Geneva to Val Thorens transfer time is around 2 hours 45 minutes 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 to Val Thorens, plus it 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.

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What's the closest airport for 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 1 hour 40 minutes), 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 2hrs45 200km
Grenoble to Val Thorens 2hrs20 194km
Lyon to Val Thorens 2hrs20 199km
Chambery to Val Thorens 1hr40 122km
Moutiers (train station) to Val Thorens 50mins 38km

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How much is a transfer from the airport to 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 €2200.

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)

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What's the difference between shared and 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.

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Are there 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 1 hour 15 minutes. You can find the latest bus timetables on our Bus Services in Val Thorens page.

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