Getting to Val d'Isere

By Air: Although Chambery is the closest airport to Val d’Isere, Geneva is still the most popular airport with more carriers operating offering more regular and affordable flights. There are an increasing number of services to Chambery and you can also fly to Lyon or Grenoble.

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Airport Transfers: We offer a variety of airport transfer services with our partner companies from Geneva, Lyon and Grenoble. If you would like to use this service please add ‘Airport Transfer’ under travel options on the booking screen. Dates and times for Grenoble transfers, Lyon transfers and Geneva short breaks will be confirmed in September. You will be allocated a place on the correct bus depending on the flight time you provide us with (​which, for Geneva transfers, will be at least 1hr after your plane ​arrives, to allow time to pass through security. On the return, you will be booked on a bus to arrive in Geneva around 2hrs or more before your flight departs). Please check the additional information below before making your booking.


Saturdays: HIGH SEASON (21 Dec-04 Jan , 01 Feb- 21 March)

Depart Geneva: 10:00, 12:15, 14:15, 16:45, 18:30, 20:15, 21:30*

Arrive in Geneva: 08:00*, 10:25, 12:20, 14:30, 15:55, 17:25, 18:45

Saturdays: LOW SEASON ( 11-25 Jan & 28 March-18 April)

Depart Geneva: 10:00, 12:30, 14:50, 17:10, 19:30, 21:30*

Arrive in Geneva: 08:00*, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 17:05, 18:05

Limited service:

Saturday 07/12- buses departing GVA ​12:30, 17:10 and 19:30

Saturday 14/12- buses ​arriving at GVA ​12:30, 14:30 and 17:05, buses ​departing GVA 14:50, ​17:10 and 19:30

Saturday 25/04- buses ​arriving at GVA 1​2:30 and ​14:30, buses departing GVA at 17:10

Saturday 02/05- buses ​arriving at GVA ​12:30

Sundays: (15 Dec-19 April)

Depart Geneva: 10:45, 14:00, 16:30, 18:15

Arrive in Geneva: ​09:50, 12:35, 15:15, ​17:15


Wednesdays (08/01/2020- 15/04/2020)

Depart Geneva: ​19:30 Arrive in Geneva: ​18:05

Fridays (20/12/2019- 10/04/2020)

Depart Geneva: 17:00 Arrive in Geneva: 15:55 


We offer an airport transfer service from Grenoble Airport with our partner company Ben’s Bus.   

Saturdays: Every Saturday from the 14th December 2019 until the 18th April 2020

Please note that the last bus will depart Grenoble Airport at 18:55

Sundays: Every Sunday from the 22nd December 2019 until the 12th April 2020 (just one morning departure from Grenoble)

Please Note The Following Exceptions:

– On the 14th and 22nd December 2019 they only have services from Grenoble Airport to the resorts

– On the the 12th and 18th April 2019 they only have services from the resorts to Grenoble Airport

- Buses from 24th March - 13th April will go on sale around early Dec, when the airlines have firmed up their schedules.

Unfortunately they cannot provide a bus timetable as the bus times vary from week to week.

They have 6 buses per Saturday pretty much running every 1.5 - 2 hours and connecting with ​UK flights. The maximum wait time between a flight landing and the bus leaving is usually 2 hours, often much less.


We offer a Saturday airport transfer service from Lyon Airport with our partner company Ben’s Bus.​

Please note the first transfer of the season from Lyon to resort is Saturday 14th December and the last transfer of the season from resort to Lyon is Saturday 18th April

Saturday 14th Dec - 18th April

Transfer times: 

Depart Lyon: 10:15, 11:15, 12:35*, 14:30, 17:50**
Arrive Lyon: 07:20, 09:00, ​13:10, ​16:55

*This service does not operate on the 15th February and the 4th & 11th April

**This service leaves at 18:50 on the 28th Dec and 4th Jan

Additional Information:

The transfers from Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon have an approximate time of 4.5hrs, however this may vary significantly depending on weather and traffic conditions. Please be aware that where disruptions are forecast transfers to the airport may depart significantly earlier. This is a shared transfer service and therefore the coach will stop several times en route to drop passengers off/pick passengers up. 

*Please note for shared transfers flights should arrive with plenty of time to pass through security and baggage collection, we estimate that it takes approximately 1 hour to go through the Airport however at peak times this may be significantly longer. Our partners operate on a timetable system and may be unable to alter departure times, customers on delayed flights will be moved where possible to the next available transfer. Customers delayed beyond the last transfer may be placed on the first bus the following morning. For customers on delayed flights to Lyon please contact the airport manager whose number will be found on the e-ticket you received a few days before departure.  Departing flights should allow at least 2 hours from arrival at the airport.

By Coach: Our partner company Snowexpress offers affordable and hassle free transport to the Alps, perfect for avoiding busy airports and peak season air fares! The coaches travel through the night arriving in resort on Saturday afternoon. The return coach departs resort Saturday evening giving you a full day in resort.  

By Train: Unfortunately there is no direct line to Val d'Isere, the closest train station is in Bourg St Maurice which is about 35km from resort. You will need to catch a bus or taxi from Bourg St Maurice to resort. You can catch a train to Bourg St Maurice directly from the UK or from Geneva airport however the cost of tickets and lack of a direct line may make rail travel awkward. 

By Car:  Val d'Isere is easily accessible by road although the road leading up to the resort can become quite snowy so snow chains or winter tyres are extremely advisable. The drive from the UK takes about 10 hours and goes through some nice scenery along the way but don’t forget to budget for French toll roads!  There is a limited amount of parking outside the UCPA centre. The price is approximately 45 euros for the week. You must arrive during UCPA reception hours to be allocated a space and may have to give a deposit for the magnetic badge to access parking. The UCPA address is: UCPA Val d'Isere, Rue Nicolas Bazile, 73151 Val d’Isère.

Airport Transfers: We offer a variety of airport transfer services with our partner companies. If you would like to use this service please add ‘Airport Transfer’ under travel options on the booking screen. Dates and times for Grenoble transfers, Lyon transfers and Geneva short breaks will be confirmed in September. You will be allocated a place on the correct bus depending on the flight time you provide us with. Please check the additional information before making your booking.

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