Getting to Val Thorens

By Air: The nearest airports to Val Thorens are Grenoble (144km) and Geneva (150km). Geneva is generally the airport of choice due to the abundance of cheap flights on offer from most UK destinations. 

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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


We offer an airport transfer service from Geneva airport with our partner company Simply Transfers.

14 Dec- 19 April


Depart Geneva: 10:30, 12.00, 14.15, 16:30, 19:30, 21:30 
Arrive Geneva: 09.10, 11.10, 14.10, 17.10, 19:10​


Depart Geneva: 15:15
Arrive Geneva: 11:05


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

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


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 (one morning departure)

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. The maximum wait time between a flight landing and ​the bus leaving is generally 2 hours, often much less.



We offer an 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.

*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: The nearest train station of Val Thorens is Moutier (37km), from the station there is a fairly regular bus network and also a taxi service. The train line from Paris to Moutiers is a very easy and efficient service running through beautiful countryside although not always the cheapest option.

By Car: Val Thorens 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! The Val Thorens UCPA is a large circular building situated on the road 2km from the resort centre, you will see this on arrival from the road. Limited parking is available at the UCPA centre for approximately 50 euros for the week. The UCPA address is: UCPA Val Thorens, 73440 Val Thorens.  

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