So, you’re thinking of going to Val Thorens. Excellent choice. We think it has the best après-ski and a ton of great runs to check out. We’ll cover all the ways to get yourself to Valtho, whether it be by plane, train, car, or a mix of transport.
We’ve already looked at the options for how to get to Tignes and Chamonix. We appreciate its important to know all the different routes, but we’ve got to be honest, this topic presents a bit of a wall for us.
We love a road trip, but they can be a nightmare, plus which transfer company should you choose, and is the train ride worth it? There also comes a point where it’s just easier to let the machines do it. So, at WeSki, we input all these options into our trip building system, sort them, and let you choose the best one for you. Learn more about trips with WeSki by having a go at creating your own.
How Do I Get To Val Thorens?
There are great roads leading into the resort, although the resort is car-free so you’ll need to plan parking in advance. Coming to Val Thorens for a day? Head to Orelle for quicker access to the ski lifts once you’ve parked up.
There is also a carpooling option with BlaBlaCar, which helps 600,000 people get to where they want to be each month.
Driving from Calais is actually a bit of a doddle. You’ll descend via the motorway, making the near thousand kilometre journey whizz by in 10 hours. Watch out for tolls and fuel racking up additional costs of at least €150 euros.
Driving from Chambéry Airport takes under two hours and covers about 80 miles (120km).
If you’re coming from Geneva Airport, expect around three hours on the road, during which you’ll do about 130 miles (200km). There are two routes to choose from.
The journey from Lyon-St Exupery will take about two and a half hours, covering 125 miles (200km).
Travelling from Grenoble-Isere by car will take 120 miles (200km) on the road and around two and a half hours. Choose from two routes.
Which Airport Is Closest to Val Thorens?
There are four international airports near to Val Thorens, plus a heliport in the resort. The following airports are around a 1-3 hour drive to Valtho, depending on conditions.
Private and Public Transfers
Choose from a host of different transport providers, including:
- Satobus Alpes from Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport
- Alps Ski Bus from Geneva-Cointrin Airport
- AltiBus from Chambéry Voglans Airport
- Ben’s Bus from Grenoble Airport
- Mountain Rescue offers transfers from all the above airports
Remember to confirm your return journey if you’re traveling at the weekend. To do this, head to the ticket counter at the bus station at least 48 hours before your return journey is due to depart. The counter is open everyday between 9:30 to 12:30 and 15:30 to 19:30.
Val Thorens Heliport
Capable of hosting up to three helicopters landing or taking off, the Val Thorens Helistation is a sight to behold. You’ll be greeted by a reception area created out of a beautiful, vintage Cime Caron cable car cabin. Quite a way to arrive in style.
Coming By Train
The nearest train station, Moutiers, is 37km from the resort.
If you’re committed to taking a train; here are the facts.
There are trains that depart from Gare de Lyon in Paris and take around four to six hours. You are able to travel direct or may have to make changes at Aix Les Bains, Chambery, or Lyon, depending when you travel. You’ll initially travel with TGV, but then will switch to a TER train or bus service. Book with the Trainline to view different journey options.
Taking the Eurostar from London St Pancras is also an option, but be prepared for a good day’s slog of at least seven and up to 10 hours. Whether or not you go for a direct route or a changeover is the question; direct trains can actually take longer. Consider switching out in Paris, via the Metro, or a taxi, to go for the above mentioned routes.
Coming from Belgium and the Netherlands is also possible. The Thalys train service does a direct route into Moutiers.
You’ll be greeted by regular shuttle buses whizzing you off to Valtho. They also head to Morzine too. This PDF timetable gives you an idea of the frequency of shuttle buses; they’re pretty frequent. Latest timetables will be released here.
Taxi transfers are also possible and the official Val Thorens website lists out all their recommended services.
Getting To Val Thorens This Season
So, there you have it! You’ve got a bunch of different ways of doing it, but we think we can outdo this and offer you an even better one. Book with us to quickly discover the quickest and cheapest ways to get from your airport of departure to the resort. Enter your dates, your group size, and our system will show you which route is best. Visit the WeSki website to have a go at creating your complete ski trip online.