About Transfers to Val Thorens
There are several ways to get to Les Menuires and Val Thorens from the airports, or the train and bus stations in Moutiers. The most popular way from the airports is to arrange a transfer - either a private minibus, a privately operated coach or a shared minibus.
There are many companies that offer Airport Transfers and you will need to book your seats in advance.
These are the approximate transfer times and distances to Val Thorens from the airports, which can be affected by snow, bad weather or peak holiday times:
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Also see our Getting Here Guide for more information.
Airport transfers & shuttles
In the winter season, you are most likely to fly into one of four airports - Chambery, Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva. In summer, flights only operate to Geneva and Lyon. Most transfers from these airports to Val Thorens are offered on a private basis. Shared transfer options are also available either by minibus or seats on a coach.
You should always try to book your transfers in advance as you cannot guarantee picking up one at the airport and some companies strictly forbid their drivers from doing this. You can do this easily and quickly online from the transfer companies websites.
These are the approximate prices for return private transfers to Val Thorens, per person, based on an 8-person minibus.
Alternatively you can choose to take one of the public buses from the airports via Moutiers and onto Les Menuires or Val Thorens (see more on buses below).
Private taxis & transfers
It is possible to pick up a private taxi in one of the ranks found immediately outside each of the airports. Prices to resort should be negotiated before setting off. For more than 4 people the cost will obviously be higher for a larger vehicle but probably cheaper per person. Even though you agree a price beforehand, the driver is obliged to keep the meter running and may not charge more than the price shown (except for surcharges and motorway tolls etc). Take a look at our taxis page for options.
There are a number of companies that offer private transfers for groups of more than four persons from most airports in the region. If you are a large family or group with five or more people then a private transfer company who can offer a people carrier or minibus will be the cheapest and quickest option. With more space than a normal car taxi and door to door service this is certainly worth investigating before you book anything else.
Hiring a car from the airport to Val Thorens can be beneficial if you can't easily find transfers for the flight times you have chosen, plus it gives you a lot more freedom whilst you're here and the chance to visit neighbouring resorts (for example Courchevel, Meribel, Les Arcs, La Plagne, Tignes or Val d'Isere).
Using public transport can help keep the costs down on your trip to Val Thorens, however it can take considerably longer and you may need to make a few different connections to get to resort.
The closest train station to Val Thorens is in Moutiers. Use the SNCF Trains website to plan your connections. The public bus will then connect you to Val Thorens - take a look at our Bus Services page for bus timetables and prices.
Also see: Bus Services in Val Thorens
If you're looking to get across to the neighbouring 3 Valleys resorts of Courchevel or Meribel, you'll have to head down the valley to Moutiers where it's possible to pick up bus connections. From here you can also get to other resorts in the Tarentaise valley - Les Arcs, La Plagne, Tignes and Val d'Isere and you'll need to change at Bourg St Maurice to get to these places.
If you're heading further afield, it's often a good idea to head back to the nearest airport, which may take you a bit out of your way geographically, but you'll find more transfer options from there. Airport transfer companies and Tour Operators run regular transfers to and from the airport (especially at the weekend) and they sometimes have spare seats that you can purchase from them. Once at the airport, the idea is to co-ordinate with an onward transfer to the resort of your choice – either with the same tour operator or transfer company. As the majority of people travel on Saturday or Sunday, the weekend is your best chance of bagging an inter-resort transfer; mid-week or out of season travel is likely to be complicated and potentially expensive. You should enquire directly with the operators in resort about availability but they may not be able to confirm your place until the last minute as priority will go to their “package” clients.
Also see: Bus Services in Val Thorens
Location: Val Thorens