Lift linked by a modern gondola to one of the largest ski regions in the world, the grand massif, the long established village of Les Carroz is one of Frances original ski destinations. Apart from its traditional ambience and strong character Les Carroz is a major attraction because of it proximity to Geneva airport and its accessibility by car and rail making travel to this resort particularly easy.
This resort is just 10 minutes from the nearest A40 motorway exit, the same time away from the nearest high speed station Cluses and an hour and a half away from the nearest airport Geneva. If you are flying in to any other French Alpine airport however, the transport links are unfortunately not quite as good.
Geneva Airport - 50 km / approx 45 mins
The Altibus serve the route well with a regular coach service and private and shared transfers are available from Ski Lifts
Chambéry Airport - 120km / approx 1 hours 20
There’s not much in the way of public transport between Chambéry and Les Carroz, but the drive isn’t too long so you can hire a car or take a private transfer with Ski Lifts
Lyon Airport - 200 km / approx 2 hours
Other than hiring a car and driving you can take a private transfer with Ski Lifts as above
Turin Airport - 217 km / approx 2 hours 40 mins
Other than forking out a small fortune for a taxi, your only real option here is hire car, but at 2 hours it is an easily doable drive.
If you require a hire car for your ski holiday, there are a number of fantastic car rental companies based in Europe.
Travel to Les Carroz is pretty straightforward in comparison to taking the train to some of the other French resorts. Your journey begins at London St Pancras, from here take the eurostar south to Paris Gare du Nord. In Paris you’re required to change stations across the city to Paris Gare de Lyon, from which you can take the domestic TGV service directly to Cluses, just 10 minutes away. From here jump on a bus or take a short taxi up to resort. You can get prices and tickets from rail-europe.com.
If you don’t mind driving, having a car in Les Carroz can be a very attractive option. It’s one of the simplest ski resorts to get to in the French Alps, taking between 7 and 10 hours depending on the traffic and weather conditions. You’ll be able to take day trips to the neighbouring resorts of Megeve and Les Contamines (on the same lift pass if you buy the full area ski pass) and if you fancy going slightly further afield, the drive to Chamonix or even Verbier isn’t too much of a stretch either.
If you’re considering the drive we would recommend that you avoid Paris and take the route via Reims instead. Always check the weather report before you go, and no matter what it says always bring a set of now chains. If you know that it’s going to be particularly cold during your stay, it may be worth topping up your coolant with a heavier mix of anti-freeze to combat the cold at a higher altitude. It is motorway almost all the way but for precise directions it’s best you check the route with www.viamichelin.com. On arrival in the resort there is free car parking that is only about a minute's walk from the main telecabin.