Europe’s highest and most snow sure resort is located in the southern most valley of the three valleys area. Of all three valleys resorts, Val Thorens is probably the least convenient for travel at 45 minutes' drive up though the steep Belleville valley from Moutiers. However there are regular bus services that run from Moutiers, and the resort benefits from the same good transport links as the other three valleys so the only inconvenience is the extra half hour journey time.
Chambery Airport - 111 km / approx 1 hours 37 mins
There is the possibility of private transfers with Ski Lifts or a car hire.
Transfers run regularly from Chambery to Val Thorens with Altibus
Geneva Airport - 199 km / approx 2 hours 26 mins
There is always the option of arranging car hire or a private transfer with Ski Lifts
Altibus run a frequent coach service to the resort from Geneva
The train is not quite as convenient, requiring two rail changes and a transfer from Moutiers up to Val Thorens.
Lyon Airport - 196 km / approx 2 hours 25 mins
You can organise a private transfer with Ski Lifts (as above) or hire a car.
Grenoble Airport - 186 km / approx 2 hours 25 mins
Grenoble is probably the least convenient airport for transfers up to Val Thorens.
The easiest from Grenoble is probably car hire
Although if you are flying on Saturday or Sunday, a coach from the airport to Moutier is operated by Bens Bus, however from here you have to book a bus or get a very pricy taxi up to resort.
If you require a hire car for your ski holiday, there are a number of fantastic car rental companies based in Europe.
The Eurostar operated snow train will take you directly from London St Pancras to Moutiers, where there are regular buses running up to resort throughout the winter. As easy as that!
The overnight train from London leaves every Friday, arriving in Moutiers on Saturday morning. Sacrificing your bed on the Friday night will give you an extra-smug half day on the mountain whilst everyone else is still travelling to resort! If sleep is a necessity for you, as is for most, you can take the day time service that leaves on the Saturday morning, arriving later that afternoon. The snow train is operated by Eurostar which can be booked here eurostar.com.
If you can’t travel at the weekend, there are daily trains from London that require a couple of changes on the way. One in Paris from Paris Gare du Nord to Paris Austerlitz and another nearer the Alps that will take you to Moutiers in time for dinner. Tickets and timetables are available at rail-europe.com.
As with all resorts in the French Alps the drive from the UK to the Alps can be done in a day, but it requires between 7 and 10 hours behind the wheel depending on traffic and weather conditions. We would advise that you add snow chains to your check list, make sure you have a heavy mix of coolant in your radiator to combat the freeze, and keep your eye on the weather forecast. For comprehensive directions, toll costs, and fuel estimations go to www.viamichelin.com.
Parking in Val Thorens is no problem with 24 hour manned car parks and a total of 3500 parking spaces. The resort is however a car free resort, so you can drive to your hotel and drop off your luggage but you must then leave your car in one of the resorts many indoor or outdoor car parks.
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