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
Ben's Bus operate weekend shared transfers from Geneva to Val Thorens and offer our clients a 5% discount. This is only available for clients who book their ski accommodation through Powderbeds. Please get in touch for the promotional code.
AlpyBus provide a shared transfer service to Val Thorens and offer our clients a 5% discount using promotional code P0WDERB$DS (please note this code is only valid if you have booked your accommodation through Powderbeds). Altibus also run a frequent coach service to the resort from Geneva.
There is always the option of arranging car hire or a private transfer with Ski Lifts.
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.
Ben's Bus operate weekend shared transfers from Lyon to Val Thorens and offer our clients a 5% discount. This is only available for clients who book their ski accommodation through Powderbeds. Please get in touch for the promotional code.
Grenoble Airport - 186 km / approx 2 hours 25 mins
Ben's Bus operate weekend shared transfers from Grenoble to Val Thorens and offer our clients a 5% discount. This is only available for clients who book their ski accommodation through Powderbeds. Please get in touch for the promotional code.
Car hire is also a great option from Grenoble airport.
If you require a hire car for your ski holiday, there are a number of fantastic car rental companies based in Europe.
Travelling by train is a viable, and carbon friendly. alternative to flying. There are daily services to Moutiers, which will involve changing in Paris from Gare du Nord to Paris Austerlitz, for the direct TGV service that will get you to Moutiers later that afternoon. To book and to see the times visit SNCF Connect.
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 ViaMichelin.
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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