Located in the Maurienne Valley just 15km south the Vanoise National Park, Valloire is a busy village with no through-traffic in the winter. Driving to through the Maurienne Valley, you follow in the footsteps Hannibal and his 37 elephants as he travelled through the Alps to Italy.
The nearest airport is Chambery, an hour and twenty minutes away. However there are regular bus transfers from all major airports to St Michel de Maurienne 20 minutes away, from where you can arrange a taxi or get a bus up to resort.
Chambery Airprt - 110 km / approx 1 hours 20 mins
There are official bus connections that operate daily between the airport and Valloire
Or if you would prefer you can arrange a private transfer with Ski Lifts or rent a car.
Grenoble Airport - 199 km / approx 2 hours 26 mins
Buses from Grenoble run daily for Valloire.
There are also private transfers that you can book in advance with Ski Lifts or you can hire a car and drive.
Lyon Airport - 190 km / approx 2 hours
Direct transfers run from Lyon direct to Valloire
Otherwise, it’s possible to organise a private transfer with Ski Lifts (as above) or rent a car.
Geneva Airport - 190 km / approx 2 hours
The best option for Geneva is most likely car hire or organise a private transfer with Ski Lifts (as above).
If you require a hire car for your ski holiday, there are a number of fantastic car rental companies based in Europe.
Taking the train from London down to St Michel de Maurienne is certainly doable; however it does require a good few changes. As you would expect, this requires a number of changes, the first of which is in Paris Gare du Nord to Gare Du Lyon, following this, a change in Chambery is required before arrival in St Michel de Maurienne in the evening. From St Michel de Maurienne you catch a taxi directly to your accommodation. There are timetables and tickets offered here rail-europe.com.
Driving to the Alps is can be easily done in one day, taking between 7 and 10 hours from Calais depending on what the weather and traffic conditions are like. You do hear stories of some making it down in less, but this is only in extreme circumstances. We would suggest that you check the weather and conditions before you set off, perhaps top up your coolant with anti-freeze if you’re not using your car thought the week, and take a set of working snow chains no matter what!
On arrival in resort there are underground parking spaces but these are in high demand costing €7 for 24 hour and are free for the first two hours, there is also free outdoor parking available.
The site viamichelin.com provides very comprehensive directions fuel estimations and toll costs.