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Getting to Val d'Isere

By Air: Although Chambery is the closest airport to Val d’Isere, Geneva is still the most popular airport with more carriers operating offering more regular and affordable flights. There are an increasing number of services to Chambery and you can also fly to Lyon or Grenoble.

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Airport Transfers: We offer a variety of airport transfer services with our partner companies. If you would like to use this service please add ‘Airport Transfer’ under travel options on the booking screen. You will be allocated a place on the correct bus depending on the flight time you provide us with, please check the additional information before making your booking.

Geneva:

We offer an airport transfer service from Geneva airport with our partner company Simply Transfers.

Saturday:

16 Dec - 21 April:  

Estimated transfer times
Depart Geneva: 10.00, 12:30, 14:45, 17:00, 19:30, 21:30 
Arrive Geneva: 08.00, 10:15, 12.30, 14:30, 17:15, 19.15

A limited service is also available if you are travelling on Sunday

Sunday:

16 Dec – 21 April:

Depart Geneva: 10.30, 12:15, 14:00, 16:45
Arrive Geneva: 09.20, 11:35, 13.30, 16:00 

For customers travelling outside of the main period a limited service will operate as follows:

2/12

Depart Geneva: 12:30, 17:00

9/12

Depart Geneva: 14:45, 17:00, 19:30

Arrive Geneva: 12:30, 14:30, 17:15

28/4

Depart Geneva: 17:00

Arrive Geneva: 14:30

5/5

Arrive Geneva: 12:30 

The transfer has an approximate time of 4.5hrs, however this may vary significantly depending on weather and traffic conditions. Please be aware that where disruptions are forecast transfers to the airport may depart significantly earlier.

Grenoble:

We offer an airport transfer service from Grenoble Airport and Lyon Airport with our partner company Ben’s Bus.  

We offer an airport transfer service from Grenoble Airport with our partner company Ben’s Bus.   

Transfers from Grenoble run up to 6 times per day from the 9th December to the 14th April. This service meets all scheduled UK flights arriving before 19:00, and all departing flights. There is no set timetable for this resort as flight times vary weekly. Ben’s Bus suggest that the wait time between a flight landing and the transfer departing the airport will be no longer than 2 hours, and will often be much less. 

Lyon:

16th December – 7th April

Saturdays

Depart Lyon 10:15, 11:20, 15:30, 18:45

Arrive Lyon 07:30, 09:00, 12:30, 17:30 

*Please note for shared transfers flights should arrive with plenty of time to pass through security and baggage collection, we estimate that it takes approximately 1 hour to go through the Airport however at peak times this may be significantly longer. Our partners operate on a timetable system and may be unable to alter departure times, customers on delayed flights will be moved where possible to the next available transfer. Customers delayed beyond the last transfer may be placed on the first bus the following morning. For customers on delayed flights to Lyon please contact the airport manager whose number will be found on the e-ticket you received a few days before departure.  Departing flights should allow at least 2 hours from arrival at the airport.

Additional Information:

Booster seats are available for children but must be booked in advance. For customers travelling on short breaks mid-week transfers may be available, we are awaiting confirmation. Please check back after the 30th of August.

*Please note for shared transfers you must arrive with plenty of time to pass through security and baggage collection, we estimate that it takes approximately 1 hour to go through Geneva Airport however at peak times this may be significantly longer. Our partners operate on a timetable system and may be unable to alter departure times, customers on delayed flights will be moved where possible to the next available transfer. Customers delayed beyond the last transfer may be placed on the first bus the following morning. Departing flights should allow at least 2 hours from arrival at the airport.


By Coach: Our partner company Snowexpress offers affordable and hassle free transport to the Alps, perfect for avoiding busy airports and peak season air fares! The coaches travel through the night arriving in resort on Saturday afternoon. The return coach departs resort Saturday evening giving you a full day in resort.  


By Train: Unfortunately there is no direct line to Val d'Isere, the closest train station is in Bourg St Maurice which is about 35km from resort. You will need to catch a bus or taxi from Bourg St Maurice to resort. You can catch a train to Bourg St Maurice directly from the UK or from Geneva airport however the cost of tickets and lack of a direct line may make rail travel awkward. 


By Car:  Val d'Isere is easily accessible by road although the road leading up to the resort can become quite snowy so snow chains or winter tyres are extremely advisable. The drive from the UK takes about 10 hours and goes through some nice scenery along the way but don’t forget to budget for French toll roads!  There is a limited amount of parking outside the UCPA centre. The price is approximately 35 euros for the week. You must arrive during UCPA reception hours to be allocated a space and may have to give a deposit for the magnetic badge to access parking. The UCPA address is: UCPA Val d'Isere, Rue Nicolas Bazile, 73151 Val d’Isère. You can view the location on google maps here.


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VAL D'ISERE FACTS

Best For: Apres ski
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Nearest Airport: Geneva (220km), Chambery (130km)
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