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Getting to Val Thorens

By Air: The nearest airports to Val Thorens are Grenoble (144km) and Geneva (150km). Geneva is generally the airport of choice due to the abundance of cheap flights on offer from most UK destinations. 

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Airport Transfers: We offer a variety of Saturday airport transfer services with our partner company Ben's Bus from Geneva, Lyon and Grenoble. 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.Please check the additional information below before making your booking.

Geneva:

We offer an airport transfer service from Geneva airport on Saturdays with our partner company Ben's Bus. If you would like to use this service please add ‘Airport Transfer’ under travel options on the booking screen.

Unfortunately they cannot provide a bus timetable as the bus times vary from week to week.
They have up to 9 buses per Saturday pretty much running every 1.5 - 2 hours and connecting with ​most UK flights. The maximum wait time between a flight landing and the bus leaving is usually 2 hours, often much less.​

Buses available on SATURDAYS from 12th DECEMBER 2020 - 17th APRIL 2021

Connecting with UK flights arriving/departing between approx 09:00am and 21:00​

For mid week transfers take a look at https://www.altibus.com/en/arriving-by-plane/

Grenoble:

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

The last bus on Saturday evening departs Grenoble Airport at the following times: 

14th Dec - 4th Jan - 19:50

18th Jan - 1st Feb - 18:15

All other Saturdays - 19:10

On Sundays, they only operate a morning service.  

Please Note The Following Exceptions:

– On the 12th and 20th December 2020 they only have services from Grenoble Airport to the resorts

– On the the 11th and 17th April 2021 they only have services from the resorts to Grenoble Airport

Unfortunately they cannot provide a bus timetable as the bus times vary from week to week.

They have 6 buses per Saturday pretty much running every 1.5 - 2 hours and connecting with UK flights. The maximum wait time between a flight landing and the bus leaving is generally 2 hours, often much less.

Lyon:

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

Saturdays: Every Saturday from the 12th December 2020 until the 10th April 2021

Sundays: Every Sunday from the 20th December 2020 until the 11th April 2021

Please Note The Following Exceptions:

– On the 12th and 20th December 2020 they only have services from Lyon Airport to the resorts

– On the the 10th and 11th April 2021 they only have services from the resorts to Lyon Airport

Timetable for 20/21 season TBC (it is suggested that you don't book late evening/early morning flights).

Additional Information:

The transfers from Geneva, Lyon and Grenoble have an approximate time of 4hrs, 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 the resort significantly earlier. As this is a shared transfer service, the coach will make several stops en route to drop off/pick up passengers. 

*Ben’s bus will wait up to 30 minutes after the scheduled departure time to accommodate delays. Customers on flights delayed over 30 minutes will be moved where possible to the next available transfer.

Transfer bookings ​are made on the ​assumption that the ​transfers will be able to run with full capacity. If the ​transfer company has to run their transfers with reduced capacity we will contact you to let you know your options.​​


 

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.

Coach bookings ​are made on the ​assumption that the ​coach will be able to run with full capacity. If Snow Express has to run the coaches with reduced capacity, we will contact you to let you know your options.​


By Train: The nearest train station of Val Thorens is Moutier (37km), from the station there is a fairly regular bus network and also a taxi service. The train line from Paris to Moutiers is a very easy and efficient service running through beautiful countryside although not always the cheapest option.


By Car: Val Thorens 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! The Val Thorens UCPA is a large circular building situated on the road 2km from the resort centre, you will see this on arrival from the road. Limited parking is available at the UCPA centre for approximately 50 euros for the week. The UCPA address is: UCPA Val Thorens, 73440 Val Thorens.  


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VAL THORENS FACTS

Best For: Snowsure skiing
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Nearest Airport: Geneva (150km), Grenoble (144km)
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Fun Fact: The highest resort in Europe
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