An independent guide to Val Thorens

View of Mt Blanc from Val Thorens

Val Thorens flights

Jet 2 aircraft, Geneva

Information about flights to and from Val Thorens. The airports near Val Thorens are Chambéry, Geneva, Lyon, and Grenoble.

Val Thorens flights: airlines


EasyJet plane wing
EasyJet plane wing

Easyjet fly from many airports in the UK to Geneva, Lyon, and Grenoble. For example, they fly to Geneva from:

  • Bournemouth
  • Gatwick
  • Stansted
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Leeds Bradford
  • Newcastle
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Aberdeen
  • Belfast


Flybe have flights to Chambéry (the closest airport to Val Thorens) from Birmingham, Exeter, and Southampton. They also go to Geneva and Lyon. 


Jet 2 plane wing

Jet2 also fly to Chambéry, from Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, and East Midlands. They have flights to Geneva and Grenoble too.

Jet2 are quite cheerful, but they come across as at least as desperate as the other 'low-cost' airlines to sell you extras. When you book on their website, there's 'opportunity' after 'opportunity' to pay extra, for example to choose your seat rather than be allocated one. They appear to have an algorithm that allots you a middle seat (not window or aisle) if you don't pay extra, regardless of how full or empty the plane is. They even invite you to pay extra to ensure that you're not the person asked to put their carry-on luggage in the hold if there's not enough space in the overhead lockers. That's surely a step too far.

When you check in online, it all starts again - inviting you to pick a seat, and it's not quite clear that it's a paying service. They make you print off your own boarding card with an advert for a four-pound-something sandwich on it.

When you get on the plane, it all starts again, with sales of drinks, snacks, perfume, alcohol, scratch cards, and I don't know what else. They announce their 'On Board Together' policy, which is about stopping anti-social behaviour - but the only specific item mentioned is only drinking alcohol they have served you, rather than any you've bought in the airport. Funnily enough, this also helps them sell more stuff.

It seems that this is how it is in the early C21st. I can't help thinking it's not a good system.

British Airways

British Airways fly to Lyon, Chambéry, and Geneva. They are not always more expensive than the low-cost airlines. 


Swiss go to Geneva from London City and London Heathrow airports.  

Air France

Air France have flights to Lyon.

Darwin Airline

Darwin airline didn't survive the competition in the industry. It went extinct in December 2017.

Val Thorens flights: transfer distances and times


95 miles/ 3 hours approx


76 miles/ 2 hours approx


124 miles/ 2 hours 45 approx


116 miles/ 3 hours approx

Val Thorens flights: airport transfers

Cool Runnings transfer minibus

If you need a transfer to Val Thorens, from an airport or train station, we have information and contact details for transfer companies and taxis. 

Cool Runnings is the only British transfer company based in Val Thorens. We also have contact details for many other transfer companies, and a full list of taxis in the Belleville Valley. There are links, too, to car hire companies, should you decide to hire a car at an airport or railway station, and drive to Val Thorens.

Read more on our Val Thorens transfers page.

Val Thorens travel: heliport

Since winter 2015-16, Val Thorens has a heliport capable of accommodating three helicopters at any one time. It is used for helicopter transfers to and from resort, and panoramic helicopter flights. It must be questionable whether a ski resort, which relies on cold weather and snow, should be encouraging and facilitating one of the most carbon-intensive forms of transport.

Val Thorens resort

The resort of Val Thorens with Mont Blanc behind

The Val Thorens resort section has details of resort facilities including the tourist office, post office, banks, medical centre, church, parking, radio station, and the cinema. There's also a Val Thorens history section, a Val Thorens resort maps page, and information about the sports centre, market, and resort shuttle bus.

Val Thorens travel: public buses

Ben's Bus in Val Thorens

Find the timetables for the public bus to Val Thorens from Geneva, Lyon, Chambéry, and Grenoble airports, as well as Moûtiers train and bus stations. We include the prices too. The websites of the companies operating these buses to Val Thorens - Transavoie, Altibus, Alpski, and Satobus - are not always especially clear, and it's not necessarily easy to find the information you need. We try to set out the details of the services as clearly as we can.There's also a link to Ben's Bus services.

Read more on our Val Thorens buses page.

Eurostar ski trainJet 2, GenevaSnow-covered vehicle, Val Thorens