An independent guide to Val Thorens
There's a free resort shuttle bus in Val Thorens. It can be useful, for example for getting to ski school with small children or beginners, or for getting home when you're tired after a day's skiing. As well as the service around resort, free buses go down to parkings P3 and P4, and there are five services a day to Les Menuires and Saint-Martin-de-Belleville for walkers and cross-country skiers. Read about the Val Thorens resort shuttle here.
The free Val Thorens resort shuttle bus runs from 8.05am to 8pm each day in winter, with buses every 20 minutes. It covers the whole of Val Thorens. Buses start from the bus station (gare routiere) at place des Arolles. There are two circuits (shown on a diagramatic map on the resort shuttle timetable):
This bus goes up from the bus station, to the Maison de Val Thorens (tourist office), the church, place Péclet, rue de Gébroulaz, parking P0, Les Balcons, and back to the bus station.
This bus goes from the bus station down the rue du Soleil, to Montagnettes du Soleil, Village Montana, Temples du Soleil, parking P2, and the Altapura, then back up to the bus station via the Hameau du Kashmir.
This is the 2017/18 Val Thorens resort shuttle timetable.
There's a free shuttle bus from the bus station in Val Thorens to parking P3 (UCPA), and back up, from 9th December 2017 to 28th April 2018. There are twelve buses per day from Sunday to Friday, and twenty-four buses on Saturdays. The service operates from 0830 (0800 on Saturdays) to 2000. See the timetable for full details.
There are free buses from the bus station in Val Thorens to parking P4, every 30 minutes on Friday afternoons from 1500 to 2000, Saturdays from 0615 to 2215, and Sundays from 0830 to 2000.
Les Menuires & the Belleville Valley, © ValThorensGuide
From 17th December 2017 to 20th April 2018, there are five free shuttles a day (every day except Saturday) from Val Thorens to Les Menuires, for walkers and cross-country skiers, and five a day in the opposite direction (see timetable). The shuttles continue to St-Martin-de-Belleville (buses open to anyone between Les Menuires and Saint-Martin).
These are the times of the service:
|Val Thorens place des Arolles||0925||1210||1350||1710||1815|
|Les Menuires Gare Routière||0945||1230||1410||1730||1835|
|Saint-Martin-de-Belleville place de la Mairie||1010||1255||1435||1755||1900|
|Saint-Martin-de-Belleville place de la Mairie||0835||0930||1300||1445||1715|
|Les Menuires Gare Routière||0900||0955||1325||1510||1740|
|Val Thorens place des Arolles||0920||1015||1345||1530||1800|
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, and we recommend them for transfers. 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.
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. Details of Ben's Bus, the Altibus, and other services, plus prices. The websites of the local French 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 set out the details of the services clearly.
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