View of Mt Blanc from Val Thorens

Val Thorens Travel

Airstrip, Val Thorens
Airstrip, Val Thorens

Information about travel to and from Val Thorens.

You can travel to Val Thorens from the UK by train, plane or car. Tour operators include transfers from the airport or station; if you're travelling independently, you can use a transfer company or taxi, or take the bus.

Find out about Val Thorens travel here.

Val Thorens Travel: Ski Trains to the French Alps

Eurostar ski train near Chambéry
Eurostar ski train near Chambéry, by Florian Pépellin, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

The direct Eurostar ski train stopped running during the pandemic, but a new service via Lille has started up in 2023/24, on limited dates.

You can also travel by train to the Alps if you're prepared to change trains in Paris.

Read more about Ski Trains to the French Alps.

Val Thorens Travel: Flights

Jet2 aircraft, Geneva
Jet2 plane at Geneva

There are flights from many UK airports to Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble, and Chambéry. Airlines include Easyjet, Jet2, British Airways, and Swiss. 

See details of flights, as well as transfer distances and times.

Flying involves high greenhouse gas emissions, which ultimately melt the snow on which skiing relies.

Read more about Val Thorens Flights.

Val Thorens Travel: By Car

Snow-covered vehicles, Val Thorens

The Val Thorens by car page has all the information you need on driving to Val Thorens.

There are the options for Channel crossings - the ferry companies and Eurotunnel. There's also a suggested route for driving to Val Thorens, including directions and timings.

Finally, there's information about tour operators who offer self-drive packages.

Read more on the Val Thorens by car page.

Shared and Private Transfers with Alpine Fleet

Alpine Fleet offer shared and private transfers to Val Thorens. Use the form below to get a quote.

Val Thorens Travel: Transfers

Cool Runnings transfer minibus

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

There's also a fairly comprehensive list of taxis, for transfers or any local trips you may wish to make.

Finally there are links to car hire firms.

Read more about Val Thorens transfers.

Val Thorens Travel: Public Buses

Ben's Bus in Val Thorens

Find the timetables and prices for the public bus to Val Thorens from Geneva, Lyon, Chambéry, and Grenoble airports, as well as Moûtiers train and bus stations.

There are also transfers with Alpine Fleet from a number of airports to Val Thorens and other ski resorts.

Read more on the Val Thorens buses page.

Val Thorens Travel: Resort Shuttle

Val Thorens resort shuttle

Val Thorens has a free resort shuttle bus, which runs from 8am to 8pm every day during the winter season. There are two loops - both starting from the place des Arolles, one doing a loop through the upper part of resort, the other to the lower part.

There are also a small number of free shuttles between Val Thorens and Les Menuires, for walkers and cross-country skiers.

Read more about the Val Thorens resort shuttle bus.

Val Thorens Travel: Heliport

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.

A ski resort relies on cold weather and snow, and should not be encouraging and facilitating one of the most carbon-intensive forms of transport as a leisure activity.

Val Thorens Travel: Train v Plane

Snowcarbon have produced a Top Gear-style race to the Alps film, to compare the journey time by train and plane.

I hope it goes smoothly when you travel to Val Thorens!

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