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; otherwise you
can use a transfer company or taxi, or take the bus. Find all the
information you need about Val Thorens travel here.
Skiing Made Easy is a Kindle ebook and paperback. It's a practical
guide to learning to ski, based on many happy seasons of ski teaching
in Val Thorens. Most of the demonstrations are performed by my friend
and fellow Val Thorens ski instructor Marina.
It's easy to travel to Val Thorens by train.
The direct Eurostar ski train, which runs from Christmas until the
Easter holidays, takes passengers from London
St Pancras and Ashford to Moûtiers. There's an overnight train,
which sets off on Friday night, and arrives early on Saturday
morning; and a day train, setting off between 9 and 10am on
Saturday, and arriving shortly after 6pm.
Although the journey time is longer than by plane, the check-in time
is shorter, and you arrive much closer to the resort. It's also a more
environmentally-friendly way of travelling to Val Thorens than flying.
You can fly from many UK airports (including the London airports,
Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle,
Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Belfast) to airports close to Val Thorens
(such as Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble, and Chambéry). Airlines include
Easyjet, Flybe, Jet2, British Airways, and Swiss.
ValThorensGuide has links to the airlines' websites, plus the
approximate transfer times.
If you need a transfer to Val Thorens,
from an airport or train station, see information and contact details
for transfer companies and taxis.
Cool Runnings is the only British transfer company based in Val
Thorens. There are many other transfer companies and taxis in the
Belleville Valley. Find links, too, to car hire companies, should you
decide to hire a car at an airport or railway station, and drive to
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. The websites of
the companies operating these buses to Val Thorens - Transavoie,
Altibus, Alpski, and Satobus - are not always very easy to navigate. I
try to set out the details of the services as clearly as possible.
There are also transfers with Ben's Bus from Geneva, Lyon, and
Val Thorens has a free resort shuttle
bus, which runs from 8am to 8pm every day during the winter
season. There are two loops - one up from the place des Arolles,
serving the upper part of resort, and one down, serving the lower part
of the resort.
There are also a small number of free shuttles between Val Thorens
and Les Menuires, for walkers and cross-country skiers.