An independent guide to Val Thorens

View of Mt Blanc from Val Thorens

Val Thorens travel

Airstrip in 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; otherwise you can use a transfer company or taxi, or take the bus. Find all the information you need about Val Thorens travel here.

Val Thorens travel: ski train

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

It's easy to travel to Val Thorens by train. The direct Eurostar ski train, which runs from Christmas until the Easter holidays (22nd December 2017 to 7th April 2018), takes passengers from London St Pancras and Ashford to Moutiers. 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 - so the chance of traffic jams on the transfer is reduced. It's also a more environmentally-friendly way of travelling to Val Thorens than flying.

We have a timetable, prices, and a link to book. It's also possible to book a package with a tour operator, travelling by train, or to organise your own train travel from London to Moutiers. Read more on our Val Thorens trains page.

Val Thorens travel: flights

Jet2 aircraft, Geneva

You can fly from many UK airports (including, amongst others, 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. 

We have links to the airlines' websites, plus the approximate transfer times. Read more on our Val Thorens flights page.

Val Thorens travel: by car

Snow-covered vehicles, Val Thorens

Our Val Thorens by car page has all the information you need on driving to Val Thorens. There are the options for Channel crossings, including links to the ferry companies and Eurotunnel. We have a suggested route for driving to Val Thorens, including directions and timings. (The distance from Calais is approximately 607 miles, and should take 9 hours 21 minutes). We include a 'legal requirements' section, with advice on insurance, essential documents and items to carry, and speed limits in France. Finally, there's information about tour operators who offer self-drive packages.

Read more on our Val Thorens by car page.

Val Thorens travel: 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, 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.

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. You can find 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. 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 Grenoble airports.

Read more on our 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 - 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. 

We have the exact route and full timetable for the free resort shuttle bus on our Val Thorens resort shuttle bus 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 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.

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 accommodation

Montana Plein Sud apartments, Val Thorens

Val Thorens offers a wide range of accommodation, including luxury hotels, comfortable apartments, catered chalets, and budget self-catering. Read about the hotels, self-catering accommodation, and chalets in Val Thorens.

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