Buses to Val Thorens, from the bus and train station down in the valley at Moûtiers, and from Geneva, Lyon, Chambéry, and Grenoble airports. There are scheduled buses including the Altibus, and there's a UK-run business called Ben's Bus which has services on many routes. Read about Val Thorens buses here.
There are buses from Moûtiers to the UCPA, and place des Arolles, Val Thorens. Here is the winter timetable for last winter (6th November 2017 to 17th June 2018).
The journey takes an hour and a quarter, and costs (2017-18 rates, online booking) €13 adult single, €22.10 adult return. (Slightly more expensive rates if you book at a bus station). Book on the Transavoie website.
Altibus run a scheduled service from Geneva airport to Val Thorens. Most of the services below run from 1st December 2018 to 14th April 2019, but some only run between 22nd or 29th December 2018 and 23rd March 2019 - see full timetable for details.
The table below shows the times on Saturdays in winter 2018/19. See the full timetable for the reduced service on other days of the week.
|Arrive Val Thorens||1400||1500||1615||1745||1830||1945||2130||2300|
The times on Saturdays from the bus station in place des Arolles, Val Thorens, via Moûtiers, and arriving at Geneva, are shown in the table below. The services on other days of the week are less frequent - see full timetable.
|Depart Val Thorens||0145||0600||0815||1130||1445||1600|
Book on the Altibus website. The table below shows the online rates.
|2018/19 prices||Adult single||Adult return||Child single||Child return||Group single||Group return|
Sunday to Friday
Ben's Bus also run buses from Geneva to Val Thorens, on Saturdays from 8th December 2018 to 20th April 2019, and on Sundays from 16th December 2018 to 7th April 2019. Enter your flight details on their website for bus times and prices.
There are buses from Lyon St Exupéry airport to Val Thorens, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. They start on Saturday 15th December 2018 (to Val Thorens only on 15th December), and run to Saturday 6th April 2019 (from Val Thorens only on 6th April).
The table below shows the times of buses to Val Thorens on Saturdays. See the timetable for bus times on Fridays and Sundays.
|Arrive Val Thorens||1445
The table below shows the times of buses from Val Thorens to Lyon on Saturdays. See the timetable for bus times on Fridays and Sundays.
|Depart Val Thorens||0410||0540
See the full 2018/19 Lyon-Val Thorens timetable.
Book on the Altibus website.
The 2018/19 rates online appear to be €73 adult single, €115 adult return; children 4-11 years €63 return, children under 4 years free; young persons 12-24 years €94 return.
Ben's Bus run buses from Lyon airport to Val Thorens, on Fridays from 14th December 2018 to 29th March 2019, on Saturdays from 15th December 2018 to 6th April 2019, and on Sundays from 16th December 2018 to 31st March 2019.
(On 14th, 15th, and 16th December 2018, the services are to Val Thorens only, and on 29th & 31st March and 6th April 2019, they are from Val Thorens only).
The rates are £64.50 single, and £99.80 return. Groups of 8 or more receive one free place. There are also discounts for children under 12 (35% discount) and young people 12-25 (15% discount).
Scheduled buses run from Chambéry airport to Val Thorens, on Saturdays and Sundays, from Saturday 23rd December 2017 (to resort only on the 23rd) to Saturday 24th March 2018.
The timetable below shows the times from Chambéry to Val Thorens.
The table below shows the times from Val Thorens to Chambéry.
See the full 2017/18 Chambéry-Val Thorens timetable.
The price is €39 adult single, €65 adult return, or €58.60 (per person) group adult return, for a group of four people or more.
Book on the Altibus website. For further information, call + 33 178 66 20 15.
Ben's Bus run a weekend service from Grenoble airport to Val Thorens, on Saturdays from 15th December 2018 to 13th April 2019, and on Sundays from 16th December 2018 to 7th April 2019. (On Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th December 2018, the service is to Val Thorens only, and on Sunday 7th & Saturday 13th April 2019, it is from Val Thorens only).
For the bus times, you're asked to enter your flight details on the Ben's Bus website (because flight times and therefore bus times vary from week to week).
Price £48 adult single, £86.80 adult return. Groups of 6 or more people booking together receive one free seat; 10% discount for children under 12; £6 surcharge on Sundays; £10 last-minute booking fee.
If you decide to use a private transfer service, see the options for transfer companies and taxis.