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Buses to Val Thorens

Bus station in Val Thorens

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.

Buses from Moûtiers to Val Thorens

Place des Arolles, Val Thorens
Place des Arolles, Val Thorens

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

Buses from Geneva airport to Val Thorens

Altibus from Geneva airport to Val Thorens

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. 

Geneva - Val Thorens

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.

Geneva - Val Thorens
Depart Geneva 1000 1115 1215 1330 1430 1600 1800 1930
Arrive Moûtiers 1200 1315 1415 1540 1630 1800 2000 2130
Arrive Val Thorens 1400 1500 1615 1745 1830 1945 2130 2300

Val Thorens - Geneva

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.

Val Thorens - Geneva
Depart Val Thorens 0145 0600 0815 1130 1445 1600
Depart Moûtiers 0315 0745 1000 1300 1610 1750
Arrive Geneva 0500 0940 1210 1500 1800 1950

Booking and prices

Book on the Altibus website. The table below shows the online rates.

Booking and prices
2018/19 prices Adult single Adult return Child single Child return Group single Group return
Online
Saturday
€68 €115 €34 €57.50 €50 €100
Online
Sunday to Friday
€90 €152 €45 €76 €77 €131

Ben's Bus from Geneva airport to Val Thorens

Ben's Bus in Val Thorens

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.

Buses from Lyon airport to Val Thorens

Altibus from Lyon airport to Val Thorens

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).

Lyon - Val Thorens

The table below shows the times of buses to Val Thorens on Saturdays. See the timetable for bus times on Fridays and Sundays.

Lyon - Val Thorens
Depart Lyon 1020 1130 1530
1845
Moûtiers 1240 1345 1745 2100
Arrive Val Thorens 1445
1515 1915
2215

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.

Val Thorens - Lyon
Depart Val Thorens 0410 0540
0845
1345
Moûtiers 0530 0700 1015 1530
Arrive Lyon 0730 0900
1230
1730

See the full 2018/19 Lyon-Val Thorens timetable

Booking and prices

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 from Lyon airport to Val Thorens

Ben's Bus in Val Thorens

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).

Buses from Chambéry airport to Val Thorens

Approach to Chambéry airport

Approach to Chambéry airport, by Ian Gratton, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

Chambéry - Val Thorens

The timetable below shows the times from Chambéry to Val Thorens.


Chambéry Moutiers Val Thorens
Saturday 1015 1205 1345

1610 1725 1920
Sunday 1200 1315 1445

Val Thorens - Chambéry

The table below shows the times from Val Thorens to Chambéry. 


Val Thorens Moutiers Chambéry
Saturday 0505 0635 0800

0815 0945 1145

1130 1300 1425
Sunday 0715 0845 1000

See the full 2017/18 Chambéry-Val Thorens timetable.

Booking and prices

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.

Buses from Grenoble airport to Val Thorens

Ben's Bus in Val Thorens

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.

Private transfers

Private transfer minibus Val Thorens

If you decide to use a private transfer service, see the options for transfer companies and taxis.

Val Thorens buses: resort shuttle

Val Thorens resort shuttle

There's a free shuttle bus around the resort of Val Thorens, plus a very limited service between Val Thorens and Les Menuires. See our Val Thorens resort shuttle page.

Bus station Val ThorensApproaching Chambéry airportplace des Arolles, Val Thorens