View of Mt Blanc from Val Thorens

Travel to Val Thorens

Airstrip sign and light aircraft, Val Thorens

Here, there's information about travel to Val Thorens - trains, flights, travel by car, buses, transfers, taxis, and car hire.

Travel to Val Thorens: Trains

St Pancras station clock

The closest station to Val Thorens is Moûtiers, about 45 minutes by road from the resort.

Among the many services which arrive at Moûtiers are weekly direct trains from London during the Winter, although unfortunately these are only available as part of a package with Travelski Express.

Other stations within reach of Val Thorens are Chambéry (76 miles/2 hours from Val Thorens), Lyon (124 mi/2h45), and Geneva (116mi/3h).

Travel to Val Thorens: Flights

Jet 2 plane at Geneva

The closest airport to Val Thorens is Chambéry, so the transfer time is the shortest (about 1h30). On the other hand, planes are occasionally diverted away from Chambéry due to fog.

Other airports serving Val Thorens are Geneva, Lyon, and Grenoble.

Travel to Val Thorens: by Bus

Bus in Val Thorens

There are Altibus buses to Val Thorens from Geneva and Lyon airports, as well as from Moûtiers train and bus station.

This is the Moûtiers - Val Thorens timetable in Winter 2022-23.

UK company Ben's Bus runs buses to Val Thorens from Geneva, Lyon, and Grenoble airports.

For more on buses, including timetables and prices, see

Travel to Val Thorens: by Car

Snow-covered vehicles in Val Thorens

From Albertville, take the N90 to Moûtiers, then from Moûtiers, the D117 leads to Val Thorens via St Martin de Belleville and Les Menuires. This map shows Val Thorens:

These are the legal requirements for driving in France.


It is compulsory to have at least 3rd party insurance that's valid in France.


You must have with you your driving licence, registration document, and insurance papers.

Items to carry

You must carry the following items:

Speed limits

These vary according to whether the weather is fine, or wet. The limits are as follows (fine/wet):

Travel to Val Thorens: Transfers

For your transfer to or from Val Thorens, you can use a licensed transfer company, or a taxi. Licensed transfer companies appear in the table below, and taxis are in the next section.

Transfers to Val Thorens

Cool Runnings Airport Transfers

Airport and rail station transfers to Val Thorens

Cool Runnings Airport Transfers is a transfer company based in Val Thorens, with English as their first language. It's run by Andrew Harris, who offers a professional service, with competitive rates.

Cool Runnings do transfers to Val Thorens for up to eight people from Geneva, Lyon, Chambéry, Grenoble, and Moûtiers. (They also serve other resorts in the Belleville Valley - Les Menuires and St Martin de Belleville).

Email for a quote.
Tel: 00 33 646 05 89 41.

Alpes Savoie Tours

Alpes Savoie Tours have a full range of vehicles, with cars, minibuses of various sizes, and 50-seater buses.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 65 82

Transport Prestige

Transport Prestige offers transfers to Val Thorens, plus the rest of the 3 Valleys, Val d'Isere, and further afield. They have a range of expensive vehicles, including a Porsche.
Tel: 00 33 661 24 00 62

Ben's Bus

Ben's Bus runs scheduled, shared weekend transfers from Geneva, Lyon and Grenoble, which are cheaper than private transfers. Group discounts are available.

Travel to Val Thorens: Taxis

These are the taxis listed by the Val Thorens tourist office. Not all are based in Val Thorens, but they are in the Belleville Valley, and serve Val Thorens.

Val Thorens taxis
Taxi company/driver Telephone number
Station de taxis +33 479 00 69 54
Gaston Hudry +33 479 00 63 41
Jean-Claude Guigonnet +33 607 97 92 14
Maxime Hudry +33 633 00 87 76
Michel Perret +33 687 41 74 93
Pascal Favre +33 479 00 64 59
Marc Hudry +33 683 46 70 51
Nodari +33 682 23 52 83
Alpes Taxis Transports Leray +33 608 06 80 05
Allo 73 Taxi +33 659 81 04 25
Val-Tho'cab +33 644 12 43 48
VAG Transfers +33 650 84 19 90
My Private Transfer +33 671 04 17 97
Thierry Hudry +33 682 11 95 86
Jean-Gilles Messerli +33 479 00 66 74

Travel to Val Thorens: Car Hire

If you decide to hire a car to get to Val Thorens, most of the major car hire companies have offices at the stations and airports. Try, for example, Avis, Europcar, Sixt, Hertz, or Budget.

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Skiing Made Easy

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Have a good journey to Val Thorens.