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Val Thorens travel

GB sticker on snow-covered car in Val Thorens

Here, there's information about travel to and from Val Thorens. If you're travelling by plane or train, you may need a bus, transfer, or taxi from the airport or station to Val Thorens. You can also find driving directions, and a timetable for the free resort shuttle bus. Read about Val Thorens travel here.

Val Thorens travel: trains

St Pancras station clock

The closest station to Val Thorens is Moutiers, about 45 minutes by road from the resort. Among the many services which arrive at Moutiers are weekly direct trains from London. Other stations within reach of Val Thorens are Chambéry (76 miles/2 hours from Val Thorens), Lyon (124 mi/2h45 from Val Thorens), and Geneva (116mi/3h). 

Val Thorens travel: flights

Easy Jet plane at Geneva
Easy Jet plane at Geneva airport, by Alec Wilson, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

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

Val Thorens travel: by car

Snow-covered vehicles in Val Thorens

From Albertville, take the N90 to Moutiers, then from Moutiers, 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.

Insurance

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

Documents

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

Items to carry

You must carry the following items:

  • country sticker if a non-French car (display on rear of vehicle)
  • warning triangle
  • high-vis jacket for each person in the car
  • breathalyser kit 

Speed limits

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

  • Urban areas             50kmh
  • Outside towns          90kmh (but new in 2018, 80kmh limit on rural roads without a central reservation)
  • Dual carriageways    110kmh/100kmh
  • Motorways               130kmh/110kmh

Val Thorens travel: transfer companies

Cool Runnings transfer vehicles, Val Thorens

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.

Cool Runnings Airport Transfers

Airport and rail station transfers to Val Thorens

Cool Runnings Airport Transfers is the only transfer company actually based in Val Thorens, with English as their first language. It's run by Andrew Harris, originally from East Yorkshire, who has lived in Val Thorens for many years. He offers a professional service, and his rates are very competitive. Cool Runnings do tranfers to Val Thorens for up to eight people from Geneva, Lyon, Chambéry, Grenoble, and Moutiers. (They also serve other resorts in the Belleville Valley - Les Menuires and St Martin de Belleville).

Email info@coolrunnings.eu 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 Three 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 logo

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

Val Thorens travel: 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.

Taxi company/driver Telephone number
Station de taxis 00 33 479 00 69 54
Gaston Hudry 00 33 479 00 63 41
Jean-Claude Guigonnet 00 33 607 97 92 14
Maxime Hudry 00 33 633 00 87 76
Michel Perret 00 33 687 41 74 93
Pascal Favre 00 33 479 00 64 59
Marc Hudry 00 33 683 46 70 51
Nodari 00 33 682 23 52 83
Alpes Taxis Transports Leray 00 33 608 06 80 05
Allo 73 Taxi 00 33 659 81 04 25
Algera Taxi 00 33 676 22 23 25
VAG Transfers 00 33 650 84 19 90
Belleville Taxi 00 33 479 00 28 74
Thierry Hudry 00 33 682 11 95 86
Jean-Gilles Messerli 00 33 479 00 66 74

Val Thorens travel: 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.

Val Thorens travel: public buses

Buses in Val Thorens

There are buses 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, and Alpski - are not always especially clear, and it's not necessarily easy to find the information you need. Some of the timetables are not published promptly.

Buses Geneva - Val Thorens

This is the winter 2018-19 Geneva - Val Thorens timetable with Altibus.

UK company Ben's Bus also runs buses between Geneva airport and Val Thorens on weekends during the ski season.

Buses Lyon - Val Thorens

This is the winter 2018-19 Lyon - Val Thorens timetable with Altibus.

UK company Ben's Bus also runs buses between Lyon airport and Val Thorens on weekends during the ski season.

Buses Chambéry - Val Thorens

The Chambéry - Val Thorens timetable will be added when available.

Buses Grenoble - Val Thorens

Ben's Bus runs buses between Grenoble airport and Val Thorens on weekends during the ski season.

Buses Moûtiers - Val Thorens

The Moûtiers - Val Thorens timetable will be added when available.

For more on buses to Val Thorens, see ValThorensGuide.co.uk/public-buses.

Val Thorens travel: resort shuttle

Val Thorens resort shuttle bus

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. 

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

Val Thorens accommodation

Montana Plein Sud, Val Thorens

Val Thorens offers a wide range of accommodation, from budget apartments to quality self-catering, and luxury five-star hotels like the Altapura or Pashmina. This is our guide to the hotels and apartments in Val Thorens.

Val Thorens parking

Poorly parked car in Val Thorens
Poorly parked car in Val Thorens

You have to park your vehicle in an official parking in Val Thorens, which is a semi-pedestrian resort. You may drive through resort, and stop to unload your luggage outside your hotel, apartment, or chalet, but then you have to park your vehicle in a parking - either your hotel's or résidence's car park, or one of the parkings run by Valthoparc.

If you leave your car parked in the street, it will eventually get towed away to the pound, and the fee for recovering it is very expensive. On Saturdays and Sundays, the Municipal Police put warning notices on cars, but they do not usually tow them away unless they are obstructing traffic. From Monday morning, any car parked on the street can be towed away.

Read more about parking in Val Thorens.

Clock at St Pancras stationEasy Jet plane at Geneva airportCool Runnings transfer vehicle, Val Thorens