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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
You must carry the following items:
These vary according to whether the weather is fine, or wet. The limits are as follows (fine/wet):
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
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).
for a quote.
Alpes Savoie Tours
Savoie Tours have a full range of vehicles, with cars,
minibuses of various sizes, and 50-seater buses.
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
Ben's Bus runs scheduled, shared weekend transfers from Geneva and Grenoble, which are cheaper than private transfers. Group discounts are available.
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|
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.
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.
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.
The Chambéry - Val Thorens timetable will be added when available.
Ben's Bus runs buses between Grenoble airport and Val Thorens on weekends during the ski season.
For more on buses to Val Thorens, see ValThorensGuide.co.uk/public-buses.
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 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.
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.