A Road to Winter Bliss: Geneva to Val d’Isère Trail

With its legendary skiing and fun ambiance, Val D’isere is an Alpine gem that sees a huge influx of visitors over the winter season. Located at the end of the Tarentaise valley, its huge Espace Killy ski area can keep even the most ambitious skiers or snowboarders busy for a whole holiday. There are plenty of options for travellers when it comes to getting here – you can fly direct from most major UK airports with BA or Swiss Air, travel by coach with companies like FlixBus and Eurolines or take the train from Geneva or Lyon.

Flying is the most popular option for most people and is certainly the quickest way to get to Val D’isere. However, flying isn’t without its environmental cost and a car or bus can be cheaper and also better for the environment than a flight.

The journey from Geneva to Val D’isere takes about 3 hours via the fastest route. This can be longer at peak times so it’s best to allow extra time for the journey. You can pick up your transfer from the desks that are located on the right hand side when you exit the Arrival Hall at Geneva Airport. They will usually be manned by representatives of the transfer company that you’ve booked with.

Alternatively, you can also catch a train to Val D’isere from the main station in Geneva which is connected to the airport. However, you’ll need to connect with a local bus for the last part of the trip. If you choose to do this, make sure you book your tickets in advance as it can be quite expensive.

If you prefer to travel by bus, there are lots of options that run all year round to Geneva and from here there are connections to Val D’isere. You’ll need to book your tickets in advance as buses can fill up quickly. You can also use the Eurolines network for international connections to other ski resorts in France.

You can also catch a bus from the airport to Bourg Saint Maurice (the closest town to Val D’isere). From here you can hop on to a local bus for the final section of the journey. You can also book a private transfer to Val D’isere from Geneva which can be more convenient. This means your driver will be waiting for you at the airport when you land and will drive you straight to the resort.

Finally, you can also fly to Lyon or Grenoble which have a number of direct flights from the UK with Easyjet, Flybe and Ryanair. They are slightly further away than Geneva but the transfers take less than a hour and it’s often easier to get through passport control.