Public Transport or Ski Transfer? How Long Will It Take You?

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So, you’ve decided on a winter ski holiday! We couldn’t be more excited, it’s our favourite time of year. Now, you’ve got to find a way of actually getting to the resort! Realistically, you have two options; public transport or ski transfer. We always recommend getting a transfer – though being a ski transfer site, we’re always going to say that. This got us thinking, how easy is it to get public transport to a ski resort? In the spirit of transparency, we thought we’d compare public transport routes with ski transfers. So, how long will it take you?

How We Worked It Out

We’ve looked at the 20 most popular resorts in the Alps and the closest airports to these resorts. We’ve delved into the tricky world of public transport and found out how you’d get from one to the other. We’ve then compared this with a ski transfer offering.

Spoiler alert: It’s far easier to get a transfer!

If you’re looking for a resort and airport which isn’t on this list, Tweet us and we’ll add it!

Chambery Airport to Couchevel

There are plenty of airports which service Courchevel, though Chambery is the one which offers the quickest route. Here’s how you can get there.

Chambery Airport to Courchevel by Public Transport – 3 hrs

Now this is a tricky one! If you’re getting a train, expect a tough journey with about 5 changes. There is a bus service running from Chambery Airport to Courchevel – you’ll have to change at Moutiers (a small at the bottom of the mountain). This is likely to be your best public transport option which takes around 3 hours. Be aware, these buses only run 4 times a day on a Saturday and once on Sundays.

Chambery Airport to Courchevel by Ski Transfer – 1 hr 30 mins

Getting a ski transfer from Chambery Airport will halve your travel time to Courchevel giving you more time to ski.

Other Airports to Courchevel

As Courchevel is one of the most popular resorts in the Alps, we couldn’t help finding out the details for the other major connecting airports. Here’s a list…

Other Airports to Courchevel by Public Transport

  • Grenoble Airport to Courchevel – 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Lyon Airport to Courchevel – 3 hrs 15 mins
  • Geneva Airport to Courchevel – 4 hrs

Other Airports to Courchevel by Ski Transfer

  • Grenoble Airport to Courchevel – 2 hrs
  • Lyon Airport to Courchevel – 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Geneva Airport – 2 hrs 15 mins

Geneva Airport to Chamonix Mont-Blanc

You’re heading to Chamonix? Great choice! This resort is a firm favourite for many, the problem is, how can you get there from Geneva Airport?

Geneva Airport to Chamonix by Public Transport – 3 hrs 45 mins

We hope you packed a book – you’re going to need it!

To get from Geneva Airport to Chamonix by public transport, you’re going to need to allow an eye watering 3 hours and 45 minutes. If you pick your route carefully, this can take 3 hours and 24 minutes.

The journey will require you to change trains three times. At least you’ll get a chance to stretch your legs!

Depending on the time of day, the route you take will vary.

Geneva Airport to Chamonix by Ski Transfer – 1 hr

If your inner ski demon is dying to hit the slopes as soon as possible, this is the way to go. Journeys will take approximately an hour depending on road conditions and traffic.

Val d'Isere Resort

Chambery Airport to Val d’Isere

Chambery is the closest airport to Val d’Isere and should certainly be the place to fly in to if you have the opportunity.

Chambery Airport to Val d’Isere by Public Transport – 4hrs 30mins

There are no direct trains to Val d’Isere, this makes for a tough journey. You’ll have to get a train into Bourg-St-Maurice and then catch a bus up to the resort which should take about 40 minutes. Be aware, buses stop running at 6pm so time your journey accordingly. To get to Bourg-St-Maurice from Chambery, you’ll have to jump on a train and change twice. The whole journey from start to finish will take a thoroughly stress inducing time of 4 hours 30 minutes.

Chambery Airport to Val d’Isere by Ski Transfer – 2hrs

Ski transfers from Chambery Airport to Val d’Isere are far less frustrating. It’ll take about 2 hours to get you to your destination, depending on road conditions and traffic.

Other Airports to Val d’Isere

Although Chambery is the closest airport to Val d’Isere, this may not be where you fly in to. Here are some travel times for other key local airports.

Other Airports to Val d’Isere by Public Transport

  • Geneva Airport to Val d’Isere – 4hrs 30mins
  • Lyon Airport to Val d’Isere – 4hrs 40 mins

Other Airports to Val d’Isere by Ski Transfer

  • Geneva Airport to Val d’Isere – 2hrs 30mins
  • Chambery Airport to Val d’Isere – 2hrs
  • Lyon Airport to Val d’Isere – 2hrs 30mins

Val Thorens Resort

Chambery Airport to Val Thorens

Chambery is the closest airport to Val Thorens, here’s how to get from one to the other this season.

Chambery Airport to Val Thorens by Public Transport – 3 hrs

Buses from Chambery Airport to Val Thorens run 4 times a day on a Saturday and once on a Sunday during ski season. You’ll have to change at Moutiers to get there. The journey will take around 3 hours though it can often be a little longer.

Chambery Airport to Val Thorens by Ski Transfer – 1 hr 30 mins

A ski transfer from Chambery to Val Thorens is likely to take about an hour and 30 minutes. This can change depending on weather conditions, roads and traffic.

Other Airports to Val Thorens

Another hugely popular destination, Val Thorens is served by numerous other airports. Here are the journey details from other airports to the resort.

Other Airports to Val Thorens by Public Transport

  • Lyon Airport to Val Thorens – 3 hrs 15 mins
  • Grenoble Airport to Val Thorens – 2hrs 30 mins (+ bus journey from Moutiers)
  • Geneva Airport to Val Thorens – 3 hrs 30 mins

Other Airports to Val Thorens by Ski Transfer

  • Lyon Airport to Val Thorens – 2 hrs 20 mins
  • Grenoble Airport to Val Thorens – 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Geneva Airport – 2hrs 30 mins

Zermatt Ski Resort

Sion Airport to Zermatt

Zermatt is arguably one of the best ski resorts in Switzerland, if not the world! The picturesque village sits at the foot of the world-renowned Matterhorn and is easily accessible from Sion Airport.

Sion Airport to Zermatt by Public Transport – 2 hrs 16 mins

Travelling from Sion Airport to Zermatt is less stressful than it is for other European ski resorts. Having said this, it will still take you over 2 hours and three changes to get to your destination.

Sion Airport to Zermatt by Ski Transfer – 1hr 40mins

Rest up from your flight and speed through the Swiss roads to Zermatt with a transfer. By travelling this way, you’ll shave at least 35 minutes from your journey time.

Other Airports to Zermatt

We couldn’t stop there! We know plenty of you will be using other airports to get to Zermatt, here are the travel times at a glance.

Other Airports to Zermatt by Public Transport

Geneva Airport to Zermatt – 3hrs 30mins
Zurich Airport to Zermatt – 5hrs
Milan Malpensa Airport to Zermatt – 4hrs

Other Airports to Zermatt by Ski Transfer

Geneva Airport to Zermatt – 2hrs 50mins
Zurich Airport to Zermatt – 3hrs 50mins
Milan Malpensa Airport to Zermatt – 2hrs 50 mins

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Travelling by public transport can be the cheaper option but it comes with a lot of stress, frustration and wasted time. It takes a lot of courage to take on public transport in the Alps. Often people try because they think it’s the cheaper option – but that’s not necessarily true.

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