Geneva to Val Thorens Airport Transfers
Geneva airport to Val Thorens transfer time is about 2 hours and 30 minutes depending on traffic and weather conditions. Be aware the drive can take much longer on popular weekends or when the snow sets in.
Due to the long snowy climate, it is often the first place we visit at the beginning of the snow season. And it's always the last.
Video of the route Geneva to Val Thorens
About Transfers from Geneva to Val Thorens
Mountain Rescue offers a private airport transfer service directly to your accommodation in Val Thorens when you book a private transfer. We will get you as close to your accommodation as possible, so you don't have to drag luggage up mountain streets.
Due to the popularity of Val Thoren, we have drivers based in the neighbouring resort of Les Menuires, so our drivers know the road well. They are all very experienced and take great pride in making your ski trip to Val Thoren as comfortable and safe as possible.
All our transfer buses are under 3 years old and are Alpine ready. We use comfortable Volkswagen Caravelle minibuses that can seat up to 8 passengers including luggage and ski equipment.
Our fleet of vehicles are all fitted with top-quality snow tyres and each minibus also carries snow chains. Your driver will be fully trained to fit snow chains in all weathers.
Other features include 4 wheel drive, privacy glass, individual client controls, as well all the latest driver-assist options.
Mountain Rescue Transfer vans are top-notch mini-buses with no compromise on safety.
We take your travel experience seriously so you don't have to.
The Journey from Geneva to Val Thorens
Your friendly and helpful transfer driver meets you in the airport terminal at Geneva.
Once you are in the vehicle, packed and ready to go, we head off in the direction of the French Alps.
We follow the A41 towards Annecy, then drive around the proximity of Lac d'Annecy (Annecy Lake). If you are travelling during the day time this is a very picturesque part of the journey. The mountains seem to rise up from behind the lake as we drive. You'll start to feel closer to the slopes of Val Thoren!
After Annecy, we go on the motorway passing the city of Albertville where the 1992 Winter Olympics was held.
20 minutes after Albertville we pass the small town of Moûtiers. Moûtiers is situated at the break-off point for two routes heading up into The Three Valleys ski area. One road heads towards Les Menuires and Val Thorens, the other towards Méribel and Courchevel.
We climb upwards towards Val Thoren for another 40 kilometres, so there's plenty of time for the excitement to mount! Enjoy the twists and turns of this extraordinarily long mountain road.
Our driver will have the GPS location of your accommodation (or oftentimes know it by heart) and they'll take you directly to the door if you have a private transfer.
Journey Planning – Geneva to Val Thorens
The busy change over days in the Alps are Saturdays and Sundays. Saturdays can be the most active, so we recommend that Saturday travellers book early flights, landing as early as possible at Geneva airport.
This will avoid the afternoon traffic build-up, which is guaranteed as we get closer to the mountains of the Tarentaise valley. Lots of people drive in from all over Europe.
Saturday afternoons are busy in both directions, so it's a similar situation for the return journey to the airport.
To enjoy a super swift transfer with less traffic, book very early flights or very late ones.
Supermarket Stops on the Way to Val Thorens
A stop at a supermarket on the valley floor lets you arrive fully prepared at your accommodation. Especially if you are in a self-catered chalet or apartment in Val Thoren. Supermarkets in the resort are always more expensive than the bigger ones, at the foot of the mountains.
Supermarket stops must be booked in advance.
If you've not pre-booked your supermarket stop, we can't stop. Our drivers are busy and they need their own breaks, we hope you understand.
At Geneva Airport
Geneva airport has two terminals. We have designated meeting points at both. You'll be notified of the meeting points on the booking confirmation.
The Return Journey Val Thorens to Geneva
Once you've completed your Val Thoren transfer booking, you'll receive an estimated pick-up time for the return journey via email.
It's always an estimate because we can't predict mountain weather. Changes in weather can mean a change in time. We keep a close eye on the traffic and snow reports in each resort. Our main concern is getting you to your flight on time.
With that in mind, the day before your journey from Val Thoren to Geneva airport, at around 16:00 we will send a confirmation of pick-up time via email and SMS. So keep an eye out for that. You'll also receive the driver's name and mobile number.
A standard transfer from Val Thorens to Geneva airport takes around 2.5 hours. In good weather and clear traffic expect to be picked up around 4.5 to 5 hours before the flight.
A Quick Overview of Val Thorens Ski Resort
Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in The Three Valleys ski area (Les Trois Vallées) sitting at an impressive 2,300 metres. It can't be beaten for snow-sure skiing.
The purpose-built ski resort has 140 km of pistes in Val Thoren alone. It is then connected to Méribel, Courchevel, Brides les Bain, Menuires, St Martin de Belleville and Orelle.
If you buy a full Three Valleys ski pass you have access to a total 600 km of pistes.
There is a big beginners ski area - great for children and adults. Children use the magic carpets and nursery slopes near the Rond Pont des Pistes. The 2 Lacs chairlift will take learners up to a green run which comes straight back down to Val Thorens centre, so its a wonderful place to practise.
We wouldn't call Val Thoren cute or traditional, but it certainly ticks all the boxes for facilities. If you are looking for a more traditional town stay at Brides les Bains which is close by.
Val Thoren Bars and Clubs
- Saloon Bar – Live bands, cocktails and dancing.
- The Frog and Roast Beef – the highest British Pub in Europe.
- Le Malaysia – largest dance floor in the Alps.
- La Folie Douce Val Thorens – food, slope side entertainment and après dancing.
- Crewzer – Saint-Martin-de-Belleville (12 minutes walk from Val Thoren centre).
- Au Perchoir – Relaxed lounge bar with a spectacular view of the mountain.
Resorts Close to Val Thorens
The Three Valleys is a huge ski area so it's most likely you'll not feel the need to leave. If you are staying for just a week you'll find it hard to run out of pistes and restaurants.
It's also a very high resort, so time is added to the journey just in driving down the mountain to the valley floor.
However, there are always those of you that want to visit another ski area for a day.
La Plagne is just 1 hour 30 minutes from Val Thoren by road. La Plagne is connected with Peisey-Vallandry and Les Arcs by a huge cable car that spans the valley known as The Vanoise Express. The area is collectively known as Paradiski and is well worth a visit.
Summary of the Journey Geneva to Val Thoren
- Transfer time - approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, traffic and weather dependent.
- Journey distance - 160km.
- Private transfers - book a mini bus for your group, airport to resort accommodation.
- Shared transfers - cheaper, shared service with a longer transfer journey time as there will be stops along the way.
- Business class transfers - premium and private direct transfer from Geneva to Val Thoren accommodation.
- Child seats - available for free when you book.
- Supermarket stops - must be pre-arranged.
We offer child seats at no extra cost but please do notify us on booking.