La Tania Transfer Information
Get to resort via mini-bus, taxi, coach, train, hire car or even helicopter!
The Complete La Tania & 3 Valleys Ski Transfer Information Guide
Airports | Private / Shared Transfers | Car Hire | Buses | Trains / Uber / Heli | Driving Directions
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: GENEVA TRANSFERS WINTER 2021/2022
Due to discriminatory employment rules being put in place regarding non-Swiss private transfer drivers to Geneva Airport by the local Geneva City Canton (council) there will be a lot less availability this Winter for minibus transfers. These rules go well beyond the Brexit issues of have EU passports or work permits but also include for example a 5 year history of employment on French contracts driving to Geneva Airport and permits may only be granted for 90 days anyway (less than the ski season).
Many transfer operators have reduced their fleets and shared services to Geneva in particular - add in the Brexit issues and the pandemic financial strain, some have packed in all together. With rolled over holidays from last year (and even the year before) and the pent up demand it does look like there will be a shortage of private transfers from Geneva this Winter.
We also noticed that car hire prices at Geneva have risen steeply too - although they do fluctuate wildly with demand during the season. A quick check in October 2021 on a very average week of 8th to 15th January 2022 (Sat to Sat) for the cheapest, smallest car they do via the Carrentals.co.uk price comparison site:
Geneva Swiss Side: £538
Geneva French Side £332
Lyon (for comparison) £122
So unless some common sense prevails this will be welcome news to Lyon, Chambéry & Grenoble airports which are unaffected by this particular work permit / transfer licence issue.
There are of course official scheduled bus and rail options available from Geneva but no additional capacity has been advertised. For example on a normal Saturday the Altibus has 7 services to La Tania, 4 on a Sunday and 3 on a week day - all require a change in Moûtiers and drop you in the centre of resort, not at the door (and they still charge €149 return).
Update December 2022 - Not as bad as first feared, many drivers have now been approved to pick up at Geneva - but with fleets reduced and continuing uncertainty around Covid and travel restrictions it's going to be a difficult season for all involved.
Usually you're going to arrive in either Geneva Airport, Lyon Airport, Chambéry Airport or Grenoble Airport (and of course there's the Eurostar or SNCF to Moûtiers Railway Station).
Turin Airport at 3.5 hours drive and through the expensive Fréjus tunnel it’s not really an option.
Annecy Airport no longer has scheduled flights to Paris and St. Etienne Airport is no longer used by Ryan Air for flights from the UK.
Air France did have some innovative air/rail combined tickets via Paris to Lyon Railway Station where you could continue on to Moûtiers for your final transfer.
Helicopter Transfers to Courchevel Altiport or Méribel Altiport are available if you're seriously loaded and hate traffic! Prices start from around €2,200 one-way from Geneva for 6 passengers.
Alpine Airlines announced in June 2015 the restart of commercial "on demand" flights from Courchevel altiport. More here...
Fastest road journeys to La Tania with absolutely no hold-ups
Moûtiers Railway Station (19km), 15min - normal run with no hold ups 20min.
Chambéry Airport (103km), 1hr 5min - normal run with no hold ups 1hr 20min
Geneva Airport (137km), 1hr 40min - normal run with no hold ups 2hrs.
Lyon Airport (180km), 1hr 40min - normal run with no hold ups 2hrs.
Grenoble Airport (185km), 1hr 55min - normal run with no hold ups 2hrs 20min.
Note that those first times are the absolute fastest driving times without any traffic or delays - journey times can easily double or treble on a Saturday, during bad weather or at other peak times.
Also consider times for possible flight / train delays, passport queues, baggage hold-ups, security delays, autoroute toll booth queues, car park congestion, speed cameras, border passport / security checks, Moûtiers traffic controls plus any weather / snow delays and the need for putting chains on etc.
Choosing an airport for La Tania
Geneva has by far the most flights from the UK and the most transfer options – but is of course therefore the busiest. It is an expensive airport - duty free usually a waste of time apart from tobacco. Note the above probable issues with availability of minibus transfers for Winter 2021/2022.
Geneva has a French side / exit to the airport with hire cars generally cheaper on that side (although the main route to La Tania is through Switzerland anyway – see further down this page for the pros and cons of which side to hire cars from). Note the sharp price rise in cars for Winter 2021/2022 above at Geneva (on both sides).
Lyon and Grenoble require more autoroute tolls but it is motorway nearly all the way. Lyon can be quicker than Geneva sometimes even though it's an extra 40-50km. There is also the alternative route of driving from Geneva via Chambéry using the Autoroutes (50km longer and an additional €10.60 tolls each way), this is actually often a good option on Summer weekends when the lakeside routes get even more heavily congested than in Winter.
Lyon car hire is off airport with a shuttle bus needed like the Swiss side of Geneva airport (no 10 minute walk option like Geneva though).
Grenoble has the least transfer options but has an increasing number of flights going there. Jet2 now using Grenoble instead of Chambéry for example.
Chambéry is the nearest (& smallest) airport but can be quite chaotic on Saturdays and also is most susceptible to bad weather – especially fog / low cloud. Crystal allegedly pay Lyon airport around €2,000 a week retainer just in case they need to divert so Lyon have staff on standby. €10m of improvements have been on-going over the last couple of years and it can work like a dream when it's quiet!
Please remember that timetables and prices are always subject to change so check before you travel and any other words about avoiding speed cameras and not buying a Swiss Vignette are just words - NOT advice. Take responsibility & ownership for your own decisions & actions - just like you always should on the mountain.
By far the easiest way of getting to resort in modern, new, comfortable mini buses (or go for luxury options in deluxe 4x4s) for your journey to The Three Valley resorts from all the nearby airports and from the Moûtiers railway station.
Private Transfers are now heavily regulated with regular spot checks by the authorities, all companies have to have special operators licences, register their vehicles and pay to get authorized parking access at airports etc etc. In addition their drivers need to be experienced, fully registered & insured, take a medical etc - which all adds up to a far more professional, safer and more comfortable journey. Note the above probable issues with availability of minibus transfers for Winter 2021/2022.
Approximate 2021 prices for a Geneva to La Tania Private Transfer one-way. 2022 Prices are bound to increase with the demand and new restrictions on employment in place.
- €250 to €330 for 1 to 4 persons
- €280 to €360 for 5 to 6 persons
- €310 to €390 for 7 to 8 persons
Generally Chambéry is around 10-15% cheaper and Lyon & Grenoble around 20% more.
Scheduled shared transfers (or simply filling up empty legs) may be available (note the above probable issues with availability of minibus transfers for Winter 2021/2022) from these companies with a shared journey €60 to €70 per person each-way from Geneva to La Tania for example. Click on their links / logos for price quotes, availability and contact details.
Note the above issues with the availability of minibus transfers at Geneva
Jonboy's well established Three Valleys Transfers fleet of 4x4 Volkswagen T6 Caravelles and VW Transporters along with their iconic Landrover Defender run every day, check their website for details.
Long time La Tania resident Phil has Snowbound Transfers who operate door to door services - private, luxury, shared & last-minutes. All new upgraded Renault Traffic minibuses and include complimentary drinks & blankets. The top of the range Mercedes Viano or Audi Q7 S-Line are available for luxury transfers. Transfers from all the local airports and Moûtiers railway station to La Tania, Courchevel, Méribel and Val Thorens Valleys.
Ski Magic Transfers offer private transfers from Chambéry, Geneva, Lyon or Grenoble or Moûtiers station to all resorts in the Three Valleys.
Ski Hame Transfers provide reliable minibus transfers to resorts in the Courchevel and Méribel Valleys of the Three Valleys. They use new and properly maintained Renault Traffic minibuses to ensure both your comfort and safety.
Savoie Transfer Services offer luxury transfers to the Three Valleys. Our vehicles are brand new VW Caravelle 4 Motions which can give you peace of mind that you will get to resort in the safest, quickest and most comfortable way possible.
Freeride Republic Transfers offers a professional fully licensed airport transfer service to our chalet guests and also for private clients looking for a reliable and affordable airport transfer service to the resorts of Courchevel, La Tania and Meribel.
Airport Car Hire
Using Car Hire For Your Airport Transfer
Car Hire can be very reasonable option especially if you're in a group even if you do leave it parked up for a week (free parking in La Tania). Book early and beware all the add-in costs and decide if you need ski racks and snow chains. During heavy snowfall you will need chains and/or snow tyres (and it is the law to have them on mountain roads where indicated, though it's rarely enforced) - it can be cheaper to buy chains than hire if you purchase before you get near the mountains and are hiring longer than 10 days or so.
Petrol is no longer cheaper in Switzerland due to the exchange rates so fill up in France just before you get there (even in Annecy is probably near enough). Diesel is still a bit cheaper than petrol in France but getting a bit closer now. Take care when speeding, especially villages where the limit drops to 50km/h without warning, check the La Tania Speed Camera page and note that most fixed French cameras are always preceded by a warning sign - so you've been warned!
On 8 June 2015 the DVLA got rid of the paper counterpart of the UK Driving Licence with points and endorsements held electronically. There is a process to "share" this information with car hire companies via the DVLA website. Note that in our experience it is never required in France or Switzerland (for Geneva) or in fact anywhere in the world outside of the UK.
More information in our blog post and the DVLA web site to view your information is at: www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence
The Savoie is implementing the mandatory use of snow tyres (or carrying chains) from 01 Nov to 31 Mar but this won't be enforced until Winter 2022/2023. Expect all hire cars in the area to come fitted with snow tyres or a box of chains in the book as standard - we hope!
Geneva Airport Car Hire
Geneva Car Hire 2022 Approximate Costs - An Example
A typical week Saturday to Saturday hire booked 6 months in advance using www.carrentals.co.uk comparison site (March 2022 example booked in October 2021):
7 Day "all-inclusive" car hire Geneva Airport (Swiss side):
Fiat 500 size £480, Golf size £520, Mondeo size £600, Espace size 5 seats £780, Espace 7 seats £940
7 Day "all-inclusive" car hire Geneva Airport (French side):
Fiat 500 size £220 Golf size £240, Mondeo size £280, Espace size 5 seats £350, Espace 7 seats £400
7 Day "all-inclusive" car hire Lyon Airport (for comparison):
Fiat 500 size £150, Golf size £180, Mondeo size £240, Espace size 5 seats £320, Espace 7 seats £350
NOTE IN 2017 & 2018 PRICES WERE OFTEN CHEAPER ON THE SWISS SIDE UNLIKE PREVIOUSLY. 2019/2020 has mainly reverted to the French side being significantly cheaper.
Winter 2022 has seen prices increase sharply at Geneva Airport (especially on the Swiss side) although this may stabilise nearer the time.
Even though "all-inclusive" is mentioned in the price, consider additional insurance waiver cover (but see below for an alternative), child seats, satnav, ski racks, wifi / mobile phone hire and snow tyres/chains on the French side (they're mandatory and usually included on the Swiss side - this should change to the French side following the mandatory snow tyre/chain law changes in Summer 2021 - although they are not being enforced until Winter 2022/2023).
Always cheaper to return the car topped up at the end of the hire (full to full) rather than take their offer of paying for the tank now - you most likely won't even use a full tank anyway.
In the past few years we've starting to see unlimited mileage disappear although unlikely to effect anyone using vehicles just to travel to La Tania as you always get a minimum of 200km a day.
Also beware of hiring the cheapest / smallest car - it could be electric without enough range to get to La Tania!
Airport Car Hire - Approximate 2022 Prices
In old money... say it's a 170 mile round trip at about 35mpg, so around 5 gallons (22.7 litres) of fuel.
Unleaded 95 Petrol €1.73 per litre and Diesel €1.63 per litre in November 2021.
So petrol would costs about €39 and diesel (although expect more mpg) around €37.
Tolls for the Geneva to Annecy (North) autoroute are €7.90 each way (November 2021).
So with a hire car for 4 with tolls & fuel you could get the return transfer down to around £75 each
Geneva Airport - French v Swiss Sides
The French swapped some land with Switzerland in 1960 to allow expansion of the airport and a French entrance/exit was agreed as part of the deal. Although the main route to France is still via Switzerland even from the French side, but this can be avoided if needed.
The Car Hire area on the Swiss side moved in November 2008 - it is now to the right of arrivals as you exit baggage collection on the Swiss side. You complete paperwork here and then use a free shuttle bus or walk to the new car hire car park (it's no longer underneath arrivals and make sure you don't pay for the bus).
Follow signs to P51 parking on your return - there's a fuel station immediately before the turn in to the rental car park but beware it's fully automated and cards can fail or there's a big queue. The walking route is marked and only around 5 or 6 minutes - easy with hand baggage or wheely cases.
The French side of the airport is accessible via the check-in level at the far right end of the building (opposite to the easyJet end). Most of the time it's not even manned and you can walk straight through - have boarding cards and passport ready just in case though. You may need to buzz the doorbell and look at a camera if late at night.
The car hire desks are immediately as you exit in to the French side next to check-in desks. Cars are parked a short walk away directly in to a covered car park.
Swiss Side Pros & Cons
Mandatory requirement to have snow tyres or chains in Winter from 1st November until 15th April (usually additional to "all-in-costs" from around £40 per week, but sometimes included, it does vary with supplier). Note new French laws of mandatory snow tyres (or chains) apply from 01 Nov 2021 to 31 Mar 2022 but apparantly aren't being enforced until Winter 2022/2023.
A Shuttle Bus is provided for access to the hire car parking although it is just over a 5 minute walk from the shuttle bus stop - easy with hand luggage or wheelie bags. Check the bus stop shuttle count down timer to see if it's worthwhile walking.
The luggage trolleys provided in Geneva Airport take UK 2p coins - you may consider not returning the trolley to it's rightful place... A very selfish act of course.
Generally car hire is more expensive on the Swiss side - but may not be in Summer or peak periods in Winter and may be subject to CHF exchange rates. NOTE THAT IN 2016 AND 2017 PRICES HAVE OFTEN BEEN CHEAPER ON THE SWISS SIDE UNLIKE PREVIOUS YEARS. Winter 2022 has seen prices increase sharply at Geneva Airport (especially on the Swiss side) although this may stabilise nearer the time.
A Vignette is usually always included (the Swiss motorway tax disc / sticker required for motorway driving - but this can be avoided, see below in driving directions). For the first time ever in 2017 we had a Swiss plated car without a Vignette and heard of at least one other.
Directions back to airport are much easier - especially if using motorways all the way.
Fuel station immediately before entrance to car hire parking. Although in Swiss Francs, not cheap and 24/7 automated - not all UK Cards always work.
(Expensive) Macdonalds, Starbucks and other options in the food court before security.
French Side Pros & Cons
No mandatory winter tyres / chains required (but may be fitted / supplied anyway) so you can make the decision on whether to take them. Note new French laws of mandatory snow tyres (or chains) apply from 01 Nov 2021 to 31 Mar 2022 but apparantly aren't being enforced until Winter 2022/2023.
No motorway tax sticker (Vignette) - but motorways to/from the airport can be avoided, see below.
It can be bought on-line here for £31.50 or 40CHF (PLUS DELIVERY OF 20CHF) or at the border. The Vignette is valid between 1st December of the previous year and 31st January of the following year (printed on the Vignette. A steep price rise to 70CHF or 100CHF has been proposed but originally rejected, with no price increase since 1985 a rise is expected.
Generally car hire is cheaper on the French side and usually with no charges for additional drivers. Euro exchange rates may effect price either way too.
You can pick up or drop off at different French airports such as Grenoble, Lyon or Chambéry free or without excessive charges. Dropping off in another "country" from pickup is not usually allowed or has a very high excess charge.
Be careful finding the French side on the way back, take notice on your way out - Follow the signs to Ferney Voltaire and you should make it ok.
Full airport directions to both sides of Geneva Airport here
Fuel available 100m from the entrance road to the French side of the airport. Manned during weekday hours and then automated - some issues with UK credit/debit cards have been reported.
- Only one, but arguably a better and cheaper restaurant on the French side.
Now also needs a shuttle bus to the car hire area (and the bus stop is the opposite end of the terminal to the usual Charter and easyJet arrivals).
Chambéry and Grenoble Airports
Portacabins right outside arrivals and next to the vehicles. Very handy but make sure you get off the plane first - leave a friend to collect your bags as queues can develop very quickly!
Tolls (each way) from the airports to La Tania (November 2021 Prices)
Geneva Airport via Annecy Nord J17 (132km) €7.90
Geneva Airport via Annecy Sud J16 (134km) €8.50
Geneva Airport via Chambéry / Albertville Autoroutes (183km) €18.60
Lyon Airport (181km) €17.50
Grenoble Airport via Grenoble (170km) €12.40
Grenoble Airport avoiding Grenoble towards Lyon and via Chambéry (185km) €13.60
Chambéry Airport (104km) €5.50
See below for full details of Directions to La Tania
Confusion reigned during Summer 2016 over EU Citizens taking Swiss registered cars in to France due to interpretations of some new EU rules. According to some report some hire companies were getting German registered cars in place on the Swiss side and asking questions if you were taking a car in to France, saying you wouldn't be insured etc.
UPDATE OCTOBER 2016 - No one cares anymore, there are no restrictions in place and there is no problem taking a Swiss registered hire car in to France. The usual on-line scaremongering and tabloid like reporting can be ignored - just like when they said all transfer buses would be banned (but 2021/2022 not looking too good!).
Car Hire Companies
We recommend Carrentals.co.uk (they check 50 hire sites and are owned by Holiday Autos / LastMinute group). They strike the best deal from the major hire car companies of Hertz, Budget, Alamo, Thrifty, National, Europcar etc so you can be sure of the best price. You can hire from the French or Swiss sides of Geneva airport and nearly all towns, airports and railway stations are covered too.
When in Geneva at the airport the most competitive deals on arrival may be with Hertz. We've seen people negotiate with all the car hire companies going from one desk to another and play one company off against another - Hertz won (although getting a laptop out and using Carrentals.co.uk may be cheaper).
It's also worth remembering that all these companies love their loyalty or corporate discount schemes/codes/vouchers. Worth checking if you're entitled to any of these and searching on the internet for them - we've lots of reports that they don't actually check if you're entitled to them or not!
Collision Damage Waiver and Excess Insurance
Usually the "all-inclusive" costs will include CDW but there will be an excess charge of up to €1000 for loss or damage to the vehicle and the hire car companies will try and sell you an extra insurance to cover this excess - could be as high as €15 per day!
The alternative is to take your own Excess Insurance out - you'd still have to pay for any damage but then would claim this back from your own insurance.
We can highly recommend icarhireinsurance.com who paid our claim back in under a week and start their European policy for multiple rentals from only £38 a YEAR! (November 2021 Prices).
Scheduled Transfer Bus Services - Timetables
Airport Bus From Geneva Airport - Information at www.altibus.com
See desk at the Airport for tickets, book on-line or call +41 22 798 2000.
There is a limited service at the start/end of season and there may be more departures at peak times. All routes change at Moûtiers where you may be taxied to resort depending on numbers. Reconfirm your return 2 days in advance at the Tourist Office in La Tania. Journey time is around 3 hours including the change at Moûtiers.
Geneva Airport - La Tania Winter 2022 Timetable (pdf) from 17 Dec 2021 until 10 Apr 2022
For an example a typical week in 2022 is shown
Depart Geneva Airport
Mon - Fri - 12:15, 15:30, 19:30
Sundays - 10:00, 12:15, 15:30, 19:30
Saturdays - 10:00, 11:15, 12:15, 13:30, 14:30, 16:00, 18:00, 19:30
Depart La Tania
Mon to Fri - 07:50, 11:20, 15:05
Sundays - 07:50, 11:20, 15:05, 16:40
Saturdays - 06:50, 08:55, 11:50, 15:05, 16:20
2022 On-Line Prices - Geneva Airport to La Tania
Adult €89 one-way, €149 return
Child €45 one-way, €76 return
Child is from 4 to 12 years and 2 are free per reservation with an adult, all under 4s travel free.
Airport Bus From Lyon Airport - www.altibus.com or call +33 479 683296
As of November 2021 it would appear that the Altibus service for Lyon to The 3 Valleys is running on Saturdays only for Winter 2021/2022. There is a train option via Chambéry to Moûtiers (and then another bus or taxi).
Booking now available on-line. There is a limited service at the start/end of season. All routes usually change at Moûtiers where you may be taxied to resort depending on numbers. Reconfirm your return 2 days in advance at the Tourist Office in La Tania. Journey time is around 3.5 hours including the change at Moûtiers. Lyon Airport is known as St Exupery Airport.
Lyon Airport - La Tania Winter 2022 Timetable (pdf) from 18 Dec 2021 until 02 Apr 2022
For an example a typical week in 2022 is shown
Depart Lyon St Exupery Airport
Fridays - 15:30
Saturdays - 10:20, 12:10, 15:30
Sundays - 12:30
Depart La Tania
Fridays - 09:20
Saturdays - 06:20 08:20
Sundays - 08:05
2022 Winter Prices - Lyon Airport to La Tania
Adult €56 one-way, €101 return
Child 3-12 Years €53 one-way, €89 return
Infant 0-2 free
Airport Bus from Chambéry Airport - www.altibus.com or call +33 479 683296