Get to resort via mini-bus, taxi, coach, train, hire car or even helicopter!
The Complete Ski Transfer InformationGuide
Airports | Private Transfers | Car Hire | Buses | Trains / Uber / Heli / Other | Directions From Airports
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 is also possible but 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. There's also the possibility of Lyon Railway Station with innovative air/rail routes from Air France via Paris - you may as well catch the train on towards Moûtiers for your final transfer in this case.
Private flights or helicopter transfers to Courchevel Altiport or Méribel Altiport are available if you're seriously loaded and Alpine Airlines announced in June 2015 the restart of commercial "on demand" flights from Courchevel altiport. More here...
Quickest 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 50min - normal run with no hold ups 2hrs 15min.
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, toll booth queues, baggage hold-ups, security delays, car park congestion, speed cameras, border checks, Moûtiers traffic controls plus any weather / snow delays and the need for putting chains on etc.
Other influences on 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 but remember it is outside of the EU so you can purchase (proper) Duty Free on the way out - but cigarette / tobacco probably the only regular good deals on the way back.
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 THAT IN 2016 PRICES WERE OFTEN BEEN CHEAPER ON THE SWISS SIDE UNLIKE PREVIOUS YEARS.
Lyon and Grenoble require more autoroute tolls but it is motorway all the way - Lyon can be quicker than Geneva sometimes even though it's an extra 40-50km. Car hire now moved off airport (shuttle bus needed) unfortunately.
Grenoble has the least public transfer options.
Chambéry is the nearest (& smallest) airport but can be quite chaotic on Saturdays and also 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 are on the way with some in place for Winter 2017 - Check out the What's New page.
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. There are six private transfer companies with their base in La Tania all offering comfortable mini bus journeys to The Three Valley resorts from all the nearby airports and Moûtiers railway station for the Eurostar and other train services.
Private Transfers are now heavily regulated with regular spot checks by the authorities and all companies have to be special operators licences. In addition their vehicles and drivers need to be registered - which all adds up to a far more professional, safer and more comfortable journey.
Approximate 2017 prices for a Geneva to La Tania Private Transfer (one-way) start from around €260 for 1 person, €280 for 4, €300 for 6 and €320 for 8 passengers. Generally Chambéry is around 10-15% cheaper and Lyon & Grenoble around 20% more.
Always worth contacting these private operators as shared transfers are often available or empty legs need filling - shared from around €65 each-way from Geneva to La Tania for example.
Jonboy's well established Three Valleys Transfers fleet of 4x4 Volkswagen Caravelle and Tiguan mini-buses also have Geneva shared transfer and shuttles at weekends, 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 Mercedes Viano or Mercedes 4x4 ML have DVD players. Transfers from all the local airports and Moûtiers railway station to La Tania, Courchevel and Méribel Valleys.
Dazzle Transfers is part of Ski-Dazzle Chalet Holidays in La Tania and offer transfers to Three Valleys in their 3 minibuses and a Nissan X-Trail for smaller groups.
Ski Magic Transfers offer shared or 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.
Snow White Transfers are a professional, reliable transfer company operating from all the local airports and both Moûtiers/Bourg St Maurice rail stations, to the ski resorts of the Three Valleys.
All these operators are fully insured, registered and licensed with the French authorities using
professional, reliable, British drivers who will meet you at the airport and drive you directly to your chalet, hotel or apartment and on return will get you back in plenty of time for your flight or train connection.
Click on their links / logos for prices and contact details, all offer shared or private transfers and it's always worth checking even if you're on your own - they may have an empty vehicle traveling to collect people or vice-versa and be able to offer you a competitive option to the scheduled bus or train services.
Airport Car Hire
Using Car Hire For Your Airport Transfer
Car Hire is a 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 closer all the time. 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
Geneva Airport Car Hire
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.
Geneva Car Hire 2017 Approximate Costs - An Example
A typical week Saturday to Saturday hire booked 3 months in advance using www.carrentals.co.uk comparison site (January 2017 example).
7 Day "all-inclusive" car hire Geneva Airport (Swiss side):
Twingo size £155, Golf size £180, Mondeo size £230, 5 seater Espace £280, 7 seater Espace £420
7 Day "all-inclusive" car hire Geneva Airport (French side):
Twingo size £135, Golf size £170, Mondeo size £230, 5 seater Espace £320, 7 seater Espace £510
NOTE THAT IN 2016 PRICES WERE OFTEN CHEAPER ON THE SWISS SIDE UNLIKE PREVIOUS YEARS.
Also consider additional insurance waiver cover, child seats, satnav, ski racks and snow tyres/chains on French side (mandatory and usually included on Swiss side).
November 2016 Prices
In old money... say it's a 180 mile round trip at 36mpg, so 5 gallons (22.7 litres),
Diesel €1.20 per litre and petrol €1.35 per litre in January 2016,
So a diesel would costs about €27 and a petrol vehicle €31 in fuel.
Tolls for the Geneva to Annecy (North) autoroute are €7.30 each way.
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. 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.
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).
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.
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 PRICES HAVE OFTEN BEEN CHEAPER ON THE SWISS SIDE UNLIKE PREVIOUS YEARS.
Vignette is included (the Swiss motorway tax disc required for motorway driving - but this can be avoided, see below in driving directions).
Directions back to airport much easier - especially if using motorways.
Fuel station immediately before entrance to car hire parking. Although in Swiss Francs, not cheap and 24/7 automated - not all UK Cards work on this last time we tried.
(Expensive) Burger King, Starbucks etc.
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.
No Vignette - but motorways can be avoided, see below. If can be bought on-line here for £32 or 40CHF (usually about 10% cheaper) at the border and is valid for the calendar year. A steep price rise to 70CHF or 100CHF has been proposed for 2016 with a tourist vignette of 40CHF available. Initially this was rejected but there has been no price increase since 1985 so 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. NOTE THAT IN 2016 PRICES HAVE OFTEN BEEN CHEAPER ON THE SWISS SIDE UNLIKE PREVIOUS YEARS.
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 entrance road to 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.
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 2016 Prices)
Geneva Airport via Annecy Nord J17 (132km) €7.30
Geneva Airport via Annecy Sud J16 (134km) €7.90
Geneva Airport via Chambéry / Albertville Autoroutes (183km) €17.30
Lyon Airport (181km) €16.40
Grenoble Airport via Grenoble (170km) €11.40
Grenoble Airport avoiding Grenoble towards Lyon (185km) €12.40
Chambéry Airport (103km) €5.20
See below for full details of Directions to La Tania
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!
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.
For an example a typical week in 2017 is shown - always check the timetable above and on-line.
Depart Geneva Airport
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri - 12:15, 15:30, 19:15
Sundays - 10:00, 12:15, 15:30, 19:15
Saturdays - 10:00, 11:00, 12:15, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:45, 19:15
2017 On-Line Prices - Geneva Airport to La Tania (Extra 3 or 4 Euros if not booked on-line)
Adult €85 one-way, €144 return
Child €42.50 one-way, €72 return (child is from 4 to 12 years old)
Groups of 4 or more adults traveling €73 one-way and €124 return per person.
A special Saturday only rate to Courchevel or Méribel (but doesn't specify La Tania) is now quoted with an on-line price of €68 single or €115 return.
Airport Bus From Lyon Airport - www.altibus.com or call +33 479 683296
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 hours including the change at Moûtiers. Lyon Airport is known as St Exupery Airport.
For an example a typical week in 2017 is shown - always check the timetable above and on-line.
Depart Lyon St Exupery Airport
Fridays - 11:35, 16:35
Saturdays - 10:15, 11:20. 15:30 18:45
Sundays - 11:20, 15:35
2017 Winter Prices - Lyon Airport to La Tania
Adult €73 one-way, €115 return
Child €55 one-way, €94 return
Infant €37 one-way, €63 return
All plus Baggage Charge of €6
Airport Bus from Chambéry Airport - www.altibus.com or call +33 479 683296
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 between 1:45 & 2:45 depending on change at Moûtiers.
For an example a typical weekend in 2017 is shown - always check timetable & on-line. Return times should be re-confirmed with Tourist Office.
Depart Chambéry Airport
Saturdays - 10:50, 14:00, 16:10, 17:20
Sundays - 12:00
Depart La Tania
Saturdays - 05:30, 07:50, 09:35, 11:50
Sundays - 07:40
2017 Winter Prices - Chambéry Airport to La Tania
Adult €38 one-way, €63.30 return (groups of 4 or more €57 return per person, no kids discount)
Tickets by email €1 or by post €2.90
Airport Bus from Grenoble Airport - www.bensbus.co.uk
Scheduled service to Moûtiers meeting every weekend flight - then onward transfers by taxi (10% discount with Bens Bus Taxi Partners). Journey time is around 2 to 2.5 hours to Moûtiers
Buses are scheduled on Saturdays & Sundays to meet incoming flights. More info here...
2017 Winter Prices - Grenoble Airport to La Tania
Adult £39.80 one-way, £74.80 return - Call for weekday prices / private transfers.
£5.50 supplement on Sundays / weekdays and £10 last minute booking charge
Bus from Moûtiers to La Tania - www.mobisavoie.fr or call +33 479 242158
There are exceptions & additions at beginning and end of season - also extra buses at peak times & weekend only services. Check for any changes and weekend return journeys must be booked 48 hours in advance at the Tourist Office in resort. Journey time is around 40 minutes, generally stops at Brides Les Bains and St Bon.
Saturday services to/from Le Praz (approximately every hour from 06:30 to 19:30) and/or by arrangement with Tourist Office.
On peak half term Saturdays in February a bus usually runs every 45 mins from 5:45am to 8:00pm without regard to normal timetables. Also extra buses for some late TGV train arrivals.
For an example a typical week in 2017 is shown - always check
Depart Moûtiers Train Station
Mon, Tue, Thu - 11:00, 13:30, 15:00
Wed - 11:00, 14:00, 15:00
Fri - 11:00, 13:30, 15:00, 18:00, 20:30
Sat - 07:30, 11:30, 13:30,14:30,15:30,17:20, 18:00
Sun - 11:00, 13:30, 15:00, 1700
2017 Winter Prices - Moûtiers Train Station to La Tania
Adult €12.60 one-way, €21.50 return.
Child, groups and Saisonnaire rates from €9.50 one-way, €19.00 return.
CHARTER TRANSFER COACHES
Were sometimes available as a surcharge when flying on a flight only deal with certain charter operators but that seems to have disappeared in the last few years - certainly the days of bribing reps at the airport for a lift seem to have gone forever...
Train and Other Transfer Options
Most often from Geneva to Moûtiers (then a bus or taxi to resort - around 20 minutes with no traffic and good weather). Train station is at the airport then change at Geneva Central. At least one more change required to get to Moûtiers - and please note that there is another town called Moûtiers in the west of France, the one you want is Moûtiers les Salins. Trains from Lyon (and fed by a bus from St Etienne) and Chambéry are also possible. From Lyon Airport you can get a TGV (or take the shuttle bus every 20 mins to the station in Lyon centre for a normal train) to Chambéry where you change for a local train to Moûtiers - this only costs around €26 one way. Check out www.sncf.fr for details.
Jumping in a standard taxi at Geneva airport could cost over £300 one-way! A standard taxi from the railway station in Moûtiers to La Tania should cost around €50 (around £35). There are now plenty of shared transfer / taxi companies advertising on the internet, a lot just acting as agents for other companies and not all are reputable - you've been warned!
Uber now operate from Geneva and Lyon. No news of anyone using them yet but it could be an option if you've landed without anything booked. They always appear to use the Motorway options so from Geneva that means a longer journey (in mileage anyway) and requires additional tolls.
Uber App Estimated Fares
Lyon Airport to La Tania €176 - €234.
Geneva Airport to La Tania CHF331 - CHF440.
Very difficult and where to start? Can be possible from Moûtiers if you walk along to the junction with the main road from Albertville but if you've got a load of ski gear forget it.
Helicopter or Plane transfer!
From Geneva or Lyon direct to the Altiport at Courchevel 1850 or Méribel - Not as madly expensive as you might think... Contact SAF on +33 479 080091 but is always dependent on weather conditions.
Alpine Airlines announced in June 2015 the restart of commercial "on demand" flights from Courchevel altiport. More here...
Driving Directions and Maps to La Tania
Directions from Geneva - The French Side (see maps at bottom of page)
French motorway signs are blue and A-roads green.
Swiss motorway signs are green and A-roads blue.