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
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...
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 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, 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.
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 worthwhile 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 CHEAPER ON THE SWISS SIDE UNLIKE PREVIOUS YEARS.
Lyon and Grenoble generally 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 €10,20 tolls each way), this is actually often a good option on Summer weekends when the lakeside routes get heavily congested.
Lyon car hire is now off airport (shuttle bus needed like the Swiss side of Geneva airport although only 10 minutes walk).
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 are on the way starting from Winter 2017 - Check out the What's New page. Can be a dream when it's quiet though!
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.
Private Transfers (and increasingly offered Shared Transfers)
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 Moûtiers railway station for Eurostar and other train services.
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.
Approximate 2018 prices for a Geneva to La Tania Private Transfer one-way
- €225 to €295 for 1 to 4 persons
- €275 to €300 for 5 to 6 persons
- €300 to €370 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) are now routinely available from these companies with a shared journey €60 to €65 per person each-way from Geneva to La Tania for example. Click on their links / logos for price quotes, availability and contact details.
Jonboy's well established Three Valleys Transfers fleet of 4x4 Volkswagen T6 Caravelles and VW Transporters along with Landrover Discovery, Skoda Scouts and their iconic Landrover Defender also have scheduled Geneva shared transfers 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.
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 Moûtiers/Bourg St Maurice rail stations, to the ski resorts of the Three Valleys. Our clients will be transferred in comfortable, fully equipped modern minibuses with refreshments and blankets by our experienced drivers who have passed medicals to ensure safe travel for our clients.
3 Valley Vans provide various transfer services to the Ski Resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Mottaret, Les Menuires and Val Thorens from the four major airports in Geneva, Chambéry, Lyon and Grenoble.
Ski Amis provide shared and private minibus transfers from Geneva, Chambéry and Grenoble airports to the Three Valleys – reliable service scheduled around your flight times – fully licenced and trained drivers - prices from £90 per person return. Transfers from Moûtiers station also available.
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 hugely 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
Geneva Car Hire 2018 Approximate Costs - An Example
A typical week Saturday to Saturday hire booked 6 months in advance using www.carrentals.co.uk comparison site (March 2018 example).
7 Day "all-inclusive" car hire Geneva Airport (French side):
Fiat 500 size £142, Golf size £154, Mondeo size £221, 5 seater Espace £250, 7 seater Espace £468
7 Day "all-inclusive" car hire Geneva Airport (Swiss side):
Fiat 500 size £171, Golf size £188, Mondeo size £268, 5 seater Espace £287, 7 seater Espace £438
NOTE IN 2016 PRICES WERE OFTEN CHEAPER ON THE SWISS SIDE UNLIKE PREVIOUS YEARS
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).
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.
Airport Car Hire - Approximate 2018 Prices
In old money... say it's a 164 mile round trip at 40mpg, so 4.1 gallons (18.6 litres)
Diesel €1.20 per litre and petrol €1.34 per litre in September 2017
So a diesel would costs about €22 and a petrol vehicle €25 in fuel
Tolls for the Geneva to Annecy (North) autoroute are €7.60 each way
So with a hire car for 4 with tolls & fuel you could get the return transfer down to around £60 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. 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.
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 PRICES HAVE OFTEN BEEN CHEAPER ON THE SWISS SIDE UNLIKE PREVIOUS YEARS.
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 Vignetteand heard of a 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.
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 (September 2017 Prices)
Geneva Airport via Annecy Nord J17 (132km) €7.60
Geneva Airport via Annecy Sud J16 (134km) €8.20
Geneva Airport via Chambéry / Albertville Autoroutes (183km) €17.80
Lyon Airport (181km) €16.60
Grenoble Airport via Grenoble (170km) €11.60
Grenoble Airport avoiding Grenoble towards Lyon (185km) €12.70
Chambéry Airport (103km) €5.20
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.
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!
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 2018 is shown - always check the timetable above and on-line.
Depart Geneva Airport
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, 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, 20:30
2018 On-Line Prices - Geneva Airport to La Tania
Adult €90 one-way, €152 return
Child €45 one-way, €76 return (child is from 4 to 12 years old)
Groups of 4 or more adults traveling €77 one-way and €131 return per person.
A special Saturday Night (Service 70) rate to Courchevel or Méribel is now quoted with an on-line adult price of €68 single or €115 return.
15% Off Winter 2018 prices if booked prior to 30 September 2017 (so €77 e/w, €129 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 2018 is shown - always check the timetable above and on-line.
Depart Lyon St Exupery Airport
Fridays - 11:40, 16:15
Saturdays - 10:15, 11:20. 15:30 18:45
Sundays - 12:30, 15:35
2018 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
15% Off Winter 2018 prices if booked prior to 30 September 2017 (so €62 e/w, €98 return)
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. 2018 schedule still to be confirmed.
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. 2018 prices still to be confirmed.
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...
2018 schedule and prices still to be confirmed.
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
2018 schedule and prices still to be confirmed.
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.