Val d’Isere tourist information

Val d’Isere tourist information

Getting to Val d’Isere involves transport by air, train or bus, or by self-drive. The closest major airports are Lyon and Geneva, at a 2 hour, 30 minute and a three-hour bus transfer, respectively. Grenoble and Chambery airports are closer but have more expensive transfers and less regular flights. At Lyon and Geneva airports, French companies offer shared transfers to Val d’Isere, keeping down the cost.

By train, Eurostar is the fastest, with a change in Paris for Bourg St Maurice. The UK Snowtrain runs from London’s Waterloo Station to Bourg St Maurice and Rail Europe and the French SNCF express services run from most European cities. The 30km transfers by taxi or bus go straight to Val d’Isere. By road, Calais is 900kms away and from Geneva, Chambery or Lyon, autoroutes run through Bourg St Maurice to the slopes (an average 3 hour drive). The cheapest trip to Val is the Snow Express bus from London’s Victoria Bus Station direct to the resort via Dover, taking 20 hours but costing only £90 to £135 return.

Lift passes at Val d’Isere are expensive and divided into early and full season rates. Early season ends around mid-December, with full season running from then until early May. Expect to pay from €40 upward for one day, with reductions for longer bookings, children and seniors. Adult skiers will pay €418 for a 15-day pass, although discounts are available online.