How To Get To Val d'Isere

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Travel to Val d
Travel to Val d'Isere is easy by train, bus, taxi, transfer or rental car
The road to Val d
The road to Val d'Isère from Bourg St Maurice is narrow & can be incredibly busy on weekends.
Bourg St Maurice train station is the major transport for the Haute Tarentaise ski resorts including Val d
Bourg St Maurice train station is the major transport for the Haute Tarentaise ski resorts including Val d'Isere
Bourg St Maurice train station passengers head toward the buses and taxis for transfer to the ski resorts
Bourg St Maurice train station passengers head toward the buses and taxis for transfer to the ski resorts
Bus & train departures to the local ski resorts are clearly displayed at Bourg St Maurice train station
Bus & train departures to the local ski resorts are clearly displayed at Bourg St Maurice train station
The bus, taxi & private transfer services are just outside the Bourg St Maurice train station building
The bus, taxi & private transfer services are just outside the Bourg St Maurice train station building
Taxi rank at Bourg St Maurice train station
Taxi rank at Bourg St Maurice train station
Passengers at Bourg St Maurice train station about to load a bus to Tignes ski resort
Passengers at Bourg St Maurice train station about to load a bus to Tignes ski resort
Buses at Bourg St Maurice train station ready to move skiers to local resorts
Buses at Bourg St Maurice train station ready to move skiers to local resorts
The village of Val d
The village of Val d'Isere is heavily snow-bound in winter
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Ski Val d'Isere

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Where is Val d'Isere Ski Resort?

Val d'Isere is deep in the Tarentaise valley of the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. The Val d'Isere ski resort is only 5 km (3 miles) from the border (as the crow lies) with Italy and next door to Tignes. The closest major town is Bourg St. Maurice (30km away), which also acts as a major transport hub for the region.

The central part of town is called Val d’Isère, but Val d’Isere is actually a valley made up of various hamlets that are fairly close to the “Old Town”. As examples, it is 2km between the hamlet of Le Daille and Val d’Isere, and 2.4km between Val d’Isere and Le Fornet.

Flights to Val d’Isere

The nearest airport to Val d'Isère is Chambéry (CMF) (144km) (about 2½hr by road), followed by Geneva (GVA) (187km / 3½hr) and Lyon Saint-Exupéry (LYS) (221km / 3½hr). Paris (CDG) is an option for international travellers wanting to combine a visit to the city with some stellar French Alps skiing, however the 6hr+ train trip to Bourg St Maurice may dissuade one from this option.

Whilst Chambery is closest, it has a relatively limited schedule, restricted to weekends & only European or UK flight origins. For international travellers, Geneva & Lyon have a wide range of worldwide flight origins as well as excellent train, bus & shuttle links to Bourg St Maurice and Val d’Isère.

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Private Transfers

The Powderhounds usually recommend taking the train & bus to ski resorts like Val d’Isère, mainly in order to POW (Protect Our Winters). However, if in a group of three or more people or you simply cannot abide public transport, take a private transfer direct to your hotel in Val d’Isere from the nearest airport. Alternatively a private transfer is a great way to go directly to your hotel from the Bourg St Maurice train station.

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Train & Bus Travel to Val d’Isère

Bourg St Maurice is a key transport hub for all Tarentaise ski resorts including Val d’Isere. The Bourg St. Maurice train station is 35km from Val d’Isère & is on the schedule of numerous train lines including TGV, Eurostar & regional trains. Train travel is possible directly from the Geneva & Lyon St Exupery airports (with various connections), as well as London & Paris via fast train. From Paris Gare de Lyon, train journeys take between 6 to 7hr.

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If using the local buses to connect to the ski resort, purchase a ticket from the railway station terminal on arrival. Bus services run regularly from the Bourg St. Maurice station to Val d’Isère, taking less than an 1hr. You can take a local taxi or pre-arranged private transfer for a substantially higher fee.

Driving to Val d'Isere

Driving to Val d’Isere is possible from all over Europe, however, note that the 30km road journey from Bourg St Maurice can be quite congested at certain times (Friday nights, Saturdays, Sunday evenings etc). From the UK by car can be quite affordable if you share the journey with some mates. Bear in mind that the normal nine-hour journey across France may take much longer if you chose to travel on a busy Saturday or encounter heavy snowfalls. Once at Val d’Isere you won’t need to use your car unless wanting to drive to a nearby ski resort like Sainte Foy, Les Arcs or La Rosiere.

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Getting Around Val d’Isere

Val d'Isère is proud that is has reduced the volume of car traffic courtesy of its three shuttle bus routes offered free of charge. The Red, Green, and Blue bus lines link the different areas of the resort from morning to night every day of the season (with reduced frequency in the evenings and in inter-season).

Nearby Ski Resorts

Aside from the interconnected Tignes, a festival of wonderful French Tarentaise valley ski areas, from mega resorts to 'secret stashes', are within one hour drive of Val d'Isere. They include: the world's largest fully interlinked resort the 3 Valleys (Courchevel, Meribel & Val Thorens et al); huge Paradiski (Les Arcs & La Plagne); plus the smaller La Rosiere (linked to Italy's La Thuile) and excellent petite powder stash of Sainte Foy.

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