How To Get To Aosta

How To Get To Aosta

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Where is Aosta, Italy?

Aosta is in the heart of the Valle d’Aosta & is overlooked by the Pila ski resort. Located in north west Italy, Aosta is 133km by road north of Turin, Italy and 150km south east of Geneva, Switzerland.

Flights to Aosta

The main international gateway airports are Milan Malpensa (195km by road) & Geneva in Switzerland. Turin airport serves some European & UK flight origins.

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Airport & Hotel Transfers

Private transfers are available from all airports and hotels to Aosta & for larger groups can be quite time & cost effective. Powderhounds always recommends taking public transport to ski resorts & towns where it exists & Aosta certainly is a major train & bus hub. If you cannot abide public transport or have the cash to splash you can book your transfer direct to Aosta or nearby ski resort here.

Driving to Aosta

The E25 motorway (autostrade) runs through the Valle d'Aosta past the city of Aosta, heading west to France via the Mont Blanc Tunnel and east to Turin and Milan. Note that the autostrades are toll roads. It is possible to avoid the tolls by taking secondary roads, which whilst more scenic, is time consuming. 

Aosta can also be reached via the Grand St Bernard Tunnel from Switzerland. The tunnel has a hefty toll but is a quick way to reach Italy from Geneva or Verbier.

Once in Aosta, the old town is closed to all traffic & you will have to park outside the 'walls'.

Aosta Car Rental

Car hire & rental is available at several locations and is generally very cheap. Milan Malpensa airport is an excellent car rental location as it avoids driving through major cities and has direct access to motorways all the to the Valle d'Aosta. Other airports provide the best opportunities to hire cars.

The Aosta city centre and nearby small local airport has car rentals available for those already in the city. Ensure the rental is an all wheel drive with snow tyres and chains. 

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Train & Bus Transport to Aosta

Aosta is well served by train & bus transport. A railway line from Chivasso (on the Milan - Turin line) terminates at Aosta. The train provides a relaxing & scenic journey but is slow. Buses from the centre of Turin & Milan Malpensa airport also make several trips per day to Aosta (& on to Courmayeur).

Taxis & buses at the central bus station provides links to accommodation, local villages & the nearby Pila ski resort village. The central bus station is located across the road from the train station.

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Nearby Ski Resorts

Two Valle d'Aosta ski resorts are interlinked with international skiing areas. Cervinia is linked with its well known neighbour in Switzerland, Zermatt. Lesser known is the link between La Thuile and the French Tarentaise ski resort La Rosiere.

Outside the Aosta Valley, a couple of major ski resort options are possible, but both have expensive tunnel usage fees to get to them. West in France a short drive from Courmayeur is the ski mecca of Chamonix, whilst north of Aosta is Verbier and a number of smaller Swiss ski resorts. Chamonix is a short journey via the Mont Blanc Tunnel, Verbier is via the Grand San Bernard Tunnel.

If driving oneself, be prepared to pay an exorbitant fee for the privilege of transiting the tunnels. Regular bus services make the journey from Courmayeur to Chamonix and can work out cheaper depending on how many are in the group.