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The Via Lattea is conveniently located in the Val di Susa, Piedmont, 79km west of Turin in Italy.

Where is the Vialattea, Italy?

The Via Lattea ski resorts is 86km by motorway west of Turin. Paris is a mere 4hr 40min away by TGV fast train. Turin is only 1.5hr away by local train.

The Vialattea gateway town is Oulx, only one hour by car from Turin via the E70 motorway. Oulx also has a major train & bus station with direct links to all parts of the ViaLattea ski region and nearby Briancon in France (part of the excellent Serre Chevalier ski resort).

In order to POW (Protect Our Winters) rail is the recommended mode of travel to the Via Lattea via Oulx or Briancon.

Flights to the Via Lattea

The best international gateway airports to the Vialattea for travellers from non-European destinations are Milan Malpensa, Lyon St Exupery, Geneva & even Paris. If flying to the Milky Way from the UK, Scandinavia or mainland Europe, airports at Turin or Chambery in France can provide quick access to the ski resort.

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Airport & Hotel Transfers

Private, shared & group transfers are available to/from all airports and hotels. A private transfer can be the most cost effective & efficient method of transport to the Via Lattea for groups of 3 or more people. Search & book a private transfer to the the Via Lattea ski resorts of Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx, Cesana, Sansicario, Claviere or Montgenevre here.

Train Travel to Oulx & the Via Lattea

The main Vialattea train station at Oulx is 6km down valley from the ski lifts at Sauze d'Oulx. The station is conveniently located on the Paris-Lyon-Turin-Milan TGV line. The TGV trains stop at Oulx at least 3 times a day. Local trains link to Bardonecchia & Turin. Buses are waiting at Oulx train station to take rail passengers swiftly to all villages in the Via Lattea, including Sauze d'Oulx. Sestriere & Montgenevre (via Cesana & Claviere).

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Driving to the Via Lattea

By car the quickest access to the Via Lattea is from Turin via the E70 motorway (autostrade - toll road) to Oulx. Travel time is 1hr. For a more scenic route, one can also take the A55/SP23 road from Turin via Pinerolo to Sestriere. Travel time is similar.

The Milky Way can also be reached via southern France via Briancon to Montgenevre or from the west through the Frejus Tunnel (costly toll) from the Maurienne valley via Bardonecchia.

Car Rental

If you require a rental car, they are available from all airports, major train stations & towns. The closest car rental outlets to the Via Lattea are in Briancon, Turin & Grenoble or Albertville. Major cities & airports have a wider range better availability. Be aware that many vehicles rented out of Turin will not have snow tyres (& it can be a nightmare of a drive out of the city!). Ensure they at least have snow chains & are preferably AWD or 4WD.

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Nearby Ski Resorts

A Powderhounds secret stash called Prali is a tantalising option in a secluded valley to the south east between Sestriere & Pinerolo. Bardonecchia ski resort on the French border towards the Maurienne valley is only a 12 min train ride from Oulx.

In France, via the Montgenevre ski resort and near the town of Briancon,Serre Chevalier is well worth a visit (as is the sensational old town & fort in Briancon). Further afield, the freeride mecca of La Grave is a short drive from Briancon.