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Val Thorens public buses

Ben's Bus in Val Thorens

Here, you can find information about buses to Val Thorens, specifically: buses from Moutiers to Val Thorens; and buses from Geneva, Lyon, Chambéry, and Grenoble airports to Val Thorens. There's also a link to our page on the Val Thorens resort shuttle bus. 

Read about Val Thorens buses here.

Val Thorens public buses: buses to Val Thorens from Moutiers

There are regular buses from Moutiers to Val Thorens. This is the winter timetable for the 2016/17 season (3rd November 2016 to 18th June 2017). 

The journey takes 1h15, and costs €22.50 adult return. Book on the Transavoie website

Val Thorens public buses: buses to Val Thorens from Geneva airport

Easy Jet plane at Geneva airport

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Val Thorens public buses: Ben's Bus to Val Thorens from Geneva airport

Ben's Bus airport transfers to Val Thorens

Ben's Bus run buses from Geneva to Val Thorens, on Saturdays from 3rd December 2016 to 22nd April 2017, and on Sundays from 11th December 2016 to 9th April 2017.

The rates are £46 single (but with a group discount, the fare is less, down to a minimum of £39.30), and £79.50 return (or less with a group discount, to a minimum of £69.50).

Val Thorens public buses: AltiBus to Val Thorens from Geneva airport

There are buses from Geneva airport to Val Thorens. 

Most of the services below run from 3rd December 2016 to 15th April 2017, but some are only from 24th or 31st December 2016 to 25th March 2017 - see full timetable for details. 

Geneva - Val Thorens

The table below shows the times on Saturdays in winter 2016/17. See the full timetable for the reduced service on other days of the week.

Depart Geneva 1000 1100 1215 1330 1430 1530 1645 1915
Arrive Moûtiers 1200 1300 1415 1540 1630 1730 1845 2115
Arrive Val Thorens 1400 1445 1615 1745 1830 1915 2015 2245

Val Thorens - Geneva

These are the times of buses on Saturdays from Val Thorens via Moûtiers to Geneva airport. The service on other days of the week is slightly different - see full timetable

Depart Val Thorens034507000815144515401615
Depart Moûtiers 0500 0830 0945 1555 1730 1730
Arrive Geneva 0700 1040 1210 1800 1950 1950

See full 2016/17 Geneva-Val Thorens timetable.

Booking and prices

Book on the Altibus website

2016/17 prices Adult single Adult return Child single Child return Group single Group return
Online
Saturday
€68 €115 €34 €57.50 €59 €100
Online
Sunday to Friday
€85 €144 €42.50 €72 €73 €124
At the airport/in resort
Saturday
€70.50 €118 €35.25 €59 €62 €103.50
At the airport/in resort
Sunday to Friday
€88 €148 €44 €74 €75 €127.50

Children are 4-12 years old; a group is four or more adults travelling together.

Val Thorens public buses: buses to Val Thorens from Lyon airport

Val Thorens public buses: Ben's Bus to Val Thorens from Lyon airport

Ben's Bus airport transfers to Val Thorens

Ben's Bus run buses from Lyon airport to Val Thorens, on Fridays from 23rd December 2016 to 7th April 2017, on Saturdays from 17th December 2016 to 8th April 2017, and on Sundays from 18th December 2016 to 2nd April 2017 (but not on Christmas Day). There's also a special service to Val Thorens on Monday 26th December 2016, and back from Val Thorens on Monday 2nd January 2017. 

The rates are £62.50 single, and £85.60-£97.80 return (exact rate depends on group size). There are also discounts for children under 12 (35% discount) and young people under 26 (13.5% discount).

Val Thorens public buses: AltiBus to Val Thorens from Lyon airport

There are buses from Lyon St Exupéry airport to Val Thorens, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Most services involve a change at Moutiers, but there are some direct services to Les Menuires/Val Thorens on Saturdays. Services start on Friday 16th December 2016, and run to Saturday 8th April 2017. 

Lyon - Val Thorens

The table below shows the departure times. The arrival times are not provided by the bus company, but it generally takes 2 hours to Moutiers (where you may have to change buses), plus a further 1h15 to Val Thorens.

Departure times from Lyon St Exupery airport

Friday 1135 1635
Saturday 1015 1120 1530 1845
Sunday 1120 1535

Val Thorens - Lyon

You have to confirm your return 48 hours beforehand at the bus station in place des Arolles, and at that point, you're given an exact departure time. The table below shows the times given by the bus company for arrival at Lyon. 

Arrival times at Lyon St Exupery airport

Friday 0920 1330
Saturday 0750 0900 1230 1730
Sunday 0815 1330

See the full 2016/17 Lyon-Val Thorens timetable

Booking and prices

Book on the Altibus website or the Satobus website

The 2016/17 rate is €73 adult single, €115 adult return. (Children 4-11 years €63 return, children under 4 years free; young persons 12-24 years €94 return). Prices are shown on the timetable

Val Thorens public buses: buses to Val Thorens from Chambéry airport

Val Thorens public buses: AltiBus to Val Thorens from Chambéry airport

The details below are for winter 2015/16, and will be updated for 2016/17 when the new timetable and prices are available. Scheduled buses run from Chambéry airport to Val Thorens, on Saturdays and Sundays, from Saturday 19th December 2015 (to Val Thorens only on 19th & 20th December) to Saturday 26th March 2016.

Chambéry - Val Thorens

The timetable below shows the times from Chambéry to Val Thorens.

Chambéry Moutiers Val Thorens
Saturday 1100 1215 (leave 1245) 1400
1400 1515 (leave 1530) 1645
1545 1700 (leave 1715) 1830
1710 1825 (leave 1830) 1945
Sunday 1200 1315 (leave 1330) 1445

Val Thorens - Chambéry

The table below shows the times from Val Thorens to Chambéry. 

Val Thorens Moutiers Chambéry
Saturday 0525 0640 (leave 0645) 0810
0730 0845 (leave 0915) 1040
0915 1030 (leave 1040) 1205
1045 1200 (leave 1220) 1400
Sunday 0640 0755 (leave 0810) 0925

See the full 2015/16 Chambéry-Val Thorens timetable.

Booking and prices

The price is €37 adult single, €61.70 adult return, or €55.50 group adult return, for a group of four people or more. Prices are shown on the timetable.

Book on the Transavoie website. For further information, call 00 33 479 68 32 96.

Val Thorens public buses: buses to Val Thorens from Grenoble airport

Ben's Bus airport transfers to Val Thorens

Ben's Bus run a weekend service from Grenoble airport to Val Thorens, on Saturdays from 10th December 2016 to 15th April 2017, and on Sundays from 18th December 2016 to 2nd April 2017. There's no bus on Christmas Day (Sunday 25th December 2016), but there are extra services from Grenoble to Moutiers on 26th & 27th December 2016, and from Moutiers to Grenoble on 2nd & 3rd January 2017. For the bus times, you have to enter your flight details on the Ben's Bus website.

Price £40.95-£46.80 adult single, £74.20-£84.80 adult return. The applicable rate depends on group size. 10% discount for under 12s. £5.50 surcharge on Sundays.

Have a good journey on one of the Val Thorens public buses.

Val Thorens travel: transfers

Cool Runnings transfers to Val Thorens

If you need a transfer to Val Thorens, from an airport or train station, we have information and contact details for transfer companies and taxis. 

Cool Runnings is the only British transfer company based in Val Thorens, and we recommend them for transfers. We also have contact details for many other transfer companies, and a full list of taxis in the Belleville Valley. There are links, too, to car hire companies, should you decide to hire a car at an airport or railway station, and drive to Val Thorens.

Read more on our Val Thorens transfers page.

Val Thorens travel: resort shuttle

Val Thorens resort shuttle

Val Thorens has a free resort shuttle bus, which runs from 8am to 8pm every day during the winter season. There are two loops - one up from the place des Arolles, serving the upper part of resort, and one down, serving the lower part of the resort. 

There are also a small number of free shuttles between Val Thorens and Les Menuires, for walkers and cross-country skiers. 

We have the exact route and full timetable for the free resort shuttle bus on our Val Thorens resort shuttle bus page.

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