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Val Thorens resort shuttle

Free resort shuttle bus in Val Thorens

There's a free resort shuttle bus in Val Thorens. It can be useful, for example for getting to ski school with small children or beginners, or for getting home when you're tired after a day's skiing. As well as the service around resort, free buses go down to parkings P3 and P4, and there are five services a day to Les Menuires and Saint-Martin-de-Belleville for walkers and cross-country skiers. Read about the Val Thorens resort shuttle here.

Val Thorens resort shuttle: winter timetable

Place des Arolles, Val Thorens

The free Val Thorens resort shuttle bus runs from 8.05am to 8pm each day in winter, with buses every 20 minutes. It covers the whole of Val Thorens. Buses start from the bus station (gare routiere) at place des Arolles. There are two circuits (shown on a diagramatic map on the resort shuttle timetable):

Circuit de la Boucle

This bus goes up from the bus station, to the Maison de Val Thorens (tourist office), the church, place Péclet, rue de Gébroulaz, parking P0, Les Balcons, and back to the bus station.

Circuit du Soleil

Montana free shuttle bus stop, Val Thorens

This bus goes from the bus station down the rue du Soleil, to Montagnettes du Soleil, Village Montana, Temples du Soleil, parking P2, and the Altapura, then back up to the bus station via the Hameau du Kashmir. 

This is the 2018/19 Val Thorens resort shuttle timetable.

Val Thorens resort shuttle: services to parking P3 (UCPA) and parking P4

There's a free shuttle bus from the bus station in Val Thorens to parking P3 (UCPA), and back up, from 8th December 2018 to 22nd April 2019. There are twelve buses per day from Sunday to Friday, and twenty-four buses on Saturdays. The service operates from 0830 (0800 on Saturdays) to 2000. See the timetable for full details.

There are free buses from the bus station in Val Thorens to parking P4, every 30 minutes on Friday afternoons from 1500 to 2000, Saturdays from 0615 to 2215, and Sundays from 0830 to 2000.

Val Thorens resort shuttle: to Les Menuires and Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

Les Menuires & Vallée des Belleville
Les Menuires & the Belleville Valley, ©ValThorensGuide

From 16th December 2018 to 22nd April 2019, there are five free shuttles a day (every day except Saturday) from Val Thorens to Les Menuires, for walkers and cross-country skiers, and five a day in the opposite direction (see timetable). The shuttles continue to St-Martin-de-Belleville (buses open to anyone between Les Menuires and Saint-Martin). 

These are the times of the service:

Val Thorens to Saint-Martin
Val Thorens place des Arolles 0925 1210 1350 1710 1815
Les Menuires Gare Routière 0945 1230 1410 1730 1835
Saint-Martin-de-Belleville place de la Mairie 1010 1255 1435 1755 1900

Saint-Martin to Val Thorens
Saint-Martin-de-Belleville place de la Mairie 0835 0930 1300 1445 1715
Les Menuires Gare Routière 0900 0955 1325 1510 1740
Val Thorens place des Arolles 0920 1015 1345 1530 1800

Val Thorens travel: transfers

Cool Runnings transfers to Val Thorens

If you need a transfer to Val Thorens, from an airport or train station, check the details of transfer companies and taxis. 

Read more on our Val Thorens transfers page.

Val Thorens travel: public buses

Buses in Val Thorens

Find the timetables for the public bus to Val Thorens from Geneva, Lyon, Chambéry, and Grenoble airports, as well as Moûtiers train and bus stations. Details of Ben's Bus, the Altibus, and other services, plus prices. The websites of the local French companies operating these buses to Val Thorens - Transavoie, Altibus, Alpski, and Satobus - are not always especially clear, and it's not necessarily easy to find the information you need. We set out the details of the services clearly.

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