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How To Get To Avoriaz
All You Need To Know About Getting To Avoriaz
If you’re booking your next French ski trip and deciding on a destination that promises a great ski experience and isn’t too complicated to get to, then Avoriaz is a great choice.
The award-winning, family-friendly resort, set in the heart of the Portes du Soleil region, offers fabulous ski and snowboard conditions, access to the 12 ski resorts that make up Portes du Soleil, and it’s easily accessible via air, road and rail.
If you’re coming for the winter ski season you have the question of how do you arrive with skis, equipment, and ski gear? Do you pack it all up in the car, pay for excess ski luggage on a flight, or carry it with you on a train?
Luckily you have the luxury of choosing any of those three and more, for your ski holiday in Avoriaz. Let’s take a look at the options of how to get here.
Flights To Avoriaz
There are four airports close to Avoriaz
Geneva, Switzerland: 101 kms and 1h40 mins
Chambery, Switzerland: 147 kms and 2hrs
Lyon, France: 223 kms and 2hrs 38 mins
Grenoble, France: 226 kms and 2hrs 39 mins
Geneva is the closest and most accessible airport, with plenty of flights coming from the UK and other European cities. So, if you are able to get good priced flights from your base to Geneva, this will be the best flight option for you. You are spoilt for choice with airlines, as EasyJet, FlyBe, Jet2, RyanAir, Lufthansa, and British Airways, are just a few of the many airlines that fly into Geneva.
The next closest airport of Chambery also offers good access, and its where most of the package tour operators fly into (although they also use Grenoble). However, there are less flight options available if you are travelling independently.
If you are booking a summer holiday to the French Alps, you will only have the choice of Geneva and Lyon airports to fly into.
If flying to Avoriaz is your choice, then we highly recommend that you research the excess ski baggage costs across the different airlines before you book. And don’t forget to give yourself some extra time to get your equipment checked in, and finally make sure you check if there is a separate excess baggage pick-up point on arrival.
Connecting Transport From Airport To Avoriaz Resort
From there you can either hire a car, catch the transfer shuttle bus, or grab a private taxi. And as Avoriaz is a pedestrian-free resort, if you hire a car you’ll need to leave it in one of the car parks available outside of the village. Taxis and shuttle buses stop below the resort and you will catch the Prodains cable car up to Avoriaz.
Trains To Avoriaz
There are two train stations within easy distance to Avoriaz:
International trains will come into Paris on the Eurostar from London or Kent, and from there you catch a connecting TGV train to Cluses via Bellegarde (Switzerland), which takes around 4.5 hours. There is an overnight option also available every night during the winter ski season and takes approximately 7.5 hours.
The alternative is to take an international train into Lyon Part-dieu and catch the connecting train to Cluses from there.
If you prefer to arrive to Thonon-les-bains, you will travel into Paris and catch the connecting train to Bellegarde, and a final connection on to Thonon-les-bains. From start to finish from the UK, this route can take you around 8-9 hours.
This is definitely a much longer travel time, compared to flying, but you get to see the beautiful French and Swiss landscapes, plus there is no excess charge for your equipment. If you have time, taking the train is a good option.
Buses To Avoriaz
Avoriaz Station is where you need to aim for if you are considering connecting to the resort via public bus transport.
The closest main public bus station to Avoriaz is in Geneva (Gare Routiere). There is a decent timetable from here to Avoriaz via Cluses or Thonon, and also from Geneva airport. This is a super cheap way of getting a connection to Avoriaz, but it does take longer - around 1 hr to Thonon (line T71) and then another hour to get to Avoriaz (line 91).
The alternative is to catch the bus from Geneva airport to Cluses (line T74) and then a connecting bus to Morzine, which will add another 50 minutes to your journey. Then you catch the local shuttle bus to the Prodains cable car.
If you are arriving with ski equipment and children, using the public bus system can be more hassle than its worth. You have to weigh up the cost saving vs. difficulty and time factors.
Driving To Avoriaz
If you want your ski holiday to be more than just a ski holiday, then driving to Avoriaz is a good option. Giving you the flexibility to head off and visit the region during your stay. The accessibility is good in terms of arriving to Avoriaz and obviously you can bring your ski equipment for free. However, don’t forget that during the winter months, snow conditions can make driving a very hazardous option.
The autoroutes (motorways) in France are paid toll roads, which you can pay by cash or credit card. The cost depends on the type of vehicle and the stretch of road that you are on.
If you do decide to drive then we advise fitting snow chains and snow tyres; keep your speed to a minimum and always stay in high gears.
Once you arrive to Avoriaz there are car parks on the outskirts of town where you can park the car, and catch a sleigh into town.
If you do want to venture out during your stay another alternative is to fly or catch the train and hire a car from the airport or station.
Long Distance Coaches To Avoriaz
Jumping on a long distance coach is another alternative if you are not in a hurry and don’t mind adding an extra couple of days to your journey. There are international coach companies that drive into Geneva, Cluses and Annecy. From there you can catch a connecting taxi, shuttle bus or public bus. The benefit of taking a coach is that you have no check-in and waiting around for your ski equipment.
Finally, if you’re travelling from the UK or another European port town, then you might consider catching a cross-channel ferry, and then jumping on the train or coach from there.
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