About Transfers to Avoriaz
There are several ways to get to Avoriaz from the airports, or the train and bus stations in Geneva, Thonon or Cluses. The most popular way is to arrange a transfer - either a shared minibus or a private taxi or minibus.
There are many companies that offer airport transfers and you will need to book your seats in advance.
You may also want to take a look at our Getting Here Guide for more information.
Airport transfers & shuttles
In the winter season, you are most likely to fly into one of four airports - Geneva, Chambery, Lyon or Grenoble. In summer, flights only operate to Geneva and Lyon. Most transfers from these airports to Avoriaz are offered on a shared basis and you can also book private transfers by taxi or minibus.
You should always try to book your transfers in advance as you cannot guarantee picking up one at the airport and some companies strictly forbid their drivers from doing this. You can do this easily and quickly online from the transfer companies websites.
Here are the approximate transfer times and distances to Avoriaz from these airports:
|Geneva Airport||Chambery Airport||Lyon Airport||Grenoble Airport|
|Time||1.45 hours||2 hours||3 hours||3 hours|
|Distance & Maps||102 km||147 km||223 km||227 km|
These times are only approximate and can be affected by snow, adverse weather or lots of traffic during peak holiday times.
Below are approximate transfer costs comparisons between the various airports and resort:
Prices are approximate per person and for return shared transfers based on an 8 person minibus.
Alternatively you can choose to take one of the public buses via Thonon or Cluses and on to Avoriaz (see more on buses below).
Private taxis & transfers
It is possible to pick up a private taxi in one of the ranks found immediately outside the airport. Prices to resort should be negotiated before setting off. For more than 4 people the cost will obviously be higher for a larger vehicle but probably cheaper per person. Even though you agree a price beforehand, the driver is obliged to keep the meter running and may not charge more than the price shown (except for surcharges and motorway tolls etc). Take a look at our taxis page.
There are a number of private companies that offer door-to-resort minibus Avoriaz transfers from most airports in the region. With all of them you have the option of booking either a private Avoriaz transfer where the minibus is booked for your group only, or taking a more economical "shared" minibus, where up to 8 people arriving around the same time travel to resort together. All the drivers will speak English.
Often if you are a large family or group with 5 or more people then a private transfer will be the cheapest and quickest option. With more space than a normal car taxi and door to door service this is certainly worth investigating before you book anything else.
Hiring a car from the airport to Avoriaz can be beneficial if you can't easily find transfers for the flight times you have chosen, plus it gives you a lot more freedom whilst you're here and the chance to visit neighbouring resorts (Morzine or Chamonix for example) and other villages.
Using public transport can help keep the costs down on your trip to Avoriaz, however it can take considerably longer and you may need to make a few different connections to get to resort.
The closest train stations to Avoriaz are at Cluses and Thonon-les-bains. Use the SNCF Trains website to plan your connections. The public bus will then connect you to Avoriaz or the Prodains Cable Car which you get on to take you the final stage up into resort - take a look at our Bus Services page for bus and coach timetables.
Also see: Bus Services in Avoriaz
Getting to Morzine and Les Gets from Avoriaz, if you're not using the ski lifts, involves taking the Prodains Cable Car back down and then connecting with the local bus network or transfer companies and taxis.
If you're heading further afield, it's a good idea to head back to the nearest airport, which may take you a bit out of your way geographically, but you'll find more transfer options from there. Airport transfer companies and Tour Operators run regular transfers to and from the airport (especially at the weekend) and they sometimes have spare seats that you can purchase from them. Once at the airport, the idea is to co-ordinate with an onward transfer to the resort of your choice – either with the same tour operator or transfer company. As the majority of people travel on Saturday or Sunday, the weekend is your best chance of bagging an inter-resort transfer; mid-week or out of season travel is likely to be complicated and potentially expensive. You should enquire directly with the operators in resort about availability but they may not be able to confirm your place until the last minute as priority will go to their “package” clients.
Also see: Bus Services in Avoriaz