Travel

Travel

Within The 3 Valleys

There is a free shuttle bus available between La Tania and Courchevel, taking approximately thirty minutes and stopping at Le Praz, Courchevel 1550, 1650 and 1850. The first bus leaves La Tania at 9.10am and the last bus to leave Courchevel 1850 is at 23.40pm. There are helpful local taxis and a regular bus service which runs between Moutiers and Courchevel 1850.

Timetables and information on taxi firms can be found in the tourist office in La Tania village.

By Car

Reaching La Tania by car is easy from the UK or mainland Europe. Journey times vary depending on routes, pace of travel and the time you are travelling. Through mainland France, the fastest and most direct route is by the French ‘péage’ auto route. Approximate times and costs from Calais one way are: time – 8 hours 48 minutes, distance – 595 miles (505 on motorways), toll costs – £39.19 and petrol – £73.85 (note this is likely to change with petrol prices being so erratic!) Contact us if you need details of hotels or accommodation en-route.

(Speed limits on motorways are 130km/hr or 110km/hr in rain and 50km/hr in towns. It is highly recommended to bring snow chains or to use snow tyres during the winter months and remember even a fully comprehensive UK insurance only covers you for third party insurance when driving in France. Note it is compulsory to have GB stickers and headlamp converters and as of July 2008 to also carry both a warning triangle and high visability vests. We’d also recommend bringing your own food with you for the journey, as despite numerous petrol/toilet stops along the way, the food is generally somewhat questionable! However despite all this, driving avoids the extra hassle of luggage restrictions, flight delays, airport parking fees, transfers etc and allows for ‘wine runs’ on the way home!)

(If you are driving, keep an eye out for a speed trap on the new Geneva – Annecy road hidden in a black hatchback parked about 3km north of the tunnel!)

We recommend using route planner for detailed directions and a map to La Tania, France. (Set the destination as La Tania and the postcode as 73125).

Before you arrive at the centre of La Tania, look out for a left turn into the bus and car park – take this road and follow it around the one-way system, going under the cable car.

  • For Chalet Chabirusse, look out for Chalet Hanneke on your left and Chabirusse is just after on your right, overlooking the village.
  • For Chalet Hotel La Tania, look out for Chalet Hanneke, turn left in front of it and then take the first right to the chalets. Chalet Hotel La Tania is in front of Félicie and Philippine.

By EuroTunnel

Crossings take approximately 30 minutes, with an additional 30 minute check in wait. Costs are typically above £100. Bookings can be made at EuroTunnel.

By Ferry

Ferries tend to run throughout the day. Journey times are slightly longer than by eurotunnel and still require a 30 minute advance check in. Bookings can be made at Sea France or P&O Ferries.

By Train

The legendary Snow Train will not be running in 2010 apparently due to the economic climate, so no more disco carriage!

The Eurostar will still be running to Moûtiers from London St Pancras on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings during the ski season, giving you maximum time on the slopes. Return trains leave Saturday mornings and afternoons. Travel outside of the ski reason will require a change in Paris.

Prices are approximately £200-£260 per person return. Make sure you book the Eurostar early at busy times to avoid disappointment.

By Aeroplane

The closest airports to the Three Valleys include Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble, Lyon and St Etienne. Approximate transfer times by car are Geneva-3 hours, Chambery-1 1/2 hours, Grenoble-2 hours, Lyon-2 hours and St. Etienne-4 hours. For details and costs on getting to & from the airport, please see our Airport Transfers page.

There are regular flights from an extensive range of cheap(ish) airlines, although some only fly in peak winter seasons.

Check out Easy JetJet 2BMI BabyFlybe and cheapflights for the best deals. Note that British Airways is now following the lead of other budget airlines and charging for ski carriage.