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Flying to Verbier

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If getting to Verbier quickly is a priority, flying is really the only option, with a speedy train transfer at the other end, or perhaps a private minibus transfer all the way from the airport.

If it were used more readily by UK airlines, the most convenient airport for the Four Valleys would certainly be Sion airport (a short 45-minute drive away), but at present we are not aware of any operators flying there from the UK (the last was SnowJet, which flew there from Stansted, but closed this route a few years ago). It’s worth checking for yourself though!

Geneva airport

Geneva airport is currently by far the most convenient for travelling to Verbier, and gives a transfer time of round 1hr 45mins by car/minibus, or slightly longer if travelling by train to Martigny and then taking the train to the village via Le Châble. There are a number of airlines that fly to Geneva from the UK, including British Airways, Swiss Air, EasyJet and others. Lufthansa flies to Geneva from London City Airport.

Hiring a car at Geneva Airport
Hiring a car can be a good idea if you plan to move around the Four Valleys at all, or just want the flexibility of having your own wheels. Avis, Europcar, Alamo/National and Hertz all operate at Geneva Airport. They are located about 50m to your right when entering the Arrivals hall.

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If you have hired a car in advance, be sure your know which side you’re picking it up from. There are car hire areas on both the French and Swiss sides.

Trains from Geneva Airport to Martigny
A convenient way of getting to Verbier from Geneva airport is the train. Trains are operated by the SBB Swiss Rail company, and the journey (as far as Martigny) is around 1hr 35mins long. There are two trains per hour during the day, and the train station is within Geneva airport, only 100m from the Arrivals hall. The journey allows you to stretch your legs and watch the North shores of Lake Geneva glide by. An adult return fare is approximately 95CHF (approx. £60-£70) and child discounts apply – you can pre-purchase your tickets now online, or wait until you are in the Airport station.

Taxis are available at Martigny train station to drive you the last 25 minutes up the mountain to Verbier, or you could connect with one of the smaller trains that head up to Le Châble where you can take the bubble up to the resort (perhaps not entirely enjoyable when carrying luggage and skis, and with a tired family in tow). Taxis generally cost around around 80CHF (roughly £50-£60), and buses also travel to Verbier from Martigny station – timetables are displayed at the station.

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If you are flying to Geneva and have a lot of heavy bags with you, it would be handy if you have a 2CHF or €2 coin (they’re roughly the same size) with you. You will need one to free up a baggage trolley within the Arrivals Hall in order to move your bags from the carousel to the train station or car hire area.

Other airports

If you can’t fly to Geneva then your next closest options are Turin (2hrs 35mins by road), Grenoble (3hrs 20mins by road), Zurich (3hrs 10mins by road) or Lyon (3hrs 25mins by road). If you plump for any of these other than Zurich, don’t forget that France and Italy use the Euro so make sure you have some Euros on you in case you need to purchase anything at the airport or en route (Swiss Francs are accepted at Geneva airport).

Taxi and Minibus transfers

You needn’t take a train or hire a car, of course. If you prefer, a number of transfer companies specialise in airport transfers to Verbier and other villages from Geneva and other airports. We cannot list them all here, but we are happy to recommend Alpy Bus for an efficient, reasonably priced option.