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Getting from Geneva to Val Thorens?

Anyone from France/Switzerland, or that has already gone there, happens to know what is the best/cheapest way to go from Geneve to Val Thorens?

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There's a suttle bus service from Geneva Airport to Val Thorens. You find prices and timetables here: Alpski Bus | Aeroski Tarentaise by Altibus

If you want to rent a car, Car Rental in Italy, Germany, Spain, France & worldwide - Europcar is the cheapest I know of. Be sure to compare the rates with europcar.ch. Same company, same pickup place but different currency... not all companies adjusted for the strong Swiss Franc vs. cheap Euro.

Or you look for a ride over here Covoiturage Gratuit | N1 en Europe | carpooling.fr and Mitfahrzentrale Schweiz | mitfahrgelegenheit.ch

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Wow! That's a lot of information! Thank you very much!

One last question: I'm not used to driving on snow. I've done it just once. How hard is that drive do Val Tho?
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Wow! That's a lot of information! Thank you very much!

One last question: I'm not used to driving on snow. I've done it just once. How hard is that drive do Val Tho?
No clue, never been there.
You won't find snow on the streets from Geneva to the border (Geneva is down in the "flats") and on the French highways. But I don't know, how good the French clear their streets from snow if you get higher to the mountains... In Switzerland, the main streets to the resorts will be cleared, only of you need to get on small tracks e.g. to reach a cabin outside of the town you'll have to drive on snow. Or if there's a storm . Anyway, with good snow tires this won't be a problem. Ask for snow chains as a back up if you need to get off the main streets (we got plenty of funny German and Dutch comming without snow chains and get stuck on the steep tracks outside of our resort ). If insecure, rent a 4x4. And drive slowly.

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Imagining the scene of them getting stuck with no chains or snow tires, and loling over here! Definitely don`t want to join the stuck on snowy streets group!

Well, maybe 4 people together will make it cheaper by renting a car.. I`ll take a criterious look on prices later.

Thanks a lot for the tips!
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If you're not used to driving in the snow, I wouldn't recommend hiring a car. I did a trip in January, where our group of friends were pushing me to hire a car. After speaking to someone who has done many trips to the alps, he advised to rather get a bus.

I must say his advice paid off, had a relaxing trip to the resort, La Plagne, when we arrived there our friends looked stressed and said they would never drive on those roads again. Unfortunately for them they had to drive back a week later.

Cost wise, for two of us our transfers were approximately the same price as car hire, with 4 people the car hire would be cheaper, but also take into account how much baggage and gear(boards etc if you have) the vehicle can carry.
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