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How to Get to Verbier

Discover the top ways to get to Verbier

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It's really easy to get to Verbier from all around the world and that's because the ski area is located just 160km from Geneva international airport, the second-largest airport in Switzerland (about 2 hours on a good day). Flying isn't your only option, though, you can always drive here and there are also trains and coaches available.

Feeling spoiled for choice? That's because you are! However, this also means that there's more than one option to consider when deciding how to come here, and that's what we're here for. We've written the complete guide of the best options to travel to Verbier. Let us help you figure out what's the perfect choice for you!

Top 4 ways to get to Verbier

Verbier is located in southwest Switzerland, in the canton of Valais, part of the country's French-speaking area. The ski area is at the heart of the 4 Vallées, the largest ski resort in Switzerland and one of the biggest in Europe.

What’s the best way to get to Verbier?
We're not just going to give you one way to come to Verbier but four. Here they are in order of preference with what we think are their main pros and cons:

1. Flying to Geneva + Airport transfer
In our experience, the best way to get to Verbier is to fly to Geneva and then get an airport transfer.

  • Pros: Fast – you just can't beat flying for pure speed! Geneva airport also offers the greatest selection of airlines, most frequent flight times and lowest prices, while airport transfers are the fastest way to reach the ski area – you’ll be at your accommodation’s doorstep in 2 hours.
  • Cons: Carbon footprint – to be honest, we feel a bit bad about flying these days. You can make up for some of this by not hiring a car and opting for an airport transfer instead. More and more transfer companies are trying to offset their emissions and electric transfer vehicles are becoming a common sight on Alpine roads.

2. Train
High-speed trains from Geneva stop at Le Châble, only 10 minutes from the centre of Verbier. From here, you can make connections to Paris and London among other European cities.

  • Pros: Eco-friendly & comfortable – carbon footprint can be reduced by as much as 90% when travelling by train. Trains also have more legroom, so you'll be able to relax while you enjoy the everchanging scenery and even take a stroll along the aisles or visit the onboard café.
  • Cons: Speed – travelling by train takes longer than flying for more or less the same amount of money. However, you'll catch up some of the time as you won't have to wait at the airport.

3. Driving
The extensive network of European motorways makes it easy to come to Verbier by car.

  • Pros: Convenience – you'll have a car to move around resort and even visit neighbouring ski areas.
  • Cons: Time-consuming & challenging driving conditions – it can take quite long to reach the Alps and you may have to split your journey into more than one day. You'll also have to be ready and equipped to drive on the snow or in inclement weather conditions. Plus, parking in resort or at the foot of the slopes may be difficult during peak season and you'll have to consider the impact of your car's emissions on the valley's environment.

4. Coach or long-distance bus
It's possible to get to Verbier on a coach or long-distance bus, although it's probably our least favourite option.

  • Pros: Price – coming to Verbier by coach is usually the cheapest alternative (although this isn't always the case). Plus, coaches are more environmentally friendly than flying, releasing 7 times less CO2 per person. Buses are also quite sociable so you may get the chance to make new friends before you set foot on the slopes.
  • Cons: Less comfortable & more time-consuming – it can take up to 20 hours to reach Verbier and buses aren't the most comfortable places to sleep on... you'll be quite exhausted when you reach the pistes!

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Flying to Verbier

Our experience has taught us that flying is the most convenient way to travel to Verbier – it’s faster, easier and sometimes cheaper than any other means of transport.

Which airports are near Verbier?
At a glance, these are the main travel hubs for Verbier. Times and distances are approximate and can be affected by snow, bad weather or peak holiday times:

Nearest Airports to Verbier | Times & Distances
Geneva Airport 160km 2h
Zurich Airport 280km 3h30
Sion Airport 54km 45min

Where do you fly to for Verbier?
Geneva is the nearest airport to Verbier. It offers frequent flights to and from many European destinations, including cities all around the UK, as well as capitals in America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Flight times to Geneva airport from most cities in Europe are under 2 hours, with London just 1 hour 40 minutes away and Paris even closer, at 1 hour 10 minutes.

Below is a list of European flight destinations to and from Geneva airport. Bear in mind that some international flights may only be available during the high season, while their frequency may increase during the winter months, from December to March-April.

Geneva Airport | Direct Flight Destinations & Airlines
UK & Ireland Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham & Southampton Aer Lingus, British Airways, Easyjet, Flybe, Jet2.com, Swiss
Northern & Central Europe Austria (Vienna), Belgium (Brussels), Denmark (Copenhagen), Finland (Helsinki), France (Ajaccio, Bastia, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Calvi, Figari, La Rochelle, Lille, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Rennes & Toulouse), Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg & Munich), Latvia (Riga), Luxembourg, Netherlands (Amsterdam), Norway (Oslo), Sweden (Stockholm & Goteborg), Switzerland (Zurich) AirBaltic, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Easyjet, Eurowings, Finnair, KLM, Lufthansa, Luxair,Norwegian, SAS, Swiss, Transavia
Southern Europe Greece (Athens, Heraklion & Kalamata), Italy (Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Milan, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Rome & Venice), Portugal (Faro, Lisbon & Porto), Spain (Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, Tenerife & Valencia) Aegean, Alitalia, Easyjet, Iberia, Swiss, TAP, Vueling
Eastern Europe Albania (Tirana), Belarus (Minsk), Bulgaria (Sofia), Czech Republic (Prague), Hungary (Budapest), Poland (Krakow & Warsaw), Romania (Bucharest), Russia (Moscow & St Petersburg), Serbia (Belgrade & Pristina), Ukraine (Kyiv) Aeroflot, Belavia, Easyjet, LOT, Swiss, UIA, WizzAir

Geneva airport also offers direct flights to and from America (US and Canada), Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco and Tunisia), Asia (China) and the Middle East (Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Turkey, Qatar and UAE).

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Airports for Verbier

Getting from the airport to Verbier

Geneva airport is just 160km away from the centre of Verbier. There are several ways to make the trip, including airport transfers, regular buses and even trains.

How do you get from Geneva airport to Verbier?
The easiest and fastest way to get to Verbier is to book an airport transfer. The Geneva to Verbier transfer time is around 2 hours but will be longer on snowy days and in peak weeks, such as Christmas, New Year, school holidays and Easter. Learn more on our Transfers Guide page.

If you're travelling during the weekend, the Verbier Express train connects Geneva airport and Le Châble, the closest train station to Verbier, twice per day on Saturdays and Sundays. See our Train Travel guide for more information.

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Transfer Options for Verbier

Trains to Verbier

Travelling to Verbier by train is very easy. It's also a great option when considering the impact of our journey on the environment, as it's been proved to be more eco-friendly than flying. Trains also allow you to carry more luggage without additional charges.

How do you get to Verbier by train?
There is a train station right at the foot of the Verbier Valley, in Le Châble, only 10 minutes by lift from the resort centre. Trains to and from Geneva and Martigny stop here, from where you can reach London, Zurich and Paris. We've compiled a very comprehensive guide with all you need to know to get to Verbier by train.

Trains in Verbier

Driving to Verbier

Bringing your own vehicle with you to Verbier is a good choice if you want to have more flexibility once you’re here, even if you don't really need a car in winter to get around resort thanks to the free shuttle buses.

How do you get from the UK to Verbier by car?
It's not a short trip from the UK to Verbier but it can be done in one or two days, depending on where you leave from. Most people driving from the UK to mainland Europe will need to cross the English Channel from Dover to Calais, which is the nearest French town.

You can cross the Channel by the Eurotunnel, with fares starting at £85 per car each way, or a cross-Channel ferry which takes cars from Dover to Calais in around 90 minutes with one-way tickets starting at £50 per car. We recommend you book them in advance. There are also ferries from Portsmouth and Poole to Caen, Cherbourg and St. Malo, in the north of France, while from Hull you can travel by ferry to Zeebrugge in Belgium and then make your way down to Verbier.

The Calais to Verbier driving time is around 9 hours for a distance of 850km. The most direct route makes use of the network of French motorways (A26, A5, A31, A39 and N5) and then crosses the border into Switzerland just north of Lake Leman. After entering the country, Swiss motorways will take you to Martigny via Lausanne, from where you can make your way up to Verbier. French tolls cost around €60 each way while, to drive on Swiss motorways, you'll need to purchase a 'vignette' at the border which costs CHF 40 and is valid for the current year.

Another thing to take into consideration when bringing your car to Verbier is that the road on the way up to resort from Le Châble is around 10km long and quite winding in places. Although snow clearers operate every day in winter, conditions can be hard to drive in and you may need snow chains. Read our Driving to Verbier guide and find more information on our Parking in Verbier page once you’ve arrived.

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Driving to Verbier

Coaches & long-distance buses to Verbier

There are a number of international coach companies that travel between the largest cities in Europe and Geneva or Lausanne, including Eurolines, BlaBlaBus and RegioJet. To get from Geneva and Lausanne to Verbier, you'll only need to hop on a train – take a look at our Train Travel guide for more information.

Are there any regular coach services from the UK to Verbier
Yes! There are no regular coach services from the UK to Geneva or Lausanne so you'll need to change buses in Paris. The London Victoria to Geneva or Lausanne (via Paris) coach travel time is around 18 to 20 hours and one-way tickets start at €45 per person. These coaches are run by Flixbus and BlaBlaBus several times per day throughout the year. From Geneva or Lausanne, you’ll have to take a train or a transfer to Verbier.

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Bringing your skis, snowboard or bike to Verbier

Airlines, trains and transfer companies are well versed in catering for customers who travel with their own sports equipment. Each company will have its own individual policy terms and conditions depending on the type of gear you are transporting so it’s well worth checking the details in advance. Here's a snapshot of the different transport options and a guide to their restrictions:

How to bring your sports gear to Verbier by plane
Most airlines charge a fee for taking skis, snowboards, bikes, golf clubs, parachutes and mountaineering equipment on board, so check before you book. However, a few airlines, such as Swiss, will fly the first set of skis or snowboard for free. Also, make sure you pack your gear well and ensure it falls within the packaging guidelines specified by the carrier.

How to bring your sports equipment to Verbier by train
On Eurostar ski trains, you can take one pair of skis or one snowboard onboard for free with you, in addition to your standard two-bag luggage allowance. Skis are also allowed for free in TGV trains. Bikes can be transported in special luggage carriages or on board when disassembled and stored in a carrying case in French trains, although fees may apply so check before you book.

Can you bring skis, snowboards or bikes with you in airport transfers?
Shuttle buses are usually well equipped to transport sports equipment but it’s always important to let them know exactly what you’re bringing so that they can ensure they have sufficient capacity. Sports equipment may be subject to a surcharge, please ask when booking.