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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: GENEVA TRANSFERS WINTER 2021/2022

Due to discriminatory employment rules being put in place regarding non-Swiss private transfer drivers to Geneva Airport by the local Geneva City Canton (council) there will be a lot less availability this Winter for minibus transfers. These rules go well beyond the Brexit issues of have EU passports or work permits but also include for example a 5 year history of employment on French contracts driving to Geneva Airport and permits may only be granted for 90 days anyway (less than the ski season).

Many transfer operators have reduced their fleets and shared services to Geneva in particular - add in the Brexit issues and the pandemic financial strain, some have packed in all together. With rolled over holidays from last year (and even the year before) and the pent up demand it does look like there will be a shortage of private transfers from Geneva this Winter.

We also noticed that car hire prices at Geneva have risen steeply too - although they do fluctuate wildly with demand during the season. A quick check in October 2021 on a very average week of 8th to 15th January 2022 (Sat to Sat) for the cheapest, smallest car they do via the Carrentals.co.uk price comparison site:
 
Geneva Swiss Side: £538
Geneva French Side £332
Lyon (for comparison) £122
 
So unless some common sense prevails this will be welcome news to Lyon, Chambéry & Grenoble airports which are unaffected by this particular work permit / transfer licence issue.
 
There are of course official scheduled bus and rail options available from Geneva but no additional capacity has been advertised. For example on a normal Saturday the Altibus has 7 services to La Tania, 4 on a Sunday and 3 on a week day - all require a change in Moûtiers and drop you in the centre of resort, not at the door (and they still charge €149 return).

 

 

The Airports

Usually you're going to arrive in either Geneva Airport, Lyon Airport, Chambéry Airport or Grenoble Airport (and of course there's the Eurostar or SNCF to Moûtiers Railway Station).
 
Turin Airport at 3.5 hours drive and through the expensive Fréjus tunnel it’s not really an option.
 
Annecy Airport no longer has scheduled flights to Paris and St. Etienne Airport is no longer used by Ryan Air for flights from the UK.
 
Air France did have some innovative air/rail combined tickets via Paris to Lyon Railway Station where you could continue on to Moûtiers for your final transfer.
 
Helicopter Transfers to Courchevel Altiport or Méribel Altiport are available if you're seriously loaded and hate traffic! Prices start from around €2,200 one-way from Geneva for 6 passengers.
 
Alpine Airlines announced in June 2015 the restart of commercial "on demand" flights from Courchevel altiport. More here...

 

 

Fastest road journeys to La Tania with absolutely no hold-ups

Moûtiers Railway Station (19km), 15min - normal run with no hold ups 20min.
Chambéry Airport (103km), 1hr 5min - normal run with no hold ups 1hr 20min
Geneva Airport (137km), 1hr 40min - normal run with no hold ups 2hrs.
Lyon Airport (180km), 1hr 40min - normal run with no hold ups 2hrs.
Grenoble Airport (185km), 1hr 55min - normal run with no hold ups 2hrs 20min.
 
Note that those first times are the absolute fastest driving times without any traffic or delays - journey times can easily double or treble on a Saturday, during bad weather or at other peak times.
 
Also consider times for possible flight / train delays, passport queues, baggage hold-ups, security delays, autoroute toll booth queues, car park congestion, speed cameras, border passport / security checks, Moûtiers traffic controls plus any weather / snow delays and the need for putting chains on etc.

 

 

 

Choosing an airport for La Tania

Geneva has by far the most flights from the UK and the most transfer options – but is of course therefore the busiest. It is an expensive airport - duty free usually a waste of time apart from tobacco. Note the above probable issues with availability of minibus transfers for Winter 2021/2022.
 
Geneva has a French side / exit to the airport with hire cars generally cheaper on that side (although the main route to La Tania is through Switzerland anyway – see further down this page for the pros and cons of which side to hire cars from). Note the sharp price rise in cars for Winter 2021/2022 above at Geneva (on both sides).
 
Lyon and Grenoble require more autoroute tolls but it is motorway nearly all the way. Lyon can be quicker than Geneva sometimes even though it's an extra 40-50km. There is also the alternative route of driving from Geneva via Chambéry using the Autoroutes (50km longer and an additional €10.60 tolls each way), this is actually often a good option on Summer weekends when the lakeside routes get even more heavily congested than in Winter.
 
Lyon car hire is off airport with a shuttle bus needed like the Swiss side of Geneva airport (no 10 minute walk option like Geneva though).
 
Grenoble has the least transfer options but has an increasing number of flights going there. Jet2 now using Grenoble instead of Chambéry for example.
 
Chambéry is the nearest (& smallest) airport but can be quite chaotic on Saturdays and also is most susceptible to bad weather – especially fog / low cloud. Crystal allegedly pay Lyon airport around €2,000 a week retainer just in case they need to divert so Lyon have staff on standby. €10m of improvements have been on-going over the last couple of years and it can work like a dream when it's quiet!
 
Full Driving Directions and Maps from all the local Airports are here
 

Please remember that timetables and prices are always subject to change so check before you travel and any other words about avoiding speed cameras and not buying a Swiss Vignette are just words - NOT advice. Take responsibility & ownership for your own decisions & actions - just like you always should on the mountain.

 

 

 

Private Transfers

By far the easiest way of getting to resort in modern, new, comfortable mini buses (or go for luxury options in deluxe 4x4s) for your journey to The Three Valley resorts from all the nearby airports and from the Moûtiers railway station.
 
Private Transfers are now heavily regulated with regular spot checks by the authorities, all companies have to have special operators licences, register their vehicles and pay to get authorized parking access at airports etc etc. In addition their drivers need to be experienced, fully registered & insured, take a medical etc - which all adds up to a far more professional, safer and more comfortable journey. Note the above probable issues with availability of minibus transfers for Winter 2021/2022.
 

Approximate 2021 prices for a Geneva to La Tania Private Transfer one-way. 2022 Prices are bound to increase with the demand and new restrictions on employment in place.

 
  - €250 to €330 for 1 to 4 persons
  - €280 to €360 for 5 to 6 persons
  - €310 to €390 for 7 to 8 persons
 
Generally Chambéry is around 10-15% cheaper and Lyon & Grenoble around 20% more.
 
Scheduled shared transfers (or simply filling up empty legs) may be available (note the above probable issues with availability of minibus transfers for Winter 2021/2022) from these companies with a shared journey €60 to €70 per person each-way from Geneva to La Tania for example. Click on their links / logos for price quotes, availability and contact details.

 

Note the above issues with the availability of minibus transfers at Geneva

 

 
Jonboy's well established Three Valleys Transfers fleet of 4x4 Volkswagen T6 Caravelles and VW Transporters along with their iconic Landrover Defender run every day, check their website for details.

 

 
 
Long time La Tania resident Phil has Snowbound Transfers who operate door to door services - private, luxury, shared & last-minutes. All new upgraded Renault Traffic minibuses and include complimentary drinks & blankets. The top of the range Mercedes Viano or Audi Q7 S-Line are available for luxury transfers. Transfers from all the local airports and Moûtiers railway station to La Tania, Courchevel, Méribel and Val Thorens Valleys.

 

 
 
Ski Magic Transfers offer private transfers from Chambéry, Geneva, Lyon or Grenoble or Moûtiers station to all resorts in the Three Valleys.
 

 

 
Ski Hame Transfers provide reliable minibus transfers to resorts in the Courchevel and Méribel Valleys of the Three Valleys. They use new and properly maintained Renault Traffic minibuses to ensure both your comfort and safety. 
 
 
 
Savoie Transfer Services offer luxury transfers to the Three Valleys. Our vehicles are brand new VW Caravelle 4 Motions which can give you peace of mind that you will get to resort in the safest, quickest and most comfortable way possible.

 

 
 
Freeride Republic Transfers offers a professional fully licensed airport transfer service to our chalet guests and also for private clients looking for a reliable and affordable airport transfer service to the resorts of Courchevel, La Tania and Meribel.

 

 

Airport Car Hire

 
 

Using Car Hire For Your Airport Transfer

Car Hire can be very reasonable option especially if you're in a group even if you do leave it parked up for a week (free parking in La Tania). Book early and beware all the add-in costs and decide if you need ski racks and snow chains. During heavy snowfall you will need chains and/or snow tyres (and it is the law to have them on mountain roads where indicated, though it's rarely enforced) - it can be cheaper to buy chains than hire if you purchase before you get near the mountains and are hiring longer than 10 days or so.
 
Petrol is no longer cheaper in Switzerland due to the exchange rates so fill up in France just before you get there (even in Annecy is probably near enough). Diesel is still a bit cheaper than petrol in France but getting a bit closer now. Take care when speeding, especially villages where the limit drops to 50km/h without warning, check the La Tania Speed Camera page and note that most fixed French cameras are always preceded by a warning sign - so you've been warned!
 
On 8 June 2015 the DVLA got rid of the paper counterpart of the UK Driving Licence with points and endorsements held electronically. There is a process to "share" this information with car hire companies via the DVLA website. Note that in our experience it is never required in France or Switzerland (for Geneva) or in fact anywhere in the world outside of the UK.
 
More information in our blog post and the DVLA web site to view your information is at: www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence

The Savoie is implementing the mandatory use of snow tyres (or carrying chains) from 01 Nov to 31 Mar but this won't be enforced until Winter 2022/2023. Expect all hire cars in the area to come fitted with snow tyres or a box of chains in the book as standard - we hope!

 

 

Geneva Airport Car Hire

Geneva Car Hire 2022 Approximate Costs - An Example

A typical week Saturday to Saturday hire booked 6 months in advance using www.carrentals.co.uk comparison site (March 2022 example booked in October 2021):
 
7 Day "all-inclusive" car hire Geneva Airport (Swiss side):
Fiat 500 size £480, Golf size £520, Mondeo size £600, Espace size 5 seats £780, Espace 7 seats £940
 
7 Day "all-inclusive" car hire Geneva Airport (French side):
Fiat 500 size £220 Golf size £240, Mondeo size £280, Espace size 5 seats £350, Espace 7 seats £400
 
7 Day "all-inclusive" car hire Lyon Airport (for comparison):
Fiat 500 size £150, Golf size £180, Mondeo size £240, Espace size 5 seats £320, Espace 7 seats £350

 

NOTE IN 2017 & 2018 PRICES WERE OFTEN CHEAPER ON THE SWISS SIDE UNLIKE PREVIOUSLY. 2019/2020 has mainly reverted to the French side being significantly cheaper.
 
Winter 2022 has seen prices increase sharply at Geneva Airport (especially on the Swiss side) although this may stabilise nearer the time.

 

Even though "all-inclusive" is mentioned in the price, consider additional insurance waiver cover (but see below for an alternative), child seats, satnav, ski racks, wifi / mobile phone hire and snow tyres/chains on the French side (they're mandatory and usually included on the Swiss side - this should change to the French side following the mandatory snow tyre/chain law changes in Summer 2021 - although they are not being enforced until Winter 2022/2023).
 
Always cheaper to return the car topped up at the end of the hire (full to full) rather than take their offer of paying for the tank now - you most likely won't even use a full tank anyway.
 
In the past few years we've starting to see unlimited mileage disappear although unlikely to effect anyone using vehicles just to travel to La Tania as you always get a minimum of 200km a day.
 
Also beware of hiring the cheapest / smallest car - it could be electric without enough range to get to La Tania!
 

Airport Car Hire - Approximate 2022 Prices

In old money... say it's a 170 mile round trip at about 35mpg, so around 5 gallons (22.7 litres) of fuel.
Unleaded 95 Petrol €1.73 per litre and Diesel €1.63 per litre in November 2021.
So petrol would costs about €39 and diesel (although expect more mpg) around €37.
 
Tolls for the Geneva to Annecy (North) autoroute are €7.90 each way (November 2021).
 
So with a hire car for 4 with tolls & fuel you could get the return transfer down to around £75 each

 

 

Geneva Airport - French v Swiss Sides

The French swapped some land with Switzerland in 1960 to allow expansion of the airport and a French entrance/exit was agreed as part of the deal. Although the main route to France is still via Switzerland even from the French side, but this can be avoided if needed.
 
The Car Hire area on the Swiss side moved in November 2008 - it is now to the right of arrivals as you exit baggage collection on the Swiss side. You complete paperwork here and then use a free shuttle bus or walk to the new car hire car park (it's no longer underneath arrivals and make sure you don't pay for the bus).
 
Follow signs to P51 parking on your return - there's a fuel station immediately before the turn in to the rental car park but beware it's fully automated and cards can fail or there's a big queue. The walking route is marked and only around 5 or 6 minutes - easy with hand baggage or wheely cases.
 
The French side of the airport is accessible via the check-in level at the far right end of the building (opposite to the easyJet end). Most of the time it's not even manned and you can walk straight through - have boarding cards and passport ready just in case though. You may need to buzz the doorbell and look at a camera if late at night.
 
The car hire desks are immediately as you exit in to the French side next to check-in desks. Cars are parked a short walk away directly in to a covered car park.

 

 

Swiss Side Pros & Cons

 

French Side Pros & Cons

 

Lyon Airport

Now also needs a shuttle bus to the car hire area (and the bus stop is the opposite end of the terminal to the usual Charter and easyJet arrivals).

 

 

Chambéry and Grenoble Airports

Portacabins right outside arrivals and next to the vehicles. Very handy but make sure you get off the plane first - leave a friend to collect your bags as queues can develop very quickly!

 

 

Tolls (each way) from the airports to La Tania (November 2021 Prices)

Geneva Airport via Annecy Nord J17 (132km) €7.90
Geneva Airport via Annecy Sud J16 (134km) €8.50
Geneva Airport via Chambéry / Albertville Autoroutes (183km) €18.60
Lyon Airport (181km) €17.50
Grenoble Airport via Grenoble (170km) €12.40
Grenoble Airport avoiding Grenoble towards Lyon and via Chambéry (185km) €13.60
Chambéry Airport (104km) €5.50
 
See below for full details of Directions to La Tania
 

Confusion reigned during Summer 2016 over EU Citizens taking Swiss registered cars in to France due to interpretations of some new EU rules. According to some report some hire companies were getting German registered cars in place on the Swiss side and asking questions if you were taking a car in to France, saying you wouldn't be insured etc.

 

UPDATE OCTOBER 2016 - No one cares anymore, there are no restrictions in place and there is no problem taking a Swiss registered hire car in to France. The usual on-line scaremongering and tabloid like reporting can be ignored - just like when they said all transfer buses would be banned (but 2021/2022 not looking too good!).

 

 

Car Hire Companies

We recommend Carrentals.co.uk (they check 50 hire sites and are owned by Holiday Autos / LastMinute group). They strike the best deal from the major hire car companies of Hertz, Budget, Alamo, Thrifty, National, Europcar etc so you can be sure of the best price. You can hire from the French or Swiss sides of Geneva airport and nearly all towns, airports and railway stations are covered too.
 
When in Geneva at the airport the most competitive deals on arrival may be with Hertz. We've seen people negotiate with all the car hire companies going from one desk to another and play one company off against another - Hertz won (although getting a laptop out and using Carrentals.co.uk may be cheaper).
 
It's also worth remembering that all these companies love their loyalty or corporate discount schemes/codes/vouchers. Worth checking if you're entitled to any of these and searching on the internet for them - we've lots of reports that they don't actually check if you're entitled to them or not!

 

 

Collision Damage Waiver and Excess Insurance

Usually the "all-inclusive" costs will include CDW but there will be an excess charge of up to €1000 for loss or damage to the vehicle and the hire car companies will try and sell you an extra insurance to cover this excess - could be as high as €15 per day!
 
The alternative is to take your own Excess Insurance out - you'd still have to pay for any damage but then would claim this back from your own insurance.
 
We can highly recommend icarhireinsurance.com who paid our claim back in under a week and start their European policy for multiple rentals from only £38 a YEAR! (November 2021 Prices).
 

 

 

Scheduled Transfer Bus Services - Timetables

 

GENEVA

Airport Bus From Geneva Airport - Information at www.altibus.com
 
See desk at the Airport for tickets, book on-line or call +41 22 798 2000.
There is a limited service at the start/end of season and there may be more departures at peak times. All routes change at Moûtiers where you may be taxied to resort depending on numbers. Reconfirm your return 2 days in advance at the Tourist Office in La Tania. Journey time is around 3 hours including the change at Moûtiers.
 
Geneva Airport - La Tania Winter 2022 Timetable (pdf) from 17 Dec 2021 until 10 Apr 2022
 
For an example a typical week in 2022 is shown
Depart Geneva Airport
Mon - Fri - 12:15, 15:30, 19:30
Sundays - 10:00, 12:15, 15:30, 19:30
Saturdays - 10:00, 11:15, 12:15, 13:30, 14:30, 16:00, 18:00, 19:30
 
Depart La Tania
Mon to Fri - 07:50, 11:20, 15:05
Sundays - 07:50, 11:20, 15:05, 16:40
Saturdays - 06:50, 08:55, 11:50, 15:05, 16:20
 
2022 On-Line Prices - Geneva Airport to La Tania
Adult €89 one-way, €149 return
Child €45 one-way, €76 return
Child is from 4 to 12 years and 2 are free per reservation with an adult, all under 4s travel free.
 
 
 
 

 

 

LYON

Airport Bus From Lyon Airport - www.altibus.com or call +33 479 683296
 

As of November 2021 it would appear that the Altibus service for Lyon to The 3 Valleys is running on Saturdays only for Winter 2021/2022. There is a train option via Chambéry to Moûtiers (and then another bus or taxi).

 
Booking now available on-line. There is a limited service at the start/end of season. All routes usually change at Moûtiers where you may be taxied to resort depending on numbers. Reconfirm your return 2 days in advance at the Tourist Office in La Tania. Journey time is around 3.5 hours including the change at Moûtiers. Lyon Airport is known as St Exupery Airport.
 
Lyon Airport - La Tania Winter 2022 Timetable (pdf) from 18 Dec 2021 until 02 Apr 2022
 
For an example a typical week in 2022 is shown
Depart Lyon St Exupery Airport
Fridays - 15:30
Saturdays - 10:20, 12:10, 15:30
Sundays - 12:30
 
Depart La Tania
Fridays - 09:20
Saturdays - 06:20 08:20
Sundays - 08:05
 
2022 Winter Prices - Lyon Airport to La Tania
Adult €56 one-way, €101 return
Child 3-12 Years €53 one-way, €89 return
Infant 0-2 free
 
 

 

 
 

CHAMBÉRY

Airport Bus from Chambéry Airport - www.altibus.com or call +33 479 683296

 

As of November 2021 it would appear that there is no information on a Chambéry Airport to The 3 Valleys bus service.

 
2020 Info: Booking now available on-line. There is a limited service at the start/end of season. All routes usually change at Moûtiers where you may be taxied to resort depending on numbers. Reconfirm your return 2 days in advance at the Tourist Office in La Tania. Journey time is between 1:45 & 2:45 depending on change at Moûtiers.
 
Chambéry Airport - La Tania Winter 2020 Timetable (pdf)
 
For an example a typical weekend in 2020 is shown
Saturdays - 10:50, 16:10
Sundays - 12:00
 
Depart La Tania
Saturdays - 05:30, 08:05, 11:50
Sundays - 07:40
 
2021 Winter Prices - Chambéry Airport to La Tania
Adult €41.20 one-way, €68.70 return
Groups of 4 or more €61.80 return per person
No Child discounts

 

 
 
 

GRENOBLE

Airport Bus from Grenoble Airport - www.bensbus.co.uk
 
Scheduled service to Moûtiers meeting every weekend flight - then onward transfers by taxi (10% discount with Bens Bus Taxi Partners). Journey time is around 2 to 2.5 hours to Moûtiers
 
Buses are scheduled on Saturdays & Sundays to meet incoming flights. More info here...
For an example a typical weekend in 2022 is shown - always check timetable & on-line.
 
2022 Schedule - Tailored for UK Flights Arrivals and Departures
Depart Grenoble Airport (Approximate Timings)
Saturdays - 09:40 11:20 13:05 14:25 Last Bus 16:40
Sundays - Last Bus 11:50
 
Depart Moutiers (Approximate Timings)
Saturdays - 05:25 07:00 08:50 10:55
Sundays - 06:20
 
2022 Winter Prices - Grenoble Airport to Moûtiers
Adult £48 one-way, from £86 return (£5 each way supplement for Sunday travel)
Child (under 12) from £43.20 one-way, £77.40 return
 
 

 

 

MOÛTIERS

Bus from Moûtiers to La Tania - billet.vente-bellesavoieexpress.fr or call +33 479 242158
There are exceptions & additions at beginning and end of season - also extra buses at peak times & weekend only services. Check for any changes and confirm returns 48 hours in advance at the Tourist Office in resort. Journey time is around 40 minutes, generally stops at Brides Les Bains and St Bon.
 
Saturday services to/from Le Praz (approximately every hour from 06:30 to 19:30) and/or by arrangement with Tourist Office.
 
Moûtiers to La Tania & Courchevel Latest Timetable - T5 Service (temporarily unavailable)
 
On peak half term Saturdays in February a bus usually runs every 45 mins from 5:45am to 8:00pm without regard to normal timetables. Also extra buses for some late TGV train arrivals do seem to appear. There is no "connection" with the overnight Eurostar (they don't wait).

 

For an example a typical week in 2022 is shown - always check
 
Depart Moûtiers Train Station
Mon - 08:15 11:30 13:20 15:20 18:10
Tue / Wed - 08:15 11:30 13:10 15:20 18:10
Thursday - 08:15 11:30 13:10 15:20 18:10 21:05
Friday - 08:15 11:30 13:20 15:20 18:10 21:05
Saturday - 06:00, 10:30 11:30, 13:30, 14:20, 15:00, 16:20, 18:15
Sunday - 07:40 11:20 13:30 15:05 16:20
 
Depart La Tania
Mon - 09:35 13:25 15:15 17:25 19:30
Tue / Wed / Thu - 09:35 13:25 15:05 17:25 19:30
Fri - 09:35 13:25 15:15 17:25 19:30
Saturday - 06:50 08:20 12:35 14:05 15:05 16:05 17:20 18:20
Sunday - 07:50 09:20 13:50 15:20 17:20

 

2022 Winter Prices - Moûtiers Train Station to La Tania (bought on-line)
Adult: €12 one-way, €20 return.
Young Persons rate 2 to 26 years old: €8:40 one-way, €14 return.

 

 

 

Train and Other Transfer Options

Train

Most often from Geneva to Moûtiers (then a bus or taxi to resort - around 20 minutes with no traffic and good weather). Train station is at the airport then change at Geneva Central. At least one more change required to get to Moûtiers - and please note that there is another town called Moûtiers in the west of France, the one you want is Moûtiers les Salins. Trains from Lyon (and fed by a bus from St Etienne) and Chambéry are also possible. From Lyon Airport you can get a TGV (or take the shuttle bus every 20 mins to the station in Lyon centre for a normal train) to Chambéry where you change for a local train to Moûtiers - this only costs around €30 one way. Check out www.sncf.fr for details.

 

 

Taxi

Jumping in a standard taxi at Geneva airport could cost over £400 one-way!
 
A standard taxi from the railway station in Moûtiers to La Tania should cost around €50 with a bit of arguing - It's only a 16km journey length and takes about 20 minutes.
 
There are now plenty of shared transfer / taxi companies advertising on the internet, a lot just acting as agents for other companies and not all are reputable - you've been warned!

 

 

Uber

Uber now operate from Geneva and Lyon. No news of anyone using them yet but it could be an option if you've landed without anything booked. They originally were always routed to use the Autoroute via Chambéry but from Summer 2018 now come through Annecy.
 
UberX Estimated Fares - Nov 2021
Geneva Airport to La Tania CHF324 (£263 Nov 2021)
Lyon Airport to La Tania €273 (£233 Nov 2021)
Chambery Airport to La Tania €152 ( £130 Nov 2021)
Grenoble Airport to La Tania €264 (£226 Nov 2021)

 

 

Hitching

Very difficult and where to start? Can be possible from Moûtiers if you walk along to the junction with the main road from Albertville but if you've got a load of ski gear forget it.

 

 

Charter Transfer Coaches

Were sometimes available as a surcharge when flying on a flight only deal with certain charter operators but that seems to have disappeared in the last few years - certainly the days of bribing reps at the airport for a lift seem to have gone forever..

 

 

Helicopter or Plane transfer!

From Geneva or Lyon direct to the Altiport at Courchevel 1850 or Méribel - Not as madly expensive as you might think... Contact SAF on +33 479 080091 but is always dependent on weather conditions.
 
Alpine Airlines announced in June 2015 the restart of commercial "on demand" flights from Courchevel altiport. More here...

 

 

Driving Directions and Maps to La Tania

Directions from Geneva - The French Side

French motorway signs are blue and A-roads green.
Swiss motorway signs are green and A-roads blue.
 
 
If you don't have a Swiss Vignette (like a motorway toll tax disc) with a French hire car you should be able to get away with it by heading for France via the motorway and coming off to cross the border at St Julian - the chances of getting caught traveling up a couple of junctions of the motorway are very small. Remember to turn off after the third tunnel or you could get caught on the Motorway border point. There's only a small chance when exiting Switzerland though and probably worth taking the risk (you'll almost certainly get caught on your return using the Motorway border point on the way back in to Switzerland with special Vignette Officers patrolling the border area). It may of course be better to go exactly the same way on the way back if you're not familiar with the St Julian route however it can be worth using this way at peak times to cross the border as there's a lot less traffic.
 
Exit the French Side car hire car park - there is only one road out with barb-wire fence on either side for about 2km and then you pass through a tunnel underneath the runway. At the end of this road you turn right and within 50m you cross the border in to Switzerland (usually just a brief glance from the customs officers) and go back through the same tunnel once again.
 
At the end of the tunnel bare right and then left at the lights following the green (Swiss motorway) signs to FRANCE. Keep left and join the slip road on to the motorway following signs to FRANCE and pass under the Galexpo centre. At the next major intersection keep left following signs to FRANCE, you'll see a sign saying Toll 10km (you turn off before then).
 
Note that on your return to the French side exit the motorway at the Airport turning (well signposted) and then follow the signs to FERNEY - this will get you back to the tunnel under the runway.
 
You then pass through 3 more tunnels - beware of speed cameras both inside and between the tunnels, the speed limit is 100km/h but variable:
Vernier Tunnel 1900m
Bernex Tunnel 400m
Confignon Tunnel 1400m
 
At the exit of the 3rd tunnel you must exit to the right - the PERLY Sortie. Keep right at the lights following signs to PERLY / St JULIAN then straight over next lights through to St Julian passing all the fuel stations and crossing the border in to France (again usually just a brief glance from the customs officers if they are there).
 
Follow the road over 2 mini islands, then the road bares left (follow AUTRES DIRECTIONS down a small hill to the right and then right at the lights signposted ANNECY.
 
Follow the road over a large island following AUTRES DIRECTIONS and ANNECY signs and then over the first Autoroute following signs to the new A41 extension direct to Annecy - you go back on yourself at the next roundabout and then right on the A41 to Annecy.
 
(Alternatively stay on the road and follow green signs towards JUSSY, CRUSEILLES and ANNECY if you want to avoid the toll charge - easiest to head for the centre of Annecy following signs to Le Lac (the huge lake) - or follow Albertville signs around the ring road. Once you've hit the lake it's then easy to leave this on your left and drive anti-clockwise around the lake on the N508 towards UGINE and ALBERTVILLE. The alternative side of the lake via Talloires is often just as quick at peak times although lots of people have cottoned on to this in recent years.

 

 

Directions from Geneva - The Swiss Side

As you exit the Airport you'll see green (Swiss Motorway) signs to France overhead. Follow this straight road for about 1km, turn left at the T junction at the end then first right (all sign posted FRANCE ) and you're on the motorway.
 
You then pass through 3 tunnels - beware of speed cameras both inside and between the tunnels, the speed limit is generally 100km/h but is variable:
Vernier Tunnel 1900m, Bernex Tunnel 400m, Confignon Tunnel 1400m
 
Cross the border in to France (a quick glance is usually all that happens) and you come to the new A41 extension direct to Annecy (see below).

 

The A41 extension towards Annecy directions
watch your speed on this new(ish) road - it's generally 110km/h not 130km/h and there are some mobile speed traps about as well as tunnel cameras with variable limits. About 2km North of the long 3km tunnel is a popular place for mobile cameras and a fixed camera just before the Annecy Nord turn off heading South. There's a Péage to collect a ticket about half way and then keep heading towards Annecy.
 
Exit at Annecy Nord (J17 with Toll of €7,60 and UK credit cards are accepted in the automated barriers) to head around the far side of the lake via Talloires (clockwise around the lake). Head for Pringy and then battle through the streets to Le Lac and TALLOIRES.
 
Exit at Annecy Sud (J16 €8,20) and follow sign to ALBERTVILLE to head around the usual West side of the lake (anti-clockwise).
 
You could stay on the Autoroute and travel via Chambéry - it's an extra 50km and an extra €10,20 in tolls each way with a possibility of toll queues at Chambéry on a Winter Saturday. In the Summer months this can be a good option though with Annecy and the lake very, very busy on Summer Sunday afternoons.
 
Then follow signs for the N508 towards UGINE and ALBERTVILLE. Currently two fixed speed cameras before Ugine - all well marked with signposts before you get to them - but mobile cameras are popular too. At Ugine follow the N212 to ALBERTVILLE.
See from Albertville directions below

 

 

Winter 2008 / 2009 and La Tania got nearer to Geneva Airport

 
23 Dec 2008 saw the opening of the new A41 motorway extension from just north of Annecy direct to the Swiss Border.
 
Three Valleys Transfers had one of the first journeys on the new road complete with a new viaduct across the gorge near Le Noiret and the new 3.1km long Tunnel du Mont-Sion. The time taken from the North Annecy junction to the Swiss border was only 11 minutes.
 
The new 19km road cost 871 million Euros to build and the initial toll charge for cars was initially set at €4.50 each (now €7.80) The speed limit is currently set to 110km.
 
The construction statistics include the employment of some 900 people with 180 earth moving machines moving 7 million cubic metres of earth. The largest tunnel boring machine in France (named Adelaide) was used and the whole project was completed in 29 months.
 
With no more Cruseilles hold-ups it slashed a good half an hour off peak time Geneva Airport to La Tania transfers.

 

Swiss Side to French Side Directions

 

From the Swiss Motorway past the Swiss side you go under the runway, cross the border than back under the runway (zoom in and use satellite view for more clarity)

 

 

Directions from Lyon (see maps at bottom of page)

From St Exupery airport, (Lyon Airport formerly named Satolas) follow the Autoroute A43 and signs to CHAMBERY and then A43 and A430 to ALBERTVILLE. See from Albertville directions below.
 
Four toll stops in all - 2 to collect tickets and 2 to pay the tolls. See toll coast above. Autoroutes all take plastic (and as of 2008 all take UK cards now). Click and zoom on the map below.
 

 

Directions from Chambéry (see maps at bottom of page)

Follow signs to the Autoroute A43 (or E70 European classification) and then signs to ALBERTVILLE. Pick up the A430 to ALBERTVILLE. See from Albertville directions below.
Click and zoom on the map below.
 

 

Directions from Grenoble (see maps at bottom of page)

The airport is way past Grenoble town and it's almost as quick to head back up the A48 Autoroute towards LYON and pick up the A43 to CHAMBERY and on to ALBERTVILLE on the A430 (as opposed to driving through Grenoble on the A48 and then picking up the A41 towards CHAMBERY and then the A43 / A430 to ALBERTVILLE). See from Albertville directions below.
Click and zoom on the map below.
 

 

Directions from Albertville

From Annecy follow the main dual carriageway to Albertville from Ugine.
At Albertville a new roundabout from Autumn 2008 directs you left of the town and by-passes the traffic light heavy main street with a new road next to the river bringing you out near the McDonalds drive thru'.
Turn left again here until the big roundabout (underneath the N90 dual carriageway) and then go LEFT towards MOÛTIERS on the N90.
 
From Lyon (or Chambéry or Grenoble) the A43 becomes the A430 to Albertville and then the N90 - simply keep going along the dual carriageway towards MOÛTIERS on the N90.

 

 
Follow the N90 dual carriageway for about 20km and as you come in to Moûtiers look for signs to COURCHEVEL / MÉRIBEL on the D117, follow these and filter right. From here LA TANIA is signposted.

 

You're now on the windy roads! Take care. Stay on this road for about 10km past the turn off for Méribel and Brides Les Bains, through La Perrière until you come to a small roundabout and go right (almost back on yourself) - signposted Courchevel / Le Praz / La Tania.

 

Now you're on the really windy roads. Take more care. Follow this road for maybe 7km - quite a few hairpins! Drive straight through Saint Bon and keep going until you reach Le Praz (also called Courchevel 1300). As you come in to the centre of the village take the right hand main road signposted to La Tania (this ultimately takes you to Méribel too - there used to be a mini roundabout here). Drive past the Olympic Ski Jump on your left and keep left at the next mini roundabout. Follow for about 2km and you'll arrive in La Tania. Click and zoom on the map below.
 

 

 

More Maps from the Airports

Area Location Map - showing routes from all the nearby airports.
 
Geneva Airport (French Route) - showing French side of airport route with no Vignette.
Swiss border (French Route) - continuing showing route with no Vignette.
 
Geneva Airport - standard route - route from Geneva Airport (Swiss side) to Annecy.
Swiss border - standard route - continuing from Geneva Airport to Annecy.
 
Grenoble Airport - showing routes to La Tania
 
Chambéry Airport - showing routes to La Tania
 
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