Travelling To Meribel
Meribel is easy to reach by plane, train, coach or car. There are 4 airports within two and half hours drive of Meribel; the ski trains go from St Pancras direct to Moutiers (only a 25 minute taxi ride from Meribel); there’s a coach service from London direct to Meribel, or you could drive, which takes about 8 hours from Calais or Le Havre.
Meribel Ski Chalets can help you with all aspects of your journey.
We can pick you up from the airport or train station in our own private minibus, or we can recommend car hire firms.
Alternatively, you can follow the links below, to find great deals on flights, coaches, transfers or car hire. If you have any questions at all about how best to get to Meribel, please do ask us.
There are 4 airports that serve Meribel. Chambery is the closest and smallest, a 1½ hour drive up to the resort. It can be chaotic on a Saturday, but the short transfer time makes it worthwhile.
Next up is Geneva. The motorway means that you can get from Geneva to Meribel in under 2 hours, although weekend traffic means you’re more likely looking at 2¼ hours. It’s either motorway all the way or the more direct main road alongside beautiful Lake Annecy. Geneva is the airport best suited to cope with Saturday crowds.
Grenoble, which is another small airport like Chambery is a 2 – 2¼ hour drive mostly on motorway. Lyon is about 2¾ hours. On peak Saturdays (in December and February), traffic can be very bad from Lyon and Grenoble, and journey times can be as long as 4 hours. It is worth avoiding these two airports on peak weeks.
There are scheduled and charter flights that serve all these airports. You’ll find details and links for these below. Once you’ve booked your flights to the French Alps, we can pick you up in our private minibus, or you can book an airport transfer direct to your ski chalet. Alternatively, you can hire a car.
Airport Transfers to Resort
We can pick you up from any of the nearby airports or Moutiers train station in our private minibus.
You pay for the whole minibus not per person, so the more of you there are (up to 8) the better value.
We recommend Geneva or Chambery airports, and we suggest avoiding Grenoble or Lyon airports during high season.
For a transfer price, please call or email us with your flight/train times. If there are 9 or more of you in your group, please also contact us for a quote.
If our minibuses are already booked, then we will book you with another very reputable transfer company.
Transfer times are as follows:
Low-season (January, March and April): Geneva – 2¼ hours. Lyon – 2¾ hours. Chambery – 1½ hours. Moutiers – 25 minutes.
High-season (Saturdays 21st & 28th December & 4th January, and Saturdays in February): Geneva – about 3 hours. Lyon – up to 4 hours. Chambery – about 2¼ hours Moutiers – 40 minutes.
*These times are all approximate and depend entirely on traffic and weather conditions. Please be assured that we allow plenty of time on the return journey to catch your flight.
If you’re flying, car hire is often a more cost-effective way than a taxi, depending on the size of your group. You’ll need to have snow chains, just in case, although the road up to the resort is usually cleared very quickly.
We can email you directions from the airport to your chalet, or you can have a look at Via Michelin.
Once in resort, there are various parking options. If you’re staying at Chalet Snowbel or La Petite Silene, you’ll be unlikely to need the car during your stay.
For both chalets, you can park outside the chalet to unload the car. Once unloaded you can take your car to the open-air free car park, which is a two-minute walk away. If you’d prefer, there’s also an underground car park close by, that costs about 80 euros for the week.
Le Marmotton has parking for up to 2 cars next to the chalet. There are various car rental agencies at all the airports, and pre-booking can often be cheaper.
If you’re flying into Geneva, it’s easier to hire a car from the Swiss side – it may be more expensive, but it comes with the Swiss motorway vignette, and you don’t have the fiddle of finding your way out of the French side of the airport.
We recommend Rhino Car Hire who compare prices of the leading and local car hire agencies. Rhino offer our guests discounted car hire rates – please contact us for further details.
The drive from Calais or Le Havre to Meribel is a straightforward one. It’s motorway all the way to Moutiers, and then a 25 minute climb up the hill to Meribel. Total driving time is usually about 8 to 9 hours, plus stops. Tolls cost about 75 euros and petrol about 100 euros.
When driving in France, it is a legal requirement to carry in the car a safety triangle, a high-visibility vest, and now 2 breathalyser tests (most packs contain 2 tests). You’ll also need to make sure you put on GB sticker and headlight converters. Plenty of websites sell these items in one pack – for example try Consumabulbs
Many of our guests break the journey along the route, and some drive right through to Moutiers in order to spend a night there before heading up the hill and getting a full day’s skiing on the first day. You’ll need to have snow chains, just in case the last section of the drive is snowy, although the road up to resort is usually cleared very quickly.
Car Ferries There are various car ferry crossings you can take from England to France: PO Ferries, AFerry.co.uk and DFDS Seaways all go from Dover to Calais, and Brittany Ferries run sailings from Portsmouth to Caen. Then there’s the Eurotunnel from near Folkestone to Calais. Journey time from all these French ports is similar – between 8 and 9 hours.
Route Planner For route planning info have a look at Via Michelin, or we can send you directions by email.
Hotels A couple of hotels in or near Moutiers you could try are Hotel Inn Design (formerly Ibis Hotel) in Moutiers or Hotel de la Cascade in Aigueblanche just before. By overnighting in Moutiers and making the short 25-minute drive up the hill in the morning, you can drop your bags, change into your ski gear and enjoy the empty Saturday slopes.
You can travel in comfort to Moutiers (25 minutes down the valley from Meribel) by coach direct from London and Folkestone, overnight on Friday night, and returning the following Saturday night.
This is a comfortable, hassle-free way to get to Meribel, and it allows you 8 days’ skiing. This service is run by Snow Express. For full details click here.
There is a coach service from all the main airports, and from Moutiers train station up to Meribel. They are frequent from Geneva, less so from the other airports, they take longer than taxis or cars, and you normally have to change coaches in Moutiers.
If there’s more than 4 of you, it’s often cheaper to get a private minibusi. For coaches from Chambery, Geneva and Lyon airports and Moutiers train station, click on www.altibus.com. A cheaper alternative is Ben’s Bus from Geneva or Grenoble.