How to Get to Verbier
If you’re planning a vacation to Verbier, you’re probably wondering about the best way of getting there. You’ll be happy to know that no matter where you are in the world, you will be able to reach Verbier without any issues, as you have a variety of transportation options to choose from.
Since Verbier is the largest ski area in Switzerland and one of the largest ones in Europe, everyone who wants to visit the area can do so with ease. Most people choose to fly to Geneva International airport, but that certainly isn’t your only option for travel.
Fly to Verbier
The reason why most people choose to fly to Verbier is that it’s undoubtedly the most convenient, fastest, and easiest way to travel. As we already mentioned, one of the most popular ways to get to Verbier is to fly to Geneva International airport, which is only 160km from the center of Verbier.
If you choose to fly to Verbier, Geneva is undoubtedly your best choice as it offers frequent flights to and from multiple different destinations in Europe. This includes cities from all over the UK and Ireland such as London, Manchester, and Liverpool, and Bristol. You can also fly from various capitals in America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
For instance, if you want to go from London to Verbier, the flight to Geneva airport will last only 1 hour and 40 minutes. Most European cities are under 2 hours away from Geneva airport, so if you’re traveling from somewhere in Europe, you don’t have a long flight ahead of you.
Of course, this isn’t your only option for air travel, as you can also choose to arrive at one of the other airports in the near vicinity, such as:
- Sion airport (closest airport to Vebrier) – 61km distance, or a 1 hour and 10-minute drive
- Geneva airport – 160km distance, or a 2-hour drive
- Bern Airport – 170km distance, or a 2 hour and 15-minute drive
- Zurich airport – 290km distance, or a 3 hour and 20-minute drive
- Lyon airport – 296km distance, or a 3 hour and 40-minute drive
- Milan Malpensa airport – 265km distance, or a 3 hour and 45-minute drive
It’s important to note that while Sion is the nearest airport to Verbier, it has considerably fewer flights than Geneva. Most people choose to fly to Geneva airport since it’s the nearest international airport.
From the airport to Verbier
There are multiple to get to Verbier from the Geneva airport, so let’s take a closer look at your options.
The fastest and easiest way to get to Verbier from the airport is by airport transfer. It takes around two hours to arrive in Verbier via Geneva to Verbier transfer, however, it is longer during peak weeks such as Christmas and New Year and on snowy days.
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Even though people usually rent a transfer for 3-4 hours, you can also choose a half-day or a full day rental option. Additionally, when your vacation is finished, you can also rent an airport transfer to drive you from your accommodations back to the airport.
Airport car hire
If you’re staying in a hotel, rented chalet, or an apartment that has private parking and is a long way from the ski lifts, it would be a better choice to drive a rented car to your resort. And if you don’t manage to find an available transfer for your flight time and want to have a car straight away, you can hire one from the airport.
Hiring a car from the Geneva airport gives you much more freedom than renting an airport transfer, and you can drive to neighboring resorts and explore the scenery. If you’re visiting Verbier during snowy weather, you need to consider safety and potential damage that could occur on the snowy roads.
Verbier is a large resort and driving from the airport can be a good option if you’re staying in a chalet, hotel, or apartment with private parking, especially if it’s a long way from the ski lifts. However, you can also rent out snow tires, but they will be added to your final cost of the car hire.
Finally, if you want to look into the option of renting a car outside of the airport, you can visit RentalCars.com to compare prices from different car-hire firms. Most bookings offer free cancelations and you can be sure that you will get the best possible offer.
If you want to travel to Verbier safely and in a way that’s more eco-friendly than flying, you can travel by train. If you choose this travel option, you can also bring as much luggage as you want without any additional charges. So if you’re traveling with a lot of equipment, this is probably the better option.
There is a train station in Le Châble, a village in Bagnes, which is located at the foot of the Verbier Valley. Trains from Martigny and Geneva stop at this station, and you can also reach Zurich, London, and Paris from there. The train station itself is only 10 minutes from the resort center via train.
If you want to reach Verbier by train from Geneva airport, you can take Geneva to Verbier train, InterRegio, in the direction of Brig. You will have to change trains at Martigny and take the regional train to Le Chable, which is only 9km from Verbier. From there, your train ride will last for 25 minutes.
It will take approximately three hours to arrive, and if you don’t want to wait for connecting trains, you can take a taxi at Le Châble or Martigny straight to your accommodation. You can also book a taxi online.
If you don’t live too far away, you can drive your own car to the resort. The closest drive to Verbier would be from Geneva which is 170km away, and the drive takes 2 hours and 15 minutes.
However, a lot of people also travel to Verbier by car from:
- Zurich– 286km distance, or a 3 hour and 25-minute drive
- Milan – 310km or a 4-hour drive
- Frankfurt – 584km, or a 6-hour drive
- Paris – 636km, or a 6 hour and 40-minute drive
- London – 1,020km, or a 10 hour and 50-minute drive
How to get your equipment to Verbier
Since most people come to Verbier during the skiing season, a lot of guests bring their own equipment. Luckily, airlines, trains, and transfer companies all have their ways of catering to passengers who travel with their own skis, snowboards, or any other equipment.
If you’re planning on bringing any kind of equipment with you when traveling by plane, know that most airlines will charge a fee for that. However, there are few airlines, such as Swiss, that allow you to bring one set of skis or a single snowboard for free.
When you’re packing for your trip, make sure to pack all of the necessary gear but also make sure that it falls within all the packaging guidelines that the airline you’re using has specified.
If you’re traveling via Eurostar, you’re allowed to bring one part of skis or a snowboard for free, and that’s in addition to their standard allowance of two-bag luggage. TGB trains also allow free ski transportation.
Those who want to bring their bikes can do so on most French trains, as they have a special carrying case for disassembled bikes. This option might also include a fee, so make sure to do research. If this doesn’t appeal to you, there is also a special luggage carriage in which bikes can be transported.
By airport transfer
Most shuttle buses are well-equipped and have enough room to store skiing equipment, but if you’re taking a shuttle, it’s very important to specify what equipment pieces you will be bringing beforehand. That way, the shuttle company can ensure there is enough capacity.
Once again, there might be a surcharge for bringing sports equipment, so make sure to ask about it before you book your shuttle.
No matter where you are in the world, there is a way for you to get to Verbier. Flying has always been the best option for most vacationers, as not only is it the quickest way to travel, but also because you can get to the Geneva airport from different international airports.
No matter if you travel for two hours by car or take a ten-hour flight, the trip will be worth it once you reach your destination. And when you get to Verbier, you should have the best possible accommodations, so we suggest you check out real estate for sale in Verbier.