What is the best way of driving from Geneva Airport to the big resorts of the Tarentaise Valley? The resorts we are talking about here are Méribel, Courchevel, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, Les Arcs, La Plagne, Tignes, Val d’Isere and all of the smaller villages in between.
There are two main options when driving from Geneva airport to the 3 Valleys, Paradiski or Espace Killy, with some sub-options.
Option 1: Motorway via Chambéry
If you type Geneva airport to any of the above resorts in to a mapping application, the first choice is often to take the long way round, and travel via Chambéry. Whilst on a good day this could take a few minutes less than option 2, the route via Chambéry is almost 50 km further (approx 35 miles). On top of this, it takes you much, much further on France’s expensive motorways so not only will you spend loads more on fuel, but you will also spend more money on tolls.
The upside with option 1 is that there is slightly less chance of getting lost. You follow signs out of Geneva airport for France, then Annecy, then Chambéry then Albertville. When you are on the dual carriageway at Albertville this is where you meet up with the route of option 2.
Option 2: Via Lake Annecy
If you are quite confident driving in a foreign country, and you have a bit of a sense of direction, then take this option.
After taking the new motorway from Geneva to Annecy, leave the motorway at Annecy-Sud (Annecy South) and follow the green signs for Albertville. This will take you through Annecy and then along the shores of Lake Annecy, which is lovely.
If you have a sat nav or a map, then try to go on the other side of the Lake, via Talloires. Not only is the traffic quieter on this side but the views are even better.
Option 3: Transfers from Geneva to 3 Valleys, Paradiski and Espace Killy
You might not have been expecting a third option, but it is by far the best. Use the FindTransfers website to find the best price on transfers from Geneva Airport.
With option 3, you do not have the stress of driving, the expense of parking an empty car and you get to see the amazing views.
Good luck and have a great time!