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Geneva to Meribel Transfers

Discover the top Meribel airport shuttle options

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Meribel is located in the Tarentaise Valley and is part of the Three Valleys, one of the largest ski areas in the world. The most convenient airport for Meribel is Geneva as it offers the greatest choice of airlines, frequent flight times and the most competitive prices. To reach the Three Valleys' world-famous pistes from Geneva airport quickly and comfortably, your best bet is to book an airport transfer.

We’ve got the inside track on what to know and watch out for when booking a transfer from Geneva airport to Meribel, so read on for our complete guide.

How to get from Geneva airport to Meribel

Geneva airport is 180km from the centre of Meribel. To get here, we recommend you book an airport transfer.

How do you get from Geneva airport to Meribel?
The easiest and most convenient way to get to Meribel is to book an airport transfer. The Geneva to Meribel transfer time is around 2 hours 15 minutes but will be longer on snowy days and in peak weeks, such as Christmas, New Year, school holidays and Easter.

Another option if you can't easily find transfers for the flight times you have chosen is to hire a car from Geneva airport, which also gives you the freedom to move around and visit neighbouring resorts. Nevertheless, driving on the snow means that you have safety and potential damage to consider, while snow tyres should be added to the final cost on the hire options.

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How to Get to Meribel

Closest airport to Meribel

Even if Geneva is the most convenient airport when travelling to Meribel, it’s not the nearest one. There are other airports that offer shorter transfer times, however, they also present a few drawbacks.

What's the nearest airport to Meribel?
The closest airport to Merbiel is Chambery, a little over 100km from the centre of resort. While it’s faster to get to Meribel from Chambery (around 1 hour 15 minutes), flights are generally more expensive and rarer, as they are usually tour operator charters.

These are the average transfer times and distances from the main airports and train stations to Meribel. The values are approximate and can be affected by snow, bad weather or peak holiday times:

Airport to Meribel Transfer Times & Distances
Geneva to Meribel 2hrs15 180km
Grenoble to Meribel 2hrs 175km
Lyon to Meribel 1hr55 178km
Chambery to Meribel 1hr15 102km
Moutiers train station to Meribel 45mins 18km

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Transfer prices in Meribel

Meribel ski transfer prices will vary depending on whether you're booking a private or a shared transfer, as well as on dates (with off-peak weeks generally offering cheaper transfers), times (it may be cheaper to travel in the middle of the day as transfer companies will be able to group more people together), availability, vehicle and/or group size, etc.

How much do Meribel airport transfers cost?
The average price of a one-way shared transfer from Geneva to Meribel starts at around €65, going up to €400 for a private transfer. From other airports, most Meribel ski transfers are on a private basis, with a one-way starting at around €250. If you’re after something a bit fancier and most definitely faster, the sky can literally be the limit with a private helicopter transfer taking off from €3200.

Find out average transfer prices from the main airports to Meribel:

Airport to Meribel Transfer Prices
Geneva to Meribel From €65 (shared)
Grenoble to Meribel From €250 (private)
Lyon to Meribel From €250 (private)
Chambery to Meribel From €250 (private)

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Shared vs private transfers

When booking your airport transfer you’ll find that there are two main Meribel transfer options: shared or private. These depend on whether you book the whole vehicle for yourself and your group or you share it with other people.

What's a shared transfer?
A shared transfer is when companies group passengers arriving at a similar time in the same vehicle, sharing costs among them. They are cheaper than private transfers, the trade-off is that they usually involve longer waiting and travel times. This is because they won't leave the airport until everyone’s plane lands, even if waiting times are usually under an hour. There will also be several stops on the way to drop people off, increasing the journey’s length.

What's a private transfer?
A private transfer is when the vehicle is reserved for your party only. Generally more convenient than shared transfers, they’re also more expensive. They’re the best option for groups and a good alternative when you can’t find a shared transfer around your flight time. Private transfers will leave the airport as soon as you arrive and go straight to your accommodation, making the waiting and journey times shorter. Those who prefer to travel in style will be able to book the latest luxury eco-friendly cars or even fly high in a helicopter.

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Public bus transfers to Meribel

Using public transport can help keep the costs down on your trip to Meribel. However, it can take considerably longer than a shared or private transfer as buses usually stop several times along the way and you may need to make a connection in Moutiers, the nearest transport hub in the area.

How do you get from the airport to Meribel using public transport?
Public bus transfers run from the airports to Meribel in the winter season, especially during weekends. They usually stop at Moutiers, the closest train station and where Eurostar ski trains from London St Pancras stop, before heading up to resort.

Public transport lines travel between Moutiers and Meribel a couple of times per day in summer and winter, stopping at the resorts in the Meribel Valley along the way. The Moutiers to Meribel Centre bus transfer time is around 45 minutes. You can find the latest bus timetables on our Bus Services in Meribel page.

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More inspiration...

Read our How to Get to Meribel Guide for more information on all the different ways to travel to the Three Valleys, including by plane, by train and by coach.

How to Get to Meribel