Being the font of all Méribel-related knowledge, we are often asked about how to get here and how much it costs and so we decided to write a guide on the typical timings and prices for getting to Méribel. Of course, it will be largely ignored and people will continue to ask but if it helps one guest then we are happy…!
If you've got any other questions about getting to Meribel and it's the only thing stopping you from booking then get in touch with us. We'll take the hassle out and get back to you with a suggested travel itinerary as soon as we can.
Recommended Option: Fly
Flying (followed by a transfer) is the easiest and often the cheapest option. The closest destinations are Geneva, Chambery, Lyon or Grenoble.
Distances and transfer times are as follows:
Chambery: 93km, 1h 15m
Grenoble: 129km, 1h 23m
Lyon: 198km, 2h 10m
Geneva (recommended): 178km, 2h 05m
Although Chambery and Grenoble are closer and transfer times are shorter, flights into Geneva are generally cheaper and more frequent - and transfers onto Méribel are most easily organised from there.
Return Transfers from the airport: Remember to budget for transfers. Prices vary according to type of transfer (private, door to door minibus to shared scheduled coaches).
Private minibus transfers are an efficient and effective transfer method if you have 6+ people travelling together. No waiting around or multiple drop offs. Budget around £85 per head for a private, door to door transfer. We can organise this for you.
A cheaper alternative for smaller groups is a shared return transfer in air-conditioned minibus or scheduled coach service. Some options to consider are LeVanRouge,The Snowbound Shuttle or Ben's Bus, where you can get a return transfer in a shared bus for around £85 per head
Public Transport from the airport: The public altibus runs buses from Geneva airport to Meribel - check their website for prices.
Research train options too. For instance, if you fly to Geneva it is possible to take a train from Geneva to nearby Moutiers - and then get a taxi or bus for the remaining 17km to Meribel. However, it is a lot more hassle than getting a direct transfer from the airport and you won't save much money in the end by paying for each stage with luggage in tow. So take this option only if you need to and the times are convenient.
Car Hire is also an option with several providers present at all local airport
Merinet has lots of information on shared transfers, as well as buses and trains. You can also contact us and we'll help organise your transfer for you.
Coach? Yes, you can take the coach direct from London Victoria to Méribel. Leaving London on the Friday evening, you will arrive in Méribel the following afternoon.
Typical times and costs: The journey takes about 18 hours so make sure you bring a travel cushion. On the plus side, it is one of the cheaper ways to get there as return journeys start from £75 per person and there's no need to arrange separate transfers or pay extra for skis and luggage. You'll also travel overnight so won't notice a lot of the journey, if you sleep.You can book a coach to Meribel using Snow Express.
As long as you don't live too far north or west and you don't have fidgety children then driving oneself to Méribel is a very good option. Yes, you have to pay tolls to use the roads but the roads in France are very good - and generally very empty meaning you can apply the accelerator with only a precautionary 100 EUR note and a box of Gitanes to see off any pesky Gendarmes!
Typical times and costs: Journey times from Calais should be between eight and nine hours and we estimate the cost per person to be £175 based on four sharing a car and including the cost of Eurotunnel, petrol and tolls. But given the cost of flights we question why you would go through all this instead of just flying in.
High-speed train is a spectacular way to get to the Alps. And Eurostar trains will run directly from St Pancras International and Ashford International to the French Alps - Bourg St Maurice, Aime La Plagne and Moutiers (17km from Meribel) only - from around the middle of December until early April 2019. The closest station is Moutiers, which is 17km from Meribel and only a short taxi, public bus ride away or we can arrange a private transfer.
From St Pancras International and Ashford International, direct trains to the French Alps leave on Friday evenings (arriving Saturday morning) and Saturday mornings (arriving Saturday evening).
Going back, trains from the French Alps, running direct to St Pancras International and Ashford International, leave on Saturday mornings (arriving Saturday evening) and Saturday evenings (arriving Sunday morning).
Typical times and costs: The journey is around 9 hours to Moutiers and from there you can get the public Altibus into Meribel (or a taxi/transfer).
The least advisable of all the ways to reach Méribel, the journey is almost 600 miles from London and would be expected to take 179 hours…fifteen days, or just under seven-and-a-half days if you can dispense with the need to sleep.
If you go for it, however, the map below should prove invaluable…(if you hit Belarus, you have gone too far East)