Situated in southwest Switzerland, Verbier is 170km east of Geneva and about an hour’s drive from both Chamonix in France, and Aosta in the Italian Alps. The resort is easy to get to with plenty of UK airports offering direct flights to Geneva, and many transfer options once you get there.
Flying to Verbier
Many UK airlines fly into Geneva (Switzerland), which is 160km from Verbier with a transfer time of around 2 hours by car, or 3-3.5 hours by train. Zurich, the other major Swiss airport, and the smaller airport at Basel are both options. The much smaller airport of Sion is just 55km from Verbier, so if you can find a direct flight there, you’ll be saving yourself two hours of travel time.
- Geneva to Verbier 160km, transfer time around 2hrs
- Zuich to Verbier 277km, transfer time around 3.5hrs
- Basel to Verbier 251km, transfer time around 3hrs
- Sion to Verbier 55km, transfer time around 1.25km
Airport transfers to Verbier
Once at the airport there are various options, but most people opt to either hire a car, book a private transfer in advance or take the train to Martigny station (30 minutes away), and from there a public bus or private transfer to the resort. If you’re travelling during the day then a nice and scenic alternative is to take a local train to Le Chable and then access Verbier directly from there via cable car, or the local Post Bus meets the Le Chable train and takes you to the Place Centrale bus depot. There are several private transfer companies now operating to Verbier these include Alpine Express, Alpy Bus and Alpine Transfers.
Driving to Verbier
Driving to Verbier from the UK is another option, but the journey time is quite long at around 11 hours from Calais. Throughout most of the journey you’ll be travelling on motorways, so don’t forget that you’ll need a motorway pass (vignette) to drive through Switzerland. You can buy these at all borders for around 40CHF.
Catching the train to Verbier
If you are considering taking the train all the way from the UK to Verbier, then the best route is to catch the French TGV service to Geneva and then change at the airport for a Swiss service along the Rhone Valley. The train from London to Geneva takes around nine hours.