Les Gets sits on a sunny mountain pass in the Northern Alps, just an hour from Geneva. It is one of the closest ski resorts to Dover and for that reason it is very popular with people driving to the mountains. Les Gets is part of the vast Portes du Soleil network that spans 13 villages on either side of the Franco-Swiss border and shares its local slopes with Morzine on the other side of the mountain. The close proximity to the towns around Lake Geneva and the airport make Les Gets a popular weekend resort for locals and tourists alike.
Les Gets is just an hour from Geneva airport, and a wide range of low-cost carriers fly to Geneva from all over the U.K., including British Airways, easyJet, Jet2.com and Flybe. Other airports such as Grenoble and Lyon are about 2 ½ hours transfer, with Chambéry approximately 1 ½ hours. Most transfer firms offer the choice between a shared or private transfer from Geneva. Alp Line are based in Les Gets, and work well with other taxi firms to ensure minimal disruption even if your plane is delayed. Prices are rarely more expensive than the public bus service and they will go to the door of your accommodation.
- Geneva to Les Gets 69km, transfer time just over 1hr
- Chambery to Les Gets 127km, transfer time around 1.5hrs
- Lyon to Les Gets 202km, transfer time around 2hrs
- Grenoble to Les Gets 206km, transfer time just over 2hrs
Travelling to Les Gets by train is not the best option, with the closest station at Cluses still over 30 minutes away. The cost of a transfer will be almost as much as from Geneva airport and possibly more difficult to arrange. That said there has been an increase in train travel to the Alps in recent years as baggage prices increase on airlines and travellers become more eco-aware. If this option appeals to you just be sure to pre-book a transfer rather than jumping in to an expensive taxi at Cluses station.
Les Gets’ location in the Northern Alps makes driving from England a real possibility, especially if you are based in Southern England. In fact, driving over can often work out cheaper than flying in peak periods. From Calais the drive is approximately eight hours and the most efficient route is to stick to the motorways via Reims, Troyes, Dijon and Bourg en Bresse. Expect to pay around 70 euros in tolls though. If you are hiring a car, make sure you book it from the Swiss side (not the French side) of Geneva as this means you are able to drive on the Swiss motorways and the car will be equipped with snow tyres.
Getting around resort
Several free ‘navette’ bus routes around the resort and a well-linked lift system almost completely remove the need for a car whilst in Les Gets. The centre of the town itself is very compact and you can walk from one side to the other in five minutes. The Balad’Aulps bus runs every 45 minutes or so and links Les Gets to neighbouring Morzine. There is a flat rate charge of 2€ per journey on this service.