Whichever way you choose to arrive in resort you should be prepared for the journey to take much longer than expected! This is the most popular part of the Alps and at times it will feel like the whole world is on the road, so give serious thought to minimising the road journey with use of the train. Rail travel from the UK can be a relaxing way to reach the resort and having changed from the Eurostar in Paris a French SNCF service will get you to Moutiers, 22km away, and the short final leg can be completed by bus or taxi. The last 20km from the station can be completed on the frequent bus service run by Transdev.
Geneva Airport is 187km from St Martin and has the most transport links to transfer you to the resort in around two and a half hours. The next biggest airport is Lyon St Exupery which has public buses to the ski stations. The smaller airports of Chambery and Grenoble (under an hour and a half by road) are closer but have fewer public transport links.
- Chambery to St Martin 105km, transfer time around 1.25hrs
- Grenoble to St Martin 179km, transfer time just under 2hrs
- Lyon to St Martin 182km, transfer time around 2hrs
- Geneva to St Martin 187km, transfer time around 2.5hrs
Having a car in resort is no big advantage given the fact that the network is so well connected. Driving to St Martin will take you about 9 hours from Calais on a good day or up to 12 or 13 in heavy traffic. If you’re unlucky and travelling at peak times and in bad weather, then the final leg of the journey from Albertville (N90 via Moutiers) can be shocking.