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How to Get to Morzine

Discover the top ways to get to Morzine

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Just 80km from Geneva, Morzine is one of the easiest resorts to get to.

Morzine sits at the heart of the Portes du Soleil, one of the largest mountain resorts in the world.

Getting here by car or bus involves a fairly long and winding mountain road. But being so close to Geneva airport means there are plenty of transfer options.

Morzine isn’t on a train line, but high speed (TGV) trains from Paris stop at Cluses and Thonon-Les-Bains. You can catch a bus to the resort from either station. 

So given the options, what’s the best way to get here? 

Plane over snow-capped mountains

Flying to Morzine

Flying to Geneva is the easiest way to get to Morzine for most international visitors.

Because of its proximity to the resort, it's easy to get a transfer. You can also hire a car and be at your chalet door within 1h 30.

The only trouble with flying to Geneva is the environmental cost. Driving, coming by coach or catching a train are usually better options if you want to reduce CO2 emissions.

Flying to other airports

Geneva really is your best option. But if you can’t get a flight to Geneva, Chambery is your next closest airport.  

You could also consider flying to Lyon or Grenoble, but transfer times are a lot long (around 3 hours).

We wouldn't recommend flying to Turin or Milan - even if they look close on the map. The journey times are usually longer and you'll often have to rely on pricey private transfers.

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Getting from the airport to Morzine

The easiest and fastest way to get to Morzine is to book an airport transfer.

The transfer from Geneva to Morzine takes around 1h30, but can be longer on snowy days and in peak weeks.

About Trains to Morzine

Train to Morzine

Getting to Morzine by train may involve a few changes, which can be tricky with baggage or kids. But:

  • it's the most environmentally-friendly option
  • you get more leg room than on a plane or in a car
  • you normally won't have to pay extra for luggage
  • journey times can be similar to driving or flying if you're doing a trip like London to Morzine

Which train station is closest to Morzine

The 2 train stations closest to Morzine are: 

  • Cluses (29km)
  • Thonon-Les-Bains (32km)

High speed (TGV) trains from Paris stop at both. 

You can catch a bus to the resort from either station. Prices start from as little as €10 and journey time is 40 to 60 minutes. 

If you're coming to Morzine from the UK

London to Morzine by train is 10 to 12 hours. 

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Driving to Morzine

Morzine is relatively easy to get to by car, although you're unlikely to need your car once you get here. There are good public transport options in the village itself, and there's a cable car that links with nearby Avoriaz.

If you can't park outside your accommodation, you'll need to use one of the public car parks like the Prodains Express car park. Bear in mind you'll need to pay to stay here.

Read more about parking in Morzine

If you're using the French autoroute, the journey as far as Cluses is straightforward. The final hour is a little more arduous with no less than 21 switchbacks (hairpin bends). These are cleared every day during winter, but it's not a trip for nervous drivers - especially in bad weather. 

Remember too that if you're coming here for a ski holiday, you'll need to fit winter tyres or keep snow chains in the boot of your car.   

Driving to Morzine from the UK

It takes 9 hours to drive from Calais to Morzine - a distance of around 820km.

Unless you're driving an electric car to the Alps however, driving isn't very environmentally friendly.

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Coach to Morzine

Getting to Morzine by coach takes longer than flying. It's usually cheaper though, which makes it a good option if you're on a budget.

It's also a relatively environmentally-friendly way to travel.

International coach companies like FlixBus, Eurolines, BlaBlaBus and RegioJet run services to Lyon, Grenoble and Geneva. From there, you can pick up a bus transfer to Morzine.

Coaches from London to Morzine

There's a direct overnight coach from London to Cluses that runs once a week during the winter. It takes about 20 hours.

From Cluses, you’ll have to take a bus to Morzine.

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Reducing your environmental impact

We know flying is often the most convenient way to get to Morzine, but we'd encourage you to look at alternatives.

One option is to take the train as far as Geneva and do the last leg by transfer from the airport or city centre. This allows you to minimise your carbon footprint while still getting to the resort in good time.

Carbon footprint | Comparing ways to get to Morzine
Mode of transport CO2 per km per person
Train 6 grams
Electric car with 4 passengers 13 grams
Coach 28 grams
Diesel car with 4 passengers 43 grams
Petrol car with 4 passengers 48 grams
Flying 156 grams

Source: Carbon footprint of travel per kilometre (ourworldindata.org)