Airport Transfers for Meribel
Meribel is located in one of the world’s premier regions for ski resorts. With neighbours such as Val Thorens, Courchevel, Tignes & Val d’Isere, it is hardly surprising that this region is one of the busiest destinations in Europe for ski holidays. Meribel’s position a short distance up from the valley town of Moutiers, means it actually has one of the shorter airport transfer times though.
The resorts popularity with British holidaymakers means there are plenty of transfer companies providing both shared and private airport transfers for Meribel. Being served by four local airports – Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble & Chambery – means the prices and availability of services vary greatly and require some forward planning.
Transfers between Geneva airport and Meribel
As the busiest international airport in the region Geneva sees some of the highest passenger numbers during the winter months. Despite being in Switzerland, a good percentage of those landing at Geneva airport will actually be travelling to Meribel for their ski holiday.
At between 160km and 180km depending on the route taken a transfer between Geneva airport and Meribel is likely to take around 2.5 hours. When there is heavy snow, or heavy traffic though this time can easily increase to over 3 hours.
Private taxi companies will run Geneva airport transfers for Meribel for up to 8 passengers at almost any time of day or night – provided they are pre-booked. Most of these will tend to be more expensive at peak times and on weekends, whilst they tend to bring their overall cost down during the week when there is much less demand for the service. Prices can vary greatly, as can the quality of vehicles – which is why we would recommend using Snowcompare.com to compare all the local transfer company prices before booking.
On weekends it is also possible to find companies in Geneva offering regular shared airport transfers for Meribel. These tend to be much cheaper travel options especially for smaller groups. Timings can vary though and it is best to check before travelling as technically these companies are not allowed to sell tickets at the airport. Snowcompare makes it easy to see all the shared bus services on one page and book right there and then.
Transfers between Grenoble airport and Meribel
Lying approximately 170km from Meribel, Grenoble airport is the second most popular access point for international visitors. With a small but modern terminal and regular flights from some of the biggest low-cost airlines there are some definite bargains to be had flying in to Grenoble.
Similar to Geneva, it is not hard to find a private taxi transfer between Grenoble airport and Meribel. Operators will be happy to offer this door-to-door service, but prices can vary so it is definitely best to use Snowcompare to book the best transfer deals before you travel.
Shared airport transfers for Meribel also run regularly at the weekends from Grenoble. The competition in the local area has bought prices right down, but to avoid a long wait you should search for shared transfer times on Snowcompare.com.
Transfers between Lyon airport and Meribel
Lyon airport sits approximately 180km from Meribel resort and is a journey of just over 2 hours when it is quiet on the roads. Lyon does see a good amount of footfall over the winter months, but not as much as Geneva or Grenoble airports. Major European airlines use Lyon, but the flight numbers again are not as great.
Private taxis can be arranged to run airport transfers for Meribel out of Lyon, although the costs may be higher due to it being a slightly quieter route. Shared transfers are also less frequent, but can still be found on the weekends. People landing mid-week may find it more difficult to source cheap airport transfers for Meribel. All the best local companies advertise their shared transfer services on Snowcompare.com though.
Transfers between Chambery airport and Meribel
Chambery airport is the closest in the region to Meribel at just over 100km. However, the airport here is very small and in recent years they have built up more trade with package holiday companies and private planes.
If you do land in Chambery airport then a private transfer to Meribel will be one of the cheapest on offer. It’s possible to find some great transfer deals by using Snowcompare.com to view all the local companies prices in one place.
Meribel Resort Information
Originally founded by British skier Colonel Peter Lindsay in 1938, Meribel has grown into one of the biggest and best ski resorts in the Alps. Situated at 1,450m within the scenic French valley of Les Allues and at the heart of the huge Three Valleys ski area, Meribel has become one of the most popular ski resorts in the French Alps.
Although technically a purpose-built ski resort, Meribel thankfully avoided the lure of building high-rise apartment blocks which have seen resorts such as Tignes or Val Thorens rightly labelled as ugly. In fact, the town doesn’t allow any high-rise developments at all. Instead it insists on chalet-style buildings which has meant Meribel retains all the charm of a traditional mountain village despite its rapid growth.
Wood and stone chalets nestle in wooded surroundings and create as picturesque a ski resort as you can hope to find in France. Don’t mistake Meribel for a sleepy village though – this British-centric resort parties hard too.
Rather than developing skyward, Meribel has instead spread outwards and now encompasses multiple different areas that can be accessed by shuttle bus and ski lift. Meribel Centre is the largest of these areas and is home to the greatest concentration of shops, bars & restaurants. Meribel-Mottaret commands a position at the top of the valley and accommodation here provides the quickest access to the higher, more challenging pistes. Meribel Village provides a quieter atmosphere than its neighbours, but still has access to the huge Three Valleys ski area.
Further down the valley are the satellite villages of Brides-Les-Bains and Les Allues. Although these have access to the same ski areas as Meribel and are connected by local transport, they tend to be thought of as resorts in their own right rather than areas of the larger Meribel.
Skiing in Meribel
Meribel itself has enough local pistes to keep varying ability skiers happy for a week-long holiday. There are approximately 150km of pisted runs accessed by 45 ski lifts which give access to slopes between 1100m and 2952m in altitude. This means that most of the local pistes are above the Meribel tree line, but there are also lower runs which provide shelter on bad weather days. This ski area is particularly good for beginners but there are also plenty of long red and blue runs plus good off-piste offerings.
However, Meribel has the added benefit of being situated in the very heart of the massive Three Valleys ski area.
Combining ski areas with eight local resorts – Courchevel, La Tania, Brides-Les Bains, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, St Martin de Belleville & Orelle – Meribel has unrestricted access to the largest ski area in the world. There is something for everyone in the Three Valleys, with sheltered slow areas for beginners as well as 32 black runs for expert skiers and snowboarders. Add to this the amazing freeride opportunities, tree-lined pistes, snow parks and glaciers and you have easy access to everything you could possibly need for an amazing ski holiday.