Morzine is in the Goldilocks Zone for many skiers and snowboarders in Europe. For many, its fantastic ski area is close enough for a winter holiday but far enough away to be an exciting destination. Morzine is accessible by car, but why choose a ski transfer to Morzine from the airport over driving?
In this post, we will weigh up the pros and cons of choosing a flight and a ski transfer over driving to Morzine. We will also give you some top tips to make your journey to our corner of the Portes du Soleil stress-free.
Where Is Morzine?
Let’s start with Morzine’s location. Morzine is situated in the Chablais mountain range and near the French-Swiss border. Even though our village may only be at 900 m, its lift system provides access to Chamossière at 1,800 m and Avoriaz at 2,100 m and 650 km of marked slopes. In fact, we are located in one of the world’s largest ski areas!
Morzine is about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Geneva Airport, making it one of France’s most accessible ski resorts. However, if you fancy it, you can take the 9-hour drive from Calais.
Which Is Best, Driving To Morzine Or Flying And Taking An Airport Transfer?
Let’s go into the pros and cons of driving or taking a ski transfer to Morzine.
Advantages Of Driving To Morzine
We’ve driven to and from Morzine from the UK countless times. It’s a long way, but it can suit some people. The most significant advantage of driving to Morzine is that if it fits in your car, you can bring it. Whether you have a big car or just pile your stuff on top of your kids, driving means there’s no limit to what you can bring, and there are no extra baggage costs.
The other advantage is that once you’ve arrived in Morzine, you have transport. This is handy for shopping for self-catered holidays in Morzine and getting around the village.
Driving is a great way to see more of France. Some people like to take their time and visit different places when travelling to and from Morzine
Disdvantages Of Driving To Morzine
As great as having a car in Morzine is, it does come with its challenges. Firstly, you have to be prepared for driving in the Alps. By law, your vehicle must be fitted with winter tyres from November 1 to March 31 and/or carry snow chains. It’s best to find out how they fit on to your car in advance; trust me, you don’t want to work it out in the dark at the side of a snowy road.
You must also carry high visibility jackets, a warning triangle, headlight adapters, and spare bulbs to comply with French highway law. The AA’s guide to driving in France has all the information you’ll need. In addition to this, since Brexit, you need specific documentation to drive in Europe; click here for all the details.
The drive through France is usually pleasant and easy, although tiring. It’s essential to break up the journey by swapping drivers or stopping somewhere overnight. Most people stop in Reims, 6 hours from Morzine or Troyes, 5 hours from Morzine. However, this does mean you need to find a hotel.
On top of this, driving to Morzine requires you to pay toll charges en route. Check Viamichellin for an idea of the costs of tolls between Calais and Morzine.
Advantages Of Flying And Taking A Ski Transfer To Morzine
The first advantage you’ll benefit from when flying and taking a ski transfer to Morzine is how quickly you arrive. The flight to Geneva is about an hour and a half from most UK airports, and the transfer time between Geneva and Morzine is also about an hour and twenty minutes.
When you fly, you may have the time and energy to squeeze in half a day on the slopes, enjoy the village, or get everything organised for the following day.
Our personalised door-to-door service means your journey is super easy and stress-free. We pick you up and drop you off according to your flight times for a seamless travel experience.
Disadvantages Of Flying And Taking A Ski Transfer To Morzine
Extra baggage fees are becoming more of an issue, especially with budget airlines. So, this is something to consider if you’re bringing your own ski and snowboard equipment to Morzine. But don’t worry, our vans have plenty of room.
Flying means you don’t have the freedom to drive around Morzine. But Morzine’s free bus service is excellent for getting around, and you can book our slope transfer and taxi service for added flexibility.
A2Ski’s Top Tips for Flying to Geneva
- Geneva airport has a French and Swiss side. If you need to get cash, make sure you use the ones on the French side, or you’ll get Swiss francs instead of Euros.
- Booking a flight late at night or early in the morning may be slightly cheaper, but it is best to carefully consider your flight times. For example, if you have to wait all day for your flight, you may spend more money, and you may have to drag your luggage everywhere with you.
- Exchange rates are better for Brits at foreign cash points; therefore, it’s best to avoid the ‘Bureau de Change.’
- Some airlines don’t allow two cabin bags; consequently, it’s a good idea to put your ski boots in your suitcase to avoid a boot-bag charge
- Clip your ski helmet to your rucksack and carry it aboard as hand luggage.
- Wear your ski jacket and snowboard boots to reduce the weight of your hold luggage (although this obviously doesn’t work for skiers)
Final Thoughts On Flying And Taking A Ski Transfer To Morzine
Flying to Geneva Airport and taking a ski transfer to Morzine is the quickest and stress-free way. Yes, driving all the way has its advantages, but the convenience of a ski transfer is unbeatable. If you time your flights well, you could be on the slopes by midday or arrive just in time for après and dinner!
Don’t hesitate to contact us at A2Ski if you’re looking for a ski transfer to Morzine. You can call or email, and our office will help you with your enquiry. Alternatively, fill in your details here.
Tel: +33 (0) 6 46 89 96 11