Planning your trip to Verbier starts with how to get there. We explain the various options available from airports, trains, transfers and self diving, helping your holiday to get off to the best possible start
Nearest Airports to Verbier
At just 60km away, Sion is Verbier’s nearest airport and, weather permitting the arrival point for most private jets.
New for 2020 Swiss air will be flying from London Heathrow to Sion from 8 Feb 2020
The majority of visitors, however fly into Geneva. With multiple airlines running regular service all over Europe, including British Airways, SAS, Norwegian, Swiss Air and Easy Jet. Getting from the airport to Verbier is also straightforward, there is a regular train service as well as several taxi transfer companies.
The other option especially for, visitors outside of Europe is to fly into Zurich. Located in to opposite corner of Switzerland to Geneva and separated by some impressive mountain ranges the transfer time is longer than that from Geneva. A new tunnel has made the train ride much quicker and more direct. Cars however still have to take to longways around.
From the airport
The majority of visitors get from the airport to Verbier by either train or transfer. Trains run with customary Swiss efficiency and timing, from both Geneva and Zurich airports to Le Chable which is located in the valley below Verbier. For the loan traveller , the train is the most cost effective way of getting to Verbier. For groups, or for a shared ride a transfer can be both cheaper and with the added convenience of a drop off in to centre of Verbier.
Geneva to Verbier transfer
Journey time: 2hrs
Cost varies on size of group
Conveniently located in the arrivals section of Geneva Airport all transfer companies listed below will take you and your luggage direct to Verbier in a time of aprox 2 hrs
Zurich to Verbier transfer
Zurich is Switzerland’s main airport and has 2 arrivals, all transfer companies listed here will have their driver meet you at your arrivals gate
Distance: 283 km.
Journey time: 3 hours
Sion to Verbier transfers
There are no specific transfer companies from Sion yet, although this may change with the new scheduled flights. Taxis are available for either a short ride to Sion airport or all the way up to Verbier
Getting there by Train
The Verbier train station is located in Le Chable in the valley below Verbier. The newly developed station feeds straight into the Verbier ski lift network with just a short 8min telecabin up to Verbier itself and is included in your train ticket. The lift runs from 08:00 to 19:30 during the winter season, if you arrive after that, there is a bus service (also included in the train ticket) up to Verbier.
Geneva – Verbier by train
Journey time: Approx 2h 59 min
2 Changes: Geneva Airport > Martigny > Le Châble
Cost: CHF 57.20 one-way, CHF 104.40 return
From Geneva Airport train station take the IR90 direction Brig, changing at Martigny to the local train to Le Châble.
The journey take you around the beautiful Lac Leman before heading heading up the Rhone valley, before changing at Martigny and heading into the mountains to Le Châble.
Zurich -Verbier by train
Journey time: Approx 3h 30 min
2 Changes: Geneva Airport > Visp > Martigny > Le Châble
Cost: CHF 75.00 one-way, CHF 150.00 return
From Zurich Airport train station take the IC8 from platform 3 to Brig. Change at Brig to the IR90 direction Geneva and change again at Martigny. Finally take the local train up to Le Châble.
Driving to Verbier
Whether driving your own or renting from the airport, having your own car in Verbier gives you more freedom once in resort and saves on carrying luggage from between trains. However there are a few things you should be aware of.
Although there are no tolls on the motorways in Switzerland, you are required to buy a vignette for you vehicle. this is a small sticker which is stuck to your windscreen and are available at motorway border crossings, petrol stations, post offices.
Snow-tires and snow-chains
Swiss cars are required by law to have snow tires during winter months, and if you rent a car from the airport they will come fitted between mid November to May. If you are driving your own car, you should bring have snow chains and its a good idea to practice fitting them before you have to do it in the snow.