Planning on heading for a ski break in the beautiful French Alps resort of Morzine?
This incredible ski in / ski out is 100% vehicle free and offers one of the largest number of runs for skiers of all levels.
But how to get to Morzine?
Well, spoiler alert, if you didn’t already know, then Geneva is actually the closest airport to Morzine at a distance of only 80km away.
Yes that’s Geneva in Switzerland in case there was any confusion!
And yes, I realise Morzine is in France, but take a look at the map and you’ll actually see it’s pretty freaking close to the Swiss border, which is why Geneva Airport is the spot to head to if you’re flying into the region.
And then the best way to get from Geneva to Morzine is then definitely by direct transfer.
To learn more about why, how to book your transfer, what you can expect to pay, as well as alternative methods of transport if you are looking for a cheaper option, or one from the centre of Geneva rather than the airport, then read on.
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Why Take a Geneva to Morzine Transfer?
So if, like me, you are flying to Geneva airport, but are confused as to why you should pay for a shuttle, then here’s my guide as to why it really is the best way to get to your chosen ski resort.
Even as a money-conscious traveller looking to score a bargain, I have to conclude that a direct transfer really is the best way to get from Geneva to Morzine because, quite simply, the public transport options suck.
With at least one change and at least 2 different networks (bus and train), Geneva to Morzine by public transport is far from straightforward.
It’s also long – think over 2.5hrs minimum – and actually isn’t that cheap (think at least 30€), which is roughly the same price as a transfer!
In addition, public transport will involve you getting from Geneva airport to the city’s train or bus station (another journey to navigate with luggage) and, at the other end, it will also involve you getting from Morzine’s bus station (Gare Routiere in French) to your hotel or chalet of choice.
Add to this mix the fact you might be arriving late at night or early in the morning, plus bringing some large bags with you, and Geneva to Morzine by public transport really starts to look less and less appealing… or at least it did in my book!
Transfers from Geneva to Morzine on the other hand, take just over an hour and offer a door-to-door service that makes life really easy – exactly what you want at the start of a holiday!
Transfers tend to meet every major plane landing at Geneva (at least in the high season) are therefore quick, easy and efficient to catch.
No hanging around, you simply disembark your plane, clear immigration, pick up your luggage and head into the arrivals halls where your chosen transfer company will have a board with your name on it… literally!
Most transfers cost only around 35€, and are booked in advance, so they can whisk you straight from the airport car park to your chosen Morzine accommodation spot to begin your holiday in style!
Booking your Transfer
So now I’ve given you all the reasons why a transfer really is the best way to get from Geneva to Morzine, so the next thing to know is that you’ll need to book your transfer in advance.
This is key to making sure a) that the transfer company can accommodate you, and b) that they know what plane you’re arriving into Geneva on and where you’re staying in Morzine – this will help them to assign you to the most efficient shuttle and also ensure someone is waiting in airport arrivals for you!
Before you start looking at transfer companies, I’d encourage you to first review your accommodation booking and see if they offer a shuttle or transfer from Geneva airport and, if yes, if it’s included in your package.
If it is, definitely take your hotel up on this offer to ensure you don’t end up paying twice!
If the transfer isn’t included, but they do offer a service, then I’d ask about that too – particularly the price – as it may be cheaper for you to use their own service even if it’s a ski package extra.
Failing all of that, there you’ll be pleased to know there are a number of other, independent transfer agencies you can easily book on with.
The main 2 are AlpyBus or Swiss tours.
Both run communal shuttles, so you’ll be sharing the journey with other people – likely fellow passengers on your flight, those with a similar arrival time, people who might be staying in the same Morzine accommodation as you, or in a hotel or chalet near yours.
Both these shuttle companies run from Geneva airport to Morzine, take around an hour and a half and cost 34€.
I recommend booking them at least a week before your trip and using Omio to compare their journeys, times and prices.
Taking a Taxi Instead
The other option when it comes to travelling from Geneva to Morzine is to take a private taxi.
If you don’t want to join others in your shuttle, then this is a good idea.
Again, I’d book a taxi ahead of time and recommend TaxiGenevaAirport for the job.
A taxi from Geneva airport to Morzine will usually cost around 225€.
Hiring a Car for the Journey
Another way to get from Geneve to Morzine is by renting a car.
This can easily be done at Geneva airport, but it’s worth bearing in mind this isn’t a cheap option.
Nothing is cheap in Switzerland – especially hiring a car! – and because you’re taking it across the French border it may cost even more.
You might also want to consider how much you’re likely to use the vehicle beyond the airport journey.
The answer, if you’re staying and skiing in Morzine-Avoriaz (and not going anywhere afterwards), is probably not much!
Hiring a car if there’s a group of you, is cheaper, but don’t forget to include the cost of fuel, as well as confirm there’s parking at your Morzine accommodation.
If you do want to look at hire car options however, then I recommend Discover Cars who operate in both France and Switzerland, including at Geneva airport.
Public Transport Options
And finally, as I spoke about in the introduction, you can also use public transport to get from Geneva to Morzine.
The most common option here is to take a train from Geneva’s main station to Annemasse, which takes around 25 minutes, and from there, change and grab another train to Thonon-Les-Bain, which takes roughly half an hour.
Make your way out of the train station here and across to the bus station, where you’ll need to pick up the Y91 bus to Morzine, which takes just under an hour.
Arrive at the bust station here, which is right in the town and then either walk, catch the local shuttle or grab a taxi to your accommodation.
This full journey can be booked with Kiwi and should take you under 2 hours if you time the connections right.
Quick Travel Guide to Morzine
When to Visit Morzine?
A year-round destination, Morzine is great for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, as well as cycling, hiking and camping in the summer.
Where to Stay?
I highly recommend Chilly Powder as the best place to stay in Morzine.
Learn why in this article I wrote and don’t forget to mention my name if you book with them 😉
How Long to Spend There?
I recommend a stay of at least 4 days in Morzine – so that you can get 3 full days of activities.
A week would be better if you have that time!
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How to Save When You Spend in Europe
When it comes to getting paying for things in Geneva or Morzine, you want to ensure you’re not being charged overseas transaction fees or getting poor exchange rates when using your card abroad, which is why I always take my Wise Card away with me wherever I travel.
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So that’s my full guide on how to take a Geneva to Morzine transfer, why you should, how to book and what to pay.
Hopefully you’ve found this information useful, but any other questions, don’t hesitate to drop them into the comments box below…