Chalet La Giettaz is situated close to the village of La Giettaz, in the Savoie region of France. La Giettaz is one of the 5 villages of the Val d'Arly and we are less than 20 minutes' drive from the larger resorts of Megève and La Clusaz. The famous Alpine towns of Annecy and Chamonix are each under an hour's drive from the chalet. Geneva Airport is 80km away, while Lyon Airport is 160km from the chalet.
One of the charms of La Giettaz lies in its picturesque, off-the-beaten track situation. For this reason, although not essential, we recommend that you have your own car, as public transport services in the area are limited.
The village is within walking distance of the chalet but the journey home is uphill - so allow 10 minutes to walk down and 15 minutes to walk back during the summer and slightly longer each way during the winter, when the shortest route is partially snow-covered. Local taxis charge € 10 to drop you back at the Chalet.
For the short journey to and from the ski lift in winter, there is both our private shuttle service and the free village bus that stops directly outside the Chalet. There is also plenty of free parking available at the lift.
The chalet serves as an excellent base to explore the Savoie-Mont Blanc region and for that reason we strongly recommend you have your own transport if you are visiting us in summer.
We are pleased to offer flexible arrival and departure days, allowing you to plan your journey in the most cost-effective manner: please contact us for further information.
2837 Route du Col des Aravis
73590 La Giettaz
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The following sections provide detailed information for how to get to Chalet La Giettaz. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
La Giettaz is approximately 900km from Calais. Driving on French motorways is generally a very refreshing change from what you may be used to in the UK: the roads are quiet and in good condition, and roadworks are few and far between, although the tolls can be expensive. If you don't fancy doing the journey from and to Calais in one go, please visit our stopovers page for some suggestions on where to spend the night on your way through France.
Please note, it is compulsory for all drivers to carry a warning triangle, replacement bulbs and a high-visibility vest in their vehicle, and snow chains must also be carried during winter months. This applies to rental cars as well as your own vehicle. We strongly recommend winter tyres for journeys during the ski season. The AA website has more information on driving regulations in France.
Geneva Airport is approximately 80km from La Giettaz and can be easily reached in little over an hour by car. There is a wide range of flights from many UK airports to Geneva throughout the year. British Airways and Easyjet are the most popular carriers.
Lyon Airport is around 160km, or 2 hours’ drive from La Giettaz. Easyjet have recently increased their services here from the UK, and fares can sometimes be cheaper than those to Geneva, so it's certainly worth considering as an alternative.
In winter, Jet 2 and some chartered airlines use Chambéry Airport, which is around 80km from the chalet, while Ryanair and Easyjet both operate services to Grenoble, roughly 150km away.
We recommend using the skyscanner flight search engine for all your air travel requirements.
Car hire is easily arranged at all airports, although it is worth shopping around between companies as prices can vary significantly. For more information about car hire at Geneva Airport, and in particular the difference between car hire from the Swiss and French sectors of the airport, please visit the Chalet La Giettaz Blog.
The nearest stations served by France’s excellent TGV network are Annecy and Albertville, both less than one hour’s drive from La Giettaz. Trains to both stations from Paris run once or twice each day and take around 4 hours. More regular TGV services run from Paris to Lyon (the service to St Exupery airport is most convenient) in 2 hours. Eurostar direct services from London to Lyon run up to 5 days per week (depending on the time of year) and there is also a daily TGV service between Lille and Lyon that links up well with regular Eurostar services from London, avoiding the need to find your way across Paris to change trains. Lyon is just over 2 hours' drive from the chalet.
Regional services run from Lyon and Geneva to Sallanches, about 40 minutes from the chalet.
In winter, the famous Eurostar Ski Train runs direct from London to Moutiers, just over 50km from La Giettaz, overnight on Fridays and through the day on Saturdays. The journey takes just over seven hours (slightly longer for the overnight service).
Again, car hire is available at all stations.
We would be delighted to help you arrange private transfers from any of the above airports or train stations. We are pleased to recommend two local, British-run, transfer companies: Aravis Transfers and Action Transfers.
Alternatively, there is a public bus service between Geneva Airport and Megève. During the ski season, the bus runs three times a day in each direction and if you are travelling as a couple or small group, it may be the most cost-effective method of reaching us. You can find more details about the service by downloading this information document (produced by Geneva Airport) - please note that advance booking is essential.
If you are arriving by TGV to Albertville, there is also a local bus service from the train station to La Giettaz.