With Turin, Milan and Geneva airports all within easy reach, the Aosta Valley resorts are among the easiest to get to from the UK. Several major airlines fly these routes and with short transfer times, a weekend or short break is entirely possible.
Travel times vary depending which resort in the valley you are travelling to – below are approximate travelling times to the main resorts of the Aosta Valley.
Monterosa (Champoluc and Gressoney) – Turin Caselle 1 hour 30 minutes, Milan Malpensa 2 hours, Geneva 3 hours
Cervinia – Turin 1 hour 40 minutes, Milan 2 hours 20 minutes, Geneva 2 hours 45 minutes
Courmayeur – Geneva 1 hour 20 minutes, Turin 1 hour 40 minutes, Milan 2 hours 20 minutes
La Thuile – Turin and Geneva, 2 hours
Pila – Turin 1 hour 30 minutes, Milan 3 hours
Airport transfers are available on the Aosta Valley’s official tourism website. There are scheduled bus transfers throughout the winter plus the opportunity to book private transfers. Alternatively car hire can be arranged or for those on a budget and some resorts can be reached by public transport.
For a list of tour operators offering holidays from the UK to the Aosta Valley, click here.
Should you opt for the convenience of self-driving, the journey time from Calais to the Aosta Valley is approximately 10 hours – perfectly possible in one long travel day, or if you have the time, you may choose to break the journey with an overnight stop (or more) enroute to make it more leisurely.
Either drive through France to Geneva then through the Mont Blanc Tunnel which links Chamonix in France with Courmayeur in Italy. The views of Mont Blanc as you approach the tunnel are simply spectacular. Alternatively, drive through Switzerland to Martigny and through the Grand San Bernado Tunnel into Aosta. With either route, as the final part of the journey is on mountain roads, don’t forget your snow chains.
Travelling within the valley itself is also very rewarding, with breathtaking views and spectacular scenery around every corner.
By public transport
It is possible to travel from the UK to the resorts of the Aosta Valley by train however it is time consuming and involves some changes.
A Eurostar Ski Train will run every week this winter from London to the French Alps where you can then take connections to Aosta.
Aosta railway station is situated close to the cable car station linking the city to the Pila skiing district.
The main railway stations along the Aosta Valley line (Pont-Saint-Martin, Verrès and Chatillon / Saint-Vincent) are connected to the side valleys by bus services whose times generally coincide with the trains.
Aosta has train services to and from the Turin stations of Porta Nuova and Porta Susa, with frequent trains daily (1 every hour at busiest times of the day). The journey takes about 130 minutes (some trains need a change in Ivrea).
Coming by train from Milan takes about 180 minutes, and you have to change trains at the station of Ivrea and Chivasso.