Courchevel has a reputation for being the most expensive place in the French Alps and perhaps the most exclusive ski destination in the whole world. But is it really worth paying over the odds for a break here? Absolutely it is – where else in the world can your watch Russian billionaires hob-nobbing with A-List celebrities and lottery winners? It’s an amazing place to spend a few days, so make sure that before your head out to Courchevel you know the ins and outs when it comes to getting in and out. On this page, you’ll find all you need to know about the fastest transfers, the closest airports and generally the insider-tips on getting yourself into the action and back home again in the fastest time and for the lowest price.
Located below 1650 and 1880, Courchevel 1550 is often considered to be the more laid-back and sleepy village, at least comparatively speaking. It’s mostly a case of private residences and exclusive rental properties here so your chances of running into the usual tourist masses are somewhere between slim and none. Some argue that 1550 offers the best of all worlds for those that can get in, with all the exclusivity of the world’s most refined ski resort without the OTT prices of the neighbouring resorts higher up. There’s a full 150km of marked runs within easy reach and the kind of après-ski you just have to experience to believe.
The closest major airport serving Courchevel 1550 is Chambery, which is located just over an hour’s drive away from the resort. As such, time it well with the weather and the traffic and you can easily get into and out of Courchevel for a weekend trip or even just an overnight stay. And of course, given the likelihood of paying a pretty premium price for the privilege, a night or two in town might be all you’ll need! For longer stays, over half a dozen airports are within easy reach and offer some very competitively priced scheduled flights.
Airport transfer time can vary hugely in accordance with both the traffic and the weather conditions at the time. As such, we always advise extra time be added onto your plans just in case the weather takes a turn for the worse and especially during peak season when the roads are at their busiest.
Of course, using public transport to get to Courchevel 1550 is far from impossible, but at the same time does not come highly recommended. There is simply no point in wasting time and money on slower, less comfortable and often unreliable service when you can book a seat on a reliable airport transfer bus for less. We always advise booking ahead for the best prices and the most ideally timed services to your resort.