Courchevel is by far one of the most exclusive ski destinations in the world and for the most part knows how to charge for the privilege of visiting. However, there’s nothing to say you can’t head into town and rub shoulders with the world’s billionaire jet-setters for just a day or two before totally breaking the bank. It’s all a case of knowing how to get in and out with ease, making use of the very best and most affordable airport transfer services in operation – unless of course you can afford your own private helicopter charter! Read on for the inside scoop on nearby airports, transfer times and more.
Located in-between 1550 and 1880, Courchevel 1650 is fast becoming the base of choice for those not happy with being bled dry a few stops north at 1850. 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. It’s not quite as quiet and off the beaten track as 1550 can sometimes feel, but at the same time doesn’t feel nearly as intimidating as the five-grand-per-night resorts at the top of the hill. So it’s a bit like a heady mix of both worlds, where it’s more about great skiing and even greater après-ski than looking good and flaunting your wealth.
The closest major airport serving Courchevel 1650 is Chambery, which is located just over an hour 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.
Transfer times to and from all local airports can change dramatically in accordance with weather conditions and how busy the roads are. As such, we always advise being cautious and making sure you allow plenty of extra time – especially if you have a flight to catch.
Public transport routes in and out of Courchevel 1650 do exist, but at the same time do 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.