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 20 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.
Either drive through France to Geneva then through the Mont Blanc Tunnel which links Chamonix in France with Courmayeur in Italy or down through Switzerland to Martigny and through the Grand San Bernado Bernardo Tunnel into Aosta. With either route, as the final part of the journey is on mountain roads, don’t forget your snow chains.
By Public Transport
It is also possible to travel from the UK to the resorts of the Aosta Valley by train, which is usually best for the environment and a great way to travel, however it is time-consuming and involves some changes.
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.
You can also purchase rail tickets from the airports of Turin, Geneva and Milan directly into Aosta Town with thetrainline.com.
From the town of Aosta, buses run to the resorts.
Main Image © Marco Spataro