Chatel resort is a famed French Alps ski resort. Due to world-class skiing, pistes for all abilities, endless snow and summer adventures and a seamless blend of Alpine-traditional-meets-modern, Chatel appeals to the masses. Therefore, it's no surprise that the gates to the town are busy welcoming local and international visitors throughout the year.
Whether you're making the pilgrimage for a short but sweet weekend of fun with friends or you're one of the lucky owners of a luxury French Alps property in one of Chatel's ski developments, the ease of how to get to Chatel compared to many Alpine villages was likely another deciding factor for choosing to visit this outstanding village.
Where is Chatel, France?
Chatel is nestled in the breathtaking Haute-Savoie region of the northern French Alps. This prime location means that quite often, dedicated skiers and snowboarders looking for variety throughout their holiday can use Chatel as a base and explore the wider Portes du Soleil ski area. This is easily accessed via a cable car that soars over some of the world's most beautiful panoramic views.
Some neighbouring Alpine resorts include the quaint French villages of La Chapelle-d'Abondance ski resort, Abondance, Avoriaz and Morzine ski resort. Chatel sits on the French/Swiss border, close to Morgins and Monthey.
How to Travel to Chatel Ski Resort
The village’s fantastic location means that the ski resort is easily accessible to skiers the world over. Whether your preferred journey is via flight, train, coach or you want to make a road trip out of it, Chatel is surrounded by a choice of airports, train stations and excellent road and motorway links nearby.
Airports Near to Chatel
Chatel ski resort is mainly served by four airports.
- Geneva Airport - Geneva, Switzerland (GVA)
- Chambery Savoie Mont Blanc Airport - Chambery, France (CMF)
- Grenoble Alpes Isère Airport - Grenoble, France (GNB)
- Lyon St. Exupery Airport - Lyon, France (LYS)
These are also the closest to the ski resort, meaning the shortest private transfer journey upon arrival in either the French or Swiss Airports.
Geneva Airport, in Switzerland, is the closest airport to the resort, with an onward journey time of just under 2 hours depending on if you take the quickest and most direct route.
Located just 4km from the City Centre, the international airport has a network of flights from most European destinations, plenty from the UK, and many longer haul journeys from North America, China and the Middle East to name a few.
Chambery Savoie Mont Blanc Airport
The Savoie Mont Blanc Airport is one of two airports in Chambery, and it is the second closest to Chatel ski resort with a journey time of just over 2 hours on the quickest route.
The French Airport is on the smaller side, so other than some UK airports, flying into Chambery Savoie isn't likely to be a feasible option for your ski holiday unless you live in Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Moscow.
However, if you live in the UK, the airport is served by many airline carriers with regular flights departing from London Gatwick, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh and more.
Grenoble Alpes Isère Airport and Lyon St. Exupery Airport
With an onward transfer time of approximately 2 hours 45 minutes, Grenoble and Lyon airports are the two less frequently used options for UK visitors. However, both airports are served by several airline carriers, and both have a network of international flights, so these two French airports are both great options if they need to be used!
Travel to Chatel via Public Transport
The best option for public transport to Chatel is using a train or a bus, either of which is usually used in combination with a flight - especially for those living outside of France or Switzerland.
One of the closest railway stations to the resort is Thonon Les Bains railway station, situated on the French side of Chatel. There is a daily service to the station from Geneva airport, and a direct bus to the heart of the resort can be arranged for your transfer. Ticket prices, information and bookings can be found at SNCF.
Another station close to Chatel ski resort is Monthey, which is a mere 20 km and 30 minutes drive.
Self-Drive to Chatel
One of the benefits of self-driving to Chatel is not having to haul your luggage and skis through busy airports and onto buses or trains for a transfer - oh, and you can drop yourself off in the heart of Chatel without the faff.
However, practicalities aside, a road trip from the UK to Chatel is one of the most fun ways to make the journey, and stopping off at some incredible locations along the way will leave you feeling like you've had multiple holidays in one.
Journey times will vary hugely depending on where your starting point is in the UK, and also where and how many times you choose to stop along the way. So, as a guide, the journey time from Calais is roughly 9 hours.