How do I get to and from Morzine?
Getting to Morzine is very simple and there are many options from driving to flying to catching a train. If flying from any London Airport you can expect a flight time of 1.20hrs followed by a transfer to resort from Geneva of the same time. Driving from Folkstone using the Eurotunnel is so simple, once you arrive in Calais it’s a 7/10hr drive down. French roads are excellent and expect to pay roughly 80 Euros in Tolls. If renting a car from Geneva Airport, when you land rent from the Swiss side which is slightly more expensive but SO much easier.
How long does it take to drive to Morzine from the UK?
From CViaMichelin to plan your route. Remember that it is a legal requirement in France to carry a warning triangle and spare bulbs and that the Motorway speed limit depends on the weather. On Autoroutes the speed limit is 130km/hr (81mph) except during rain when it reduces to 110km/hr (68mph). Speeding fines are expensive and must be paid immediately to the traffic police. The roads around Lyon, Albertville and Moûtiers are often slow moving or at a standstill during the busy French holiday weekends.
Which are the nearest airports?
There are four main airports that service the French Alps. The closest and most commonly used for Morzine is Geneva (Switzerland). You can also fly into Chambery, Lyon St-Exupery Airport, and Grenoble. You can find out more about the closest airports on their official websites.
How do I get from the airport to Morzine?
Good transfer services exist at all the main airports for the Alps. A whole host of private companies offer minibus transfers (shared and private) or hiring a car is probably the quickest way to get to resort. Public transport using buses and trains are also available but can take a great deal longer to get to your destination. Some recommended companies you could try are Skiidygonzales, Ski Lifts and Action Transfers. A quick Google will present many many more.
When is it best to come mountain biking in Morzine?
The main MTB season runs from June through to September when the majority of the lifts are open. Weather permitting, June, September and up to the end of October are good months to mountain bike as trails are quiet and the temperatures are cooler. Some resorts very close by like Champery, Morgins and Pila in Italy are easily accessible by car and Morzine is a great base for your accommodation and holiday.
How many MTB lifts are there in Morzine?
Morzine is in the heart of one of the world’s biggest MTB areas, the Portes du Soleil. With 12 linked resorts offering a network of 24 chairlifts and cable cars, all equipped to take mountain bikes. There is an 80 km circuit on the French/Swiss border and dozens of downhill runs for all levels and abilities. As Morzine is in a valley, most of the Portes du Soleil’s cycle tracks that start at the top of cable cars and chairlifts lead back down into Morzine. In the village itself, there is a real MTB buzz, with all the necessary services,specialist bike shops with qualified staff, and great après-MTB
What sort of MTB bike do I need in Morzine?
There are many different routes/areas which are suited to different types of mountain bikes so if you’re an experienced rider then you’ll undoubtedly be bringing your own mountain bike with you and you'll already know your preferred terrain. However, if this is your first mountain biking experience and you’re not familiar with the lingo or sure of the differences between a cross country (XC), trail, freestyle or downhill bike or whether to take the hardtail or full suspension option see our bike rental page. Check out the Bikes available through our partners Orange and remember you get a 10% discount when booking through MTB Morzine Beds.
What kind of insurance do we need?
We recommend that you have insurance both for your equipment and emergency medical expenses, please check that your insurance will cover a holiday specifically for mountain biking, many don’t and most travel insurance policies will not cover you for downhill mountain biking.
Although locked storage is provided, please ensure that you have adequate insurance for your equipment - sadly thieves have been known to operate in this area.
We recommend Yellow Jersey Cycle insurance http://www.yellowjersey.co.uk/
Their insurance provides cover for downhill mountain biking for leisure. Downhill mountain bike racing is excluded under their policy. They consider downhill mountain bike racing to include timed events which begin at the top of a mountain, and finish at the bottom. This exclusion does not apply to mountain bike races which involve elements of riding down hills, such as cross country or enduro events, or recreational downhilling.
Can you suggest some activities in Morzine for children?
Morzine is very much a family-friendly resort and welcomes children of all ages. From things that you can do as a family to activities that the children can go off and do with their new 'holiday friends' you will find plenty to keep everyone happy. Much more information on Activities can be obtained form the tourism office.
Can you suggest some hiking routes to try?
If you come to Morzine in the summer (and between you and I, you really should) chances are you'll want to get your walking boots on and go on a ramble or two. Morzine offers some beautiful walks for all standards, from gentle rambles to challenging hikes, you can enjoy the mountains just as much in summer as in winter .Much more information on Hiking can be obtained form the tourism office.