We've been running epic mountain bike holidays in Morzine since 2012 and we've been living and shredding here for longer than that! There's not much about the summer in this town we don't have some experience in, dive into this Frequently Asked Questions, or FAQ to get some of our insight in Morzine MTB Holidays.

We also recently put together an Ultimate Guide to Morzine for Wide Open Magazine.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL TO MORZINE?

Flying is the quickest method of getting to Morzine. If there are 3 or more of your travelling, driving maybe more cost effective and you are less limited on what you can bring.

There are many options to travel to morzine, especially in the summer months for that MTB holiday. The most simple is to fly into Geneva, several airlines now offer flights from many UK airports up and down the country. 

All the fine detail on flying to Morzine can be found in our blog here.

Aswell as that we have all the info on driving or even taking the train.

Flights to Geneva from the UK take about 1 - 2hrs, once you land there is a 1 hr20 hour transfer to Morzine from Geneva with Skiidy Gonzales (you get a discount if you book with us!) or you can hire a car. The only reason you might hire a car is if you are bringing a family and want to be mobile to nearby towns like Annecy or Chamonix. 

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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DRIVE TO MORZINE?

Driving is also a great option, once you arrive in Calais from Folkstone you have about 500 miles and 8-10 hrs of driving to go, the French motorways are amazing and you rarely hit any traffic, you do pay €72 each way in tolls for this privilege, saving you around 4 hours in time and stress. You can also sail to La Harve from Southampton, you then have a similar 8-10 hour drive.

Driving to Morzine is very simple and depending on where your departure point in the UK is can be a much better choice than flying. Once you arrive in Calais or La Harve you have about 540 miles and 8 - 10 hours of driving ahead if using the toll roads.

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Drive, Fly or Train to Morzine?

WHICH AIRPORT SHOULD I FLY INTO TO GET TO MORZINE?

If you are looking to fly out to Morzine for your MTB holiday then fly to Geneva. Flying anywhere else will cost a fortune in the  onward journey.

Easyjet fly from many airports across the UK from Bristol to Edinburgh, these flights will take about 1 - 2 hours in length and most likely cost £60 - £150 depending on the time of year you travel, July and August are high season in Morzine, June and September are much quieter and cheaper as the holidays are over. 

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HOW DO I GET FROM GENEVA TO MORZINE?

There are many transfer companies that offer their services from Geneva to Morzine and over the years we have established some good relationships with with several but mainly use SkiidyGonzales. You cant miss the guys from Skiidy Gonzales as they have huge Mexican Sombreros on. 

If your transfer is in winter or mid-week, we run private transfers with the MTB Beds VW fleet.

You can expect to pay anything thing from €25 - €35 per journey from Geneva to Morzine and the same for the return leg. All MTB Beds clients will receive a discount code to use with Skiidy Gonzales and this gives you a great price of about €60 return including your bike carriage. This is not the cheapest transfer you can get but trust us, it's the most reliable and some of the alternatives are not the best. 

The transfer will take about 1 - 1.5 hours depending on how many people are on the bus, how many stops in resort the driver has to make and how much luggage and bikes need to be carried. 

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Morzine has plenty of atmosphere in the summer

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL WITH MY BIKE?

Over the years we have seen many bike sized packages arrive at the properties in Morzine, from bikes simply wrapped in blankets and taped up to solid metal cases with more locks than Goldie Lookin Chain. Simply put, the easiest travel companion is an Evoc, or similar, bag.

Imitations can be as good, but in our experience, you can't go wrong with the market leaders. Your bike is packed up or built up in under 20 minutes, if you're quick it's under 5. Bike boxes are the other bet. Advantage, they are free, and you can make the bike as padded as you like, so it's pretty safe. But, it's hard to shift, takes ages to pack up and unpack, and the kicker is that you always lose bits inside the bag.

We've seen thousands of bikes built up, and it's always the guy with the old box looking for a bolt or chasing bubble wrap round the car park.

Always take your rotors off just incase and label them front and rear, so they match the brake pads. Pack these in your hold luggage in some cardboard so they don't risk getting bent. Nothing worse than a bent rotor.

Remember check your bike bag or box for any damage at the airport and report anything before you leave.

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The locals know where to find the good stuff!

SHOULD I TAKE CASH OUT BEFORE ARRIVING IN MORZINE? DO YOU NEED A CASH IN MORZINE?

Yes. Shop around in the UK or home for the best rate. Your bank will charge you for transactions in resort.

A Revolut card or similar also works well if you want to be cash free.

Do you need cash in Morzine? Not really, there will be the odd mountain hut  that won't have card facilities and the odd shop or bar that will insist on a minimum fee for card use. Bring between €100 - €300+ depending on how much you tend to sink on a night out, or how much 'free cash' you have that you want to convert to Monopoly money.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO COME TO MORZINE?

The mountain bike season in Morzine runs from mid June to the September on a normal summer season, some lifts are open for the weekends from the last weekend in May like Les Gets and some lifts like Champery stay open until late October. 

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WHEN DO THE CHAIRLIFTS OPEN IN MORZINE?

The opening dates for the chairlifts in Morzine and around fluctuate from year to year, some lifts will open earlier and only for weekends, such as Les Gets, Pleney and Morgins snow allowing. Les Gets is often the first lifts to open in the Portes du Soleil for the summer mountain bike season, in late May.

Each year we gather all of the information together and continually update a chairlift opening page on the website. A safe bet is that all of the lifts on the Portes du Soleil will be open for July and August, while some maybe closed in June and September.

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Good luck finding the un-official secret tracks!

Morzines secret trails - MTB Beds

HOW MUCH IS A HIRE BIKE IN MORZINE?

We have a range of bikes we can hire to MTB Beds clients. With prices starting at £70 for a day up to £380 for a week long hire.

In the shops, bikes start at around €85 per day for an enduro bike or €89 per day for a downhill bike, up to €119 for the most expensive downhill bike we've seen in resort.

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  • How much is bike hire in Morzine? Anywhere from £70 - £110
  • Can I hire an E-Bike in Morzine? Yes, many shops are renting E-Bikes, email us at [email protected] and we can arrange a hire for you.

Enduro bikes let you shred and explore Morzine's best trails.

WHAT BIKE SHOULD I BRING TO MORZINE?

Check out our blog on the which is the best bike to bring to Morzine.

We believe a modern long travel enduro bike is the best bike to bring to Morzine.

A downhill bike is the obvious choice if you have one and don't intend leaving the bike park.

We ran the numbers over the last 3 seasons. It's been steadily increasing in favour of the enduro bike, from 60/40 in 2017, to around 50/50 in 2018 and last year, 2019 saw a massive increase in enduro bikes coming out, with nearly 65% of all bikes having single crown forks.

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  • Does an enduro bike have enough travel for the Morzine trails? Yes, anything over 150mm will work if it's modern and well maintained with solid components you will be fine.
  • Are 26 inch parts available in Morzine? Not anymore, bring what you think you may need.
  • Should I setup my bike tubeless? Yes, we strongly advise it. See our guide, here.
  • Can I bring an E-Bike to Morzine? Yes, many people do. You cannot fly with your battery. We can arrange E-bike battery hire for you, email us on [email protected]
  • Is an E-Bike allowed on the chairlifts in Morzine? There is a weight limit on the chairlifts meaning some may ask you to remove the battery before putting the bike on.
  • Are there charging points for E-Bikes? Yes,

Morgins bike park is a must do in the Portes du Soleil

Morgins Bike Park - MTB Beds

HOW MANY TRAILS ARE IN MORZINE?

Hundreds.

Official trails? In the main bike parks there are around 60!

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  • How many trails are there on Le Pleney? - There are 6 official trails on Le Pleney. 2 green, 2 blue 1 red and 1 black
  • How many trails are there on  Super Morzine - There are 10 official trails on Super Morzine. 3 green, 4 blue, 2 red and 1 black
  • How many trails are there in Les Gets - There are 18 official trails in Les Gets. 3 greens. 8 blues, 5 reds and 2 blacks
  • How many trails are there in Chatel - There are 22 official trails in Chatel (including the 3 sections of Vink Line). 3 green, 5 blues, 4 reds and 10 blacks
  • How many trails are there in Champery/Morgins - There are 11 official trails in Champery/Morgins. 1 green, 2 blues, 5 reds and 3 blacks

But add in all the unofficial trails, the singletracks and epic loops and you are easily cracking 3 figures.

Want to see more, check out our Track Check videos!

Trail work in Morzine / Les Gets

WHERE ARE THE SECRET TRACKS IN MORZINE?

Haha! We're not going to put that online.

Book on with us and take one of the crew out for a beer and you might just land yourself afew hints. There's alot more to it than what you think you know....

HOW MUCH IS A MOUNTAIN BIKE GUIDE OR COACH OR MORZINE?

We'd highly recommend using Les Gets Bike School. Yes they are based in Les Gets but they coach and guide all over the Portes du Soleil, including Samoens!

They're super reliable, fun and reasonably priced. If you want to know where the secret stuff is, how to make the most of your enduro bike in Morzine, learn some skills, coaching for the family, they've got it all covered and prices start from just €42 per hour.

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DOES MY BIKE FIT ON THE LIFTS IN MORZINE?

So much has changed in the mountain bike world even in the last 5 years. Longer downhill bikes, bigger wheels, fatter tyres, E-Bikes. All of them have some issues on some of the lifts, aswell as some other auxiliary questions such as procuring spares or even an E-Bike battery to hire.

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Got anymore questions?

If it's not on one of our property FAQ's or in the Essential Guide, fire us an email and we'll get back to you as soon as we can!

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Mountain bike hire in Morzine?

Looking to hire a Mountain Bike in Morzine? We have a range of Specialized Enduro MTB Bikes waiting for you. We can have our Mechanic set the bike up to your weight and riding style. 10/10. 

  • From £70 per day (Fox Rampage full face helmet included)
  • Demo day (1 day only) £50
  • 170mm 29er Enduro bike hire in Morzine

MTB Day trips

Our famous MTB day trips from Morzine to Pila, La Thuile, Samoens, Morgins and more are a must for your Morzine MTB Holiday! 

  • From £20 per person

Airport Transfers

Looking to book a Mountain Bike specific airport transfer from Geneva to Morzine or Nice to Finale Ligure with trailer?

  • From £30 per person

Latest mountain biking News and Events

What documentation, app, certificate, test, booking form, attestation you will need to travel to France and Morzine this summer.

You can double check all of our information HERE.

After the dismal events of Summer 2021, expectations are high for 2022.

We'll be posting all of the news as soon as we get it, events, chairlift opening and closing dates for Morzine, Les Gets, Super Morzine, Chatel, Morgins and Champery.

Watch this space...

On July 12th France announced the latest measures to help combat a fourth wave of Covid-19, in an attempt to keep the country open and not risk a surge of the delta variant, such as the UK has seen. These measures are designed to avoid a fourth lockdown, and essentially make life normal for some, and very abnormal for others.

If you're vaccinated, travelling to Europe during the summer and Autumn months looks to be quite straight forward. At the time of writing the governments of Europe have come to the understanding that if you have been jabbed, you can travel. Restrictions remain in place for countries listed as red, with most of Europe adopting a form of traffic light system.

Double vaccinated? 2 weeks since your second jab? Want to take your bike on a holiday? If you’re in England, from July 19th Europe’s best bike parks are back at your fingertips, and we hope very soon for Wales and Scotland too, from Northern Ireland the date is the 25th July.

Summer is back, and we are STOKED! If you’re not double jabbed, and won’t be anytime soon, keep scrolling, we’re going to lay out what happens from July 19th, then what we think will happen next.

Summer is here. The lifts in and around Morzine are turning and the trails are open. We would normally be welcoming our first clients for the summer season this Saturday, unfortunately things did not work out. We’re here, but you guys aren’t and to be honest it sucks as much for us as it does for you.