You have booked your mountain bike holiday to Morzine, accomodation, lift pass, food, bike prepped and beer money saved, now you are trying to work out the logistics. If you haven't decided travel to stay with MTB Beds by flying and therefore haven't had transfers booked by us with Skiidy Gonzales, you'll be wondering how to get here!
Don't worry we got you covered, having tried each different route personally we can tell you the best ways to get here depending on what you need, give this a read it is a real time-saver.
Morzine by night is a spectacular sight!
So what is the best way to travel to Morzine?
We have been receiving a lot of emails regarding the best way to travel to Morzine for the Summer MTB season. Hopefully we can help you make a decision!
Option 1 - Car with Ferry crossing
If you are driving to Morzine by car and you live in the South of the country, your best bet is to head over to Dover and jump on one of the many ferries that travel from Dover to Calais each hour. Prices can be from as little as £17 each way, averaging out at around £50 per crossing.
- Best choice if travelling from South
- Prices from £17 each way
Option 2 - Car on Eurotunnel
The Eurotunnel from Folkstone takes 45 minutes and is 100% the best way to cross the Channel to Morzine. You can arrive 2hrs either side of your departure time so if you are early or late you can get on the next train and they go every 30 minutes!
The normal price for the tunnel is around £70 - £100 per journey for a large estate car, prices do increase slightly for larger vehicles.
There is a hack, that will get shut down one day but as yet it's still viable. Book a return ticket for the same day and its normally under £50 per trip, just don't use the return (terms and conditions state that they can charge your card the extra if you don't return but we have never been charged)
When you've hit the ground in Calais it's around 9 hours to Morzine with the obligatory coffee pit stops.
Word of advice, French motorway stops are HORRIFIC. Expensive fridgey sandwiches, microwaved pasta, little choice and automatic coffee machines. If you want to be fed well pull into a town near the motorway such as Tinqueux near Reims or Dijon. The motorway stops are serviceable if all you need is something quick, average and bland.
Make sure your Sat Nav avoids Paris and head for Reims then Dijon. If you have Google Maps on your phone use this, it'll update you on traffic instantly and pick the best route.
The tolls will cost you 75€ and are well worth it, with the limit 130 kph most of the way and you'll rarely need to slow down for anything other than the tolls themselves or a truck drivers strike.
Fuel is approximately 80€ to 100€ in a decent diesel car, at 868 kms. We've driven this in our vans, pick up trucks, cars and a very thirsty Subaru, which cost quite a bit more! Between 4 people it's can be a cheaper option to flying.
- £70 for large estate car (£50 if you buy a return ticket for same day - a bit cheeky but works for us)
- 8 hour drive from exit of tunnel in France to Morzine + 1 hour for stopping.
- Make sure SAT NAV doesn't take you through Paris - head for Reims, then Dijon
- Tolls cost 75€
- Budget about £100 for fuel for an economic diesel, or £200 if you drive a Scooby!
Flying to Morzine
Flying to Morzine can a hassle free way to travel. Morzine is situated only 1 hour from Geneva International Airport and is serviced by the likes of Swiss Air, BA, Easy Jet and Jet2. These suppliers fly out from most UK main UK. The flight times vary but are around 1.5hrs from most UK Airports to Geneva.
On arrival in Geneva its very efficient and usually takes 30 minutes to get through arrivals and grab your stuff. Flights can be very cheap but remember its up to £50 to take your bike on most airlines and if its overweight they will charge you extra.
Once you have cleared arrivals you will need a transfer up to Morzine which takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. We recommend booking your transfer from Geneva Airport with Skiidy Gonzales. If you book with MTB Beds you will receive a discount code making it even more economical. No other company has as many vans as Skiidy Gonzales runs in the summer, which means your transfer to Morzine will be quick and easy.
Important note; You cannot book a cheap transfer at the airport and expect a quick departure. There are some budget companies that can take your money at the airport, You'll be lucky to leave within afew hours of arrival, if at all during the quieter summer months. The reliable, efficient companies must have a pre-booking due to Swiss transport law.
Flying is straight forward, usually hassle free and you can be in resort within 6hrs of leaving your home if all goes well but the costs can add up.
Do not withdraw cash at Geneva Airport, you might be in the Euro zone but the cash machines will give you Swiss Francs not Euro!
Lost or damaged baggage in transit. Touch wood, we welcome hundreds of mountain bikers to Morzine for their bike holiday every year and issues are rare considering this number. We have had a couple of occasions where luggage and bikes have not arrived with the passenger. Geneva airport act swiftly and in both cases riders were re-united within two days of arrival. If you have the correct level of travel insurance booked with Yellow Jersey they will cover the cost of a hire bike, and we've always got kit you can ride in, being a Five Ten & Fox Head test centre.
- 1hr15 transfer from Geneva airport to Morzine
- 1.5 flight time
- Up to £50 sports equipment charge for Bikes
- 30 Euro each way for Airport - Morzine transfer
- Cash points at Geneva airport dispense Swiss France, not Euros!
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Travelling by train
Travelling to Morzine via Train is easier than you think and fairly cost effective if you live in the South of the UK. Leave London at lunchtime and be in Switzerland the same evening without setting foot on a plane. Take a Euro Star train from London to Paris (2h20) from £39, and then a high-speed TGV-Lyria from just £21 from Paris to Geneva (3h05). It's free to take your bike and you can sit back and relax the whole way with one simple changeover in Paris. Remember to book your transfer from Geneva to Morzine before you arrive.
- Eurostar London to Paris takes 2 hours 20 minutes, followed by High-Speed TGV-Lyria from Paris to Morzine taking 3 hours
- Costs from £39 (London - Paris) then £21 (Paris - Morzine)
We hope this helps and see you out in Morzine very soon.