CRANS MONTANA GUIDE
The sunny jewel
Sitting on a south-facing shelf above the Rhone Valley, in the Valais canton of Switzerland, Crans Montana ski presumes of its wide impressive views and outstanding scenery. This striking sigths include some of major Alpine peaks, including the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. A fairly sizable area of mid-altitude terrain, full of pretty wooded slopes bathed by the southern sun, and a selection of mountain restaurants and smart lodgings, makes Crans Montana a ski destination to suit many kind of skiers.
Made up of two swiss mountain villages, Crans-sur-Sierre and Montana a mile apart, with the years has expanded into a larger urbanized community, becoming a well-established year-round resort, being Crans the more upmarket one, with greater concentration of fancy shops, stylish bars and a pedestrian-friendly centre.
CRANS MONTANA SKI AREA
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HOW TO GET TO CRANS MONTANA
Easily reached in around two to three hours by car or train from Geneva airport (180km), Crans Montana is also provide easy transfers by rail and road from Bern airport in central Switzerland.
Getting to crans Montana bye train is easy, getting from the airports by car though is quicker and, no matter where you are staying in the resort, is quite useful to have a car there to drive to the ski lifts and move around.
Geneva is the nearest international airport with regular flights by numerous international airlines throughout the day.
Sion is the The regional airport at just 27km from Crans-Montana. From London Gatwick Snowjet offer low cost flights.
Distances and travelling times by road from the nearest airports to Crans-Montana are as follows:
Sion 27km / 37 minutes
Geneva 181km / 2 hours
Bern 185km / 2 hours 10 mins
Basel 276km / 2 hours 50 min
Zurich 303km / 3 hours 10min
Milan 206km / 3 hours 5 minutes
There are some transfer service companies you can choose to book private transfers from the main airports to Crans Montana.
Airport transfer time by minibus from Geneva Airport: 2h15
Airport transfer time by minibus from Zurich Airport: 3h30
AlpinBus offers private airport transfers tailored to meet your needs, ensuring you reach your Alpine destination on time and stress-free.
GVA Transfers provides quick and comfortable private transfers for individuals and groups of any size. They wait if your flight’s delayed, their drivers speak English and French. Thanks to the priority parking area at Geneva, you arr only a short walk away from your transfer.
From Geneva airport to Crans-Montana via Sierre, it’s an easy, scenic journey by train. Direct trains run from Geneva Airport to Sierre (and on to Brig) approximately every 30 minutes, and the journey last around 2 hours 15 minutes to Sierre.
From Bern you can take the train to Visp, where you can catch another train to Sierre. The total journey is around 1 hour and 20 minutes.
For train timetables and to book online go to www.sbb.ch/en
You can buy an integrated all-in-one ticket onwww.swissrailways.com with additional benefits and discounts, including the bus or funicular from Sierre to Montana.
Once you get to Sierre’s train station you have two options to get to the resort:
- You can walk 370m or take a 5 minutes shuttle bus from Sierre to the SMC Funicular. This scenic ride will take you from Sierre to Montana Gare in 20 minutes.
- If you don’t want to take the funicular, you can take a bus or a taxi for a 45 minutes drive to Montana or Crans.
Once in Montana or in Crans, depending where you’re staying you’ll need a taxi or a hotel pick-up.
Travelling times to Crans-Montana by train from Swiss Airports:
Geneva 2 hours 40 minutes
Bern 2 hours
Zurich 3 hours
Basel 3 hours
If you are planning to rent a car and drive to the resorts from any of the swiss airports, the times and distances from the different airports to Crans Montana are as follow:
- From Sion 35 minutes / 27 km. This is one of the shortest airport to resort transfers in the Alps.
- From Geneva 2 hours / 181 km. Most driving on A9 motorway until Sierre, then the last 14-km from Sierre to Crans-Montana is a mountain road.
- From Bern Airport 2 hours / 185km), mostly by motorway via Montreux to Sierre,
There are plenty of roadside and hotel parkings around the resort. You will find main car parks next to the ski lift stations incase you need to drive there.
If you’re planning to drive your own car on Swiss motorways, remember to buy a Swiss Motorway road tax vignette. It is mandatory to possess one to drive on them, and is valid for one year.
Here you have some distances and times to drive to Crans-Montana from major European cities:
Milan 245km / 3 hours
Paris 650km / 6 hours 40 minutes
Brussels 850km / 7 hours 50 minutes
Amsterdam 1,010km / 9 hours 45 minutes
London 1,050km / 11 hours
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