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If you’re flying to Switzerland and want to get as close as possible to the towns and resorts of the beautiful Valais region, then look for flights to Sion Airport. Sion is an international airport right in the heart of Valais in the Rhone valley, so booking your flight to Sion will mean you’ll be able to touch down within easy reach of the area’s most popular resorts including Verbier, Crans-Montana and Leukerbad. There’s an extensive and reliable public transport network in Valais, so many visitors choose to use the buses from Sion to connect to over 25 destinations around the region. Sion bus station is the largest in Switzerland and it’s just over a mile from the airport.
For on-the-spot location, you can’t beat flying into Sion Airport. However, the airport is relatively small and only connects passengers directly with a handful of destinations in France and around the Mediterranean. Indirect flights to Sion tend to be more expensive, so check out all your options before you buy. Around 31,000 passengers fly in and out of Sion every year. By comparison, around 14 million pass through nearby Geneva Airport annually, so you may find that Geneva is the better airport for you, too.
Geneva Airport often works out to be the most cost-effective option for visitors to Valais. Understandably, as one of the most popular snowsports destinations in the world, Geneva flights tend to cost more in the winter than in the summer. If you’re looking for the best deals to get to Valais flying via Geneva, it could be a good idea to search for dates that avoid school holidays and weekends.
Depending on where you’ll be staying while you’re in Valais, you may find public transport or minibus shuttle from Geneva Airport is your best way of travelling to and from your flight. Find out if your Valais hotel offers airport shuttle-bus transfers, but if you decide to book your own, getting it sorted in advance will save a lot of hassle. Direct trains from Geneva Airport take around two hours to get to Sion in central Valais. Hiring a car could also turn out to be a good option, especially if your resort is a little off the beaten track.
Zurich Airport offers an alternative option for flying to Valais. It’s often a convenient choice for visitors staying in the east, or Upper Valais as it’s sometimes known. Direct trains from Zurich Airport to Brig in Valais take just under 2.5 hours.
It’s true that Valais is probably best known as a ski and snowboarding destination, home to some of the finest pistes in the world. And some of the most dramatic mountain vistas with more than 40 vast peaks. But Valais also offers many summer attractions including hiking, mountain biking, gourmet restaurants, top vineyards and even glacier skiing for those who just can’t bear to leave their skis at home.