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Morzine is a city in Portes du Soleil.
Morzine is a traditional French alpine town conveniently located just under 90km away from Geneva international airport in Switzerland. Many low cost and European airline offer regular well priced flights from most major EU hubs.
As there is no main rail link to Morzine from Geneva or Paris the most efficient way to travel is by road. Either by hire car from Geneva or an airport transfer service. The main access road is the A40 or ‘white motorway’.
Car Hire: Many of the larger companies are based in and around Geneva Airport on both the French and Swiss sides. Be aware of Swiss road taxation badges (compulsory for all vehicle travelling on Swiss motorways). The Swiss car hire companies will have these included in the price but the French may not. Check before you reserve.
Airport Transfers: There are quite a few companies based in the area offering regular transfers to Morzine in the winter & summer months. Geneva-Airport-Transfers.com  (GAT) offer a reliable well priced private and shared transfers in winter and summer from €21pp single and you can book and pay online.
The nearest train station is in Cluses, a 30min drive away, around 35km. Cluses Station is served by a TGV line and connections to France, Switzerland, the Eurostar and the rest of Europe are available here. A bus service runs from Cluses train station to Morzine.
The nearest major airport is at Geneva (GVA). If you arrive in to the Geneva Airport, www.MorzExpress.com provide shared transfers direct to Morzine for a very reasonable €25 per person with no minimum numbers required.
In the Summer
Morzine and the surrounding region, including Les Gets, is an excellent place to go mountain biking (in the summer, of course) with loads of great trails, some scary downhill courses and, of course, ski lifts to take the effort out of getting to the top. Of particular interest is the Kona Bike Park in the near-by town of Les Gets. This is a custom constructed area with drops, berms and jump including plenty to challenge all but the bravest of cyclists.
Being a skiing village, there are several places to get a drink at here are two safe bets where this author had his fill.
First, Bar Robinson, you will find the selection a little slim and the owners slightly perturbed by all of the Anglos but they have Mutzig - also the only beer on draught. Some locals claim that the beer has similar affects as hallucinogenic mushrooms but this has neither been proven or disproven. The varied in age and be sure to get there early because last orders are at 7:30 and they shut at 8:00.
For some action a little later into the evening a generally younger crowd, heads to the Buddha Bar, here you will find a relaxed atmosphere and the small space completely filled to the rafters with treasures from Asia. It is amazing to see some of the carved items that have, presumably, been brought to France including entire doors with framing and all. Music will suit most, from Dolly Parton to U2 to Rocky Horror Picture Show, to, well you see my point. There is no dance floor but plenty of seats if you legs are done from skiing or biking all day. If you must dance, there is a dance club adjacent to the Buddha.
Like all ski resorts, Morzine is packed with chalets and other small units to rent. Prices can be extremely reasonable and present specially good value when shared with members of a group.