The price of everything seems to be rising around us, fuel's through the roof, rent/ mortgage rates are higher than ever, even the weekly shop is stretching the purse strings to new found levels of elasticity! I don't know about you but it feels like our bank balance is bouncing off the rev limiter harder than ever! In these tough times, BikeMorzine is trying it's darndest to keep bike holidays as affordable as possible. We know how important everyone's little slice of two wheeled fun in the sun is and we don't want anyone to miss out for Summer 2023. We’ve been working hard to keep the price of our accommodation as low as possible and negotiating deals left right and centre in an attempt to provide you, our legendary customers, with the best value for money in the valley.
With all this in mind we thought we’d give you an idea of how affordable a holiday with Bike Morzine can be and provide you with some budget busting tips to keep the costs down whilst in resort.
Cost of a MTB Holiday Snapshot
7 Nights Accommodation (per person) - From £125 - £950
6 days Full Portes du Soleil lift pass - £180
Airport Transfers (per person each way) - £37 - 59
Downhill/Enduro Bike Hire (per day) - £89 - 95
Price of a beer - £4.50 - £9
Burger/Pizza - £10
Main Course at a nice restaurant - £20 - £30
Affordable Accommodation in Morzine
Here at Bike Morzine we have accommodation to suit all budgets and group sizes from luxury hotels and chalets to affordable Apartments & hostels. One of our favourite options for those on a budget is Apartments du Bourg. These super central apartments are located on Morzine’s main street opposite the Santa Cruz Showroom right in the thick of the wide range of action. Just a stone’s throw from all the bars and restaurants and an easy ride to the lifts, these lovely apartments come fully loaded with everything you could need for that perfect self catered mtb holiday you’ve always dreamed of. With this great location and excellent facilities just how affordable can they be? Well with prices starting £125 per person per week (with full occupancy) we think that's bloody good value!
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Another great value option for large groups are Chalets Sosa and Narnia which deliver insane value for money and if fully occupied work out at just £161 per person per week. When you take into consideration their excellent central location, the luxury feel of the chalets, the price is actually ridiculous! They’ve even got well equipped self catered kitchens to help keep costs down even further and they've even got hot tubs for gods sake!!
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If self catering isn't for you, we also have some great value hostel options. The Nant is a firm favourite for us at Bike Morzine offering exceptional value for money. The rooms are modern and comfortable, the team are super friendly and helpful and the bike facilities are awesome. A room at The Nant can work out at as little as £37 per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis.
Hideout Hostel also offers some incredibly good value options to help look after those pennies. Especially great for solo travllers, Hideout offers shared dorm rooms bookable by the bed which work out at as little as £41.95 per night including breakfast.
Low Cost Laps
Although the price of uplift days at any UK trail centre seems to cost the world these days, the price of a lift pass in the Portes du Soleil is more affordable than you might imagine. Considering the pass gives you access to all 25 lifts and over 650+ km’s of trails, in 2 different countries the full Portes du Soleil lift pass, when bought weekly, works out at just £25 per day!!
Morzine lift pass prices >>
Cook up a storm and save $$$
Now we know some people aren't the best in the kitchen, however if you're looking to save some of that hard earned cash then it might be worth considering some self catered accommodation this time around. Self catering can be an incredibly frugal option and significantly drop the price of your Morzine MTB Holiday. There are 3 major supermarkets in Morzine meaning you have plenty of options where to shop and supermarket prices are similar to that of the UK, meaning for those on a really budget you can eating for just a few £££ a night.
Our self-catered apartments offer spacious well equipped kitchens, making cooking up as a team easy, plus lots of our self catered Morzine accommodation boasts BBQ's All our apartments come with dishwashers so no one has to do the dishes either!
Self catering also gives you the freedom to eat out as much or as little as your budget allows so you don't have to completely miss out on all the great cuisine on offer in Morzine.
Debt Dodging Dining
Eating out and having a few drinks is a key part of any good bike holiday in Morzine, but often racks up to be the most expensive part of the holiday. However, if you know where to look, you can still eat out at quality establishments and drink some crisp cold beers, it just won't cost you an arm and a mortgage to do so!
Some of our favourite low cost/high quality eateries include The food truck at Hotel Dents Blanche. Located just a short roll from the Super Morzine lift on Route de la Plagne the food truck sits in the beer garden and offers superb food at great prices. The cuisine is basic but bloody well done and ranges from burger and chips to homemade pizzas. They do regular budget friendly deals such as two pizzas for 10 euros which is not to be missed. The dents blanche beer garden is also a great place to soak up the afternoon sun with a cold crisp beer. Hideout hostel also offers an aboslulety banging menu of asian street food dishes with dishes packing serious flavour and starting from just 8euros.
Takeaway is also a great budget friendly option for an evening meal in Morzine. Some of our options are Cuisine22 located just down from the Santa Cruz Showroom on Rue du Bourg and Chez Persil Pizza located along Route de la Plagne towards the Nant. Cusinie22 offers great value cuisine from around the world from noodles to naan breads and pizzas to pasta. Chez Persil offers great pizzas and has a lovely grassy area outside to eat on should you wish. Chez Persil also very often has live music throughout the summer to entertain you whilst you wait.
Getting to Morzine from the UK, or anywhere in Europe really is super simple and there are two main options for travel. Flying is quick and easy whereas driving takes longer but allows you to bring far more gear with you. Both options, if planned well, can work out really affordable.
With all the main players in low cost air fares operating out of Geneva Airport, its not uncommon to find flights from the UK priced around just £30 each way. For example right now you can book a flight from London Luton to Geneva in July 2023 for just £32 which is superb value. Adding a bike to a flight costs an extra £30 and a bike friendly airport transfer will set you back £58. That's about £120 each way and only 4 hours or so of travelling door to door.
Although the cost of fuel is ridiculous at the moment, driving to Morzine from the UK can still work out as a great value option. If you're travelling as a group and have a vehicle large enough to carry enough people and bikes/gear then driving is a great option. The drive is just over 500 miles from Calais and can be done in around 8 hours. The French toll roads are super smooth and efficient and the drive is very easy to navigate. The tolls add around an extra £80 to the cost each way but the saving in time and fuel is definitely worth the cost.
Ferries from the south coast of the UK can be found for around £35 per vehicle or the Eurotunnel is about £100 each way.
So a ferry crossing, the tolls and a couple of tanks of fuel split between 4 or 5 people works out very affordable!
Bike Maintenance & Spares
One sure fire way to make your Morzine Summer Holiday expensive is by destroying your bike and having to buy loads of parts. You do more riding in a week in the alps than a year in the UK, so it's important that your bike is up to the job. Firstly make sure you give your bike a good service, bolt check and top up on any consumables (tyres, brake pads etc) before you arrive in Morzine. Secondly, make sure you bring some spares, it's not unheard of for people to blow through a new set of brake pads in a day, riding thousands of meters for descents each day makes the odd's on someone slashing a tyre or destroying a wheel very high! You can get most MTB parts you need in Morzine at a premium price but anything specific for your bike (drop outs etc) make sure you bring with you.
We're lucky enough to have amazing partnerships with the best shops, bars & restaurants in Morzine and as a Bike Morzine guests you receive special treatment and prices in Morzin'es best establishments. Upon arrival at any of our accommodation options we issue you with an exclusive Bike Morzine wrist band, which is the golden ticket to getting treated like a VIP in town. Simply show this in any of the stores/bars or restaurants we work with and you’ll receive special discounts on your purchases from locals prices of bike parts, to non-stop happy hour drinks and everything in between.
Find out more about the perks of staying with Bike Morzine >>
MTB Holiday Insurance
Mountain biking is a dangerous sport and no matter what level of rider you are accidents happen and its important to be covered. Hopefully you'll never need it but to avoid an accident costing an arm and a leg (quite literally) you absolutely must have holiday insurance that actually covers you against mountain biking and mountain evacuation. These bills can quickly rack up to hundreds of thousands, so getting adequate MTB holiday insurance is a no brainer.
After experiences with almost every insurance company imaginable the most comprehensive & affordable is without doubt Yellow Jersey. Covering everything you genuinely need for your mountain biking holiday (inc. racing): Corona Virus, Healthcare, emergency rescue, the genuine cost of your bike and so much more.
So there you have it, our top tips for how to enjoy that mountain bike holiday of a lifetime in Morzine on a budget! We know how much that week of Alpine Trails and beers in the sun means to you and by our calculations, if you were as frugal as possible, you could be enjoying a week long BikeMorzine holiday in summer 2023 for as little as £450 all in!
So what are you waiting for, give yourself something to look forward to and get in touch with our friendly team to reserve your holiday, we only require 25% deposit to secure your booking and with 2023 already selling out fast, we'd recommend getting in sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.
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