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Getting to Val d'Isere

By Air: Although Chambery is the closest airport to Val d’Isere, Geneva is still the most popular airport with more carriers operating offering more regular and affordable flights. There are an increasing number of services to Chambery and you can also fly to Lyon or Grenoble.

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Airport Transfers: 

We offer a variety of Saturday airport transfer services with our partner company Ben's Bus from Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon. If you would like to use this service please add ‘Airport Transfer’ under travel options on the booking screen. You will be allocated a place on the correct bus depending on the flight time.Please check the additional information below before making your booking.

Transfer bookings ​are made on the ​assumption that the ​transfers will be able to run with full capacity. If the ​transfer company has to run their transfers with reduced capacity we will contact you to let you know your options.​​

Geneva:

We offer an airport transfer service from Geneva airport on Saturdays with our partner company Ben's Bus.

There isn’t a specific bus timetable as the bus times vary from week to week and are arranged to meet with the most popular flights. The maximum wait time between a flight landing and the bus leaving is usually 2 hours, often much less. ​

Buses available on SATURDAYS from 12th DECEMBER 2020 - 17th APRIL 2021

The LAST bus on a Saturday will connect with the following flight times:

12th Dec: 14:15

19th Dec: 18:45

26th Dec & 2nd Jan: 20:05

9th Jan – 6th Feb: 18:45

13th Feb: 20:05

20th Feb – 27th Mar: 19:00

April transfer times will be updated later in the season

If you are on a flight that arrives after the above times, you will need to book an alternative transfer (have a look at Altibus).

The first bus of the day will arrive in Geneva to connect with the earliest flight departure time of 09:15

If you need to travel on a Sunday, contact the Action Outdoors/UCPA UK office to check ​the transfer times.

For mid-week transfers, have a look at Altibus

Grenoble:

We offer an airport transfer service from Grenoble Airport (for holidays starting 26th Dec 2020 onward) with our partner company Ben’s Bus.

The LAST flight that the transfer service connects with arrives in Grenoble at 15:40

On Sundays, there is ONLY a morning service and not every Sunday. Please let us know if you require a Sunday transfer.  

There isn’t a bus timetable as the bus times vary from week to week, but there are usually 5 buses a day with an average wait time of about an hour (it can be less, though it can be more!)

Transfer bookings ​are made on the ​assumption that the ​transfers will be able to run with full capacity. If the ​transfer company has to run their transfers with reduced capacity, we will contact you to let you know your options.

Lyon:

We offer an airport transfer service from Lyon Airport with our partner company Ben’s Bus. Due to reduced numbers of flights coming into Lyon due to Covid-19 impact, for the 20-21 season, this service will only be running between the 6th March and 10th April 2021 (returning to ​the airport on 10th April). If you would like a Lyon transfer between these dates, please let us know and we will let you know timings.      

Additional Information:

The transfers from Geneva, Lyon and Grenoble have an approximate time of 4hrs, however this may vary significantly depending on weather and traffic conditions. Please be aware that where disruptions are forecast transfers to the airport may depart the resort significantly earlier. As this is a shared transfer service, the coach will make several stops en route to drop off/pick up passengers. 

*Ben’s bus will wait up to 30 minutes after the scheduled departure time to accommodate delays. Customers on flights delayed over 30 minutes will be moved, where possible, to the next available transfer.

Transfer bookings ​are made on the ​assumption that the ​transfers will be able to run with full capacity. If the ​transfer company has to run their transfers with reduced capacity we will contact you to let you know your options.​​


By Coach: Our partner company Snowexpress offers affordable and hassle free transport to the Alps, perfect for avoiding busy airports and peak season air fares!  The coaches travel through the night arriving in resort on Saturday afternoon. The return coach departs resort Saturday evening giving you a full day in resort.

Coach bookings ​are made on the ​assumption that the ​coach will be able to run with full capacity. If the ​Snow Express has to run the coaches with reduced capacity we will contact you to let you know your options.​


By Train: Unfortunately there is no direct line to Val d'Isere, the closest train station is in Bourg St Maurice which is about 35km from resort. You will need to catch a bus or taxi from Bourg St Maurice to resort. You can catch a train to Bourg St Maurice directly from the UK or from Geneva airport however the cost of tickets and lack of a direct line may make rail travel awkward. 


By Car:  Val d'Isere is easily accessible by road although the road leading up to the resort can become quite snowy so snow chains or winter tyres are extremely advisable. The drive from the UK takes about 10 hours and goes through some nice scenery along the way but don’t forget to budget for French toll roads!  There is a limited amount of parking outside the UCPA centre. The price is approximately 45 euros for the week. You must arrive during UCPA reception hours to be allocated a space and may have to give a deposit for the magnetic badge to access parking. The UCPA address is: UCPA Val d'Isere, Rue Nicolas Bazile, 73151 Val d’Isère.



Airport Transfers: We offer a variety of airport transfer services with our partner companies. If you would like to use this service please add ‘Airport Transfer’ under travel options on the booking screen. Dates and times for Grenoble transfers, Lyon transfers and Geneva short breaks will be confirmed in September. You will be allocated a place on the correct bus depending on the flight time you provide us with. Please check the additional information before making your booking.

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VAL D'ISERE FACTS

Best For: Apres ski
Resort Charm:
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Nearest Airport: Geneva (220km), Chambery (130km)
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Fun Fact: Amazing nightlife
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