Getting There

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One of the aspects so many Brits love about skiing in the French Alps is how easy it is to get there, with a variety of travel options available.

The majority of Alpine resorts are very accessible from motorways, airports and train stations, so you can choose the transport option that’s best for you.

By Air

Flying is undoubtedly one of the most popular ways to get to the French Alps, with many airlines offering affordable flights from various UK airports to the international gateway airports for the French Alps.

The airports of Chambery, Geneva (Switzerland), Grenoble and Lyon all offer excellent access to the French Alps, with onward transfers to the resorts varying between 1-4 hours depending on where you’re heading. We’d recommend flying to:

  • Chambery for resorts in the 3 Valleys (1h45), Paradiski (2h20), Espace Killy (2h30) and Maurienne Valley (2-3h).
  • Geneva for resorts in the Aravis (1h), Grand Massif (1h), Portes du Soleil (1h) and Mont Blanc/Chamonix Valley (1h30).
  • Grenoble for resorts in Vaujany/Alpe d’Huez (1h30), Les Deux Alpes (1h50), Serre Chevalier (2h) and Montgenèvre (2h30).
  • Lyon is situated slightly further west, but remains an option for all resorts if you don’t mind a longer transfer.

By Car

Driving to the French Alps has become a much more popular choice in recent years as people look for increased flexibility and more sustainable travel options. This winter, self driving has the added appeal of allowing you to stay in your bubble at all times, distanced from any other travellers.

Ferry ports with crossings to France currently are Portsmouth, Newhaven, Poole (from March 2021), Plymouth (from March 2021) and Dover. Or, you can take the route from Hull into Zeebrugge (Belgium).

Dover to Calais has the shortest crossing time, just 90 minutes, but other routes offer overnight crossings which are ideal for families.

Another way to get to France is via the Eurotunnel from Folkestone. This takes just 35 minutes and connects you directly with the motorways to the mountains.

For more information on driving to the Alps, click here.

By Train

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to get to the Alps, train travel has many benefits. It’s not only one of the least damaging for your carbon footprint, but it also doesn’t require you to navigate any unfamiliar road systems or confusing airports! There’s also no luggage limitations, which can save you a pretty penny if you’re travelling with a lot of gear.

Unfortunately the Eurostar ski trains to Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne and Bourg-St-Maurice will not be running for the 2020-21 season, but it is still possible to travel by train to the French Alps.

Take the Eurostar to Paris, and then change onto a local TGV or SNCF train to Lyon, Chamonix, Annecy, Chambery or Briançon.