Tignes is served by 4 airports, 1 ferry port/tunnel and 1 train station
- Geneva - 2.5 hrs transfer time Lyon - 3 hrs transfer time
- Chambery - 2 hrs transfer time
- Grenoble - 2.5 hrs transfer time
- Bourg st Maurice (Train) - 45mins transfer time
- Calais (Drive) - 7-10 hrs
From Calais the journey takes from 7 to 10 hours depending on your speed (approx 1,000km). There is motorway or dual carriageway from Calais all the way to Tignes. The better route is via Reims and not via Paris; and then on past Troyes, Dijon and passing close to Geneva. Try using ViaMichelin to plan your route. Remember that it is a legal requirement in France to carry a warning triangle and spare bulbs, and that the Motorway speed limit depends on the weather. On Autoroutes the speed limit is 130km/hr (81mph) except during rain when it reduces to 110km/hr (68mph). Speeding fines are expensive and must be paid immediately to the traffic police. The roads around Lyon, Albertville and Moûtiers are often slow moving or at a standstill during the busy French holiday weekends.
As a rough guideline, when driving from Calais to Tignes you can expect to pay around €60 in motorway tolls each way.
- PO Ferries Crossing (90 mins). Prices start at £45 each way
- Channel Tunnel (35 mins crossing) Upto 4 departures per hour. Prices start at £55 each way for a car with upto 9 passengers.
The main and easiest airport used to get to Tignes is Geneva, offering the most carriers (so competitively priced) and the most frequent bus and transfer service. Ryanair and Easyjet fly to Grenoble and hence you can get some good prices however you will need to get a hire car or arrange a private transfer. Lyon also has quite a few carriers and a reasonably frequent bus service. Chambery is the closest airport however the routes are limited and you may find it difficult to get a good price.
See the below airlines for flights from all UK airports:
- Monarch (www.monarch.co.uk) – Grenoble
- Easyjet (www.easyjet.com) - Grenoble, Lyon & Geneva
- British Airways (www.britishairways.com) - Lyon, Chambery & Geneva
- Jet2.com (www.jet2.com) - Geneva, Chambery & Grenoble
- Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) – Grenoble
- Flybe (www.flybe.com) - Chambery, Lyon
(All BRITS packages exclude flights)
Snow Express offers the cheapest method of travel available to Bourg-Saint-Maurice and Tignes. Travel by luxury coach direct from London or Dover to Tignes les Brevieres, Le Lac or Val Claret with Ski Bus UK and Snow Express from only £60 and no additional charges for luggage or skis. Coaches depart each week at 7pm from London. A second coach departs at 2pm on some weeks, check the website for further details. The evening coach will get you into resort in the Saturday afternoon, 2pm coach gets into resort early on Saturday morning.
BRITS customers will get a bonus £5 discount on travel! You'll receive the discount code in your booking confirmation, just follow this link and enter the code to receive your discount. Return prices start at £111.50
The snow train from London St. Pancras is a cost effective and easy way to travel to the Alps, while keeping your Carbon Footprint down.
- Rail Europe (www.raileurope.co.uk)
- Eurostar (www.eurostar.com)
The overnight options arrive in Bourg St. Maurice (45 mins from Tignes*) on Saturday morning, meaning you could be on the slopes by 10am! The return train leaves Bourg St. Maurice between 9pm and 10pm the following Saturday - giving you 8 full days on the slopes!
Return prices start at £149
*See the transfer page for details on transport from Bourg St. Maurice to Tignes.
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