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When is the Right Time to Book a Ski Transfer?

If you’re organising a ski holiday this winter you may be thinking about when the best time to book a ski transfer is. We know there are a lot of elements to put together on an independent winter holiday, and quite often the journey between the airport and ski resort gets bumped to the last on the list.

Skiers on a chairliftAt Snowcompare we’re very realistic that transfers usually come after booking your accommodation and flights, but you should definitely be thinking about them throughout the holiday booking process too. Whereas on the majority of summer holidays you tend to land fairly close to the resort and a local taxi can take you – you don’t necessarily want to be relying on that option for a ski holiday.

Due to their mountainous nature, most ski resorts are a good 2+ hours from the local airport. There are exceptions to this of course, but if you’re looking at skiing in France, Italy, Austria or Switzerland then there is likely to be a fair journey awaiting you. Failure to book a ski transfer could lead to a very expensive journey, if one is available at all.

Ski gondola and piste basherIn our eyes, the best time to book a ski transfer is at the same time as you are booking your flights. At a push it could be straight after you’ve booked flights, but try to consider the two elements as pretty much the same importance. Booking the cheapest flights might lead to more expensive transfers, and vice-versa, so best to look at them together.

It’s also best to book a ski transfer as early as possible if you can. Last minute deals rarely exist in this market, and the early booker is more often than not rewarded over those who leave it late. Here’s just a couple of reasons why booking a ski transfer early will save you time, money and hassle in the long run:



We realise that ski holidays are inherently an expensive affair. It’s unfortunate, but if you book a ski transfer early then you get the choice of the companies – and therefore can find some real bargains. Snowcompare puts all the best local companies together on one page. We’re upfront about the cost of a private ski transfer and we show you them right next to each other. If you’re early to book then you can select the cheapest transfer safe in the knowledge that no one else will have booked them yet…



Unfortunately there are only a finite amount of transfer vehicles working in ski resorts across Europe. Although Snowcompare shows you the best and cheapest transfer companies – these are also the ones which are likely to get booked up first. If you don’t book a ski transfer in a timely manner then you are more likely to be choosing from the more expensive suppliers.


Peak Weeks

During busy times such as school holidays it is very likely that the vast majority of transfer companies will book up extremely quickly. The remaining suppliers can either put their prices up or be more selective about the journeys they take. Long story short – if you are travelling on a peak ski week then it is vital to book a ski transfer well in advance or you may find yourself struggling to find anything suitable at all.


There are many more reasons to book a ski transfer early, but those are probably the most important. Here at Snowcompare we’re helping skiers and snowboarders get the best ski transfer deals by putting local companies together on our website. Simply enter your travel details once and you’ll see all our partners working in that area, the price they charge for a transfer, and their availability. Using makes it easier than ever before to organise your independent ski transfers…




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Chantal Barette

Snowcompare was very easy to use, and made booking a transfer so we got the best deal fast and simple. We will definitely be using again in the future :)

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Katie Gettins

Would not use anyone else. Dave is superb. Great company

Dave has handled all our company and personal ski transfers this year. The service provided is second to none. We have saved money this year using Snowcompare. Emails are replied to immediately and I have been kept updated regularly. I can recommend Dave and the team and would not use anyone else now I've found them.

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Fiona Colegrave

Brilliantly efficient and friendly service.

Having spent hours searching for return transfers from Geneva to Meribel for the end of February 2020, up popped an option to search through Snowcompare. Literally within hours and only a couple of emails Dave had found me a super deal; I was so impressed with how quickly and efficiently he organised everything. Thank you Dave for all your help, and I will definitely recommend using Snowcompare to anyone who needs to arrange transfers.

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Damaris Hitchcock

Organising transfers

Very prompt service - easy to deal with and given choices

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Flora Gibbons

Dave was really helpful and managed to find me a great deal for our transfer! the quote he got me was about £300 cheaper than what I found myself in the Internet. He was great at communicating and kept me in the loop. Glad I stumbled across you guys!

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