July 29, 2021
How to Get to Tignes
So you’ve chosen to take your next ski holiday (or maybe your first ski holiday) in Tignes? Well done on making a fantastic choice of resort. As one of France’s top ski resorts, Tignes enjoys a huge ski area, affordable accommodation, good nightlife and friendly locals.
If you’re responsible for organising your travel to Tignes from the UK then you may be wondering what the options are and what is the best choice for you and your group. In this blog we look at how to get to Tignes, including:
- Flying to Tignes
- Airport transfers to Tignes
- Driving to Tignes
- Trains and coaches to Tignes
- The best way to get to Tignes
Flying to Tignes
If you’re considering flying to Tignes from the UK then there are plenty of options available for you during the winter. Many low-cost and budget airlines fly direct in to one of the four local airports available for getting to Tignes.
Chambery airport is the closest airport to Tignes, but is small with fewer flights available. Geneva airport is a larger airport just over the border in Switzerland which handles all the major airlines. Grenoble & Lyon airports are slightly further away but again have more availability for low-cost flights. Any of these four airports are a good choice for flying to Tignes – depending on where you are coming from and what flight times and dates suit you.
The best thing about flying to Tignes is that it is quick and relatively convenient. If you plan far enough in advance then it is possible to get some great deals on flight prices too. If you are visiting Tignes for a week and want to spend as little time as possible travelling, and as much time on the slopes, then flying is a great option for you.
Airport Transfers to Tignes
If you do choose to fly to Tignes then you’ll also need to factor in an airport to ski resort transfer as well. The transfer to Tignes is not a short one, and it’s really important to book up your ski transfer in advance rather than simply arrive and hope to find a taxi. Chambery airport to Tignes is approximately 2 hours, Geneva airport to Tignes is approximately 3 hours, while Grenoble airport to Tignes and Lyon airport to Tignes are both just over the 3 hour mark.
Private transfers mean your driver is waiting for you when you land and will take you straight to your accommodation door. Shared transfers are cheaper but could mean waiting at the airport until a coach departs, along with a bit of a walk when you arrive in resort.
Snowcompare.com was set-up to make finding and booking airport transfers as easy and cheap as possible. We have all the best local taxi and bus companies on our website – meaning you can simply do one search and see all the available options for shared & private transfers, plus their prices and customer reviews. Try a journey search today and see how easy it is to book airport to Tignes transfers.
An alternative to airport transfers is to hire a car from the airport and drive yourself up to resort. This can be convenient, especially if you land at an awkward time of day. However, please keep in mind that you will need to pay for toll roads and parking in resort (which needs to be pre-booked for Tignes). If the weather is bad it could mean putting on snow chains in the mountains, and potentially digging the car out of the snow at the end of the week too. When it’s a similar price, we would recommend airport transfers over hiring a car for the least amount of hassle and stress on your holiday.
Driving to Tignes
Driving all the way from the UK to Tignes (or wherever it is you are based) is certainly an option that is becoming more and more popular. The good thing about driving to Tignes is that you don’t need to worry about luggage allowances, and you’ll have your own car in resort should you need it.
The drive to Tignes is a relatively easy one along major highways. You’ll need to bear in mind the distance and the time-consuming nature of driving though. Once you factor in crossing the channel, it may be necessary to split the journey out over two days which could impact your holiday time in Tignes.
You’ll also need to have snow chains incase of bad weather, as well as the additional emergency equipment required by France. since leaving the EU, UK drivers will need to check their car insurance covers them as well as potentially getting an international driving license.
Trains and Coaches to Tignes
Taking the ski train from London to Bourg St Maurice (at the bottom of the mountain from Tignes) is a popular method of getting to resort. With a change of station in Paris, it is possible to arrive in Bourg in close to ten hours. Remember that you will need to factor in the cost of a taxi between Paris-Nord and Paris-Lyon train stations – as well as the cost of a taxi or bus up the mountain from Bourg St Maurice to Tignes itself.
A coach from the UK to Tignes is probably the cheapest way to get to resort – but for that saving you do have to endure a long journey in fairly cramped conditions. Unless you really need to make the money saving we would recommend avoiding a coach journey which could be up to 18 hours long when travelling to Tignes.
The Best Way to Get to Tignes
The answer to this will probably depend most on who you are travelling with, and how much money you want to spend. Families with young children may enjoy the flexibility of driving themselves all the way to Tignes – while adult groups may prefer the benefits of getting on the train in London and relaxing (despite that change in Paris) all the way to the French Alps.
For us though, the best way to get to Tignes is still to fly and then get an airport transfer. It’s the quickest and most convenient method of travel – and if you are booking a private airport transfer then it will get you to resort hours faster than any other way of travelling. If you’re travelling in a group then transfers can be very cost-effective, and low-cost flights are available if you search the web.
To avoid any undue stress on your next ski holiday to Tignes why not book flights to one of the four local airports mentioned earlier and use Snowcompare to find the cheapest, most convenient airport to ski resort transfers possible.