Why Use Chambery Airport to Get to Tignes?
The small international airport just outside Chambery is the closest, and potentially the most convenient airport for onwards travel to Tignes ski resort.
Despite being a winter-only operation, Chambery airport has long been regarded as the gateway to the Tarentaise valley and its famous French ski resorts. There are definitely pros & cons to using this regional airport though:
The main benefit is that travel times to Tignes can be up to an hour shorter from Chambery airport than those from Geneva, Lyon or Grenoble. A smaller airport means shorter check-in times, very little walking, and it is usually relatively easy to find your transfer driver in the one arrivals hall.
However, in recent years Chambery have downsized their commercial flight schedule in favour of select tour operators and private jets. There are still some very convenient flights here from the UK, but they can be slightly harder to find.
The closeness of the airport to the French Alps, as well as its location in a valley near a lake, does mean that Chambery airport does suffer partial closures during bad weather. Flight delays and diversions do occur here during the winter and there is no hard and fast rule in order to avoid them.
Travel Routes from Chambery to Tignes
The main reason to fly to Chambery on your way to Tignes is the closer proximity than other available airports. Quick access to local highways means that a transfer time of approximately 2 hours is possible on good days. Most drivers will still allow between 2.5 and 3 hours during the winter months though due to snow and slower traffic through the Tarentaise Valley.
At 142km there is really only one direct route to take between Chambery airport and Tignes. This involves taking the toll road and skirting Chambery city before heading East towards the Alps.
Picking up the N90, it can be a slower drive on single lane roads once you reach the head of the valley. This one road takes drivers all the way to the town of Bourg St Maurice where they begin the climb upwards towards the resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isere.
The Cost of Chambery to Tignes Transfers
The (relatively-speaking) close proximity of Chambery to Tignes ski resort does have the benefit of making airport transfers a bit cheaper than usual.
Private transfer is really the only option worth considering from Chambery airport. The prices are low enough to make door-to-door travel economic for a group, and the low number of passengers arriving means that shared coach transfers are not viable for companies to run.
Using Snowcompare.com to find the cheapest private transfers from Chambery airport to Tignes means that:
- A group of 4 people travelling on a weekday can get a private transfer for £207.55 GBP (£51.88 per person).
- On a Saturday this same transfer for 4 people rises slightly to £221.70 GBP (£55.52 per person).
- For a group of 8 people travelling on a weekday the best priced private transfer would be £235.34 GBP (£29.41 per person).
- On a Saturday that group of 8 people travelling between Chambery and Tignes would pay £259.43 GBP (£32.42 per person)
- For a large group of 16 passengers travelling at any time between Chambery and Tignes the best priced private transfer cost would be £517.58 GBP (£32.34 per person).