By planeTo Geneva, to
Chambery, to Lyon, to Grenoble
The most popular airport to fly to is Geneva, about a 2.5hr transfer away. You can hire a car there or we can arrange private transfers for you - get in touch with us for prices as these will vary depending on the size of your group - generally it's worth it to get a taxi rather than a bus for a group of 4 or more. Bus transfers are also available and cost from around £70 return. The closest airport, however, is actually Chambery which is barely a 1.5hr transfer away and has direct coach transfers to Sainte Foy. It's also possible to get here from Lyon and Grenoble airports, both around 2hrs away. If you're bringing your own board/skis, airline carriage costs can be expensive and baggage limits tight. We recently discovered a company who will ship your gear to Sainte Foy before your trip for £15 - could be worth a look: www.skis2you.com.
There are flights to Geneva from all over the UK with several different airlines.
Easyjet fly from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast,
Leeds-Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Doncaster, Birmingham,
Luton, Stanstead, Gatwick, Bristol and Bournemouth.
British Airways fly direct from London City, Gatwick and Heathrow.
Swiss fly direct from London City and Heathrow.
Flybe fly from Exeter, Southampton, Isle of Man and Jersey.
Jet2 fly from Edinburgh, Belfast, East Midlands, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.
BmiBaby fly from Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands and Manchester.
Coach Transfers from Geneva:
Coaches leave Geneva every day. Departure times on Saturdays are at 1000, 1100, 1215, 1330, 1430, 1530, 1645, 1915 & 2000, on Sundays at 1000, 1215, 1530, 1645 & 1915. Return transfer to Bourg Saint Maurice costs €99.50 per adult (discounts for young people and infants). We can collect you from the bus station. There are also coach transfers from Bourg Saint Maurice up to the resort in Sainte Foy and in some circumstances it may be quicker to take this if our transfer minibus is busy elsewhere.
Ben's Bus run transfers from Geneva to the Tarentaise on Saturdays and some Sundays. Timetable varies throughout the season. With a lot of our guests using this service over the last couple of years, Sainte Foy has now been formally added as a stop on their website, so booking is now very straightforward. The bus will drop you at the Monal hotel. We can pick you up from there or you can take the free ski bus up to the resort. Return transfer costs £69.
British Airways fly direct from London City.
Flybe fly from Exeter, Southampton and Birmingham.jet2 fly from Edinburgh, East Midlands, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.
Snowjet fly from Bristol, Gatwick & Stanstead.
Coach Transfers from Chambery:
Coaches leave Chambery on Saturdays at 1030, 1500 and 1700, on Sundays at 1315 and 1730. Weekday transfers are not available. Return transfer costs €50 per adult (discounts for young people and infants). Transfers can be booked right through from the airport to Sainte Foy but check the timings - there can often be a long wait in Bourg Saint Maurice. In this case, contact us and we may be able to arrange a pick-up in Bourg to get you to the resort a bit quicker.
Coach Transfers from Lyon Saint Exupery:
Coaches leave Lyon Saint Exupery airport every day. Departure times on Saturdays are at 0900, 1230, 1530 and 1830, on Sundays at 1230, 1530, 1930 and 2230. Return transfer costs 90€ per adult (discounts for young people and infants). Transfers can be booked right through from the airport to Sainte Foy but check the timings - there can often be a long wait in Bourg Saint Maurice. In this case, contact us and we may be able to arrange a pick-up in Bourg to get you to the resort a bit quicker.
Easyjet fly from LIverpool, Birmingham, Gatwick, Stanstead, Luton & Bristol.Ryanair fly from Dublin and Stanstead.
Coach Transfers from Grenoble:
Ben's Bus run transfers from Grenoble to the Tarentaise on Saturdays and some Sundays. Timetable varies throughout the season. To book a transfer to Sainte Foy, book a transfer to Tignes through the Ben's Bus site, then email email@example.com to request a drop in Sainte Foy. The bus will drop you at the Monal hotel. We can pick you up from there or you can take the free ski bus up to the resort. Return transfer costs £79. We recommend emailing or calling before booking to confirm that a drop in Sainte Foy is possible.
Hiring a car at the airport and driving to Sainte Foy can often be the cheapest way to get here if you have a group of 3 or 4 people. There are many options for car rental at the various different airports - too many for us to make a recommendation (although EasyCar from Geneva often have very reasonable prices). Having your own car in resort can also be useful if you want to make trips to the surrounding resorts above and beyond those included in our holidays. Directions from all the nearby airports are given below:
A note on driving from Geneva: there are shorter routes to the Tarentaise valley from Geneva airport which are often suggested by Sat-Nav systems and internet route calculators. These will direct you either via Beaufort and over the Cormet de Roseland or through the Mont Blanc tunnel at Chamonix and over the Col de Petit Saint Bernard. Both of these high-altitude passes are very, very closed in winter! Please use the directions provided in the link above.
Private Taxi Transfer
There are several private transfers firms operating services from the airports to Sainte Foy. Prices vary significantly depending on the day of transfer (Sundays and weekdays are cheaper than Saturdays) and the group size - eight is always the best/cheapest group. We recommend Cool Bus but contact us for the best options and prices.
To drive takes around 10hrs from Calais and it's a pretty easy cruise on the motorway most of the way down. Our suggested route is to take the motorway all the way to Bourg en Bresse, then travel via Annecy to Albertville. Motorway tolls will cost somewhere around 60€ each way. You can also stay on the motorway all the way to Lyon then go via Chambery to Albertville. This is significantly longer, but is on faster roads so time difference isn't much, however you will pay an extra 20€ in motorway tolls each way.
Click here for directions from Calais.
The alternative way of getting here is by train. If you live in or near London, this can be a great way to get to the Tarentaise valley. You can take the direct SnowTrain from Saint Pancras to Bourg Saint Maurice. This leaves London on Friday nights and arrives in Bourg early on Saturday morning, in time for a full day on the mountain. There are other options as well. For example, you could get on the Eurostar on a Friday evening, change to a sleeper train in Paris and arrive in Bourg St Maurice at 7:30 on Saturday morning. This way, you still get an extra day's riding in. Repeat the process on the way back and all of a sudden you've changed a weeks trip from 6 days riding when travelling by plane to 8 days riding when taking the train! Price varies, but generally costs around £190 return (£99 for the Eurostar and €112 for the trains between Paris and Bourg Saint Maurice), almost certainly cheaper than a flight + board/ski bag charges + airport transfer. Some people even choose to break their journey and spent a night or a day in Paris en route.Oddly, train prices seem to vary depending on how you book them. The SnowTrain should be booked at www.eurostar.com. If you want to do the two-leg journey, book the two parts separately. Book the London-Paris train at the Eurostar site, then book the Paris to Bourg Saint Maurice train at www.sncf.com. This generally works out significantly cheaper than booking the whole thing via a site such as RailEurope but check all the possibilities as it seems to be a bit random. If you need any help with train bookings, just ask and we can arrange it for you. Train tickets are often not available until 3 months before the date of travel.