Getting to Alpe d’HuezGrenoble Airport is about 90 minutes’ drive away from Alpe d’Huez. Lyon Airport is slightly further but is still within 2 hours range and has more international flights. Alpe d’Huez and the surrounding viallages are also easy to reach by rail – Grenoble train station is only about an hour away and has high speed domestic and international services.
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Nearest Airports to Alpe d’Huez and its surrounding villages
Grenoble (Alpes-Isere Airport): 105km / about 1 hour 30 minutes drive time
Chambery Airport: 132km / about 1 hour 50 minutes drive time
Lyon (Saint Exupery Airport) 155km / about 2 hours drive time
Geneva Airport 215km / about 2 hours 45 minutes drive time
Because Villard Reculas, Oz-en-Oisans, Auris-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Huez are at lower altitude than Alpe d’Huez, they tend to have slightly shorter transfer times – about 10 minutes less on average.
Grenoble airport is clearly the most convenient gateway airport for Alpe d’Huez and its surrounding villages, although it’s not quite as convenient as a quick glance at the map might suggest because the airport is a long way outside the city, and on the wrong side for Alpe d’Huez. An increasing number of national carriers (eg: British Airways), low cost budget airlines (eg: EasyJet, RyanAir, Jet2 etc) and Charter Airlines (eg; Thomas Cook) use Grenoble.
Chambery is the next closest airport but has fewer flights than Grenoble. Lyon Airport (about 2 hours away), and Geneva (just under 3 hours) have many more international flights.
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Getting to Alpe d’Huez by rail
Grenoble train station is just over an hour’s drive from Alpe d’Huez and the surrounding villages, and has TGV and SNCF services from other French cities including Paris, and international services. The fastest Eurostar train service from London to Grenoble takes just over 6 hours, but most services take about 9 hours.
Bus transfers from the Airport and Train station.
There is a public bus service connecting the resort with Grenoble city centre and Grenoble train station, and there are buses from Grenoble airport to the city centre and the train station but very few direct buses between the airport and the resort. Full details are at www.transisere.fr