Getting to Tignes
Part of the appeal of Tignes is that it’s high up in the mountains and far from any city. But Geneva, Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble airports are all within two to three hours’ drive, and the railway station at Bourg-St-Maurice has TGV and Eurostar services and is less than an hour away. You won’t need a car in the resort so using a transfer service to get from the airport is a good option.
Nearest Airports to Tignes
Chambéry and Grenoble are closest but are not served by many airlines. Geneva is the main gateway airport and has the most choice of flights and transfer services. Lyon is further away than Geneva but the drive takes about the same time.
Approximate distances and drive-times in good conditions:
Geneva Airport – 177 km / 110 miles – about 2 hours, 45 mins drive
Lyon St Exupery – 220 km /136 miles – about 2 hours, 45 mins drive
Chambéry Airport – 142 km / 88 miles – about 2 hours drive
Grenoble (Alpes-Isere) Airport – 215 km / 133 miles – about 2 hours, 30 mins drive
Airport Transfers to Tignes
AlpyBus offers a choice of private and shared ‘pay-per-seat’ transfers from Geneva Airport to Tignes in vehicles equipped for driving on mountain roads in winter, with English-speaking drivers. Private transfers are scheduled around your needs. Shared transfers have fixed departure times and are sold on a seat-by-seat basis, making them a cheaper way to get to Tignes for individuals and small groups. There are several departures most days, with drop-offs and pick-ups at all the Tignes villages. See prices and times, and book online >>>
Private and comfortable transfers to Tignes with the Mountain Rescue airport transfer service. By giving you sole occupancy of an 8 seater minibus, this is the fastest and most reliable way for getting to and from the Tignes ski area. Mountain Rescue operates out of Geneva, Grenoble, Lyon and Chambery airports and take you the direct route to the door of your ski holiday accommodation. Last minute bookings available and secure online booking and payment system. Tel: +33 (0) 6 03 05 22 17. Request a ski transfer quote >
Ben’s Bus transports passengers to Tignes from Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva airports in large coaches to keep prices low, but still provide great customer service. Ben’s Bus representatives at the airport greet you when you arrive and guide you to your vehicle, where they liaise with French drivers, who know the mountain roads better than anyone. Their Enhanced Refunds protect you if your plans have to change so you can book ahead with confidence. Book a shared transfer to Tignes now >
Airport Car Hire / Car Rental for Tignes
You won’t need a car when you get to Tignes unless you’re staying for a long time and want to explore other nearby ski areas such as La Rosiere and Les Arcs. But hiring a car is still a useful way to get to and from the airport at a time of your choosing.
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Airport bus services to Tignes
There are public bus services, with daily services to Tignes from Geneva and Lyon airports, and a weekend only service from Chambéry. Some services require you to change buses at Bourg St Maurice. See Altibus for details.
Getting to Tignes by Rail
The train station at Bourg St Maurice (“Bourg”) is 30 kms (19 miles) away from Tignes. The easiest way to get from the train station to the resort is via a taxi or private transfer service – you can book one online with Ski-Lifts. Or you can take a bus because the bus station is close to the train station – although you may have to wait a while, and when you do board a bus the journey times are longer than by private transfer – about 45 minutes to Tignes les Brevieres, 50 mins to Tignes 1800, 60 mins to Tignes Le Lac and 65 mins to Val Claret. See Altibus for timetables and to book a ticket in advance (strongly recommended).
Trains from Paris for Bourg St Maurice depart from the Gare de Lyon. The fastest take just over four and a half hours but most direct ones take between five and six hours, and most indirect ones between six and seven, and involve changing once or twice at Chambery, Aix Les Bains and/or Lyon. see www.voyages-sncf.com for details.
From the UK, Eurostar (www.eurostar.com) operates services to Bourg St Maurice from London St Pancras, which takes between eight and and ten hours. There are some direct trains with no changes, but these can take longer than services with one change in Paris, which necessitates getting from the Gare du Nord to the Gare de Lyon. If you take the Metro this is just two stops on RER line D (Direction Melun). Even allowing time to buy tickets and walk to and from platforms, this should not take more than 30 to 40 minutes. But if you have a lot of baggage, a taxi ride might be a better option.
There are also international Thalys train services direct from Belgium and the Netherlands to Bourg. From Southern and Eastern Europe, services from Geneva and Milan go via Chambery.
Driving to Tignes
Finally France has a good road infrastructure and to drive to Tignes is a realistic and popular option. The motorways in France are well maintained and, as long as your trip does not coincide with holiday periods, are usually clear. Calais to Tignes is about 1000 km (620 miles) and should take around 9 hours and 30 minutes. A toll system operates so allow for toll costs. And mind your speed as French traffic police are proactive and cunning.