Alpe d’Huez general information

Alpe d’Huez general information


The small airport at Grenoble is the closest point of air arrival , located 104kms away, but offers only low-cost flights with EasyJet, Monarch and Ryanair. Direct bus transfers run regularly to Alpe d’Huez and car hire is easily arranged, although snow chains and winter tyres are a necessity and are best booked online in advance. Geneva and Lyon offer coach services, taking up to three hours’ transfer time. British Airways offers a full-service flight to Lyon from Heathrow, with EasyJet flying from Gatwick and Stansted. Geneva offers the best choice of full-service and low-cost fares from BA, BMIbaby, EasyJet and Monarch, with Thomas Cook and Thomson picking up on package deal charters including onward transportation to the resort.

Travel to Alpe d’Huez by train from London is straightforward via Eurostar from Waterloo Station, passing through Paris and changing to the French rail system at Lille for Grenoble. An economic way to travel is by Euroline coach from London’s Victoria Coach Station, again arriving at Grenoble and taking the bus from there. Self-drive visitors will complete the journey from the channel coast in around 10 hours using the autoroutes, although bad weather en route can cost skiers lots of time on the slopes.

Planning ahead is important before booking lift passes in advance in order to take advantage of any discounts available. The full area VISALP pass, valid for two to seven days, includes other winter sports activities and gives student, child and especially generous family discounts. Passes for more than six days give free days in nearby resorts and early and late season passes are much cheaper.