Tignes general information

Tignes general information


The single downside of getting to Tignes is its distance from the nearest and most useful airport, Geneva International, which lies a good three to four hours’ drive from the resort and even longer by train and bus. However, the number of routes from Europe and the UK and the choice of full-service or budget airlines such as BMIbaby, Jet2, Flybe and EasyJet make the airport the primary destination for skiers heading to the Espace Killy. Charters from London Gatwick and other UK cities with Thomas Cook Airlines, forming part of a package skiing holiday, can help cut the cost of the entire trip and also take care of the over-long onward journey to Tignes.

For UK travellers, the weekend overnight Snow Train from London St Pancras via Folkestone directly to Bourg St Maurice is becoming a favourite, with its comfortable couchettes and chance to start the party early in the train’s disco bar. A flexible, faster and cheaper alternative is the Eurostar to Paris Nord, picking up on the overnight express to Bourg St Maurice. An even less expensive option is the Snow Express bus from London’s Victoria Bus Station direct to the Espace Killy, costing between £90 to £135 return and taking 20 hours. Self-drive is possible, mostly on autoroutes, but Calais is 900kms from the resort and bad weather en route can wreck the holiday schedule.

Lift passes can be booked in advance, included in a package deal, or booked on arrival. Prices are higher in peak season, although there are discounts for longer stays, children, families, students and seniors. Further discounts may be available online, worth searching for as daily passes are expensive at €40 and upward.