Getting to the French Alps

There’s a variety of ways to travel to the French Alps from the UK this winter season 2020-21. The majority of Alpine resorts are very accessible from motorways, airports and train stations - all your options are listed below.

By air

Numerous low-cost airlines offer affordable flights from major and regional UK airports to the international gateway airports for the French Alps. Chambery, Geneva (Switzerland), Grenoble and Lyon airports all offer excellent access. Onward transfers to the resorts vary between 1-4 hours depending on where you are staying.

  • Fly to Chambery for resorts in the 3 Valleys (1h45), Paradiski (2h20), Espace Killy (2h30) and Maurienne Valley (2-3h).

  • Fly to Geneva for resorts in the Aravis (1h), Grand Massif (1h), Portes du Soleil (1h) and Mont Blanc/Chamonix Valley (1h30).

  • Fly to Grenoble for resorts in Vaujany/Alpe d’Huez (1h30), Les Deux Alpes (1h50), Serre Chevalier (2h) and Montgenèvre (2h30).

  • Lyon is situated slightly further west, but remains an option for all resorts if you don’t mind a longer transfer.

Please note that flights do not usually run on Christmas Day.

CHAMBERY

British Airways: London City, London Stansted
TUI: Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London City, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester

GENEVA (Switzerland)

British Airways: London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow
easyJet: Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Southend, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton
Jet2: Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Manchester
Swiss: London City, London Heathrow
TUI: Please check airline website

GRENOBLE

British Airways: London Gatwick, London Heathrow
easyJet: Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted
Jet2: Birmingham, East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle
Ryanair: Bristol, Dublin, London Stansted
Wizz Air: London Luton
Aurigny: Guernsey

LYON

British Airways: London Gatwick, London Heathrow
easyJet: Bristol, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester
Jet2: London Stansted, Manchester

By car

If you’d prefer to drive to the French Alps, there are ferry ports offering crossings to France from Portsmouth, Newhaven, Poole (from March 2021), Plymouth (from March 2021) and Dover. Dover has the shortest crossing time, taking just 90 minutes to Calais, but other routes offer overnight crossings which are ideal for families. An alternative route sails from Hull into Zeebrugge (Belgium). Another way to take your car is via the Eurotunnel from Folkestone, taking just 35 minutes and connecting directly with the motorways to the mountains.

By train

You can even travel to the French Alps without leaving the ground or getting behind the wheel. One of the benefits of trains over flights is that there’s no luggage limitation.
Unfortunately the Eurostar ski trains to Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne and Bourg-St-Maurice will not be running for the 2020-21 season, but it is still possible to travel by Eurostar to Paris, and then change onto a local TGV or SNCF train to Lyon, Chamonix, Annecy, Chambery or Briançon.