It's really easy to get to Les Deux Alpes because it's located just 120km from Grenoble Alpes-Isère International airport. But flying isn't your only option, you can always drive and there are trains and coaches that come here too.
Whilst there's more than one route option to consider, there's no ignoring the environmental cost of a ski holiday. The means by which you travel to your holiday contributes around 50-70% of its carbon footprint, and with global warming and melting glaciers making the headlines daily, when figuring out what's 'best' for you, you may wish to also consider what's best for the environment.
Let us help you figure it out with our complete guide for getting to Les 2 Alpes.
Plane: Flying to the Alps generates nearly seven times as much carbon than travelling by train
Train: France's electrified rail network has one of the world's lowest carbon footprints
Driving: Travelling by car with four to five people can make a significant difference in CO2 output in comparison to flying
Best ways to get to Les 2 Alpes
Les 2 Alpes is located in southeast France, in the department of Isère, part of the Rhône-Alpes region, and it boasts the largest skiable glacier in Europe.
What’s the best way to get to Les Deux Alpes?
Whilst there's no denying the convenience of flying, we would encourage you to at least consider the alternatives. We're not going to give you just one route to resort, and below you'll find what we think are the main pros and cons:
|How to get to Les 2 Alpes|
|Flight & Transfer||Fastest||Environmental cost|
|Coach / Bus||Price||Time consuming
Less comfort (if overnight)
Fast – You can't beat flying for pure speed. Airport transfers are also the fastest way to reach the ski area – you’ll be at your accommodation’s doorstep in about 1h45.
Carbon footprint – To be honest, we should all feel bad about flying these days. There are numerous ways to off-set your carbon, and increasingly transfer companies are putting on larger vehicles and hybrid/electric transfer vehicles are becoming a common sight on Alpine roads.
High-speed TGV trains from Paris stop at Grenoble train station, around 1h30 from Les Deux Alpes.
Eco-friendly – Carbon footprint can be reduced by as much as 90% when travelling by train.
Comfortable – Trains also have generous legroom, allowing you to relax and enjoy the ever-changing scenery, and even take a stroll along the aisles or visit the onboard café.
Speed – Takes longer than flying.
The extensive network of European motorways makes it easy to come to Les Deux Alpes by car.
Convenience – No luggage restrictions, you can bring what you want from home, ideal when self-catering, plus you'll have a car in resort and can easily visit neighbouring ski areas.
Time-consuming – It can take quite a long time to reach the Alps and depending on where you're coming from you may wish to split your journey into more than one day.
Pollution – As an area that suffers from high levels of air pollution, you should consider the impact of your car's emissions on the environment.
Challenging conditions – Your vehicle will need to be equipped to drive on snow and/or in inclement weather. From 1st November until 31st March, it is mandatory to have snow chains in the boot of your car or winter tyres fitted.
Parking – Getting a parking space in resort or at the foot of the slopes can be difficult during peak seasons.
Coach / Long-distance bus
Probably the least popular option, it is possible to get to [resort] on a coach or long-distance bus.
Price – Usually the cheapest alternative.
Environment – Coaches are more environmentally friendly than flying, releasing seven times less CO2 per person.
Sociable – Buses can be quite sociable, so you may make new friends before you set foot on the slopes.
Less comfortable – Buses aren't the most comfortable places to sleep, so you'll likely be quite tired when you reach the pistes.
Time-consuming – Depending on which city you are travelling from, it can take up to 20 hours to reach [resort].
Flying to Les 2 Alpes
Flying is undoubtedly the more convenient way to travel to Les 2 Alpes – it’s faster, easier and sometimes cheaper than any other means of transport. However, there's no denying the environmental cost is huge.
Which airports are near Les Deux Alpes?
Grenoble is the nearest airport to Deux Alpes. This small international airport operates only during the winter and summer seasons and is used mainly for tour operators and charter flights. There are also regular flights to and from the main cities in the UK, as well as some European capitals. Flights are only available during the high season with frequency increasing during the peak holiday periods.
For a larger selection of airlines and direct flight destinations, frequent year-round flights and more competitive prices, Lyon Saint-Exupery airport (2h30 to Les Deux Alpes) is the next best option. However, there are fewer transfers and buses running from Lyon to 2 Alpes.
At a glance, these are the main travel hubs for 2 Alpes. Times and distances are approximate and can be affected by snow, bad weather or peak holiday times:
|Nearest Airports to Les 2 Alpes | Times & Distances|
Getting from the airport to Les 2 Alpes
There are several ways to make the trip, including airport transfers, regular buses and even trains.
How do you get to Les 2 Alpes?
From Grenoble airport
Book an airport transfer. The transfer time is around 1h45, but will be longer on snowy days and in peak weeks, such as Christmas, New Year, school holidays and Easter. Learn more on our Transfers Guide page.
From Lyon airport
Private transfers run from Lyon airport throughout the season. The transfer time from Lyon is around 2h30.
From Geneva and Chambery airport
Take a train to Grenoble and then hop on a connecting bus to Les Deux Alpes – our guide on how to get to Les 2 Alpes by train has all the information.
Trains to Les 2 Alpes
Travelling to Les Deux Alpes by train isn't necessarily the easiest or fastest option, but it is proven to be considerably more eco-friendly than flying. Whilst your train journey will inevitably include changing trains, it will allow you to carry more luggage without additional charges, avoids long waiting times in airports, and certainly for a trip from London it doesn't take much longer when you take into account transfer times.
How do you get to Les Deux Alpes by train?
Grenoble is the closest train station to Les 2 Alpes, around 68km or 1h30 from the centre of resort. Trains to and from Paris stop here. It's also possible to travel from London to Les 2 Alpes by train – the train travel time is around nine hours.
We've compiled a very comprehensive guide with all you need to know to get to Les Deux Alpes by train.
Driving to Les 2 Alpes
Bringing your own vehicle with you to Les Deux Alpes is a good choice if you want to have more flexibility once you’re here, even if you don't really need a car in winter to get around resort thanks to the free shuttle buses.
How do you get from the UK to Les 2 Alpes by car?
It's not a short trip from the UK to Deux Alpes but it can be done in a day, depending on where you leave from. Most people driving from the UK to France will need to cross the English Channel from Dover to Calais, the nearest French town. The Calais to 2 Alpes driving time is around nine hours for a distance of 930km. The most direct route is via the French motorways A26, A5, A31, A6 and A48.
You can cross to France from Folkestone to Calais by Eurotunnel in 35 minutes, or take a Channel ferry from Dover to Calais in around 90 minutes. We recommend you book your tickets in advance. There are also ferries from Portsmouth and Poole to Caen, Cherbourg and St. Malo, in the north of France, while from Hull you can travel by ferry to Zeebrugge in Belgium and then make your way down to Les Deux Alpes.
Another thing to take into consideration when bringing your car to Les 2 Alpes is that the road on the way up to resort from Bourg d'Oisans is around 20km long (a 30-minute drive more or less) and quite winding in places. Even though snow clearers operate every day in winter, driving conditions can be challenging. For the winter season (from 1st November until 31st March), it is mandatory to have snow chains in the boot of your car or winter tyres fitted, and local police carry out regular spot checks.
Coaches & long-distance buses to Les 2 Alpes
Getting to Les Deux Alpes by coach takes considerably longer than flying. However, it’s also usually cheaper, making it a good option when travelling on a low budget. There are a number of international coach companies that travel between the largest cities in Europe and Lyon, Grenoble and Geneva, from where a bus or a transfer will take you to Les 2 Alpes. These include FlixBus, Eurolines, BlaBlaBus and RegioJet.
Bringing your skis, snowboard or bike to Les 2 Alpes
Airlines, trains and transfer companies are well versed in catering for customers who travel with their own sports equipment. Each company will have its own individual policy terms and conditions depending on the type of gear you are transporting so it’s well worth checking the details in advance. Here's a snapshot of the different transport options and a guide to their restrictions:
Most airlines charge a fee for taking skis, snowboards, bikes, golf clubs, parachutes and mountaineering equipment on board, so check before you book. However, a few airlines, such as Swiss, will fly the first set of skis or snowboard for free. Also, make sure you pack your gear well and ensure it falls within the packaging guidelines specified by the carrier.
On Eurostar trains you can take one pair of skis or one snowboard onboard for free with you, in addition to your standard two-bag luggage allowance. Skis are also allowed for free on TGV trains. Bikes can be transported on French trains, either in special luggage carriages or in passenger carriages when stored in a bike-specific carrying case, although fees may apply so check before you book.
Transfer buses are usually well equipped to transport sports equipment, but it’s always important to let them know exactly what you’re bringing so that they can ensure they have sufficient capacity. Sports equipment may be subject to a surcharge, please ask when booking.