It's really easy to get to Les Deux Alpes from all around Europe and that's because the ski area is located just 120km from Grenoble Alpes-Isère International airport (about one hour and 30 minutes away). Flying isn't your only option, you can always drive here and there are also trains available.
Feeling spoiled for choice? That's because you are. However, this also means that there's more than one option to consider when deciding how to come here, and that's what we're here for. We've written the complete guide of the best options to travel to Les 2 Alpes. Let us help you figure out what's the perfect choice for you.
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?
We're not just going to give you just one route Les 2 Alpes, and below you'll find what we think are their main pros and cons:
- Pros: Fast – you just can't beat flying for pure speed. Airport transfers are also the also fastest way to reach the ski area – you’ll be at your accommodation’s doorstep in about one hour and 45 minutes.
- Cons: Carbon footprint – to be honest, we feel a bit bad about flying these days. You can make up for some of this by not hiring a car and opting for an airport transfer instead. More and more transfer companies are trying to offset their emissions and electric transfer vehicles are becoming a common sight on Alpine roads.
The extensive network of European motorways makes it easy to come to Les Deux Alpes by car.
- Pros: Convenience – you'll have a car to move around resort and even visit neighbouring ski areas.
- Cons: Time-consuming and air pollution – it can take quite a long time to reach the Alps and you may have to split your journey into more than one day. You'll also need to consider the impact of your car's emissions on the valley's environment, as this area suffers from high levels of air pollution. Plus, you'll have to be ready and equipped to drive on the snow or in inclement weather conditions while parking in resort or at the foot of the slopes may be difficult during peak seasons. 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.
High-speed TGV trains from Paris stop at Grenoble train station, around one hour and 30 minutes from Les Deux Alpes.
- Pros: Eco-friendly and comfortable – carbon footprint can be reduced by as much as 90% when travelling by train. Trains also have more legroom, so you'll be able to relax while you enjoy the ever changing scenery and even take a stroll along the aisles or visit the onboard café.
- Cons: Speed – travelling by train takes longer than flying for more or less the same amount of money. However, transfers from Grenoble train station are shorter than from the airport so you'll catch up time, plus you'll save on waiting time.
Coach or long-distance bus
It's possible to get to Les Deux Alpes on a coach or long-distance bus, although it's probably our least favourite option.
- Pros: Price – coming to Avoriaz by coach is usually the cheapest alternative (although this isn't always the case). Plus, coaches are more environmentally friendly than flying, releasing seven times less CO2 per person. Buses are also quite sociable so you may get the chance to make new friends before you set foot on the slopes.
- Cons: Less comfortable and more time-consuming – it can take up to 20 hours or more to reach Les 2 Alpes and buses aren't the most comfortable places to sleep on, you'll be quite exhausted when you reach the pistes.
Flying to Les 2 Alpes
Our experience has taught us that flying is the most convenient way to travel to Les Deux Alpes – it’s faster, easier and sometimes cheaper than any other means of transport.
Which airports are near Les Deux 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|
Where do you fly to for Les 2 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.
Below is a list of airlines flying to Grenoble, including direct flight destinations to and from the airport. Flights are only available during the high season and their frequency may increase during the winter months, from December to March-April.
|Grenoble Airport | Airlines & Direct Flight Destinations|
|Easyjet||Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool and London|
|Jet2.com||Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester and Newcastle|
|WIZZ||London and Warsaw|
|Ryanair||Dublin and London|
For a larger selection of airlines and direct flight destinations, frequent year-round flights and more competitive prices, Lyon Saint-Exupery airport (two hours 30 minutes to Les Deux Alpes) is the next best option. However, there are fewer transfers and buses running from Lyon to 2 Alpes.
Getting from the airport to Les 2 Alpes
Grenoble airport is only 120km away from Les Deux Alpes. There are several ways to make the trip, including airport transfers and regular buses.
How do you get from Grenoble airport to Les 2 Alpes?
The easiest and fastest way to get to Deux Alpes is to book an airport transfer. The Grenoble to Les 2 Alpes transfer time is around one hour and 45 minutes 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.
In winter Ben's Bus also runs regular bus transfers from Grenoble airport to Les Deux Alpes, with up to eight shuttles per day. The bus transfer time from Grenoble to 2 Alpes is around one hour and 50 minutes.
How do you get from Lyon airport to Les 2 Alpes?
Private transfers run from Lyon airport to Les Deux Alpes throughout the season. In winter Ben's Bus also operates regular bus transfers from Lyon airport to 2 Alpes every day except on Wednesdays, with extended frequencies on Saturdays. The bus transfer time from Lyon to Deux Alpes is around two hours and 30 minutes.
How do you get from Geneva and Chambery airport to Les 2 Alpes?
Passengers flying into Geneva or Chambery airport can 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 as you will have to change trains a few times along the way. However, it's a great option when considering the impact of your journey on the environment, as it's been proved to be more eco-friendly than flying. Trains also allow you to carry more luggage without additional charges.
How do you get to Les Deux Alpes by train?
Grenoble is the closest train station to Les 2 Alpes, around 68km or one hour and 30 minutes 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 one or two days, 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 the Channel by the Eurotunnel or a cross-Channel ferry which takes cars 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 now mandatory to have snow chains in the boot of your car or winter tyres fitted, and local police carry out regular spot checks. Read our Driving to Les 2 Alpes Guide and find more information on our Parking in Les 2 Alpes page once you’ve arrived.
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:
How to bring your sports gear to Les Deux Alpes by plane
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.
How to bring your sports equipment to Les 2 Alpes by train
On Eurostar trains from Paris, you can take one pair of skis or one snowboard onboard for free with you as part of your standard two-bag luggage allowance. Skis are also allowed for free in TGV trains. Bikes can be transported in special luggage carriages or on board when disassembled and stored in a carrying case in French trains, although fees may apply so check before you book.
Can you bring skis, snowboards or bikes with you in airport transfers?
Shuttle 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.