Your journey to Tignes in the French Alps.
There are many great ways to travel to Tignes from all over the world, including by air, train, car, and coach.
Travelling by Car
If you are coming from the UK or mainland Europe, driving is a great way to get to the French Alps and having a car can also give you greater freedom to explore the area while in the resort. The new motorway links across France make driving to the French Alps hassle-free, and the beautiful countryside means many people find the ride very enjoyable. And, if coming from the UK, the Eurotunnel and ferry offer regular and well-priced channel crossings.
Parking when in resort is also easy and hassle-free, with two car parks in Tignes les Brevieres which are free throughout summer.
If you want to hire a car, we recommend booking in advance and using comparison sites such as AutoEurope to make sizeable savings. If hiring a car from Geneva airport, it is worth checking both the Swiss and French sides of the airport to compare prices.
There are two large car parks in Tignes les Brevieres which are free throughout summer: one on the right as you enter the village, and one of the left at the end of the village opposite the Brevieres gondola.
Please be reassured that you are welcome to drive all the way up to your chalet on the day of your arrival or departure to load or offload your belongings, but we ask that guests do not park outside their chalets for any extended periods of time.
Things to be aware of
- Beware of speed guns and speed cameras, which in France are preceded by a sign saying ‘Pour votre sécurité contrôles automatiques’ alongside a picture of a radar. Speeding fines are common and can cost up to €90.
- One area worth considering is the route into Moûtiers: a high-speed two-lane road that becomes twisty and is often frequented by police. The limit here is 90kph. You should go slower from 5km before Moûtiers on the RN90 from Albertville, just after you pass the turn for ‘Grand Coeur’.
- Take care when travelling through the big tunnel on the way out of Moûtiers. There is a speed camera in the middle and the limit is 70kph. Drivers often only realise that the camera is there at the last moment and slam on their brakes, creating an obvious hazard.
Travelling by Train
France has many great rail companies which connect to the whole of Europe and also connect the nearby airports to resort, making train travel a great option from wherever you are travelling from.
Our friends at Snowcarbon are avid supporters of train travel, as it is a much more environmentally friendly and well-priced travel option. According to figures from Snowcarbon, travelling to the Alps by train saves up to 90% of the emissions versus flying.
Travelling from the UK?
Eurostar operates high-speed services from St. Pancras International and Ashford International to Paris. From Paris, you can book a journey with Train Grande Vitesse (TGV) all the way to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, via train booking services including the SNCF. There is also the French ‘Intercités de Nuit’ overnight services which can be a slower but more affordable option and means you can get to the resort for first thing in the morning.
Snowcarbon has a very useful website for comparing prices and finding the cheapest travel option for your trip, and also have a great route planner which you can use here:
Trains arrive at Bourg-Saint-Maurice station, from where it is approximately a 25-minute journey to Tignes les Brévières. Taxis to resort from Bourg St Maurice usually cost in the region of €60 – €100. Alternatively, it is worth looking into availability with AltiBus, which provides a regular and reliable bus service up and down the mountain.
Travelling by Air
The nearest major airports to Tignes are Geneva and Lyon. Most airlines serve these destinations, including budget carriers such as EasyJet and Ryanair. Chambery is a conveniently located alternative option, although flights to this airport are generally more limited and higher in cost.
Skyscanner is a really useful website for comparing prices and finding the cheapest travel option for your trip. It is worth noting that flights tend to increase in price closer to departure dates, so early booking is recommended.
If you are planning on skiing on the glacier, we advise checking the cost of ski and snowboard carriage with your preferred airline before booking, as this can significantly increase the final cost of your flights. Many guests find it cheaper and easier to hire equipment when in resort.
Tignes les Brévières is approximately a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Geneva and Lyon airports, while Chambery is approximately just two hours away.
Travelling by Coach
Budget coach services run throughout mainland Europe, and, although timely, can be a fantastic option for those looking to reduce travel costs and opt for a more environmentally friendly travel option. Omio is a great website to find and book coach travel to the French Alps from all over Europe. A lot of these coaches may only travel to the nearest large city or airport, but then from here you can find local busses or trains for the last leg of your journey.