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Ben’s Bus Goes Carbon Neutral!

Posted 14th June 2024

CARBON NEUTRAL AIRPORT SKI TRANSFERS

 

Carbon Neutral Ben's Bus Ski TransfersWe’re delighted to announce Ben’s Bus Airport Ski Transfers are now Carbon Neutral! That’s right folks, if you travel on any of our transfers, you will now have your carbon footprint offset via our new new environmental scheme.

As a responsible company who’s always cared about climate change, we’ve found a way for our monetary contributions to make a real difference. We’ll be donating a large sum at the end of the season to SolarAid.

 

Reducing carbon emissions with the help of Solar Aid Shared transfers are already the most environmentally friendly way to get to your ski resort. Since you’ll be on a large vehicle with lots of other passengers, you’ll all be sharing your carbon emissions. However, we’ve gone a step further and will now, at the end of the season, calculate our total carbon emissions. We’ll then convert that to money and donate it to SolarAid. Their initiatives in Africa not only reduce CO2, but make a real difference to people’s lives.

 

 

REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT EVEN FURTHER

 

how to reduce carbon footprint and fly to go skiing

Did you know you could go even further in reducing the pollution in our beautiful mountains? All you need to do is make a few small gestures when you travel to our ski resorts and collectively we can save tons of CO2.

We’ve written a guide with some top tips on how to get your carbon footprint even lower, including cunning ways to reduce your luggage weight on the plane.

 

As far as we know, we’re the first shared transfer company to go carbon neutral. So now, whether your on a bus from Geneva to Val Thorens or Grenoble to Tignes, you can travel in the confidence that the impact you’re having on global warming is as low as it can be.

 

Our Geneva Airport Ski Transfers and our Lyon Airport ski transfers will go on sale very soon. We hope to get our Grenoble Airport ski transfers on sale by the end of July. Sign up to our mailing list below to be notified as soon as we’re live and to hear about any early bird discounts we may offer.

 

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Thank You to Our Customers and Bus Companies

Posted 8th May 2024

BEN’S BUS SAYS ‘MERCI & AU REVOIR’ TO THE 2023 / 24 SKI SEASON

 

End of 2024 Ski Season Thank You

We’ve now run our last bus of the 2023 / 2024 ski season and it’s been another great year. This was our 18th season running airport buses to the ski resorts and we’d like to thank you all for your custom over the years.

A huge thank you must go out to our amazing reps and managers, our bus company partners and their office teams for ensuring our customers had the best possible experience.

And of course to the unsung heroes – the drivers. Waking up at crazy hours to drive up and down mountain roads, in sometimes treacherous conditions, to get people safely to their ski holiday destinations and home again.

 

We’re already planning for the 2024 / 2025 season and are working hard to ensure we have even more buses for you all. We’ll also be trying to keep our prices as low as possible, despite ever-increasing costs. We’re hoping that we will only have to increase our prices by a very small margin this year.

 

Our transfers from Geneva and Lyon Airports should go on sale in early June 2024, whilst our Grenoble Airport transfers will go on sale around early August 2024. Sign up to our mailing list using the form below to be alerted as soon as we are live.

 

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New Youth Football Team Sponsored by Bens Bus

Posted 11th February 2023

BEN’S BUS ANNOUNCES NEW YOUTH FOOTBALL TEAM SPONSORSHIP

 

We’re delighted to have just received this photo of the Under 11 youth football club we sponsor. Wessex Giants play in the south Somerset youth league and are doing great! We’re so pleased that our money has bought them new kits and assistance to fund training programs. Good luck for the season boys and stay active!

Wessex Youth Football Sponsorship

 

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Travel Restrictions Ease & Snow Arrives in France

Posted 19th September 2021

COVID TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS EASE AS SNOW HITS THE ALPS

 

Travel Restrictions ease snow fallsIt’s as if the Snow Gods heard the announcement that double-jabbed Brits will face less stringent travel restrictions. There’s no longer a need to take expensive tests and both France and Switzerland have moved to the Green List. The news was greeted with jubilation by the ski industry and skiers alike.

24 hours later – the snow starts falling in most of the resorts we cover. It’s a good omen!

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VAL THORENS

 

Of course, the highest ski resort in Europe picked up some snow. Our transfers to Val Thorens run regularly from Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon Airports

 

 

ALPE D’HUEZ (and LES 2 ALPES)

 

Alpe d’Huez and Les 2 Alpes also received their first snowfall of the Autumn. Travel there from Grenoble and Lyon Airport.

 

 

VAL D’ISERE (AND TIGNES)

 

Val d’Isere and Tignes have an excellent snow record.

 

 

LA PLAGNE

 

La Plagne is linked toLes Arcs via the Paradiski Express lift

 

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Ski Holiday Flights | How to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Updated 8th May 2024

HOW TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT WHEN FLYING TO YOUR SKI HOLIDAY

 

how to reduce carbon footprint and fly to go skiingAfter a summer of extreme floods, heatwaves and wildfires, the issue of Climate Change has never felt so real. Sustainability has become an important part of all our lives. Many travellers are now asking “How can I reduce my carbon footprint and still fly to my ski holiday?”

Carbon offsetting initiatives such as easyJet’s sustainability scheme are helpful, but they don’t eliminate the CO2 emitted when flying. However, done right and over a certain distance, flying is not actually as bad as some people think. Trains and cars still use energy and electricity is not yet 100% green. The extra emissions caused by congestion if everyone were to stop taking planes needs to be considered.

 

 

TOP TIPS TO REDUCE YOUR CO2 EMISSIONS WHEN FLYING

 

1. TAKE DIRECT FLIGHTS

 

Take Direct Flights to save emissionsA large percentage of greenhouse gas emissions on short flights are used on take-off. There’s a huge selection of direct flights to airports such as Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon, so it’s hard to justify stop-over flights via places like Amsterdam or Munich.

If you can’t find a flight that suits your budget / time, Skyscanner has a great function where you can click “Add Nearby Airports”. You could also fly into one airport and out of another if the times / prices suit you better.

 

 

2. USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO GET TO THE AIRPORT

 

Public Transport to AirportFor some people, driving to the airport cannot be helped. Electric cars are great, but remember that not all electricity is green yet and your car still contributes to congestion. Consider getting a taxi to the bus / train station if you have bags / children in tow.

Most UK airports do have good public transport access. Find out how to get to your UK airport by bus or by train. It can also be cheaper when you factor in airport parking and it’s a nicer way to arrive, since you’re usually dropped right outside Departures.

 

 

3. USE SHARED TRANSFERS TO GET UP TO YOUR SKI RESORT

 

Shared Transfers Reduce Carbon FootprintMost of the big resorts like Tignes, Val Thorens and Val d’Isere have at least one shared transfer service, public bus or train service. See a list of which ski resorts we cover.

Just one Ben’s Bus can potentially replace 15-20 private transfers / hire cars on the road. On the busy weeks for ski resorts, the congestion on the access roads can sometimes result in total gridlock. This slow moving traffic caused by so many vehicles considerably increases the CO2 emissions / person.

 

 

4. HIRE SKIS IN RESORT

 

Hire Skis in ResortSki hire shops have come a long way in recent years. Prices are very reasonable and probably comparable with the extra cost of bringing your skis / board on a plane. That extra weight adds a lot of CO2 onto your carbon footprint.

Most shops have a large range of modern equipment and some even deliver to your accommodation. You don’t need to lug your gear to and from the airport and wait at the oversized luggage. Visit our discounted ski hire page to get a quote.

 

 

5. PACK LIGHT

 

Pack Light to Save the PlanetEvery extra kilo in your bag means more CO2 going into the atmosphere. This article by Fly Aware explains how if everyone on a Heathrow to Frankfurt flight took 1kg less in their luggage, in 1 year they would have collectively saved 60 tonnes of Co2!! You’ll also put less strain on your body, so you’ll arrive fresher and fitter to enjoy your ski holiday.

Set yourself a challenge this year to see which of our top tips you can use and how many kilos you can shed:

DON’T OVERPACK. Give more thought to what goes in your bags. Do you really need all those clothes? Potential Saving = 3kg

LAPTOPS and chargers don’t make for a relaxing holiday. Maybe your phone can do everything? Potential Saving = 2.5kg

LIGHTWEIGHT SKI GEAR. For instance, Merino wool thermals are very light and effective. Potential Saving = 1kg

TOWELS & LINEN. Check if your accommodation could provide or rent towels and sheets. Potential Saving = 1kg

TOILETRIES such as shower gel and shampoo could be bought in resort and shared. Potential Saving = 0.5kg

CO-ORDINATE with your friends so you don’t bring 4 sets of hairdryers / speakers. Potential Saving = 0.5kg

DUTY FREE. Check if your arrival airport offers a pick up service. Potential Saving = 1kg

– LOSE WEIGHT. Easier said than done! Potential Saving = ????kg

For those who aren’t regular skiers, or just trying it for the first time, you could rent your ski clothes in resort. This would also save you a lot of money.

 

 

6. CHOOSE A RESORT IN EUROPE

 

The US and Japan are inviting, exciting destinations if you’re lucky enough to afford it. Perhaps those long-haul flights could be used for a longer trip though? You could include skiing in a 3 week holiday to that country? The ICAO has developed a flight CO2 calculator. Below is a list of how much CO2 is produced for a Round trip flight from London, in economy class.

Tokyo, Japan =  774kg of CO2

Denver, Colorado, United States =  764kg of CO2

Geneva, Switzerland =  200kg of CO2

As a comparison, driving to Geneva, Switzerland = 171kg of CO2 (according to the CO2 myclimate website). This is based on a 2,000km round trip from London to Geneva in a mid-range petrol car with 4 of you in the car. This is interestingly not that much less than flying! Put a roof box on the car and it adds between 10-25% to your fuel bill, so flying becomes a carbon-efficient way of getting to the resort.

 

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Ski Season 2021/22 Airport Transfers

Posted 19th January 2021

CAN I GO SKIING NEXT YEAR?

 

2021 2022 Ski SeasonThe 2020/21 season was just a tad frustrating for skiers and boarders, as nearly all ski holidays were cancelled. So many of you are now asking…. will ski resorts open in 2022?

All European ski resorts will almost certainly open for the 2021 / 2022 season. High vaccination and low hospitalisation rates have brought confidence back to the ski holiday industry. However, many Tour Operators are no longer running the traditional catered chalet holiday, partly due to Brexit. Instead, self-catered accommodation seems increasingly popular.

 

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Scroll to the bottom of this post to read about our extra Christmas Holiday weekday services.

 

2021 / 2022 WINTER SKI SEASON – AIRPORT TRANSFERS

 

Select a Ski Resort below to see how we can get you from your airport to your destination, or scroll down for more information.

Aime Transfers           Alpe d'Huez Transfers           Bourg d'Oisans Transfers           Bourg St Maurice Transfers

Brides Les Bains Transfers           Chamrousse Transfers           Courchevel Transfers           La Grave Transfers

La Plagne Transfers           Les Allues Transfers           Les Arcs Transfers           Les Deux Alpes Transfers

Les Menuires Transfers           Meribel Transfers           Mottaret Transfers           Moutiers Transfers

Oz en Oisans Transfers           Sainte Foy Transfers           Serre Chevalier Transfers           St Martin de Belleville Transfers

Tignes Transfers           Val d'Isere Transfers           Val Thorens Transfers           Vaujany Transfers

Our transfer buses can also help you get to La Tania, Peisey and Les Coches (from AimeLa RosiereVillard Reculas and Auris en Oisans. Our transfers from Grenoble Airport are currently only on sale up until the 26th March 2021, which is when the airlines change to their summer schedule. We will be running buses in April 2022. You can find out more on our Easter and Spring Transfer Buses Page.

 

Lyon Airport Ski Transfers 2022 SeasonApart from our special transfers for the RISE festival, our Saturday-only service starts on the 8th January 2022. We generally have only a mid-morning service, although in March we also have a late afternoon bus. The resorts we service are listed on our Lyon Airport page. Our transfers are now on sale and you can get a quote or book online!

 

Geneva Airport Ski Transfers 2022 SeasonOur ski transfers from Geneva Airport run on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season. We also have some weekday buses over the Christmas and New Year weeks (scroll down for more details). For our most popular routes, such as Geneva to Val Thorens, Geneva to Tignes and Geneva to Val d’Isere, we have up to 8 buses per Saturday.

 

Grenoble Airport Ski Transfers 2022 SeasonIf you are heading to Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes, we will have a bus connecting with every single scheduled flight, any day of the week, throughout the season. Our services to other resorts such as Tignes and Val Thorens, will run on week-ends all the way through season .

 

 

2021/22 SKI SEASON TRANSFER PRICES

 

Ski Transfer Prices 2021 2022We’ve frozen nearly all our prices for the 2nd year running. That means you’ll pay the same this season as you would have done in the 2019/20 season. You can see our fares on our Prices Page. A Return costs about £90pp for resorts like Val Thorens, Tignes, Val d’Isere, Les Arcs, La Plagne and Meribel and just over £50pp for Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes. We still have discounts for groups and children. Sign up to our Mailing List at the bottom of this page and like us on facebook to get access to any promo codes.

 

 

 

WHAT REFUND GUARANTEES ARE THERE?

 

Bens Bus Plus Refund GuaranteeWe know that you need the peace of mind of receiving a refund should you need to cancel. Flexibility to change your booking for free is another key requirement for many holidaymakers. That’s why we recommend upgrading to our new product, Ben’s Bus Plus. This allows you to book with confidence.

 

 

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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS WEEKS

 

This year, Christmas Day and New Years Day falls on a Saturday, the traditional changeover day in ski resorts. A lot of airlines don’t actually fly on Christmas Day. The resorts know this and a lot of accommodation providers will change their holiday packages to a Sunday – Sunday in December, reverting back to a Saturday – Saturday in early January 2022. We’re running some extra buses from Grenoble and Geneva over the festive period.

If you are planning a trip between Grenoble Airport and either Les Deux Alpes or Alpe d’Huez, we connect with every single scheduled flight. So whatever day you fly in or out, we will have a bus for you.

PLEASE NOTE: The information below does not apply to our Lyon Airport routes, which start on the 8th January 2022.

Saturday 18th December :     Frequent service, in both directions, on all our routes.

Sunday 19th December :       Frequent service, in both directions, on all our routes.

Saturday 25th December :     No Service except from Grenoble Airport < > Les 2 Alpes and Alpe d’Huez

Sunday 26th December :       Frequent service, in both directions, on all our routes.

Monday 27th December :       Late morning and early evening service from Geneva Airport

Tuesday 28th December :      Late morning and early evening service from Geneva Airport

Saturday 1st January 2020 :  Frequent service, in both directions, on all our routes.

Sunday 2nd January 2020 :   Frequent service, in both directions, on all our routes.

Monday 3rd January 2020 :   3 services from most resorts to Geneva Airport

 

To keep up to date with all our news, follow us on facebook.

Read our latest blog post for some top tips on how you can reduce your carbon footprint if you are flying to your ski holiday.

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Skiing in The Time of Brexit

Posted 6th December 2020

HOW WILL BREXIT AFFECT ME IF I WANT TO GO SKIING IN FRANCE?

 

Thinking about skiing in France in the 2021 / 2022 season but worried about what paperwork you will need? There have been a few changes due to Brexit, so it’s understandable if you’re confused. We’ve been keeping a close eye on things and have summarised what we’ve learnt below.

Our blog post about entry requirements for Switzerland and France is also quite useful.

Our page dedicated to Coronavirus and Safety explains what you can do to help everyone stay safe whilst on our ski transfer buses and on holiday.

Read about our Refund Policy and how upgrading to Ben’s Bus Plus gives you the peace of mind everyone is looking for.

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WHICH AIRPORT ARE YOU FLYING INTO?

 

Airport Requirements Covid and BrexitIf you are flying into Grenoble Airport or Lyon Airport, and skiing in France, then you only need to worry about what France asks of you. You’ll either need to be fully vaccinated or have a negative test. Regardless of where you are coming from, you will need to fill in the Declaration sur l’honneur form.

If you are flying into Geneva Airport, then you also need to consider what the Swiss ask of you. If you are fully vaccinated and have tickets booked to transit straight to France, you should be ok. All the ski resorts we cover are in regions in France so you need to ensure your comply with the French rules. You will need to fill in an entry form before landing at Geneva Airport.

 

 

I AM BRITISH AND COMING IN FROM THE UK

 

UK Flag Rules on Brits travelling to EUBrexit hasn’t had much impact on Brits holidaying in France. However, since the UK’s departure from the EU, British nationals are required to have at least 6 months validity on their passport. Use the Government’s passport validity tool to be sure. Ensure you have adequate health insurance and/or check your E111 is still valid. You can find more up to date info, including about Covid-19 on the UK FCO page for France or the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. The Ambassador’s website has regular updates with the latest news.



 

The information above is intended as a guide only. Ben’s Bus cannot be held responsible for inaccurate or out of date information. To be certain of the current laws, guidelines and entry requirements, you should visit the official Government websites. This page was last updated on the 26th Nov 2021.

 

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Ben’s Bus Plus Refund Guarantee

Updated 8th May 2024

UPGRADE TO BEN’S BUS PLUS FOR BETTER REFUND TERMS

 

We understand that you need the peace of mind of booking with confidence in case you need to cancel your booking. That’s why we’ve introduced Ben’s Bus Plus.

 

What is Ben’s Bus Plus?

 

Ben’ Bus Plus is an upgrade that offers you better refund conditions and free changes to your booking. For a small surcharge of between 7-9% on the total cost of your transfer, you can get a 100% refund should you no longer be able to travel. You just need to give us at least 4 days notice from your first transfer date. You’ll also get free unlimited changes to your booking. Visit our Ben’s Bus Plus page for full details and Conditions.

 

Ben’s Bus Plus is available on all our transfers, including our buses from Geneva Airport to Val Thorens, Geneva to Tignes, Geneva to Val d’Isere, and Grenoble Airport to Alpe d’Huez. Visit our ski resorts page for a full list of available routes.

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Travel, Entry & Quarantine Rules | Skiing in France and Switzerland

Posted 16th October 2020

TRAVELLING TO FRANCE (INCLUDING TRANSITING THROUGH SWITZERLAND) DURING PANDEMIC

 

Due to the constantly changing rules by the various governments in Europe, we are keeping all the information regarding entry requirements for Switzerland, France and for returning to the UK, on our Safety and Covid Page. Please ensure you expand and read all the sections on this webpage.

 

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New Bus Stop in Mottaret Le Hameau

Posted 16th July 2020

BEN’S BUS CREATES EXTRA BUS STOP IN MOTTARET LE HAMEAU

 

Mottaret Ben's Bus Airport Transfers StopsWe’ve listened to our customers and have added a new stop in Mottaret. Now all our services from Geneva Airport to Mottaret will make a stop at Mottaret Centre and Mottaret Le Hameau.

The Hameau area includes accommodations such as Residence Le Lac Blanc, Les Logis du Meribel, Residence Club Odalys Le Hameau de Mottaret and VVF Le Fontany a Meribel. There are also 2 hotels, Les Arolles and Hotel Tarentaise close by.

The area of Hameau is above the centre of Mottaret and so previously customers would have to take the shuttle bus to get from our stop in the centre up to the Le Hameau sector. The problem is that in the early hours of the morning and late in the evening, the shuttle bus might not have been working, which meant a bit of a walk. So our services will make a stop on the roundabout at the top of the road, so it’s just a very short walk to many of the large accommodations centres in Le Hameau. Click on the map to view a larger version.

Our services from Grenoble Airport and Lyon Airport still only make stops at Moutiers, but from here you can use public buses or taxis to take you onto your accommodation.

Our cheap shared ski transfers from Geneva Airport will continue to make stops at Meribel and Meribel Village, Les Allues and Brides Les Bains.

We hope you can make use of this new stop and that it will enhance your holiday experience.

 

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