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Vehicle Air Pollution Stickers

Posted 16th May 2017

FRANCE TAKES STEPS TO TACKLE AIRPORT POLLUTION

 

The French Alps might seem like a haven for pure air, but the reality is some of the towns in the valleys are amongst the worst polluted places in France, as John Laurenson writes in this BBC article.

French Alps Air Pollution

Depending on which resort you’re in, you’re unlikely to feel the effects of pollution as the air at high altitude is pretty clean. However, down in the valley, meteological conditions often keep the fine particle pollutants accumulated and festering, causing serious health problems for its inhabitants. It’s now got to such a level that the government has been forced to take action – and this could affect you.

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOU ARE DRIVING IN FRANCE

 

Crit Air Pollution StickersThe French government has launched a new scheme, Crit Air Vignettes. If you are driving in certain areas of France (notably Paris, Lyon and Grenoble), even in a British registered car, you will need a sticker showing how “green” your vehicle is. You can apply for your vignette online and they cost as little as £4. If you don’t buy one, you could be liable for a fine of up to £112. The idea is that during certain periods, when pollution levels rise to a critical point, older, more polluting vehicles will not be allowed into the controlled area. This RAC article has more useful information about what you need to know.

 

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

 

If you’ve chosen to fly to France for your ski holiday, follow these tips on how to minimise your impact on the local environment:

 – CHOOSE THE RIGHT AIRPORT. Once you’ve chosen your ski resort, consider carefully which airport is best for you. For French resorts, you have Geneva Airport, Grenoble Airport, Lyon Airport or Chambery Airport. Check out the transfer distance from each airport on our website and you could save yourself time, money and a load of hassle.

– CHOOSE A SHARED SKI TRANSFER. Ben’s Bus generally uses large, 50 seater buses. Based on an average of 3 people either in a hire car or a private transfer, that’s saving about 16 other vehicles on the road! Less pollution and less congestion = even less pollution!

– DON’T BRING THE KITCHEN SINK! Do you really need all that stuff? Ski Hire has come a long way in the last few years and the equipment on offer now is really good. How about just bringing your ski boots and then hiring a board / skis? Apart from saving money on airline fees, you’ll arrive into resort less stressed and you’ll get to try out the latest equipment.

– FLY ON A SUNDAY? The roads are hardly ever congested on a Sunday, meaning a quicker transfer time. Just make sure, before you book your flight, that you can get a shared transfer.

 – AVOID PEAK TIMES. The roads leading up to the resorts are generally busiest between 12 noon – 4pm. If you are travelling in school holidays, especially around February, this congestion can get really bad. Consider flying early in the morning so you get to the resort before the mayhem starts. Alternatively, fly late in the evening. Remember hough, as the day goes on, you have more chance of your flight being delayed. Then you need to allow for the journey to the resort, which can be up to 4 hours! Arriving at 1am and trying to check in with tired kids can be an awful start to the holiday. So bear that risk in mind.

For your return back to the airport, the roads are busiest between 9am – 2pm. So try and avoid transfers at that time.

As a rule of thumb, if you arrive into your airport in France between 10am – 3pm, you are likely to hit traffic. If you have a flight leaving France between 1pm – 5pm, you are likely to hit traffic heading back to the airport.

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Thank you to all our Drivers and Partners

Posted 2nd May 2017

THANK YOU TO OUR FANTASTIC DRIVERS AND PARTNERS AT ACTIBUS

 

Ben's Bus Grenoble Airport Drivers

We’d like to extend a special thank you to our wonderful partners at Actibus in Voiron, France. We’ve been working with them for many years now and anyone who has travelled on our routes to Alpe d’Huez or Les Deux Alpes will know just what a great set of people they are. Their drivers are always really helpful and go out of their way whenever they can. Their expertise in driving on the difficult mountain roads has kept our customers safe and relaxed for many seasons now.

A special thanks to Luc, Lionel, Eric and his team for their behind-the scenes work to ensure we deliver our customers safely and promptly in their beautifully maintained, modern fleet. We look forward to many more years of co-operation. Thank you!

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Ben’s Bus Raises £1, 800 for Charity!

Posted 26th April 2017

BEN’S BUS RAISES OVER £1, 800 FOR CHARITY!

 

bens bus airport ski transfers charitiesWe’re delighted to announce that for the 2016 / 2017 ski season, Ben’s Bus managed to generate a whopping £1, 800 towards good causes!

When customers book their ski transfer with us, we give them the option of adding a 25p charitable donation to their booking. We then promise to match that 25p. We’ve just downloaded our reports for the year and a MASSIVE THANK YOU goes out to all our customers who selected to give to charity. Together you raised £780. True to our word, we’ve matched that £780, giving us a total of £1, 560. Add this to the one-off donation of £250 we made in March to the Africa Famine Crisis and that make £1, 810.

 

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

 

Here’s a breakdown of where the money was spent and what it gets us.

SolarAid Ben's Bus Charitable Contributions

SolarAid is a charity committed to helping African villages use their natural, renewable resources to better their lives whilst making minimal impact on the environment. So your donation will help bring your carbon footprint down further! We gave them £390. They have a cool calculator which shows what this money does and to the right you will see the screenshot:

WaterAid is a charity with initiatives in over 37 countries around the world, helping to deliver clean water and sanitation to the most vulnerable. We gave them £390.

Shelter is a UK homelessness organisation. We gave them £390

The British Ski & Snowboard National Foundation hopes to raise the profile of skiing in Great Britain whilst helping to fund UK up-and-coming starlets. We gave them £390

To view more details about our Charitable Ethos, please visit our Charity and Environment page.

 

Once again, a massive thank you to all our customers and an especially big thank you to those who’ve donated. Hopefully next year we can generate even more money for good causes. Have a fantastic summer.

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End of Season Thank You to all our Customers

Posted 23rd April 2017

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR LOYAL CUSTOMERS

 

End of Ski Season Transfers Thank You

We’ve just operated our last transfer of the season! It’s been another very successful year for Ben’s Bus. For the 2017 / 2018 ski season, we took more people than ever before on our shared ski transfers. If you travelled with us this season on any of our routes, we’d like to thank you for your support and we hope we’ve continued to provide top quality, value-for-money transfers.

To view details on our transfers for next winter, please select your airport from the AIRPORT tab in our top menu. A message will then appear giving you all the information we know at this stage. We will update these messages during the summer.

If you are looking for a Summer transfer, we’d suggest contacting the Tourist Office for the resort you are visiting as we don’t operate during the summer.

A massive thank you once again to all our customers who have helped make this such a successful year and we look forward to seeing you all again in the years to come. Have a fantastic summer!

 

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EXTRA TRANSFERS TO LES MENUIRES FOR THE EGSW FESTIVAL

Posted 16th March 2017

EXTRA TRANSFERS TO LES MENUIRES FOR THE EGSW FESTIVAL

 

EGSW logoHeading to Les Menuires on the 18th March for the EGSW? Then we have some good news for you. Due to the popular demand for our service, we’ve laid on even more services to accommodate you all. They are selling out fast though so you should book as soon as you can. We now have loads of buses from Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva Airports to Les Menuiers on the 17th, 18th and 19th March and just as many heading back on the 24th, 25th and 26th March.

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Extra Transfers to Alpe d’Huez for the BUSC Festival

Posted 15th March 2017

EXTRA TRANSFERS TO ALPE D’HUEZ FOR THE BUSC FESTIVAL

 

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Alpe d’Huez on the 25th March for the BUSC Above and Below Snowsports Event, then we have some good news for you. Due to the popular demand for our service, we’ve laid on even more services to accommodate you all. We now have 8 buses heading up to Alpe d’Huez on Saturday 25th March!

 

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Donate to the East Africa Crisis

Posted 15th March 2017

LET’S HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 

As we’re sure many of you know, East Africa is now suffering a humanitarian crisis. Millions of people are now living without clean water, food and medicine and are facing the prospect of starvation.

Ben’s Bus is proud to be part of the generous heritage of the UK – and you can be too. The UK government has pledged to match any donations from the public up to the tune of £5 million, so let’s all help to reach that target by donating to the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal.

East Africa Crisis Donations

Ben’s Bus tries to align its charitable actions with its values. We believe that by travelling with us on larger shared vehicles, you’re helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint of skiers. Ben’s Bus makes regular contributions to SolarAid, amongst other charities, which further helps reduce CO2 emissions. To compliment our charitable ethos, we’ve just donated £250 to the East Africa Crisis Appeal in the hope it will make a difference.

 

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Heavy Snow Falls Across The French Alps!

Posted 8th March 2017

MASSIVE SNOW DUMP HIT THE FRENCH ALPS IN TIME FOR A SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA

 

Tignes, Val Thorens, Val d’Isere, Meribel, Alpe d’Huez…..pretty much all the French Alps have seen more than a metre of snow in the last week. With temperatures remaining low, and more snow predicted, it’s never been a better time to get a spring ski break booked.

Spring Snow Airport TransfersAfter some sporadic snowfall this year, the French Alps have just been subjected to an onslaught of prolonged powder dumps, setting us up for what is looking like an amazing spring. The sun is shining and the temperatures are still in the sub-zeros so if you’re heading out this week, lucky you. If you’ve booked to come out later in the season, many resorts have a great base of snow so it should last for a while yet. Val Thorens, for instance, has a base of 275cm at the summit, with snow conditions described as “packed powder”. Check out the weather report for Tignes below.

 

Tignes Spring Snow Forecast

Book your airport transfer from Genoble Airport, Geneva Airport or Lyon Airport to any of our ski resort destinations.

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Easter Timetable

APRIL AND EASTER TIMETABLE FROM ALL AIRPORTS NOW ON SALE!

 

Easter Ski TransfersIf you’re skiing in the French Alps in April, you’ll be delighted to hear we’ve now finalised our timetable from Grenoble Airport for the last few weeks of the season, meaning you can now book to any of our resorts from any of our airports.

We have transfers to many resorts, including Val Thorens, Tignes, Val d’Isere, Les Arcs, La Plagne, Meribel, Alpe d’Huez, Les Deux Alpes and many more. We operate up to the 8th April to Lyon Airport, up to the 15th April to Grenoble Airport and up to the 22nd April to Geneva Airport.

Scroll down to use our online booking form to get an Instant Quote for your Ski Transfer.

Posted 24th January 2017

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Snow on Transfer Day 14th January

Posted 13th January 2017

SNOWFALL DOES NOT AFFECT YOUR BUS TRANSFER TIME

 

This is a message for all our customers heading back to the airport on our ski transfers tomorrow, Saturday 14th January.

Ski Transfers Leave on Time SnowThe snow is set to continue to fall heavily overnight. However, the forecast is for it to calm down in the early hours of Saturday morning.

We have already built in a level of contingency in our bus times to deal with this kind of weather and the traffic is not expected to be particularly heavy tomorrow. For this reason, all our buses are still scheduled to leave at the time as stated on your eTickets. We have prepared our drivers and reps for the conditions. Walking with bags through snow takes longer than you think and we will not be able to wait for any late-comers. We are therefore advising customers to give themselves plenty of time in order to get to our bus stop 15 minutes before the departure time, as stated on your eTicket.

 

If you are reading this whilst on the piste – you lucky thing – enjoy all this lovely snow.


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