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RISE FESTIVAL RETURNS TO LES DEUX ALPES FOR 2019

 

Rise Festival Airport Transfers 2019The now infamous RISE Festival is returning to Les Deux Alpes for 2019! The pre-Christmas party in the Alps will run from the 14th December 2019 – 21st December 2019. It promises to be one of the best high-altitude ski parties of the season. Previous guests include Craig David, Sigma, Annie Mac and more. The resort offers fantastic skiing and even better apres ski. With the Main Stage and the Indoor Arena playing host to big names later in the evening, it’s a party not to be missed. All our RISE festival airport transfer buses make 3 stops in the resort so you won’t be far from your accommodation.

 

 

RISE FESTIVAL AIRPORT TRANSFERS FROM GRENOBLE

 

Grenoble Airport to Les Deux Alpes RISE TransfersBen’s Bus has laid on extra buses for the festival dates, with up to 8 running a day. This means you’ll be out of your plane and on your way to the RISE festival with minimal wait. Our prices are an unbeatable £51.50pp Return, £29.80pp Single, but with our group discounts, you could pay just £26pp Single. Grenoble Airport is the closest airport to Les Deux Alpes, with a transfer time of about 1 hour 45 minutes. This service will be popular so make sure you book early. Find out more on our Grenoble Airport to Les Deux Alpes page.

 

 

LYON AIRPORT TO RISE FESTIVAL TRANSFERS

 

Lyon Airport to Les Deux Alpes RISE TransfersLyon Airport to Les Deux Alpes Transfers take just a little longer than from Grenoble Airport, at just over 2 hours. Most buses are direct to the RISE Festival. One of our 3 stops in resort is right outside the main meeting point for the festival. A Return costs £63pp Return but with our group discounts, you could be paying just £55pp Return. As always with Ben’s Bus, a rep will meet you at Lyon Airport and in resort to make sure you get on the bus.

 

Posted 8th October 2019

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Thomas Cook Liquidation

Posted 23rd September 2019

THOMAS COOK CEASES TRADING

 

Thomas Cook Ceases TradingFollowing the very sad news that Thomas Cook, the 170 year old travel company, has ceased trading, Ben’s Bus would like to pass all the Thomas Cook staff, their families and their customers all the best. This must be a very distressing time for all involved and we hope those people can find some gainful employment elsewhere. Hopefully their customers holiday plans will not be disrupted too much.

If you were booked on a Thomas Cook Airlines flight and you had a Ben’s Bus Ski Transfer booked to your ski resort, please check your emails. We have been in touch with you let you know that we can either change your booking free or charge or offer you a refund.

 

CHANGING YOUR AIRLINE BUT STILL FLYING INTO THE SAME AIRPORT?

 

No problem. Just email us your Ben’s Bus Booking Reference Number (located on your eTicket which you can re-send to yourself here) and your new flight details and we’ll make those changes for you for free.

 

 

FLYING INTO A DIFFERENT AIRPORT AND STILL WISH TO USE BEN’S BUS?

 

It is very possible that we will still have a ski transfer from your new airport to your resort. You can see a list of all our routes here. If you are now flying into a new airport, simply email us your Ben’s Bus Booking Reference Number (located on your eTicket which you can re-send to yourself here). We will then need to cancel your booking and ask you to book back on again via our website. Ben’s Bus will waive all cancellation fees (except credit card fees which the banks take) provided we are notified before Monday 30th September.

 

WISH TO CANCEL YOUR BOOKING WITH US?

 

No problem, we understand. Just email us your Ben’s Bus Booking Reference Number (located on your eTicket which you can re-send to yourself here) and we will cancel your booking with no fuss and refund your card immediately. Ben’s Bus will waive all cancellation fees (except credit card fees which the banks take) provided we are notified before Monday 30th September.

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NEW! Lyon Airport to Alpe d’Huez & Les Deux Alpes

Posted 27th August 2019

WEEKDAY AND WEEK-END TRANSFERS FROM LYON AIRPORT TO LES 2 ALPES AND ALPE D’HUEZ

Following the success of our shared transfer service from Grenoble Airport to Alpe d’Huez and Grenoble Airport to Les Deux Alpes, we’re delighted to launch our new route from Lyon Airport to both resorts. Although Grenoble Airport remains the closest airport, with a transfer time of only 1 hour 45 minutes, Lyon St Exupery is also quite close, with an average transfer time of about 2 hours 30 minutes. That’s why we’ve started this route, to give our customers more choice and flexibility in choosing their holiday travel plans.

LYON AIRPORT TO ALPE D’HUEZ

Alpe d’Huez is a great all-round resort, suitable for families, young groups, beginners and experts alike. Our new Lyon Airport to Alpe d’Huez service operates from the 14th December 2019 until the 18th April 2020, almost every day of the week. Our prices are £63pp Return and £35pp Single. Groups of 8 or more get one seat for free and Children get a 10% discount. Lyon Airport is a much larger airport than Grenoble, with more flights from more UK, European and Worldwide destinations.

LYON AIRPORT TO LES DEUX ALPES

Lyon Airport to Les Deux Alpes Transfers

Les Deux Alpes benefits from having the largest skiable glacier in Europe. This stretches the ski season out much further than other resorts. It’s very popular with young groups as it has a legendary nightlife. Lyon Airport has loads of weekday and Sunday flights and with our regular Lyon Airport to Les Deux Alpes Transfer service running throughout the week, it makes it a perfect short break destination. Our transfers cost £63pp Return, £35pp Single, with discounts for groups and children.

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Geneva, Grenoble & Lyon Airport Ski Transfers

Posted 1st August 2019

GENEVA, GRENOBLE and LYON AIRPORT 2019 / 2020 SHARED SKI TRANSFERS NOW ON SALE!

We’re delighted to announce that our transfers from Geneva Airport to Val Thorens, Tignes, Val d’Isere, La Plagne, Les Arcs, Meribel, Les Menuires and many other ski resorts in the French Alps are now on sale. Prices start from just £44pp. Our transfers from Lyon and Grenoble Airports are also on sale.

Get an Instant Quote to any of the resorts that we cover from Geneva Airport, Grenoble Airport or Lyon Airport using our booking form on our Home Page. Just fill in where you’re going, on what dates and how many people are travelling and you’ll get a price in seconds. Carry on through the booking pathway to see our bus times and to pay and confirm your transfer reservation.

A full list of resorts we service from all airports can be seen below. To find out if we service the route that interests you, just select your resort from our Ski Resorts Page, or select your Airport from Shared Airport Ski Transfers Page.

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Grenoble and Lyon Airport Ski Transfers On Sale

Posted 24th July 2019

GRENOBLE and LYON AIRPORT 2019 / 2020 SHARED SKI TRANSFERS NOW ON SALE!

We’ve been working hard over the summer to get our winter ski season transfer tickets on sale. We understand many of our customers want to get their cheap flights booked early but they want to know what time their transfer will leave first. So we’ve launched our sales much earlier this year.

You can now book to any of the resorts that we cover from Grenoble Airport or Lyon Airport via our Instant Quote box. Just fill in where you’re going, on what dates and how many people are travelling and you’ll get a quote in seconds. The following pages will then show all the flights on those dates and our corresponding bus times.

We’ve maintained our really low prices to all our resorts so we’re sure our transfers are the cheapest around. From Lyon Airport, we have slashed our prices by a massive 15%! See our Prices Page for a full list.

The lists of resorts we cover can be seen below. To find more details about what we offer to each resort, please visit our Grenoble Airport page or Lyon Airport page and then select the resort you are interested in.

Our dates of operations, depending on the route you are travelling on, are 7th December 2019 to the 18th April 2020.  Our 2019 / 2020 Shared Transfers from Geneva Airport will go on sale in early August.

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Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2nd Consecutive Year

BEN’S BUS GRENOBLE AND LYON AIRPORT REVIEWS EARN 4.5 STARS!

Posted 24th May 2019

We are honoured to announce that Trip Advisor has just awarded our Grenoble and Lyon Airport Transfer Routes a Certificate of Excellence for the 2nd year running!

Everyone at Ben’s Bus is humbled and grateful to those kind people who took the time to write a review about us. We’re delighted we continue to exceed expectations. Rest assured, we’ll be working hard to make sure we continue to earn such high ratings for the 2019 / 2020 ski season.

To see what the travel community thinks about us, visit our Trip Advisor page. Or find out why more than 400 people rate us as “Excellent” on Trust Pilot.

We’ll be updating our website with information about next season as soon as we have it available. In the meantime, feel free to browse our website, select your airport from our Airports page or your ski resort from our Ski Resorts page to see what we have available.


Thank you again to all our lovely customers who reviewed us and we look forward to seeing you again next season.

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Charitable Donations 2019

bens bus airport ski transfers charities

Posted 24th April 2019

WE’VE RAISED ALMOST £2, 000 FOR CHARITY!

We’re so happy to announce that for the 2018 / 2019 ski season, Ben’s Bus and its lovely customers managed to generate an amazing £1, 857.25 towards good causes.

When our customers book a ski transfer, they can opt to add a 25p donation to their booking. Ben’s Bus then matches that, giving us a total of 50p per booking. We’d like to send out a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all our customers who opted in this year. Together they’ve given £928.50 which means, added to the £928.50 that Ben’s Bus gives, we’ve got £1, 857 to distribute to our chosen charities.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

SolarAid helps African villages use their natural resources to better their lives with minimal impact on the environment. We gave them £464.25

WaterAid has initiatives all over the world, delivering clean water and sanitation to the most vulnerable. We gave them £464.25

Shelter is a UK homelessness organisation, helping people get back on their feet. We gave them £464.25

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 the BSSNF £464.25

You can read more about our Charitable Policy on Charity and Environment page.

Once again, a massive thank you from Ben’s Bus, our chosen charities and all who benefit from your kind donations. Hopefully next year we can generate even more money! Have a fantastic summer, and we’ll see you again in the snow next ski season.

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Best Ski Resorts for Spring Snow

The conditions in the French Alps are already pretty good for this time of year, as low temperatures for the last few weeks have kept the snow fresh, despite the glorious sunny days. Now nearly all resorts are expecting a dump of at least 30cm between Monday and Wednesday, we thought we’d give our insight into the best resorts to visit in April.

We’re showcasing the best 5 resorts with information on airports, transfer times, altitude, snow coverage and more to help you decide where to head to for that last ski trip of the year.

Go on, you know you want to!!

VAL THORENS

Val Thorens Airport Transfers

Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in europe and is therefore one of the most snow-sure. It’s your safest bet for a spring ski trip. As of the 29th March, 80 out of the 89 ski runs were open, and 30 out of the 33 ski lifts. It also has a great selection of apres ski bars to enjoy the early evening sunshine.

TOP TIP: Although it’s part of the massive 3 valleys ski area, be careful to check the snow conditions in the other valleys before you buy your ski pass. It might be worth just getting the Val Thorens valley pass and making use of the high glacial runs, where the snow will be the freshest.

TIGNES

Tignes Transfers

Tignes’ Grande Motte glacier offers year round skiing. As of the 29th March, 74 out of the 77 ski runs were open, and 33 out of the 34 ski lifts. Before you book, be sure to check the Tignes snow report to see what condition the slopes are in and the Tignes Lift status to see which runs are open.

TOP TIP: The best of the Tignes resorts to stay in are Tignes Val Claret and Tigne Le Lac. It’s probably best not to stay in Tignes Les Brevieres as it’s quite low, so you’ll spend a bit of time each day getting up to a decent height to find the good snow.

VAL D’ISERE

Val d'Isere Transfers

LES DEUX ALPES

Les Deux Alpes Transfers
  • Resort Altitude: 1750m (70cm of snow)
  • Glacier Altitude: 3600m (160cm of snow)
  • Open Until: 27th April 2019
  • Transfer Time: About 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Last Transfer from Les 2 Alpes to Grenoble Airport: Saturday 20th April
  • Ben’s Bus runs weekday transfers too!
  • Perfect for a short break

Les Deux Alpes has enough high altitude, south facing runs in shadowing valleys to offer good snow late into the season. It’s also got the largest ski-able glacier in europe with beautiful views. With a 1 hr 45 min transfer time from Grenoble and a Return ticket with Ben’s Bus starting from only £49pp, it’s perfect for a short break.

TOP TIP: Stay in accommodation close to the centre of town, near our bus stop “Place 2 Alpes”. That’s where the high speed Jandri Express is which will take you up to the high altitude pistes.

LES ARCS

Les Arcs Transfers

ALPE D’HUEZ

Alpe d'Huez Transfers
  • Resort Altitude: 1860m (128cm of snow)
  • Glacier Altitude: 3330m (160cm of snow)
  • Open Until: 22nd April 2019
  • Transfer Time: About 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Last Transfer from Alpe d’Huez to Grenoble Airport: Saturday 20th April
  • Ben’s Bus runs weekday transfers too!
  • Perfect for a short break

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Potential Delays At Airport Customs

French Customs Brexit Preparations May Cause Delays to our Airport Transfers

French Customs Brexit Preparation Delays 9 March 2019

Unfortunately it seems the French Customs officials are set to continue their action this Saturday 16th March at Grenoble Airport and Lyon Airport. They will effectively be working as if the UK has already exited the EU without a deal. This may result in additional security, passport and customs checks at these airports, meaning you may encounter larger than expected queues at Passport Control and Customs.

If you are delayed, please DO NOT call the number on your Ben’s Bus eTicket as our staff at the airport will monitor the situation. They’ll be trying to find a solution for late-arriving customers so calling them will only distract them from this important task. Instead, please find our rep as soon as you have your bags and you come out of Arrivals.

If you are fortunate enough to be with our staff in time for our bus, please do be patient if our transfer cannot leave at its scheduled departure time. We may have to wait for other customers if we don’t have enough room for all of them on later buses.

TOP TIP! Both Grenoble and Lyon Airports generally allow customers to disembark at the front and back of the aircraft, so if you haven’t already, try to reserve a seat close to these exits so you can be one of the first to get out of the plane. You’ll therefore be towards the front of the queue for Passport Control. The exception to this is non Low-Cost Airlines, or flag carrying airlines (such as BA and Aer Lingus) flying into Lyon Airport. They generally only allow people to disembark from the front doors.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. We will, as always, try to do our best for all our customers. Fingers crossed the queues won’t be too big for you!

Posted 15th March 2019

French Customs Brexit Preparation Delays

French Customs Brexit Preparations Causing Delays

 

French Customs Brexit Preparation Delays 9 March 2019You may have read in the news that French Customs Officials have been practicing for a No-Deal Brexit Scenario and how this has caused severe delays at Calais and Eurostar terminals. You can read a BBC article about that here.

Unfortunately it seems the officials are continuing this action today, Saturday 9th March, at Grenoble Airport and Lyon Airport. They are effectively working as if we were already in a No-Deal Brexit situation. This means there may be additional security, passport and customs checks at these airports, meaning you may encounter larger than expected queues at Passport Control and Customs.

We are already seeing quite a delay between flights landing and people getting to our bus. If you are delayed, please DO NOT call the number on your Ben’s Bus eTicket as our staff at the airport are monitoring the situation. They will be busy trying to find a solution for late-arriving customers so calling them will only distract them from this important task. Instead, please find our rep as soon as you have your bags and you come out of Arrivals.

If you are fortunate enough to be with our staff in time for our bus, please do be patient if our transfer cannot leave at its scheduled departure time. We may have to wait for other customers if we don’t have enough room for all of them on later buses.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding that this is an exceptional situation outside of our control. We will, as always, try to do our best for all our customers. Fingers crossed the queues won’t be too big for you!

Posted 9th March 2019

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