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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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How to Avoid French Ski Holiday Traffic

Learn from the Experts: How to Avoid The Holiday Traffic Madness!

 

Avoid School Holiday Traffic French Alps Ski TransferThe French school holidays are about to enter their second week so we thought we’d share our tips on how to survive the traffic jams that plague the alpine roads every February.

When it comes to holidays, we all agree the French know what they’re doing. They get a 2 week half term in February and they split the country up into 3 different zones. Each zone taking a different 2 week period. This spreads the load evenly over the month-long holiday season. The downside is it means 4 Saturday transfer days of relatively heavy traffic. This affects everyone, including passengers on our bus transfers. This year the French School Holidays run from the 9th February 2019 – 9th March 2019.

 

BRING PLENTY OF FOOD AND WATER WITH YOU

 

Food and Water on Ski Transfer JourneyLet’s start with the basics. Whether you’re on a shared ski transfer with Ben’s Bus, a private transfer or travelling in your own car, prepare for a longer-than-expected journey. Make sure you have enough food and water, especially if you are diabetic, and keep any medicines in your hand luggage.

It’s not unusual for an airport transfer to Tignes for instance, to take 5 or even 6 hours instead of the usual 3 & 1/2 hours. So bring a book, some games for the kids and lots of pre-downloaded videos to view on your device.

 

 

AVOID THE MOUNTAIN ROADS BETWEEN 8AM – 2PM

 

Snail's Pace Mountain TrafficPlan your journey in advance. If you’re heading up to the resort, try to get to Grenoble or Albertville by 9am at the latest. Between 11am and 3pm the roads climbing the mountain can be moving at a snail’s pace. If you’re leaving the resort, try to do it before 07:30 or after 14:00. The worst hotspots are between Bourg St Maurice and Moutiers, the Rocade Sud ring road south of Grenoble and the Lyon and Chambery peages.

Booking a morning or evening flight will mean you can take an airport transfer that dodges the worst of the traffic. Ben’s Bus has lots of morning transfers to and from Grenoble Airport, Lyon Airport and Geneva Airport and we allow extra time when we know the traffic might be bad.

 

 

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE IS GOLD!

 

Ben's Bus Ski Transfer VehiclesBook your ski transfer with a reputable and established company. Ben’s Bus has been working in the mountains for 13 years and works with local coach companies. Our drivers know the cheeky short cuts and how to avoid the bottle necks. Our coordinators consult traffic websites and traffic cameras and our drivers and reps report where the roads are congested.

Top Tip: Don’t rely completely on Sat-Nav as it might try to take you across mountain passes that are closed in the winter!

 

CHOOSE YOUR DATES WISELY

 

French School Holiday Dates

The easiest way to avoid the rush and the crowds is to take your ski holiday in January or March. You’ll also get cheaper deals on accommodation and the queues for the ski lifts will be much smaller. Plus, you’ll get that table at your favourite restaurant! This website is a good source of information about school holidays in France https://about-france.com/school-holidays.htm

The worst 2 weeks of the 2018 / 2019 ski season are the 16th – 23rd February and the 23rd February – 2nd March. During these weeks there are 2 zones in France on their holidays and many other European countries too.

 

Posted 13th February 2019

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Fantastic Snow Conditions in the French Alps

Over 30cm of snow has fallen over the last 2 days in some resorts, with another 70cm on its way!

 

Alpe d'Huez Snow ForecasatAlpe d’Huez, Les Deux Alpes and Chamrousse have seen a handsome snowfall over the last few days. The resorts in the Tarentaise valley, such as Val Thorens, Tignes, Val d’Isere, La Plagne and Les Arcs have also seen a top of of snow. Thankfully the Snow Gods have been smiling on us this year and there’s blue skies today and tomorrow, transfer day, so our buses should run without disruption. So for those of you out in the resorts today, enjoy these amazing conditions!

For those of you heading out soon or thinking about coming out, there’s a huge dump on its way this week. Alpe d’Huez is predicted to get up to 70cm over the next few days. The Tarentaise resorts are predicted slightly less but still, another 40cm is not bad! With cold temperatures settling in for the next week, the snow should stay fresh for all you powder monkeys.

We still have some spaces left on our transfer buses from Geneva Airport, Grenoble Airport and Lyon Airport but get in there quick as the next few weeks are proving to be very popular.

 

Just in case you don’t believe us, here’s a shot of Chamrousse this morning, showing the recent snowfall on the trees. If you want to check the snow report for your resort, try https://www.skiclub.co.uk/snow-and-weather

Chamrousse Dump 25th Jan

 

Posted 25th January 2019

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Gilet Jaune 15th Dec 2018

POTENTIAL DISRUPTION TO AIRPORT TRANSFERS DUE TO GILET JAUNE PROTESTS

 

Gilet Jaunes Disruption to transfersDespite the assurances to the French Populace on Monday evening by Monsieur Macron, there is still a strong possibility that the Gilet Jaune protesters will be out in force on Saturday 15th December 2018, as they have been for the previous 4 Saturdays.

We have done our best to prepare for this and will do our best on Saturday to limit the disruption to the start of your holiday, but we are afraid we may still be affected by this. The Gilet Jaune may be out on the roads, at roundabouts and peages, blocking traffic and causing delays. This may affect not only your transfer up to your resort, but our bus may be held up getting to the airport. So if our bus is not at the airport ready for your departure, the chances are very high that this was because it was held up in a protest. As per our Conditions of Sale, we cannot be held responsible for delays on this nature, since they are out of our control.

We would kindly ask our customers for their patience and understanding if there is a disruption to your Ben’s Bus ski transfer. We would also recommend that you bring a bottle of water with you for you transfer.

On the plus side, the weather is look good for tomorrow and there is more snow forecast for the middle of the week. So once in resort, you should have a great holiday.

Thank you.

Posted 14th December 2018

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