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February Half Term Traffic

TOP TIPS ON SURVIVING THE FEBRUARY TRAFFIC

 

Avoid School Holiday Traffic French Alps Ski TransferFrench half term runs from the 8th February – 7th March 2020. This means that for for every Saturday in February (and on the 7th March coming down the mountain) the roads are going to be very busy.

The French take holidays almost as seriously as they take strikes and hats off to them, because they are pretty smart about it. They get a 2 week half term in February and they split the country up into 3 zones, each one taking a different 2 week period. This spreads the load evenly but means there are 4 Saturdays in February when the traffic is pretty nasty. So be prepared for a long journey.

 

BRING PLENTY OF FOOD AND WATER WITH YOU

 

Food and Water on Ski Transfer JourneyHowever you are getting to and from the resort, whether it be on a shared ski transfer with Ben’s Bus, a private transfer or in in your own car, make sure you have enough food and water, especially if you are diabetic. Keep any medicines in your hand luggage and make use of the toilets before you get into your vehicle.

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.

If you are taking a Ben’s Bus leaving Grenoble, Geneva or Lyon Airports between 10am – 4pm, the chances are you will hit some pretty heavy traffic. Your Ben’s Bus eTicket will mention if we have allowed extra time for your journey. If you are heading to Val Thorens, La Plagne, Les Arcs, Val d’Isere or Tignes, our drivers may have to take a legal break en-route. This is to comply with EU legislation and is designed to protect all road users. Use the facilities at the airport or in the resort before you leave as not all of our vehicles have toilets. If you need to go en-route, just ask the driver to pull over at the next convenient place. Thank you for your understanding with this.

 

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 Of course if you have kids in school, then that’s not possible.

The worst 2 weeks will be the 15th – 22nd February and the 22nd – 29th February. During these weeks there are 2 zones in France on their holidays and many other European countries too.

 

Posted 7th February 2020

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PRE-SEASON DUMP ON ITS WAY!

HUGE SNOW FALL HEADING TO THE ALPS THIS WEEK-END

 

Huge Snowfall 1st Nov 2019Perfectly timed for the 1st November, the lovely weather people are predicting a massive dump over the week-end and into the start of next week. Most resorts are expecting about 50cm of snow between now and Wednesday.

What’s even better is that from Tuesday, the temperatures in resorts will drop to well below-zero. The freezing level is also pretty low at about 1600m. These are the perfect conditions for the all-important base to form. This is probably the only time we’re grateful to the piste bashers for pounding that lovely fresh powder into a rock hard pack!

Check out the snow forecast website to see how much snow is heading to your resort. The J2Ski website is also pretty good. If you haven’t yet decided on which resort to go to, see a list of resorts we cover here.

 

 

GET YOUR TRANSFER SORTED NOW. GENEVA, GRENOBLE AND LYON AIRPORTS TO LOADS OF SKI RESORTS 

 

If you haven’t already, you should get your ski transfer booked now. We have loads of routes available out of Geneva Airport, Grenoble Airport and Lyon Airport. Last year lots of our buses sold out. So if you’ve already got your holiday booked, what are you waiting for? Use the form at the bottom of this page to get a quote in seconds. 

Our transfers, depending on the route you’re travelling on, cost between £45 – £90 for a Return. If you’re heading up to the wonderful Alpe d’Huez or Les Deux Alpes, and you’re in a group, you could be paying just £26pp One Way!

Posted 1st November 2019

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Airport Transfers Tomorrowland Alpe d’Huez

AIRPORT TRANSFERS TO TOMORROWLAND WINTER ALPE D’HUEZ

 

Transfers to Tomorrowland Alpe d'Huez 2019Ben’s Bus has added extra buses to their timetable for their transfers from Grenoble Airport to Alpe d’Huez and Lyon Airport to Alpe d’Huez for the Tomorrowland Winter Festival. If you’re flying into Grenoble or Lyon St Exupery and need a transfer to Tomorrowland Winter 2019 in Alpe d’Huez, we can help you. We have many buses each day which means you’ll be off your plane and heading up to the Tomorrowland music festival with minimal waiting around. Prices start at £26pp.

USE THE FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE TO GET A QUOTE

 

TOMORROWLAND WINTER FESTIVAL

 

Tomorrowland is the legendary music festival that’s usually held in Boom, Belgium. It’s well known as one of the best electronic music festivals in the world and has, in the past, attracted the likes of David Guetta, Carl Cox, Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren and Steve Aoki to name but a few.

This year the Tomorrowland team have created a Winter version and Alpe d’Huez, with its 300 days of sunshine a year, is the lucky ‘chosen one’! The event takes place between the 14th – 21st March 2020 and you can choose between a 4-day or a 7-day package, which includes festival access, accommodation, and ski pass. The Tomorrowland magic will be present throughout the resort and their trademark attention to detail, decor, atmosphere and exciting food and drinks stalls will surely transform the resort into a wonderland. Tickets are on sale now.

TRANSFERS TO ALPE D’HUEZ

 

Alpe d'Huez Airport TransfersVisit the Alpe d’Huez Tourist Office for additional information about the resort and the event. Our shared low cost transfers to Alpe d’Huez includes a meet and greet from our manager at your Airport, who will get you onto our coach. The transfer time to Alpe d’Huez from Lyon Saint Exupery is about 2 hours 25 minutes and from Grenoble it’s about 2 hours. We have 4 conveniently placed stops in the resort, all close to the big accommodation areas.

You can also stay in the ski resorts close to Alpe d’Huez. Our shared airport service can take you to the following destinations: Auris en Oisans, Vaujany, Oz en OisansBourg d’Oisans and Les Deux Alpes.

The airlines you can choose from include easyJet.com BA, Ryanair as well as Transavia from Rotterdam and Norwegian from Stockholm. Skyscanner is a great site to compare airline ticket prices.

Posted 28th October 2019

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Rise Festival Airport Transfers

RISE FESTIVAL RETURNS TO LES DEUX ALPES FOR 2020

 

Rise Festival Airport Transfers 2020 Grenoble Lyon Les Deux AlpesThe now infamous RISE Festival is returning to Les Deux Alpes for 2020! The pre-Christmas party in the Alps will run from the 12th – 19th December 2020. It promises to be one of the best high-altitude ski parties of the season and we have the best airport transfers to get you there. 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.

 

AIRPORT TRANSFERS FROM GRENOBLE TO THE RISE FESTIVAL

 

Grenoble Airport to Les Deux Alpes RISE TransfersBen’s Bus has laid on extra buses for the festival dates, with up to 9 running a day. This means you’ll spend less time in the airport and more time at the RISE festival. Our prices are an unbeatable £51.50pp Return, £29.90pp Single, but with our group discounts, you could pay under £27pp 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. The available flights include:

easyJet Airlines

easyJet from London Gatwick and Luton as well as Bristol. There are also flights on the 19th December back to Edinburgh.

 

Jet2.com Flights

Jet2 flies from Manchester and London Stansted. On the 19th December, there are also flights back to Birmingham, Leeds Bradford and Newcastle.

British Airways

BA flies to and from London Gatwick and London Heathrow. They also fly to Lyon Airport from Heathrow so you could fly into one airport and out of the other.

WizzAir Airways

Wizzair have 2 flights on the 12th December from London Luton. Skyscanner is a great website to compare prices and see which airports you can use.

 

Ryanair AirlinesRyanair only have flights on the 19th December back to London Stansted, Bristol and Dublin.

 

 

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 £64pp 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. We also have a special bus service from Les 2 Alpes to Lyon Airport on Wednesday 16th December for the RISE Short Stayers. The bus will arrive at Lyon Airport in time for flights departing from 15:40 onwards.

 

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!!

 

Book before the 5th September 2020 and enter the discount code RISE&SHINE2020 into the promo box on the Passenger Details page and you’ll get 5% off your transfer to and from either Grenoble or Lyon Airports! This discount is on top of the Group Discounts we offer.

 

Posted 17th August 2020

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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 Reviews Award

4.7 STAR AVERAGE TRIP ADVISOR REVIEWS EARN A ‘BEST OF THE BEST AWARD’ 2020

 

Bens Bus Reviews Trip Advisor Best of the Best Award 2020

We’re really pleased to have been awarded a Trip Advisor ‘Best of the Best’ Certificate for our Grenoble and Lyon Airport routes for the 2019 / 2020 ski season.

Everyone at Ben’s Bus is very grateful to our kind customers who took the time to write a review about us. We’re delighted that we continue to meet your expectations. Rest assured, we will be working hard to make sure we continue to provide a great service in the upcoming 2020 / 2021 ski season.

To see what the travel community thinks about us, visit our Trip Advisor page. Or find out why almost 1,000 people rate us as “Excellent” on Trust Pilot and facebook.

If you need an airport transfer to your ski resort, take a look at what we have available by selecting your airport from our Airports page. Or you can select your resort from our Ski Resorts page.

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

 

 

PREVIOUS CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE FROM TRIP ADVISOR

 

              2019 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Bens Bus                                               2018 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Bens Bus

 

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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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