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February Half Term Traffic
TOP TIPS ON SURVIVING THE FEBRUARY TRAFFIC
French 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
However 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
Plan 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!
Book 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
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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Rise Festival Airport Transfers
RISE FESTIVAL RETURNS TO LES DEUX ALPES FOR 2021
The now infamous RISE Festival is returning to Les Deux Alpes for 2021! The pre-Christmas party in the Alps will run from the 11th – 18th December 2021. 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. The line-up includes Folamour, Hybrid Minds, Shy FX 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
Ben’s Bus will lay 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 £52pp Return, £31pp Single, but with our group discounts, you could pay £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 from London Gatwick and Luton as well as Bristol. There are also flights on the 18th December back to Edinburgh.
Jet2 will most likely fly from Manchester and London Stansted. On the 18th December, there may also be flights back to Birmingham, Leeds Bradford and Newcastle.
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 has not yet published its timetable but will probably have flights available from London Luton. Skyscanner is a great website to compare prices and see which airports you can use.
Ryanair has not yet published its timetable but will probably have flights on the 18th December only, back to London Stansted, Bristol and Dublin.
LYON AIRPORT TO RISE FESTIVAL TRANSFERS
Lyon 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 £65pp Return but with our group discounts, you could be paying just £56pp 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.
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!!
We may run an early bird discount. We hope to have our sales online around May 2021 but this will depend on how quickly all the airlines get their schedules finalised. Sign up to our Mailing List on our Contact Us page to ensure you are the first to know so you can make use of our early bookers discounts.
Posted 4th January 2021
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Trip Advisor Reviews Award
4.7 STAR AVERAGE TRIP ADVISOR REVIEWS EARN A ‘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
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