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Easter Ski Transfers Now On Sale

Posted 13th February 2018

OUR BUSES FROM GRENOBLE AIRPORT TO ALL RESORTS NOW ON SALE UP UNTIL 21ST APRIL 2018!

 

Easter Ski TransfersFor those of you who have been waiting to book our buses for your Easter ski break – the wait is over!! All our buses from Grenoble Airport, Geneva Airport and Lyon Airport are now on sale and you can book now through our website booking engine.

The Alps have been hit hard by massive snowfalls since December, setting up an incredible base which is looking like it will last well into April. With chilly temperatures and Easter falling a bit earlier than in previous years, it’s never been a better time to book a little cheeky late ski trip. Our ski transfers start from as little as £47.80 with discounts for groups and Children.

The Resorts we cover from Grenoble Airport include:

Alpe d’Huez    |    Les Deux Alpes    |    Chamrousse    |    Tignes    |    Val d’Isere    |    Val Thorens 

Les Menuires    |   Sainte Foy    |    St Martin de Belleville

 

The Resorts we cover from Geneva Airport and Lyon Airport include:

La Plagne    |    Les Arcs    |    Meribel    |    Tignes    |    Val d’Isere    |    Val Thorens 

Brides Les Bains    |    Les Allues    |    Les Menuires    |   Mottaret    |    Sainte Foy    |    St Martin de Belleville

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Update Saturday 6th January Ski Transfers

Posted 4th January 2018

UPDATE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS TRAVELLING FROM RESORT TO AIRPORT ON SATURDAY THE 6TH JAN

 

If you are taking our services from any resort to Grenoble, Lyon or Geneva Airports on Saturday 6th January, please ask your Lead Passenger to check their emails and phones. We have contacted all people by email and text message if we have changed your bus time.

The weather is expected to clear on Friday and Saturday but we have erred on the side of caution and moved some people onto earlier buses or brought forward our departure times. We have contacted all customers, by text and email, who are on affected buses.

If you have not received an email from us about a change, then your bus transfer remains as per your existing eTicket. If you want to be sure, you can re-send yourself your eTicket here. The new eTicket that will be sent out will show the correct bus times.

Many thanks for your understanding.

The Ben’s Bus Team

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Supporting The British Snowsports Fund

Posted 18th November 2017

THE WINTER OLYMPICS AND SUPPORTING THE BRITISH SNOWSPORTS FUND

 

In anticipation of the upcoming Winter Olympics, which Ben’s Bus is getting very excited about, we thought we’d bring you an update on where some of our charitable donations go and how you can donate directly.

 

Supporting the British Snowsports Fund Maisie

We’re proud to have been working with the British Snowsports Fund for more than a year to help support the UK’s future snowsports Olympians. As a partner of the Fund, the money we raise through our customer donations and the Ben’s Bus donations goes straight to helping athletes through their careers – from those getting ready for the Olympics to young snowsports athletes coming up through talent pathways. In September 2017, the Fund awarded its first grants to 4 promising talents, including 20 year-old snowboard cross athlete Maisie Potter (pictured).

Of receiving her BSF grant, Maisie, from Bangor in North Wales, says, “this reward has really given me extra motivation, knowing that that my federation are behind me and believe in my ability.” As the Olympics approach and the UK is getting behind its snowsports athletes, you can find out more about BSF and how you can donate here!

 

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New Group Discounts From Grenoble Airport

Posted 28th October 2017

GROUPS OF 6 OR MORE TO GET 1 FREE SEAT ON MOST GRENOBLE AIRPORT ROUTES

 

New Group Discounts from Grenoble AirportAt Ben’s Bus, we’re always working hard to bring you the cheapest transfers possible. That’s why we’ve improved the group discounts on our routes from Grenoble Airport to Val Thorens, Tignes, Val d’Isere, Les Menuires, St Foy and St Martin de Belleville. Now, groups of 6 or more will get one seat for free!! That means you could be paying as little as £71.25pp Return and £39 Single. If you heading to Moutiers, Aime and Bourg St Maurice you’ll pay as little as £63pp Return.

To find a price for your group, use the Instant Quote form on our Home Page and all the discounts will be applied automatically, including the 10% discount for kids.

 

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Monarch Airlines Ceases Trading

Posted 2nd October 2017

MONARCH AIRLINES CEASES TRADING – DON’T PANIC!!!!

 

Monarch Cease TradingBen’s Bus was very sad to hear that Monarch has gone into administration and has cancelled all future flights. We wish all Monarch staff and their family the best and we hope they can find employment elsewhere as quickly as possible. Hopefully their customers holiday plans will not be disrupted too much.

If you were booked on a Monarch flight and you have a Ben’s Bus to your ski resort, keep calm and check your emails! We will help sort you out and we won’t charge any admin or cancellation fees to do this.

 

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?

 

The chances are we will have a ski transfer from your new airport to your resort. You can see a list of all our routes here. If this is what you wish to do, simply 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 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 Wednesday 11th October.

 

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 Wednesday 11th October.

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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. Merci Actibus!

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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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Book Your Ski Transfer And Donate To Charity!

Posted 10th October 2016

BEN’S BUS LAUNCHES NEW CHARITY INITIATIVE!

 

Ben’s Bus Airport Ski Transfers are delighted to announce a new initiative to boost their support of their favourite charities! Read more about it here

 

bens bus airport ski transfers charitiesBen’s Bus has been donating to various charities and helping out our young stars for a few years now. This year, we’ve upped the ante a little by giving our customers the opportunity to give a little themselves too. We’ve updated our booking system so that you can now select to donate a small amount to our charities each time you book an airport ski transfer with us. If you do, Ben’s Bus will match that amount, so effectively doubling your contribution!

Book your airport transfer from Genoble Airport, Geneva Airport or Lyon Airport to any of our ski resort destinations and on the page where you put the passenger details, you will have the option to tick the box to donate to charity,

Read more about how we give to charity and where you money goes on our Charity Page

We also have a post on facebook about this

 

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Ben’s Bus To Support British SnowSports Athletes

Posted 4th October 2016

BEN’S BUS TO HELP YOUNG SNOWSPORTS STARS TRAIN FOR THE WINTER OLYMPICS!

 

Ben’s Bus is delighted to support a brand new initiative aimed at helping young British Snowsports Athletes.

 

British Ski and Snowboard FoundationBen’s Bus has been helping out our young stars for a few years now by offering free seats on our shared ski transfers out of Geneva Airport and Grenoble Airport to a few select athletes so they can train in resort. Now we’ve gone a step further. We’ve become an official supporter of this new and exicting fundraising idea, The British Ski & Snowboard National Foundation. We’re hoping that this will raise the profile of skiing in Great Britain whilst helping to fund our up-and-coming starlets. The bonus – all you snowsports fans will hopefully have something to cheer about at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics!

 

Ben’s Bus does also give to other charitable causes, including Shelter, SolarAid and WaterAid. For the 2016 / 2017 ski season however, we will be changing the way we give to charities in the hope that we can increase the total amount these good causes receive from us. When you book with us, we will now ask you if you would like to donate a small amount towards our preferred charities. If you do, Ben’s Bus will match your donation. At the end of the ski season, Ben’s Bus will divide the total amount equally between the 4 charities and will present all our chosen charities with a lump sum donation on behalf of Ben’s Bus and our customers.

 

We will announce more details about this soon.

 

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