French Alps

Best time to go and how to get there

French Alps: When to Go

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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Getting There

NB, please do not rely solely on this information for your travel planning.

FRENCH ALPS: BY AIR

From the UK: Geneva is the main airport for the French Alps (note, it is in Switzerland not France, but has exits on both sides of the border). There are also smaller airports at Chambéry and Grenoble.

Carriers include British Airways, easyJet, Flybe, Jet 2 and Ryanair.

Within Europe: easyJet, Eurowings, airberlin and Vueling.

By train from the UK: From December to April, Eurostar runs direct ski-train services from London St Pancras to Moûtiers - handy for the Trois Vallées and Val d'Isère, but less convenient for Chamonix and the Portes du Soleil.

Getting Around


FRENCH ALPS: BY CAR

Car hire is available from Geneva airport - see our car rental recommendations - but we'd advise picking up your hire car on the Swiss side of the border, as you’ll find it easier - and probably cheaper - to explore both countries. Note that you’ll need a vignette (annual permit) to drive on Swiss motorways.