Linked to the Three Valleys by a 20 minute gondola ride up to Meribel, Brides Les Bains, was used as a base for athletes during the Albertville 1992 Winter Olympics to access other host venues such as La Plagne, Les Arcs, Tignes and Val d’Isere. The legacy of this was good road networks making Brides Les Bains an easy resort to reach. The resort is a particular favourite of skiers with their own transport, as the six day inter-changeable lift ticket gives access to three of France’s biggest: The Three Valleys, the Paradiski area and the Espace Killy.
Chambery Airport - 83 km / approx 1 hours
You can arrange private transfers with Ski Lifts or hire car hire.
Geneva Airport - 168 km / approx 1 hours 51 mins
You can drive in a hire car or take a private or shared transfer with Ski Lifts
Train is an option from Geneva Airport, but it isn’t hugely convenient. The journey involves 2 changes, takes over 3 hours and then a short taxi ride is from Moutiers to Brides Les Bain.
Lyon Airport - 188 km / approx 2 hours
The best private transfers are Ski Lifts or you can hire a car and drive to Brides Les Bain.
There are directl coach transfers to Brides Les Bain with the Altibus
Grenoble Airport - 112 km / approx 1 hour 10 mins
You can travel from Grenoble, however it’s probably the least convenient airport. Bens Bus operates coach from Grenoble airport on Saturdays and Sundays to Moutiers, where it is possible to order a taxi up to resort.
If you require a hire car for your ski holiday, there are a number of fantastic car rental companies based in Europe.
With its location only 10 minutes away from Moutiers, Brides les Bains is a great option for those choosing to travel by train. Eurostar operate two direct ‘snowtrains’ a week from London St Pancras to Moutiers throughout the winter, one leaving Friday evening and arriving Saturday morning, and the other leaving Saturday morning and arriving in the evening. If you opt for the overnight service what you’ll lose in sleep you’ll make up in skiing time as you’ll get an extra half day on the mountain either side of your holiday. Book tickets at www.eurostar.com
There are also daily services from London to Moutiers, although this requires a change of station from Paris Gare du Nord to Paris Gare du Lyon and usually another change nearer the Alps before arrival in Moutiers, again with an evening arrival time. The daily services give great flexibility with a journey time of just over 8 hours. You can book your tickets at www.rail-europe.com.
Driving to Brides Les Bain can easily be done in a day, typically between 7 and 10 hours from Calais, weather and traffic dependant, and with its position on the valley floor, it is certainly an easier drive than to the other resorts of the Tarrentaise. Having access to a car in Brides Les Bains can be very handy due to its convenient location and the quality of the road network (thanks to the 1992 Albertville winter Olympics), making the trips to the Paradiski area and the Espace Killy a definite option.
When the weather is poor and particularly the during the peak holiday season it can be slow getting up to most resorts, but of course this is not a problem with Brides-les-Bains due to it’s low altitude. As you would expect when the weather closes in, a set of snow chains are a worthy investment so make sure you add them to your check list. On arrival at Brides Les Bain free public parking is available at a location near the town centre.
When arranging your trip to Brides Les Bains, www.viamichelin.com offers great directions, toll costs and petrol estimations.