One of Frances most southerly resorts, Isola 2000 is situated just north of the Reserve de Chasse de Mercantour, only 90km from the Mediterranean. The nearest and most convenient airport is Nice just 90km or an hour and a half drive away. There are regular buses that operate between Nice Airport and Isola 2000 throughout the week (nice.aeroport.fr/acces_stationnement/bus/ski.asp). Other than nice the nearest airport is Turin about 2 hours 40mins away. Other alpine airport such as Grenoble, Chambery and Marseille used to access Isola 2000 involve much longer transfers.
Nice Airport - 90km / approx 1 hour 30 mins
Regular public busses run directly from the airport to Isola 2000, more information on the transfer is available here lignesdazur.com
Turin Airport - 200 km / approx 2 hour 40 mins
We wouldn’t recommend this journey by public transport, but if there are options available with many changes and a long journey time.
A better option is would be to rent a car and drive up.
Chambery Airport -163 km / approx 2 hours
Whilst you could take on a long and complicated public transport route, it’s probably best to hire a car and drive.
Lyon Airport - 191 km / approx 3 hours
If you have to take on this journey it’s probably easiest to rent a car and drive.
Marseille Airport - 280 km / approx 3 hour 10
Car rental is the best option
If you require a hire car for your ski holiday, there are a number of fantastic car rental companies based in Europe.
The train journey to the south of France is a strong option, and can be done with only a few changes if planned well. Eurostar operate a service from London to Paris or Lille. In Paris you are required to change station from Gare du Nord to Gare du Lyon where the second connection connects directly to Nice. From Nice it’s possible to take a bus up to the resort, or you can hire a car and drive. To book your tickets and check your train times go to www.rail-europe.com.
Driving to Isola 2000 from the UK is another option that is perfectly doable within a day at between 8 and 10 hours drive from Calais. The road up to Isola 2000 is particularly windy, even by alpine standards, so if you have any passengers that are prone to travel sickness you may want prepare by taking a couple of disposable bags before setting off! Make sure you bring snow tires, and check the forecast before you set off. You can get good directions at www.viamichelin.com. Car parking is available for around €55 a week availability permitting and there is a free outdoor car par with 2500 spaces just as you come in the resort. If you know it’s going to dump, it may be worth paying a little extra to avoid having to dig your car out at the end of the week.