As with almost all other ski resorts in the Tarrentaise Valley, travel to La Plagne is fairly straight forward, based simply on the number of travel options available. There are four airports within striking distance, and its location close to Aime makes it a decent option for the snowtrain too. If coming in by bus though, you’ll need to keep your wits about you, as you don’t want to end up getting of the bus at the wrong base area, and with your accommodation being in one of ten bases, it is an easy mistake to make.
Chambery Airport - 118km / approx 1 hours 30 mins
Private and Shared transfers are available from Ski Lifts
Geneva Airport - 235 km / approx 2 hours 35 mins
Driving a hire car or take a private transfers with Ski Lifts is a good option.
Lyon Airport - 195 km / approx 2 hours 30 mins
Again, Ski Lifts and Altibus operate regular coach transfers from the airport to resort.
Grenoble Airport - 185 km / approx 2 hours 30 mins
Ski Lifts provide private transfers and there are hire cars if you’d prefer.
Also, Bens Bus operate regular minibuses to Aime which tie in with most flights. From Aime you will need to take a bus or taxi form the remaining 18kn climb up the mountain to resort. The last bus leaves La Plagne at 1745, so if you’re later than that you’ll need a taxi.
If you require a hire car for your ski holiday, there are a number of fantastic car rental companies based in Europe.
With its proximity to Aime, La Plagne is fantastically convenient for the train. The Eurostar operated snow train with an overnight service leaving London each Friday and a day time service leaving London each Saturday all travel directly to Aime, which is only 18km away. A quick taxi will then take you directly to your hotel. The bonus of the overnight service is that you will get almost a full additional day skiing each side of your stay. Tickets can be bought at www.eurostar.com.
If you prefer to travel midweek, this can also be done providing you don’t mind changing in Paris from Gare du Nord to Paris Austerlitz. The direct TGV will take you directly to Aime with an arrival time later that afternoon. Tickets can be booked at www.rail-europe.com)
If you’re happy to set aside a day for the drive to La Plagne it can certainly be done, and if going self-catering it’s not a bad idea as you’ll be able to stock up on cheap food from the valley floor. The journey from Calais can be around the 7 hour mark if the roads are clear, but it can easily take up to 10. If driving during the French holidays in February, traffic can be very, very slow going around Albertville and Moutiers. For directions we recommend you go to www.viamichelin.com.
All of the bases with the exception of Belle Plagne have large, free outdoor parking areas. If you’d prefer to have your car in a covered car park, you can find spaces at Plagne 1800, Plagne Centre, Aime La Plagne, Plagne Soleil, Plagne Villages and Belle Plagne.