Linked to Val d’Isere, Tignes benefits from the quality transport links of the Tarrentaise Valley, but involves a comparatively longer transfer due to its remote location. Before entering the resort you will drive up over the dam, and pass over the old village of Tignes, which was flooded in the 1952 to create the dam. It is still possible to see the remains of the old village in the summer, when the lake (Lac de Chevril) is drained every 10 years for maintenance of the dam.
Champery Airport - 145km / approx 2 hours
Private transfers are available from ski Lifts or car hire is a possibility.
Altibus operates a service regularly to Tignes
Geneva Airport - 225 km / approx 3 hours
Again there is the option of hiring a car or catch a private transfer with Ski Lifts
Altibus runs a regular schedule of busses up to Tignes
Lyon Airport - 220 km / approx 3 hours
Other than hiring a car and driving up to Tignes it is also possible to take a private transfer with Ski Lifts (as above)
Altibus is another possibility and operate a regular coach service from the airport
Grenoble Airport - 210 km / approx 3 hours
Not that convenient for public transport, but you can take a private transfer with Ski Lifts (as above) or, of course, hire a car.
If you require a hire car for your ski holiday, there are a number of fantastic car rental companies based in Europe.
The daily arrival of trains into Bourg Saint Maurice Station, half an hours drive away, makes train travel to Tignes a fairly attractive option. If travelling at the weekend, there is a direct ski train to Bourg St Maurice that leaves St Pancras on Saturday morning and arrives into Bourg St Maurice later that evening. For those who prefer skiing to sleeping, there is an overnight ski train that leaves on Friday night and arrives at about 10am the following morning, leaving an extra half day on the slopes either side of the week. The ski train is operated by Eurostar eurostar.com).
If travelling mid-week, you can also reach Tignes by train. You will need to change from Gare du Nord in Paris to Paris Austerlitz for the direct TGV service to Bourg St Maurice. From Bourg St Maurice station, Cars Martin cars-martin.fr) provide transfers to Tignes that tie in with the train times
It’s possible to drive to Tignes in a day, however it does take a good 8-10 hours from Calais, depending on the conditions. The scenery as you climb up the valley from Bourg St Maurice is spectacular; often the inclines on the eastern side of the valley produce avalanches that wipe out huge areas of trees.
It can sometimes be very slow going on the climb up from the valley floor to Tignes, especially in poor weather. To combat this try to avoid the busier times at the weekends and during peak holiday season, and make sure you leave yourself enough time.. Be aware when the snow is particularly heavy police often check for cars without chains or snow tyres, you won’t be allowed you to proceed if you’re without either, so snow chains really are a must. For directions go to www.viamichelin.com.
Arriving into Tignes you’ll find around 3000 parking spaces of which some is covered, and therefore chargeable, and some free outdoor. Be careful in town with the parking restrictions, as the Gendarmerie in Tignes really will enforce the rules and aren’t averse to towing the odd car, an infuriating €80 fine! To park on the street you will need a permit, available from the tourist office, so either make sure you have one or avoid leaving your car on the street at all costs.
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