How to get to Tignes
Discover the top ways to get to Tignes
With a nearby train station and several airports within 3 to 4 hours, there are plenty of options for getting to Tignes.
Together with Val d'Isère, Tignes makes up one of the largest ski resorts in Europe. It has more than 300km of pistes and some great off-piste.
The easiest way for most international visitors to get here is probably to fly to Geneva.
Tignes is definitely doable by train too. Bourg St Maurice railway station is about 1h 15 away by local bus, which is less time than it takes to get from any of the closest airports.
If you're driving, it's straightforward as far as Bourg St Maurice. The road gets increasingly twisty after that.
So given the options, what’s the best way to get here?
Flying to Tignes
Flying to Geneva is probably the fastest way to get to Tignes for most international visitors.
The only trouble with flying anywhere is the environmental cost. Driving, coming by coach or catching a train are usually better options if you want to reduce CO2 emissions.
Flying to other airports
Lyon or Grenoble are options for Tignes if you can’t get a flight to Geneva. Both are about the same distance away (220km) and transfers take upwards of 3 hours.
Chambery is actually closer than the three airports already mentioned, but it's a lot smaller and not as many airlines fly there. But if you can get a flight and a transfer, your journey time to the resort should only be 2 hours or so.
We wouldn't recommend trying to get to Tignes from Turin or Milan - even if they look close on the map. It usually takes a lot longer to get to the resort, and you'll often have to rely on pricey private transfers.
Getting from the airport to Tignes
There are several ways to get from the airport to Tignes. If your transfer only takes you as far as Bourg St Maurice, you can catch a local bus to the resort. This should only take an hour.
|Flying to||Best option||Journey time|
|Chambery||Private transfers to Tignes
Regular bus services via Bourg St Maurice on weekends during the winter season
|Geneva||Airport transfer to Tignes||3h|
|Grenoble||Private airport transfers to Tignes||3h 45|
|Lyon||Private transfers to Tignes
Regular bus service to Tignes via Bourg St Maurice
Train to Tignes
Getting here by train may involve a few changes, which can be tricky with baggage or kids. But:
- it's the most environmentally-friendly option
- you get more leg room than on a plane or in a car
- you normally won't have to pay extra for luggage
- journey times can be similar to driving or flying if you're doing a trip like London to Tignes
Which train station is closest to Tignes
Bourg St Maurice is the closest train station to Tignes. It's 30km from the resort, or an hour by local bus.
High speed (TGV) trains from Paris and the Eurostar Snow train stop at Bourg St Maurice.
If you're coming to Tignes from the UK
London to Tignes by train takes 10 to 12 hours.
Driving to Tignes
Being a good 3 to 4 hours from the nearest airport, Tignes is one resort where driving perhaps makes more sense. That said, you won't need your car once you're in resort.
If you're using the French autoroute, the journey as far as Bourg St Maurice is straightforward. The final 40 minutes is a little more arduous as you wind your way up the 30km stretch into Tignes.
This road is cleared every day during winter, but it's not a trip for nervous drivers - especially in bad weather.
Remember too that if you're coming here for a ski holiday, you'll need to fit winter tyres or keep snow chains in the boot of your car.
Driving to Tignes from the UK
It takes about 10 hours to drive from Calais to Tignes - a distance of around 950km.
Unless you're driving an electric car to the Alps however, driving isn't very environmentally friendly.
Coach to Tignes
Getting to Tignes by coach takes longer than flying. It's usually cheaper though, which makes it a good option if you're on a budget.
It's also a relatively environmentally-friendly way to travel.
Coaches from London to Tignes
There's a direct overnight coach from London to Tignes that runs once a week during the winter. The coach stops in Bourg St Maurice, where you can hop on to a local bus for the last 30km.
Total journey time is about 20 hours.
Reduce your environmental impact
We know flying is often the most convenient way to get to Tignes, but we'd encourage you to look at alternatives.
A good option is to take the train as far as Bourg St Maurice do the last leg by bus. This allows you to minimise your carbon footprint while still getting to the resort in good time.
|Mode of transport||CO2 per km per person|
|Electric car with 4 passengers||13 grams|
|Diesel car with 4 passengers||43 grams|
|Petrol car with 4 passengers||48 grams|