Travel & Transfers

TRAVEL & TRANSFERS

Prices quoted are for single tickets (unless stated) and are a rough guide only.  Information given is given as a guide line to help with the planning of your holiday, please do not hesitate to contact us for further advice or search on the internet for more information if needed.

Once you are in Montchavin or Les Coches you won’t need a car as all our accommodation are very conveinently positioned. 

INDEX

  • SELF DRIVE INFORMATION
    • Route
    • Directions / Co-ordinates
    • Snow Chains
    • Parking
    • Ferry Companies
    • Places to stay on route  
  • TRAIN INFORMATION
  • LOCAL TRANSFER INFORMATION 
  • FLIGHT/AIRPORT INFORMATION    
    • Private Transfers
    • Airport Information & Transfer Options
      • Geneva (GVA)
      • Chambery (CMF)
      • Lyon (LYS)
      • Grenoble (GNB)
    • Car Hire
    • Airlines  
  • COACH TRAVEL
  • ARRIVING EARLY BY TRAIN OR COACH  
  • INSURANCE 

 

SELF DRIVE INFORMATION 

Route

The quickest route is via the AutoRoute system.  From Calais to Reims, Troyes, Dijon (6 hours from here), via Lyon the tolls will come to about 79 Euros each way (price 2011) and it takes us about 11 hours in our Land Rover, averaging 70mph!  But in our Nissan is took 9 ½ hours and much more comfortable!

Also don’t forget to add on the cost of snow chains, fuel and tolls.

Please note that all cars on French roads must be equipped with :

  • at least one fluorescent security jacket per person (gilet de sécurité) The jacket should be kept in the car, not in the boot, as the law requires the driver to put it on before getting out of the car.  The law specifies that the jacket should conform to EU normes so look for one marked CE
  • red warning triangle (triangle de présignalisation).  This must be used in case of breakdown or any emergency roadside stop.  The triangle should be placed at least 30 meters behind the vehicle in full view of arriving traffic.  The triangle should be marked E27R
  • if the vehicle is equipped with functioning hazard warning lights these must be also switched  
  • 2 disposable breathalizers

Non-compliance with these requirements will leave the driver liable to an immediate 90€ fine per missing item.   Ouch!

Full information can be found on the French government website www2.securiteroutiere.gouv.fr  

Directions / Co-ordinates

If using a SatNav please bring the map we supply with you as well.  The reason for this is that the post code covers such a huge area.  Also please be aware that mountain passes become ski slopes in the winter.

IMPORTANT : do not follow the signs up to La Plagne as this adds about 1.30 hours onto your journey. Follow signs for Aime, Landry and then Montchavin, Les Coches.

 

FROM ALBERTVILLE

Keep left at Moutiers and follow the signs for the “Haute Tarentaise” (Aime & Bourg-St-Maurice). Go through the tunnel and pass Aime continuing towards BSM. 6km after Aime take the right turning signposted Landry. Go right at the cross roads in Landry and follow the signs for Montchavin-Les Coches.  Continue for about 500m and then turn left onto the D225.  Continue up the mountain.

 

 

Les Coches Properties : keep heading up the hill signed for Les Coches until you have reached the roundabout at the beginning of the village of Les Coches.  

Le Domino & Le Boulier : Turn left at the Les Coches roundabout and continue along the road with Les Coches to your right.  After 200m you will see the Tourist Office on your left.  Stop here for apartments in Le Zig Zag.  Continue on for Le Boullier.  Pass ski hire shop Slalom  just after the first bend, continue round the next 3 bends and then you will find the entrance to Le Boullier apartments on your left.  Only apartments with walkway from the road.  Le Domino is just opposite.   Free parking in the road.

Covered Parking in Les Coches

There is plenty of parking in the road outside the accommodation on a first come first served basis.  

Underground parking in Les Coches is available for a cost of about 55 euros for the week – I can book this for you if you wish.  The Tourist Office will need a deposit of 30 euros which we can pay for you but obviously if you cancelled we would ask you for this amount.  The height of the car park is 2m 15.  The parking is below the Tourist Office.

 

Snow Chains

Snow chains are required by law. 

Don’t forget to check that they are the right size if buying or hiring (very important).  Good idea to practice putting them on in the comfort of your own drive before you arrive – nothing worse than trying to put them on under pressure, possibly in the dark, reading the instructions for the 1st time, arguing (speaking from experience!) and with your hands freezing off.   

If you do need to put them on, then stop on the flat, preferably in a lay by, under a street lamp and have with you an old pair of gloves, a torch, the instructions and a sense of humour!

When driving in the snow keep the car going at a steady pace, do not try to accelerate as this normally means you will start sliding.  When you come up the mountain there are a couple of places which are flattish to put chains on, some which have a street lamp.  If it looks like you might need to put the chains on stop in the next spot.  Try not to wait until the car is slipping from side to side and you are forced to stop exactly where you are on the side or middle of the road as this can put you in danger from other vehicles on the road.  Also putting on chains is more difficult on an incline.

Hope this hasn’t frightened you!

For tips on driving in snow check out :

www.weather.com/activities/driving/drivingsafety/drivingsafetytips/snow.html 

Will I need snow chains on the day I arrive / depart ?�
This is a common question, to which I don’t know the answer!  If it does snow, then it is best to have them than be stuck on the side of the road, even a light snowfall can make it impossible to come up the mountain.  We have had guests stop at Landry station, park up and then get a taxi.  The local authorities do clear the road but if it is snowing then I can’t guarantee that the snowplough will have just come up the road before you arrive.

Snow chains can be purchased in local French supermarkets but if the weather has been particularly snowy then they may not have the size you want in stock.

Just a couple of snow chain companies to be found on the internet:

www.snowchainwarehouse.co.ukwww.snowchains.com 

 

Ferry Companies – a few suggestions

www.seafrance.comwww.ferrysavers.comwww.norfolkline.com/ferry/www.poferries.comwww.ferries.co.uk 

 

Places to stay on route

Please be aware that if you are coming in school holidays you will be very unlikely to find a local hotel that will take a 1 night booking as they generally only take full week bookings during these periods.

Your best bet is to look at a hotel in and around Albertville (45 minutes from us) or Chambery (1 1/2 hours from us), however you may find the same problem with Albertville as it’s so close to the ski resorts.  

Landry  (10 mins) : 

Bon Accueil : www.hotel-restaurant-bon-accueil.com/

Tel  00 33 (0)4 79 07 08 79  (20010/11 prices :  40€ no wc for a room for 2 people, 48€ no wc for a room for 3 people, 56€ with wc for a room for 2 people, 68€ with wc for a room for 3 people)

Col du Palet  :  www.venere.com/france/landry/    Tel  00 33 (0)4 79 07 08 74

Bourg St Maurice (20 mins)  : fr.federal-hotel.com/hotels_bourg-saint-maurice_41524.htm

For all France including Bourg St Maurice : fr.federal-hotel.com/  (I thought this was quite a good site as it has all hotels listed not just the big chains). 

Bourg St Maurice  : fr.federal-hotel.com/hotels_bourg-saint-maurice_41524.htm

Various locations in France including Chambery & Albertville: www.accorhotels.com/accorhotels/index.html

(includes hotels such as IBIS, Novetel, Mercure, Etap, Formule 1)

Etap and Formule 1 Hotels : Reservations are not accepted more than 250 days in advance

Lyon, Grenoble : www.premiereclasse.com/en/hotels/index.aspx

Rennes, Lyon, Grenoble etc :  www.premiereclasse.com/en/hotels/index.aspx  (Kyriad and Campanile)

Various locations in France including Chambery & Albertville:

www.accorhotels.com/accorhotels/index.html

(includes hotels such as IBIS, Novetel, Mercure, Etap, Formule 1)

Etap and Formule 1 Hotels : Reservations are not accepted more than 250 days in advance

www.activehotels.com

 

TRAIN INFORMATION 

There are several options :

Eurostar direct from London Waterloo to Paris (3 hours), then the TGV from Paris to Landry (5 hours).  Landry is the best station as only 10 mins from us.

For the overnight Eurostar : Bourg st Maurice (the train arrives at 6.20am, cross the road to Bazooms and have breakfast and then we arrange a pick up for 8.20 ish – otherwise you arrive in the resort and nothing is open)

Eurostar day (departs St Pancras and Ashford from around 10.00, arrives BSM Sat 18.20, departs following Sat 09.50 – arrives about 16.00)

Eurostar overnight services (arrives BSM Sat 6.27, departs Sat 22.15 arrives London Sun 07.12).  This way you get to enjoy 8 days skiing!

Eurostar +44 (0)8432 186186, Rail Europe +44 (0)8705 848848, SNCF from UK + 33 8 36 35 35 35, inside france 0890 36 10 10(www.raileurope.co.ukwww.eurostar.co.uk,  www.voyages-sncf.com).    Local train travel in the Savoie : www.ter-sncf.com/rhone_alpes  Tel:  0891 67.68.00 in france

The Eurostar take advanced group booking requests (more than 10 people) Tel: 0870 6000 777

The Eurostar take advanced individual booking requests by telephone :  08432 186 186

You need to give them the following information :- Name, Address, Tel No, Email address, Travel dates, from : St Pancras or Ashford, To : Bourg St Maurice, number of adults, number of children, 1st or Standard class 

 

LOCAL TRANSFER INFORMATION

 

Local Transfers from Train/Bus Stations :

Bourg St Maurice is 20 mins from resort and Landry is 10 mins.

All trains except the Eurostar stop at Landry 

 

Taxi Transfers 

A Guide to Local Taxi Prices for our self-catered guests :

Marchandet Tel: 00 33 (0)4 79 07 83 17, Richard Tel: 00 33 (0)6 80 85 27 92. 

1-3 people

Landry about 30 euros each way

Bourg St Maurice about 45 euros each way 

4-8 people

Landry about 8 euros per person each way

Bourg St Maurice about 12 euros per person each way 

 

Bus Service from Landry :

Bus service from Landry to Montchavin and Les Coches :  the bus stops  in Montchavin and is about a 200m walk to Chalet Edelweiss.  For Les Coches it stops in front of Le Zig Zag apartment building (the stop is Les Coches Tourist Office).    However, if you have a lot of luggage please note that it’s about a 10/15 min walk up hill to Le Domino, Le Boulier and Chalet En Piste, Chalet Savoyard, Chalet Sorbiers.  About a 150m walk to Les Chalets de Wengen.

Important : it is very important to book the bus especially for school holiday periods and your return, reservation at the Tourism Offices.

Information and booking : http://www.mobisavoie.fr/  or 04 79 09 72 27 

Prices (2011/12):

Adult : 7€

Until 26 years: 4€ 

Catered Guests : complimentary transfer.  Just let us know what time you expect to arrive at Landry or Bourg St Maurice.

–  For catered : free pick-up from Landry or Bourg St Maurice 

 

FLIGHT/AIRPORT INFORMATION

Chambery (1 ½ hours), Lyon (2 ¼ hours), Geneva (2 ¼ hours), Grenoble (2 ½ hours), St Etienne (3 hours). 

Private Airport Transfers

Private transfers booked will only meet your flight, so there will be no hanging around for other flights.  The driver will meet you as you come through arrivals with a sign with your name.  Payment direct to driver by cash euros or beforehand by credit card.

www.coolbus.co.ukwww.a-t-s.netwww.genevaairporttransfers.comwww.alp-line.comwww.tonictaxi.frwww.transfer-intelligence.comwww.showtrain.comwww.airport-ski-transfers.co.ukwww.alpinecab.comwww.locatax.com,http://www.bensbus.co.uk/

Leman Transfers via the Transfer Intelligence website, www.cheap-airport-transfers.co.uk

www.lyonairporttransfer.comwww.grenoble-airporttransfers.com

http://www.snowbus.co.uk/, www.whiterides.co.uk

 

Airport Transfer prices for two companies (2012/13) :

These prices are from two companies we have used over the past 3 years.  They are very competitive which is why we are happy to recommend them.  However, they do get booked up quickly so if you are interested just let me know and I will ask them to contact you direct.

 

Return Transfers by King of the Mountains

Airport – Chambery 5 to 8 persons   €580

Airport – Lyon 5 to 8 persons   €680

Airport – Geneva 5 to 8 persons   €655

Airport – Grenoble 5 to 8 persons   €680

This price is for one 8 seater mini bus.

Please note that if your flight involves very early or very late pick ups then an extra 50 euros is payable. 

 

Airport Information & Transfer Options

–  Private airport and local transfers information : see above for information

–  Coach :  PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO BOOK AT LEAST 7 DAYS IN ADVANCE 

 

Genève International Airport Lausanne (GVA)

Tel: 00 41 22 717 71 11 (Swiss side)

Tel:  00 41 22 798 2000 (French side)

Gare Routiere :  00 41 22 732 0230

www.gva.ch (click on EN at top of right for English)

www.genevaairport.net (unofficial guide in English) 

Geneva Airport Transfers :  195kms 

 

Chambéry Aix les Bains (CMF)

Tel:  00 33 4 79 54 49 54

http://www.chambery-airport.com (in French or English)

www.chambery-aeroport.fr (unofficial guide in English) 

Chambery Airport Transfers : 112 kms

 

Lyon St Exupéry (LYS)

Tel :  0826 800 826 (from France); +33 426 007 007 (international)

Airport  :  www.lyon.aeroport.fr
(in French or English)

Lyon Airport Transfers :  198 kms

  • Private Transfer (about 51€/person for 8 people)
  • coach from Lyon St Exupery to Lyon Part Dieu train station (www.satobus.com), then train from Lyon Part Dieu to Landry (73) (www.voyages-sncf.com/billet-train).  About 30 euros.  There is also a tram which links called Rhone Express linking Lyon train station with the airport for about 13 euros each way, free for under 12 years old.
  • coach to Aime  (00.33.4.72.48.16.16)  www.satobus.comwww.agbus.frwww.altibus.com (about 46€ single, 69€ return/person)
  • car hire (tolls are about 16 euros each way) 

 

Grenoble-Isere Airport / AKA Grenoble Lyon Airport (GNB)

Tel: 00 33 4 76 65 48 48

www.grenoble-airport.com

www.grenobleairport.net

Grenoble Airport Transfers
:  178 kms

  • Private Transfer (about 51€/person for 8 people)
  • Coach from airport to Grenoble train station (1 every hour)  www.altibus.comwww.satobus.com (4.10€/person), then train (takes 3 to 4 hours) from Grenoble to Chambery change to Landry (about 25 euros) www.voyages-sncf.com/billet-train).
  • Coach from airport to Bourg St Maurice (takes 2 ¾ hours)  www.agbus.fr (about 50€/person, 88€ return/person).  
  • hire car (avis, europcar, hertz – can only book nearer the season as small airport) 

 

Car Hire

Don’t forget to order snow chains, these are required by law.  Also don’t forget to add on the cost of insurance, damage waiver costs, snow chains, fuel and tolls.

Check that the chains are the right size (very important).  If you do need to put them on, then stop on the flat, preferably under a street lamp and have with you an old pair of gloves, a torch, the instructions and a sense of humor!

IMPORTANT : do not follow the signs up to La Plagne as this adds about 1.30 hours onto your journey.  Follow signs for Aime, Landry and then Montchavin, Les Coches.

If you have booked with a certain airline it might be worth looking at the other hire companies that are not linked to the airline you have booked your flight through as you may have to queue for ages as everybody will be doing the same.  Alternatively, one of you collects your bags while the other person goes straight to the car hire desk.

A couple of websites :  www.car-hire-booking.co.ukwww.airport-car-deals.com.  

 

Airlines

These are just some of the companies we have found offering flights. 

www.snowjet.co.uk    (Simply click on the link at the top of the page)

  • Chambery
  • Geneva

www.easyjet.com

  • Lyon
  • Gernoble
  • Geneva

www.ryanair.com

  • Grenoble

www.flybe.com

  • Chambery
  • Geneva 

www.jet2.com

  • Belfast,
    Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle to Chambery
  • Blackpool,
    Leeds, Manchester to Geneva

www.bmibaby.com (Birmingham, Cardiff, East
Midlands, Manchester to Geneva and Grenoble) 

www.flybmi.com (Heathrow to Geneva) 

www.britishairways.com (London City and Heathrow
to Geneva, Gatwick and Heathrow to Lyon) 

www.airfrance.co.uk  (Various some are via Paris or Amsterdam) 

www.ski-flights.com/skiflights.html

  • Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Gatwick, Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Stansted to Chambery
  • Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted to Geneva
  • Bournemouth, Bristol, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted to Grenoble 

www.cheapflights.co.uk  

 

COACH TRAVEL 

http://www.skibusuk.com

Direct and cost effective coach travel from UK pick up points are available with GoByCoach  or Eurolines

If you get the right service you can squeeze in an extra day on the snow!

 

ARRIVING EARLY BY TRAIN OR COACH

The ski hire shops open at 8.30/9am, ski lifts open from 9am and pre-booked Ski Passes, through us, will be ready on arrival.   Le Monchu, the Last One and the Bakery in Les Coches and the Bakery in Montchavin are open from 8am.  

 

Chalet Mathilde Catered :

If you have ordered your ski gear through www.ski-republic then we will try and arrange for your equipment to be in the garage waiting for you.  You can leave your bags in the garage.

The chalet is officially ready at about 3pm. However, if we know someone is arriving early, we try and get that room ready first – this obviously depends on what time the current guests leave the chalet and cannot be guaranteed.

1) if you are arriving on the overnight Eurostar : then we recommend you have breakfast in Bourg St Maurice. There is a bar opposite the train station that opens from 6.30am. We can then pick you up at 8.30am ish and take you to the chalet to get changed for skiing. 

2)   if you are arriving after 8.30am : we can arrange to pick you up if not self-drive, take you to the chalet and where you can get changed for skiing. You can leave your bags in the garage.  We will give you your ski passes, then it’s just a short walk/ski into the village where you can have breakfast. 

 

Self-Catered in Les Coches :

Your accommodation is officially ready at about 3pm. However, if we know someone is arriving early, we try and get your accommodation ready for around 1pm. This obviously depends on what time the previous guests are leaving and the cleaning company. 

If you are arriving on the overnight Eurostar : then we recommend you have breakfast in Bourg St Maurice.  There is a bar opposite the train station that opens from 6.30am.  We can arrange for a taxi pick you up at 8.30am ish and take you to the Tourist Office to get changed for skiing.  You can leave your bags in the Tourist Office for 2 euros a bag.  We will meet you at the Tourist Office with your ski passes and point you in the direction of the ski hire shops.

 

INSURANCE

Guests must be insured.  We can’t be responsible for personal injury, loss, or damage to property in the chalet or on the mountain.   Compare providers on this site http://www.ski-insurance.co.uk.  Not the cheapest but we have found them very helpful http://www.dogtag.co.uk/ : freephone number :  0800 0364824 (mondial assistance insurance) – about £100 for a family of 4.  We wish we could control the weather, but we can’t.  Any advice we offer is given and should be accepted in good faith. 

Carre Neige (about 2.80 euros a day) :  this is a good top up, highly recommended for ease of re-imbursement for ski passes, ski hire, lessons and gets you off the mountain without any need for any further paperwork – just let me know if you want this and I can add it to your ski pass order.  This is particularly good if you are going to go off-piste.  www.carreneige.com 

For any further advice on booking your travel please call us