About Transfers to Alpe d'Huez
There are several ways to get to Alpe d'Huez from the airports, or the train and bus stations in Grenoble. The most popular way is to arrange a transfer - either a private taxi or minibus, or a privately operated coach.
There are many companies that offer airport transfers and you will need to book your seats in advance.
You may also want to take a look at our Getting Here Guide for more information.
Airport transfers & shuttles
In the winter season, you are most likely to fly into one of five airports - Grenoble, Geneva, Chambery, Lyon & Turin. In summer, flights only operate to Geneva, Lyon and Turin. Most transfers from these airports to Alpe d'Huez are offered on a private basis. Shared transfer options do exist but are limited to seats on a coach service from Grenoble Airport to Alpe d'Huez, as opposed to small minibus shuttles that you may have experienced in other resorts.
You should always try to book your transfers in advance as you cannot guarantee picking up one at the airport and some companies strictly forbid their drivers from doing this. You can do this easily and quickly online from the transfer companies websites.
Here are the approximate transfer times and distances to Alpe d'Huez from these airports:
|Geneva Airport||Grenoble Airport||Chambery Airport||Lyon Airport||Turin Airport|
|Time||3 hours||1.5 hours||2 hours||2 hours||3.5 hours|
|Distance & Maps||210 km||106 km||131 km||153 km||210 km|
These times are only approximate and can be affected by snow, adverse weather or lots of traffic during peak holiday times.
Below are approximate transfer costs comparisons between the various airports and resort:
Prices are approximate and for private return transfers based on an 8 person minibus.
Alternatively you can choose to take one of the public buses via Bourg d’Oisans and on to Alpe d'Huez (see more on buses below).
Private taxis & transfers
It is possible to pick up a private taxi in one of the ranks found immediately outside Grenoble airport. Prices to resort should be negotiated before setting off. Even though you agree a price beforehand, the driver is obliged to keep the meter running and may not charge more than the price shown (except for surcharges and motorway tolls etc). Take a look at our taxis page for options.
There are a number of companies that offer private transfers for groups of more than four persons from most airports in the region. If you are a large family or group with five or more people then a private transfer company who can offer a people carrier or minibus will be the cheapest and quickest option. With more space than a normal car taxi and door to door service this is certainly worth investigating before you book anything else.
Hiring a car from the airport to Alpe d'Huez can be beneficial if you can't easily find transfers for the flight times you have chosen, plus it gives you a lot more freedom whilst you're here and the chance to visit neighbouring resorts (Les Deux Alpes for example).
Using public transport can help keep the costs down on your trip to Alpe d'Huez, however it can take considerably longer and you may need to make a few different connections to get to resort.
The closest train station to Alpe d'Huez is in Grenoble. Use the SNCF Trains website to plan your connections. The public bus will then connect you to Alpe d'Huez - take a look at our Bus Services page for bus and coach timetables.
Also see: Bus Services in Alpe d'Huez
Getting to the neighbouring resort of Les 2 Alpes is relatively easy from Alpe d'Huez. You can also get connecting buses to Auris en Oisans and Vaujany from here. Find the timetables on our Buses Page.
If you're heading further afield, it's a good idea to head back to the nearest airport, which may take you a bit out of your way geographically, but you'll find more transfer options from there. Airport transfer companies and Tour Operators run regular transfers to and from the airport (especially at the weekend) and they sometimes have spare seats that you can purchase from them. Once at the airport, the idea is to co-ordinate with an onward transfer to the resort of your choice – either with the same tour operator or transfer company. As the majority of people travel on Saturday or Sunday, the weekend is your best chance of bagging an inter-resort transfer; mid-week or out of season travel is likely to be complicated and potentially expensive. You should enquire directly with the operators in resort about availability but they may not be able to confirm your place until the last minute as priority will go to their “package” clients.
Also see: Bus Services in Alpe d'Huez
Location: Alpe d'Huez