La Plagne is located in the Tarentaise Valley in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, and together with Les Arcs is part of Paradiski, one of the largest ski areas in Europe. The most convenient airport for La Plagne is Geneva as it offers the greatest choice of airlines, frequent flight times and the most competitive prices. To reach the Paradiski's world-famous pistes from Geneva airport quickly and comfortably, your best bet is to book an airport transfer.
We’ve got the inside track on what to know and watch out for when booking a transfer from Geneva airport to La Plagne, so read on for our complete guide.
How to get from Geneva airport to La Plagne
Geneva airport is 200km from the centre of La Plagne. To get here, we recommend you book an airport transfer.
How do you get from Geneva airport to La Plagne?
The easiest and most convenient way to get to La Plagne is to book an airport transfer. The Geneva to La Plagne transfer time is around 2h30 but will be longer on snowy days and in peak weeks, such as Christmas, New Year, school holidays and Easter.
Another option if you can't easily find transfers for the flight times you have chosen is to hire a car from Geneva airport, which also gives you the freedom to move around and visit neighbouring resorts. Nevertheless, driving on the snow means that you have safety and potential damage to consider, while snow tyres should be added to the final cost on the hire options. From 1st November 2021 several French départements, including Savoie, require cars to be equipped with winter tyres or have snow chains in the boot during the winter season (November - March).
Closest airport to La Plagne
Even if Geneva is the most convenient airport when travelling to La Plagne, it’s not the nearest one. There are other airports that offer shorter transfer times, however, they also present a few drawbacks.
What's the nearest airport to La Plagne?
The closest airport to La Plagne is Chambery, a little under 120km from the centre of resort. While it’s faster to get to La Plagne from Chambery (around 1h30), flights are generally more expensive and rarer, as they are usually tour operator charters.
These are the average transfer times and distances from the main airports and train stations to La Plagne. The values are approximate and can be affected by snow, bad weather or peak holiday times:
|Airport to La Plagne Transfer Times & Distances|
|Geneva to La Plagne||2h30||200km|
|Grenoble to La Plagne||2h30||180km|
|Lyon to La Plagne||2h30||195km|
|Chambery to La Plagne||1h45||118km|
|Aime train station to La Plagne||30mins||19km|
Transfer prices in La Plagne
La Plagne ski transfer prices will vary depending on whether you're booking a private or a shared transfer, as well as on dates (with off-peak weeks generally offering cheaper transfers), times (it may be cheaper to travel in the middle of the day as transfer companies will be able to group more people together), availability, vehicle and/or group size, etc.
How much do La Plagne airport transfers cost?
The average price of a one-way shared transfer from Geneva to La Plagne starts at around €60, going up to €400 for a private transfer. From other airports, most La Plagne ski transfers are on a private basis, with a one-way starting at around €250. If you’re after something a bit fancier and most definitely faster, the sky can literally be the limit with a private helicopter transfer taking off from €3,000.
Average airport transfer prices to La Plagne:
|Airport to La Plagne Transfer Prices|
|Geneva to La Plagne||From €60 (shared)|
|Grenoble to La Plagne||From €250 (private)|
|Lyon to La Plagne||From €250 (private)|
|Chambery to La Plagne||From €250 (private)|
Shared vs private transfers
When booking your airport transfer you’ll find that there are two main La Plagne transfer options: shared or private. These depend on whether you book the whole vehicle for yourself and your group or you share it with other people.
What's a shared transfer?
A shared transfer is when companies group passengers arriving at a similar time in the same vehicle, sharing costs among them. They are cheaper than private transfers, the trade-off is that they usually involve longer waiting and travel times. This is because they won't leave the airport until everyone’s plane lands, even if waiting times are usually under an hour. There will also be several stops on the way to drop people off, increasing the journey’s length.
What's a private transfer?
A private transfer is when the vehicle is reserved for your party only. Generally more convenient than shared transfers, they’re also more expensive. They’re the best option for groups and a good alternative when you can’t find a shared transfer around your flight time. Private transfers will leave the airport as soon as you arrive and go straight to your accommodation, making the waiting and journey times shorter. Those who prefer to travel in style will be able to book the latest luxury eco-friendly cars or even fly high in a helicopter.
Public bus transfers to La Plagne
Using public transport can help keep the costs down on your trip to La Plagne. However, it can take considerably longer than a shared or private transfer as buses usually stop several times along the way and you may need to make a connection in Aime (not to be confused with Aime 2000, the highest of the La Plagne villages), which is the nearest transport hub in the area.
How do you get from the airport to La Plagne using public transport?
Public bus transfers run from the airports to La Plagne in the winter season, especially during weekends. They usually stop at Aime, the closest train station and where Eurostar ski trains from London St Pancras stop, before heading up to resort.
Public transport lines travel between Aime and La Plagne several times per day in summer and winter, stopping at all of the La Plagne villages along the way. The Aime to Plagne Centre bus transfer time is around 50 minutes. You can find the latest bus timetables on our Bus Services in La Plagne page.