Airports near La Plagne:
Chambery is just 1.5 hours away from La Plagne if travelling mid-week. At weekends it suffers the same traffic problems as the other airports. Facilities are limited and can get very crowded but that is true of all the airports near the ski resorts.
Grenoble airport is 2 to 2.5 hours from La Plagne. Further than Chambery.
Geneva airport is 2.5 to 3 hours from La Plagne. It has the best all round facilities and choice of flights. The charter flight terminals can get very crowded.
Lyon airport is 2.5 to 3 hours from La Plagne. The charter section of this airport is probably the most notorious in the French Alps and often referred to as the cattle shed. If using Lyon for a charter flight, once you have checked in walk across to the main terminal: there are a lot more facilities available.
Lyon St Etienne airport is the wrong side of Lyon for La Plagne.
Airlines and flights:
For flights to Chambery from Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester or Bristol we recommend Snowjet and Titan Airways.
There are many airlines flying into other airports, when using their websites do not forget that often huge supplements are added to advertised prices. The no frills airlines (so called low cost) seem to charge for everything they can. Try Easyjet, Bmibaby, Flybe and RyanAir (beware airport tax and other charges) – in each case beware insurance being added: you need to opt out. BA is one of the easier sites to use and is less prone to strange add ons and supplements than the no frills airlines.
Few people are aware of the fact that scheduled and no frills airlines offer no financial protection in the unlikely event that they stop trading, book with an ATOL protected ski tour operator to protect your money. Booking with a ski tour operator offering packaged ski holidays (best of all is the 100% financial protection offered by AITO members) also means that if an airline goes bust the ski operator is responsible for replacing the flight.
For flights try
Easyjet beware the insurance charge that you will need to opt out of
Flybmi again beware any insurance charges
Flybe beware insurance charges
Ryanair charge for just about anything they can get away with and still add airport taxes
BCP is recommended for airport parking: it has secure car parks at most major UK airports and can offer other services such as pick up and drop off as well.
Holiday Autos offers car hire in most of the main airports in the Alps.
Ski Transfers to La Plagne:
Information on ski transfers and taxis coming soon.
However you travel for your ski holiday in la Plagne insurance is vital, we recommend Fogg Travel Insurance.
European Health Insurance Card – FREE:
When travelling in Europe it is also suggested that you take an EHIC, full information can be found on the Department of Health website.