Which are the nearest airports to Serre Chevalier?
Turin – Italy, 115km
Grenoble (Saint Geoirs) – France, 150km
Chambéry – France, 170km
Lyon (Saint Exupéry) – France, 195km
Geneva – Switzerland, 261km
We can organise transfers from and to airports on your behalf.
Who flies where?
Below you’ll see our own list of known flights to and from the best airports for Serre Chevalier. You can also use the above tools to see what flights operate into airports such as Turin and Grenoble; these tools are kept up to date so should provide a reliable source for flights.
Flights to Grenoble
(France, 150km, transfer 2.5hrs)
EasyJet >> Flights from Birmingham, Bristol, London Gatwick, London Luton
Monarch >> Flights from Birmingham, London Gatwick, Manchester, Leeds Bradford
Flights to Chambery
(France, 195km, transfer 3hrs)
jet2 >> Flights from East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Manchester Terminal 1, Newcastle
snowjet >> Flights from Birmingham, Bristol, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester
flybe >> Flights from Birmingham, Exeter, Southampton
Flights to Lyon
(France, 195km, transfer 3hrs)
EasyJet >> Flights from Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Stansted
Flights to Geneva
(Switzerland, 261km, transfer 3-4hrs)
Flybe >> Flights from Exeter, Jersey, Isle of Man, Southampton
EasyJet >> Flights from Birmingham, Bournemouth, Leeds, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Newcastle
BA >> Flights from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds, London City, London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Newquay
Where is the nearest train/bus station to Serre Chevalier?
Briançon is the main town at the lowest end of the Serre Chevalier valley. Trains from here journey south e.g. Gap, Marseille, and its bus station serves a network of French destinations as well as local resorts in Italy.
To get to Briançon bus/train station, you can travel with the TGV via Paris to Oulx (and then by bus to Briançon/Serre Chevalier), or via Lyon-Grenoble (and then by bus to Serre Chevalier) or via Vallence (from the south to Briançon/Serre Chevalier).
The Snow Carbon web site is fantastic for booking trains to Serre Chevalier (Briançon) and is full of up to date information. Love it!
We can organise transfers from and to Briançon, Oulx and Grenoble on your behalf. For the bus timetable from Oulx to Briançon, click here.
Is there a bus to Serre Chevalier?
Click on the following links to see the timetables for the LER35 bus which journeys between Briançon bus/train station and Grenoble bus/train station. A very convenient service which stops in all of the main sectors within Serre Chevalier including Le Monêtier les Bains.
Winter 2012/13 Use their online booking system to check timetable!
If you would like further information on public transport to Serre Chevalier, contact us anytime.
Is there a free bus service (ski bus) in Serre Chevalier?
Bus Service outside winter
A shuttle bus runs between 07:25 and 18:30 from Briançon [Serre Chevalier 1200] train station up to Le Monêtier les Bains [Serre Chevalier 1500], and between 07:51 18:56 coming back.
Winter Ski Bus Service
A shuttle bus runs between 07:25 (tbc) and 18:30 (tbc) from Briançon [Serre Chevalier 1200] train station up to Le Monêtier les Bains [Serre Chevalier 1500], and between 07:51 (tbc) and 18:56 (tbc) coming back. The bus is free for all those with a valid ski pass or Carte d’Hôte (guest card), except for travel from the train station itself.
Winter Night Bus Service
A free night bus runs in the evening during winter, from 19:30 – 23:00. Here’s the timetable link.
Each village has its own free bus (navette) which usually runs every 20 minutes or so, taking skiers and snowboarders from and to their accommodation. The Villeneuve sector has a little train too!
Directions to Serre Chevalier from Turin (Caselle) airport
- When leaving the airport you will automatically join a dual-carriageway.
- After a few minutes, take the exit for ‘Autostrade – Tangenziale’ and this will join the motorway.
- Follow signs to Fréjus and you will pass through three tolls costing around 11,-€ in total, each accepts cash or cards (look out for the correct queue to join depending on how you’re paying.) You will also drive through seven or so tunnels.
- After the third toll, look out for the ‘SS24 Monginevro/Sestriere/Claviere’ exit and take this.
- Follow signs to Monginevro (or Montgenèvre; French for Monginevro) and you will start climbing and eventually enter France and pass the Col du Montgenèvre (and Montgenèvre ski resort).
- Now follow signs to Briançon. Briançon sits at the lowest end of Serre Chevalier and has previously been referred to as Serre Chevalier 1200.
- Follow your accommodation provider’s directions to your accommodation, following signs for Grenoble if you are staying in Chantemerle, Villeneuve-La Salle-Le Bez or Le Monêtier les Bains.
Driving from the UK to Serre Chevalier
The drive is so easy from the UK. The French motorways have great service stations and lots of picturesque roadside rest points. The scenery from Grenoble to Serre Chevalier is stunning; mountains, waterfalls, glaciers. We use Norfolkline ferries and travel Dover to Dunkerque. The journey time from Dunkerque to Serre Chevalier is 9-10 hours.
Here’s a brief guide to driving out:
From the Dunkerque or Calais ferry ports, head for the following major cities in turn: Reims, Dijon, Lyon, Grenoble, then for Briançon. The drive is extremely easy all the way. We recommend ViaMichelin for accurate routes.
IMPORTANT: When driving from Grenoble to Serre Chevalier you will drive over the Col du Lautaret mountain pass at 2000m+ so snow chains are recommended (but not always essential). The pass closes if there is a big storm – if you’re worried, call the information line which has a recorded message on +33 (0)4 92 24 44 44. If you don’t speak French, text Melanie or call her on +33 (0) 6 79 46 24 84 and she will call on your behalf.
If the Col du Lautaret pass is closed, you have two options, both a similar distance:
a) best option– return to Grenoble and head in the direction of Chambéry, then for the Tunnel Fréjus approx. 35 € charge). This tunnel takes you into Italy from where you can head towards Cesana, then take the road to Montgenèvre. You will drive over the Col du Montgenèvre mountain pass which closes very seldom, and follow the road all the way to Briançon and onto your accommodation,
b) next best option – head back to Grenoble but follow signs to Gap. This can be a long trek due to winding roads but the views are spectacular. When you reach Gap follow signs for Briançon and onto your accommodation.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Briançon hospital: +33 (0)4 92 25 25 25
Mountain rescue: +33 (0)4 92 22 22 22 (please log this number in your mobile phone)
Gendarmerie: +33 (0)4 92 24 00 56
Mountain passes: +33 (0)4 92 24 44 44