How quality city transport will make your holiday more enjoyable.
Acclaimed as one of the finest skiing resorts in the world, Val d’Isere is also one of the most glamorous, where the rich and famous rub shoulders with holidaymakers from all around the world. While there is no shortage of celebrities shuffling down its slopes, this beautiful Alpine French resort also offers excellent cheap holidays for those who want to sample its challenging, steep slopes and the ski runs of its nearby neighbours, too.
Winter is obviously the most popular time to visit Val d’Isere but the height of its Alpine peaks means late spring/early summer is also a good time to visit for skiing, exploring the stunning scenery by walking the trails, or even paragliding from some of the lofty peaks.
Of course, perhaps the most appealing part of a skiing holiday is the après ski when travellers can relax after a hard day on the slopes. Val d’Isere is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, the town and its environs packed with bars, clubs and restaurants.
Accommodation ranges from hotels and B&Bs to villas, chalets and apartments, making Val d’Isere an ideal destination regardless of your budget.
No matter which time of year you visit, booking quality city transport can make your cheap holiday in Val d’Isere more enjoyable and provide you with greater freedom to explore the town and the neighbouring resort of Tignes. Even in winter, the local authorities work hard to keep the roads clear of snow, so getting around by car is not only possible but, also desirable as there’s so much to see and do here.
The authorities in Val d’Isere are aiming to make the resort as traffic free as possible and so there is an excellent free bus service that shuttles skiers, snowboarders and holidaymakers around town and to and from the slopes. But getting to the resort may require you to organise your own transport. Val d’Isere is situated in south eastern France, close to the Italian border, and many UK visitors use budget airlines to fly into Turin or Geneva. From both of those airports, it’s around a three-hour drive to the resort.
Obviously if you’re booking a package deal from travel companies like HolidayHypermarket, you’re likely to have your transfer from the airport included in the overall price. However, savvy travellers organising their own cheap holidays might find it simpler and more cost-effective to arrange either car rental or a taxi service for their trip.
And once at the slopes, even the most experienced skiers may find themselves slightly agog at the scale of what’s before them. There are 96 ski lifts covering the 10 miles from Val d’Isere to Tignes, shuttling almost 150,000 skiers every hour up the mountainsides. The lifts are virtually sheer as most of the slopes around the resort are extremely steep and high, so while the journey up may take a little while, there’s an exhilaratingly short ski back down that will take you right into the centre of the town and all the fun of the après ski.
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