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Tignes is deep in the Tarentaise valley of the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France

Where is Tignes Ski Resort?

The Tignes ski resort is only 6 km (as the crow flies) across the valley from the Italian border and next door to Val d’Isere. The closest major town is Bourg St. Maurice (30km away from the upper villages), which also acts as a major transport hub for the region.

The ski resort has four major villages separated by 10km by road in winter. The lowest village is Les Brevieres, then (in ascending order) Les Boisses, Le Lac/Lavachet & finally Val Claret. Tignes highest two villages are above 2000m elevation.

Flights to Tignes

Chambéry (144km) is the nearest airport to Tignes (about 2.5hr by road), followed by Geneva (187km / 3.5hr) and Lyon Saint-Exupéry (221km / 3.5hr).

Whilst Chambery is closest, it has a relatively limited schedule restricted to weekends & only European or UK flight origins. For international travellers, Geneva & Lyon have wide range of worldwide flight origins as well as excellent train, bus & shuttle links to Bourg St Maurice and Tignes.

To search and book the best airfares to Geneva, Lyon, Chambery or other airports, use our recommended flight search engine.

Airport & Hotel Transfers

The Powderhounds usually recommend taking the train & bus to ski resorts like Tignes, mainly in order to POW (Protect Our Winters). However, if in a group of three or more people or you simply cannot abide public transport, take a private transfer direct to your hotel in tignes from the airport. Search & book private transfers here.

Train & Bus Travel to Tignes

Bourg St Maurice is a key transport hub for all Tarentaise ski resorts including Tignes. The Bourg St. Maurice train station is 30km from Tignes & is on the schedule of numerous train lines including TGV, Eurostar & regional trains. Train travel is possible directly from the Geneva & Lyon St Exupery airports (with various connections), as well as London & Paris via fast train.

Search & book train tickets to Bourg St Maurice here.

Bus services run regularly from the Bourg St. Maurice station to Tignes all the way up to Val Claret, taking about 1hr. Buy bus tickets at Bourg St Maurice railway station. Or you can take a local taxi for a substantially higher fee.

Driving to Tignes

Driving to Tignes by car can be cheaper if you can share the journey with some mates. Bear in mind that the normal journey times across France may take much longer if you chose to travel on a busy Saturday or encounter heavy snowfalls. Once at Tignes you won’t need to use your car, unless travelling to another Tarentaise valley ski resort for the day.

If travelling from Italy, the best approach is via Turin, then west through the Val Frejus Tunnel & up the Maurienne Valley. From Switzerland cross into France at near Geneva, or via Martigny & through Chamonix. If hiring or renting a car, all the major towns and airports have a range of options. Search for all car rental listings & book online using our recommended search engine here.

Getting Around Tignes

Tignes has a regular & reliable bus service linking all the villages in the resort. The bus if free for skiers& snowboarders& runs from morning to night every day of the season, with reduced frequency in the evenings and in inter-season. All villages in Tignes are lift & piste linked to each other, as is Val d'Isere.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Aside from the interconnected Val d’Isere, a festival of wonderful French Tarentaise valley ski areas, from mega resorts to 'secret stashes', are within an hour drive of Tignes. They include: the world's largest fully interlinked resort the 3 Valleys (Courchevel, Meribel & Val Thorens); huge Paradiski (Les Arcs & La Plagne); plus the smaller La Rosiere (linked to Italy's La Thuile) and excellent Sainte Foy.