Skiing near Grenoble

Ski holidays in resorts near Grenoble airport. Chalets, hotels and apartments.

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Grenoble Airport (GNB), also known as Grenoble Alpes Isère Airport, is a small airport located between Lyon and the city of Grenoble, in the south-east of France. The airport only operates in the winter months and provides quick access to ski resorts in the Southern Alps, primarily Alpe d'Huez and Les Deux Alpes. Several low-cost companies fly from the UK to Grenoble including EasyJet, British Airways and RyanAir.

In the 1930s, the airport site was used as a military aviation field. It was not until 1966, ahead of the Olympics, that the airport became operational and the first commercial flight took off the following year. During the 1970s the runway was extended, and the terminal building doubled in size to allow the airport to open up to the growing ski market. In 2018 Grenoble Airport celebrated its 50th anniversary and in 2019 welcomed more than 307,000 passengers.

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Closest ski resorts to Grenoble Airport

Best ski resorts within an hour and a half of Grenoble

Chamrousse, France
Distance: 81km

Best ski resorts within two hours of Grenoble

La Plagne, France
Distance: 153km
Chalets from £309
Hotels from £389
Apartments from £187
Les Menuires, France
Distance: 140km
Hotels from £659
Apartments from £202
Val Thorens, France
Distance: 142km
Chalets from £458
Hotels from £475
Apartments from £234

Best ski resorts within two hours and a half of Grenoble

Alpe d'Huez, France
Distance: 108km
Chalets from £565
Hotels from £651
Apartments from £207
Courchevel, France
Distance: 174km
Chalets from £500
Hotels from £689
Apartments from £313
Les Deux Alpes, France
Distance: 115km
Chalets from £520
Hotels from £469
Apartments from £212
Serre Chevalier, France
Distance: 158km
Hotels from £466
Apartments from £181

Best ski resorts within three hours of Grenoble

Brides Les Bains, France
Distance: 160km
Hotels from £584
Apartments from £342
La Rosiere, France
Distance: 200km
Chalets from £466
Hotels from £884
Apartments from £298
La Tania, France
Distance: 141km
Chalets from £612
Les Arcs, France
Distance: 200km
Chalets from £495
Hotels from £397
Apartments from £196
Val d'Isere, France
Distance: 183km
Chalets from £526
Hotels from £443
Apartments from £221

Best ski resorts within three hours and a half of Grenoble

Meribel & Mottaret, France
Distance: 170km
Chalets from £399
Hotels from £899
Apartments from £191
Valmorel, France
Distance: 160km
Chalets from £3617
Hotels from £746
Apartments from £272

Best ski resorts within four hours of Grenoble

Tignes, France
Distance: 177km
Chalets from £243
Hotels from £379
Apartments from £208

Where is Grenoble Airport?

Grenoble Airport is 45km north-west of the city of Grenoble, in the south-east of France. The airport is located in the alpine Rhone-Alpes region and is the closest airport to Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Apes. Grenoble also acts as an alternative to Lyon Airport (44km away) Chambery Airport (53km away) and Geneva Airport (114km away) for skiers travelling to resorts in the Tarentaise Valley and beyond.

Grenoble Airport terminals

There is only one terminal at Grenoble Airport. Generally, arriving at Grenoble airport can be a speedy process with passport control 100m from the plane and the luggage belts just a few metres further. But departing from Grenoble can be chaotic for skiers with the large number of flights coming in and out of the small airport at the weekend. The airport does have one of the longest runways in France, and it has a better weather record than neighbouring airports, such as Chambery. It’s rare for the airport to close due to extreme weather.

Grenoble Airport services

Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the airport. You can log in to the Wi-Fi on your computer, tablet or phone by selecting the ‘VINCI Airports Wi-Fi’ network and entering your email address when prompted. If you need to withdraw money, there is a cashpoint located in arrivals. For any issues or questions when you are at Grenoble Airport head to the Info Desk in the terminal.

Grenoble Airport shops

Shopping options are limited at Grenoble Airport. Within the terminal, you will find a Newsagent, a gift shop and a Duty-Free shop. If you are planning to purchase any souvenirs or gifts during your trip to the mountains, then make sure you visit the shops in resort for the best selection.

Bars and restaurants at Grenoble Airport

There is one main restaurant at Grenoble Airport; Le Sequoia offers drinks, beers, and a selection of international hot and cold meals. For food on the go or to take on the plane, there are snack bars in the airport hall, departure lounge and arrivals, selling sandwiches, salads, sweets, pastries and drinks.

Grenoble Airport lounges

There are no airport lounges at Grenoble Airport.

Transport at Grenoble Airport

Most of our ski holiday packages include transfers from Grenoble Airport already, but if yours doesn’t, a few companies offer transfers independently. Always prebook your transfer from Grenoble Airport and check with the operator where you need to meet them.

Taxis are available at Grenoble airport by calling +33 6 40 66 50 27. If you need transport from the airport to resort make sure you prebook a taxi or transfer coach before travelling as this will be cheaper.

Several major car rental brands operate from Grenoble Airport, including Hertz, Sixt, Enterprise and Avis. You can prebook car hire and pick up the car from the offices in the car park. There is a petrol station 3 minutes from the airport at the Super U hypermarket.

The nearest train station is Grenoble city centre railway station, 22 miles away from the airport. Tou can take a Transisère bus from the airport to the city train station.

There are several bus services that serve Grenoble Airport:

  • Actibus operates airport shuttles between Grenoble city centre and the airport.
  • Benbus offers regular shuttles to nearby ski resorts at the weekend.
  • Transisère operates bus services throughout the region.

Grenoble Airport FAQ:

Grenoble airport (also known as Alpes–Isère Airport, Aéroport Alpes–Isère or it’s airport code GNB) is one the main airports for incoming winter snow sports tourists. It’s located in the Isere region of France and you’ll be able to get to most of the major resorts within a 3hr-3hr 30min drive.

There are hundreds of ski resorts within three hours of Grenoble Airport. The closer airports are Les Deux Alpes (approx. 100km) and Alpe d’Huez (approx. 100km). Top resorts within three hours from Grenoble airport are Courchevel (approx. 180km), Meribel (approx. 175km), Val Thorens (approx. 195km), Les Arcs (approx. 200km), La Plagne (approx. 190km), Val d’Isere (approx. 220km) and Tignes (approx. 215km).

Direct flights to Innsbruck are available from most major UK airports. Airlines such as TUI, Titan and British Airways are just some of the options our available with ski packages to this airport.

Direct flights to Grenoble are available with selected ski packages from London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Manchester.

The best way to get from Grenoble Airport to La Plagne is to book a ski package that includes transfers to resort. La Plagne lies approximately 190km (a 2hr 30min drive) in average weather and traffic conditions. Alternatively, there are many bus companies that provide transfers from Grenoble Airport to La Plagne as there is no direct train.

Most of our ski packages to Les Deux Alpes will include transfers from Grenoble Airport. Les Deux Alpes is a great option if you prefer a short transfer, lying about 100km from Grenoble airport. On a good journey you can be there in as little as 90mins! Alternatively, there are many bus companies that provide transfers from Grenoble Airport to Les Deux Alpes as there is no direct train.

The easiest way to get to Meribel is to book a ski package with transfers included. Meribel is a fantastic base for exploring the 3 Valleys and you’ll be there in about 2hrs and 15mins from Grenoble airport. Alternatively, there are many bus companies that provide transfers from Grenoble Airport to Meribel as there is no direct train.

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Skiing near Grenoble Airport

Resort Country Distance (km) Est. time (hr) Chalets Hotels Apartments
La Plagne France 153 2 £309 £389 £187
Les Menuires France 140 2 £659 £202
Val Thorens France 142 2 £458 £475 £234
Les Deux Alpes France 115 2.15 £520 £469 £212
Serre Chevalier France 158 2.15 £466 £181
Courchevel France 174 2.25 £500 £689 £313
Alpe d'Huez France 108 2.3 £565 £651 £207
Brides Les Bains France 160 3 £584 £342
La Rosiere France 200 3 £466 £884 £298
La Tania France 141 3 £612
Les Arcs France 200 3 £495 £397 £196
Val d'Isere France 183 3 £526 £443 £221
Valmorel France 160 3.15 £3617 £746 £272
Meribel & Mottaret France 170 3.3 £399 £899 £191
Tignes France 177 4 £243 £379 £208

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