Josephine Price samples Altibus’s alpine transfer from Geneva to Val d’Isere
About: Altibus unites Alpine carriers to cater to 85 ski resorts in the French Alps from Lyon, Geneva and Chambery airports or one of the major train station hubs.
Booking: Booking online was easy and efficient. There are up to six departure times to choose from on the Saturday we arrive (up to four Mon-Thurs) Tickets cost €68 one way (£55) per person and are delivered by email.
Pick up: Altibus representatives are located at the general information desk rather than with the stands for the other ski transfer companies. Here, they check tickets – which must be printed or there’s a charge to print them at the desk – and point you outside towards the coaches. Outside, there are no signs to direct people about where to wait so crowds mill about until the driver appears 15 minutes before the scheduled departure. Bags are loaded on quickly and we set off on time.
Vehicle: The large Renault Iliade coach carried 53 passengers comfortably on the four-hour journey and an efficient heating system warms us all up after the wait in the cold. No entertainment or charging facilities are offered but the stunning views of Lake Annecy and the mountains were distracting enough.
Journey: Heavy Saturday morning traffic delays us out of the airport and it takes three hours to reach the station of Bourg St Maurice where we’re given a 10-minute break to use the facilities and stretch our legs before the final snowy ascent to the ski stations. Despite snowy storms, the journey is smooth and we arrive on time.
Pick up location: Geneva Airport
Route: Geneva Airport to Val d’Isere