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Holidays & Travel: Travelling to the Alps

Chris Madoc-Jones
Chris Madoc-Jones
Chris loves skiing and combines this with a passion for helping you to get the most out of your holiday.
Question:
Have you got any secret tips for flying to the Alps? Geneva, Zurich and Innsbruck airports can be pretty expensive at weekends and during the school holidays.
Answer:

Indeed, those three airports can be considerably more expensive to fly to than others. If possible try and avoid flying on Saturdays – maybe even consider flying Friday to Friday if arranging your own trip. Taking a flight late on a Friday night means you don’t need to take an extra day off and booking a cheap hotel overnight may prove less expensive than flying on the Saturday. You then also get the benefit of a full day’s skiing on the Saturday on the uncrowded changeover day slopes.

Consider looking at alternative airports too. These will almost certainly prove cheaper, although the transfer time may be slightly longer than from the other airports. One notable exception is Basel airport, situated on the Swiss/German/French border. From here a quick bus ride takes you straight to the main station which is right in the heart of the Swiss rail network. In fact the trains to the Jungfrau Region and resorts such as Adelboden are actually quicker than from Zurich or Geneva.

For Austria I would really look at flying to Munich. Yes the transfer time will rise in comparison to from Innsbruck, but resorts such as Kitzbuhel are still under two hour’s drive away. The number of flights to Munich in comparison to Innsbruck is huge so you have lots more choice of both flight times and airlines.  

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