Travelling by coach to the Alps has become more limited in recent years, following changes in the market post-COVID and after Britain’s departure from the European Union. However, several options remain to provide lost-cost, environmentally friendly travel to the heart of the mountains.

Most coach services to the Alps deapart in the afternoon or evening from Victoria Coach Station, London. National Express provide connections from all over the UK to Victoria, with plenty of space on board for luggage – including skis. After crossing the English Channel, some providers – particularly commercial coach lines – will require a change in Paris, whilst others will whisk you away overnight through the heart of Europe to your destination by morning.

For coach travel into Europe and direct to ski resorts, there are a number of companies offering competitive rates.

Snow Express run coaches to over 40 resorts across the French Alps. Departing from London Victoria and Dover each Friday with a Saturday departure on the return leg from resort.

A relatively new entrant to the UK coach operator market, Flixbus took over Eurolines in 2019, operating its European-wide network of coaches alongside a domestic UK network from 2020. An extensive list of alpine destinations is served, often requiring a change in Paris.

Snowbreaks & Snowcoach offer packages to Valloire and St Gervais, with the option to travel by coach rather than flying.


When driving to the Alps, try to remember the following points:

  • Going by coach offers and environmentally friendly alternative to flying
  • Most departures leave from London’s Victoria Coach station, via Paris
  • Package options are available as well – check out Snowcoach for more.
  • Most bus companies have loads of space for luggage, including skis!

Ross Woodhall

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