Flying to Resort
In just a few hours you can fly to a freshly groomed piste somewhere in Europe or beyond. Here's what do you need to know about flying to resort.
Flying is the fastest and most popular way to travel to the mountains, giving you quick access to hundreds of resorts. But with flying comes restrictions, especially for skiers and snowboarders. So it’s worth doing your research before buckling up and taking to the skies.
Top Flying Tips
- Book as far in advance as possible to get the best offers
- Sign up to airline newsletters for early-bird and other special deals
- Check baggage restrictions with your airline before booking
- Pre-book your baggage to get cheaper baggage rates in particular ski and snowboard carriage
- Mark your baggage with a luggage tag and ribbon or string to identify it easily on the carousel
- If you are driving to the airport it is always cheaper to pre-book your airport parking
- If you're tight on luggage allowance, wear your ski jacket, and cram what you can into you're hand luggage
Booked by tour operators for people on package holidays, such as those offered by Crystal or Inghams, these often leave early in the morning but because they are booked as part of a package can offer value for money. You can often buy seats on a charter flight direct through a tour operator, so it is worth checking their websites if you are looking for a flight.
Just Flights are a company who specialise in selling individual seats on charter flights.
Scheduled flights include flights operated by the likes of SWISS, BA, EasyJet, Monarch BMIbaby, Flybe and Ryanair. You can often get great priced flights on their ski routes, especially if you book early or can fly at off peak times. Scheduled airlines are not bonded, so if the airline goes bust, you could be stranded on your journey and/or left out of pocket. It is advisable to book on a credit card – then at least you will get your money back if the airline goes bust.
Ski carriage can result in extra costs if you're flying to the mountains, so it's a good idea to check out ski and baggage carriage before you go. You can use our ski carriage guide to check this, but it's a good idea to check the airline website too in case this changes.
Resorts Close to Airports
Here are some examples of resorts near airports. These are located between one and two hours from the terminals.
Our Ski Club member discounts section lets you see how much you could save on travelling to your ski resort.