How long in advance should you book ski transfers?

If you think that you can relax after booking your flights and accommodation for your upcoming ski trip, think again. How are you going to get from the airport to your hotel, chalet or apartment?

As we have discussed in another article, ski transfers are not very straight forward because you can’t build airports near ski resorts!

So to answer your question of how far in advance you should book ski transfers, our advice is to do it as soon as possible. This is especially true if you are travelling on a Saturday, and is even more important if you are travelling on a Saturday in school holidays. It is more important still if you want to book your ski transfers with a reliable and reputable local company!

I am writing this article in the middle of October and we have already had some disappointed FindTransfers users who left it too late to book their ski transfers with their preferred company. For the Christmas and New Year holidays it is not unheard of for companies to be fully booked in September. The February half term Saturdays are also very popular and some companies will be booked up well before Christmas.

Organising a ski holiday can be stressful enough so you don’t want to be panicking about your transfers at the last minute. As soon as you have booked your flights and accommodation then put a request through FindTransfers and you can take your pick of companies.

Having said all of that, if you are leaving it late to book your ski transfers we will definitely be able to find you something. There is even a chance that at the last minute we could find you a bargain with a company who would otherwise have an empty vehicle.

The best place to start looking for your ski transfers, whether you are booking a year in advance or at the last minute, is at

Have a great ski trip!

Cheap transfers for friends and family of season workers

If you are working a ski or summer season then it could well be the first time you have spent an extended period away from your friends and family.

But don’t worry, all of your mates and your close family will be queuing up to visit you during the season because you are living in an absolutely amazing place. If they are lucky, you might even have a sofa or a bit of floor space in your accommodation where they can crash making it a bargain break for them.

The only problem is that you probably do not have your own car in resort, and even if you did, you won’t have the time to go and pick up people from the airport. To make things worse, your mates are probably trying to save a few quid, so they booked the cheapest flights which land at the airport in the evening, making it impossible to get to resort by public transport! (Except in Switzerland…)

So how do you find cheap transfers for your friends and family?

First of all, have a look at our shared and last minute transfers page to see if there are any matching transfers already advertised by local companies. If you find any, you can contact the company to make a booking. It might be that transfers are advertised to nearby resorts – in this case it is still worth contacting the local company as they might make a little detour for you.

If there are no shared or last minute transfers already advertised, then don’t panic. Just enter your transfer details at and local taxi and airport transfer companies will make you an offer if they have a vehicle going in the same general direction.

We hope that you have a great season and that all of your visitors have a great time!

Car hire vs Private Airport Transfers

When going on holiday it is getting easier to book our flights but then comes the problem – How are we going to get to our destination? Public transport is usually an option but it is not always convenient because of strict schedules and fixed drop off points. So usually it comes down to the decision between hiring a car and booking a transfer. Let’s see what the pros and cons are.

Car Hire

The definite advantage of hiring a car is the flexibility it gives you. You can pick your own route and stop as many times as you like on the way. Also you have a car available for the entire duration of your stay so you can explore the area and pop to the supermarket for essentials.

What you need to remember is that there can be extra costs on top of the price that you see on the car hire company’s website. To start with you will need a big enough car. If you are taking any sports equipment, like skis, golf clubs, etc then you can’t go for the smallest economy option. Also if you need child seats, snow chains or other extras then the hire company will charge extra for these. You might also need to take out extra insurance for the car.

On top of your car hire costs you also need to remember to add on fuel costs, motorway charges, parking fees, etc.

Before hiring a car, you should ask yourself how you like driving around airports. If you need to drop your car off at a major international airport then finding the car rental returns area is not always easy and can lead to panic if you don’t leave yourself enough time.

The other problem is of course that someone has to be the designated driver, for more than one driver you also need to pay extra. So you need someone who is confident enough to drive in a different country and who doesn’t mind missing out on the scenery and a glass of vino at lunch.

Private Transfers

Let us start with the advantages here as well. By booking a private transfer you know the exact cost and you can pay before you get there so it is one less thing to worry about. When you arrive at the airport your driver will be already waiting for you and you can set off on your journey straight away without queuing at the car hire desk and trekking to your rental car with all of your luggage.

Once in the car you can just sit back and relax until you arrive to your destination and you can forget about transfers for the entire duration of your stay. Your transfer company will advise you about the best pick up time for your flights. Their experience means that you don’t have to worry about timings. Most transfer companies have child seats for all ages and usually they don’t charge any extra.

Probably the main advantage of booking a private transfer is the experience of your driver. They have spent many years driving around the area so they know the roads really well and they also know how to deal with different conditions. Starting your holiday with driving in a snow storm and then trying to put snow chains on for the first time is less than ideal. Your driver might also know the best shortcuts to beat the worst of the holiday traffic and make sure you get to the airport on time.

The disadvantage of a transfer is of course the lack of flexibility. Your driver will be on a schedule and it can’t be guaranteed that there is time to stop for a supermarket shop on the way. You also don’t have the flexibility during your stay to hop in the car and go somewhere different. Private transfers also might work out more expensive if you are only going for a few days.

Unless you want to travel around during your holiday it is always worth comparing car hire prices with private transfer prices.

Getting quotes directly from local companies guarantees that you find the best prices and service. Fill in the form on our site and it will get sent to local firms who can then get back to you with their offer.