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 findtransfers.com 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!

Should you fly to Chambéry or Geneva on a ski trip?

The short answer is: Geneva.

The long answer is: You should almost always fly to Geneva.

The main problem with flying to Chambéry is that the runway runs North to South in a very deep valley and is at the end of a lake (the lac du bourget). As you may know, valleys can “trap” cloud. If you have ever skied on a nice sunny day and taken a look down at the “sea of clouds” in the valley below you will know what I mean. As you may also know, areas around lakes can get misty, the so called “smoke on the water” effect. So if you combine the steep mountains, low cloud and mist, you will understand why the runway is often shut at Chambéry airport in the winter (the real reason will need to be explained by a pilot as it has something to do with a visual approach and lack of equipment at Chambéry).

The second biggest problem with Chambéry is that it is tiny. There are 2 luggage carousels and what often seems like only 2 people to put luggage on them. Therefore, if 2 aircraft arrive within a short space of time then you could end up waiting an age for your luggage (this happens all day on Saturdays).

Another issue is that if you are heading towards the majority of big ski resorts from Chambéry (Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy…) then the road from Chambéry to Albertville can be a nightmare on Saturdays, with huge delays caused by traffic jams.

It is not all bad. If you fly to Chambéry on any other day than a Saturday and the weather is fine and your flight is on time, then you will be on the slopes in record time. However, if you are planning to fly on a Saturday, or you play by the law of averages, then you are best off flying to Geneva as the often advertised 45 minute reduction in journey time is unlikely to happen.

You can compare prices for transfers from Geneva airport and prices for transfers from Chambéry airport to the alps by asking for quotes from local companies on FindTransfers.com

Let us know if you have had any good or bad experiences flying in to Chambéry and heading to the slopes!

 

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Reviews of airport transfer companies and taxis

As part of the new FindTransfers system that was launched in September 2014, you can now read reviews of taxis and airport transfer companies written by FindTransfers users on FindTransfers.com.

When you book a taxi or transfer company to take you to or from the airport, it is really important that you have full confidence in them. You want to know that they will be there on time, in a nice vehicle, with a responsible and friendly driver, and that they will drive you in comfort and safety to your destination.

All of the reviews of taxi companies on FindTransfers will be written by customers of the taxi company. To review a taxi or airport transfer company you must receive an invite, either from the taxi company, or from FindTransfers. If you would like to review a company on FindTransfers, please email us at hello@findtransfers.com.

Reviewers are asked to rate the taxi or airport transfer company on five criteria:

  • Overall impression
  • Driver
  • Vehicle
  • On-time
  • Value

In addition, reviewers can also write a short review of their experience with the local company.

As part of the taxi review process, it is possible for any taxi or airport transfer company listed on FindTransfers to post a response to a review, so that users of the FindTransfers website will see how well companies react to praise or problems.

The FindTransfers team are very excited about this new feature and hope that it will help people book with great local companies, and give the many excellent companies out there the recognition that they deserve.

You will find a list of all the companies that currently have reviews listed on FindTransfers at www.findtransfers.com/taxi-reviews/