For most people, the easiest way to reach La Clusaz is to fly to Geneva airport, where we will pick you up for the one-hour transfer to the hotel.
Flights to Geneva
Geneva is a very well served airport, with direct flights to over 100 destinations. The majority of major European cities have direct flights to Geneva, many of them low cost. The UK is particularly well connected, with at least 20 flights a day from all over the country.
We are very fortunate that Geneva is one of easyJet’s major hubs. In June, there are as many as seven easyJet flights a day from Gatwick, two from Luton, one or two from Manchester and Edinburgh, one from Bristol and one from Liverpool. So long as you book well in advance, you can purchase round-trip tickets for less than €75.
British Airways and Swiss also fly to Geneva from the UK, especially (but not only) from Heathrow (13 or 14 flights a day) and City airports (5 flights). Check them out: we have sometimes been pleasantly surprised and found them less expensive than easyJet!
Flying with your bike
easyJet accepts bicycles as hold luggage, classified as “Large Sports Equipment”. The fee is currently £35 or €45 each way, and the weight allowance is 23 kg. It is possible, however, to “pool” your allowance with other passengers. See easyJet’s website for more details.
British Airways will let you take your bike for free so long as your total luggage weighs no more than 23 kg. Otherwise, the fee is €50 (at the airport, €43 online in advance). See the BA website for more details.
Swiss will let you take your bike for free so long as your total luggage weighs no more than 23 kg. Otherwise, the fee is €50. See the Swiss website for more details.
Coming by car
Taking the car may be a good option to consider if you are coming in a group and wish to bring your bicycles. You should count on approximately 8 hours (plus stops) driving time to cover the 861 km from Calais, by the A26, then the A5 and the A31. This route comes fairly straight down the eastern side of France, completely missing the Paris region.
The speed limit on the French motorways is 130 km/hr (roughly 80 mph). You will also have to pay the tolls, which are approximately €80 each way.