Cost effective and convenient transfers for Stages 17 & 18 – book early to avoid disappointment!

While we’re still happily sliding down snowy mountains in Serre Chevalier, without too much of a thought for summer, it seems many other cycling enthusiasts are organising their trip to the Hautes-Alpes for the Tour de France and L’Etape du Tour.

This year will be the 104th event for this infamously gruelling bike race and the 27th “Etape” – the chance for mere mortals to ride the mountain stages of the Tour de France, under the same race conditions as the professionals.

The Tour runs from 1st to 23rd July 2017 and the route, covering all five of France’s mountain ranges, will pass through Serre Chevalier at the end of Stage 17 (starting in La Mure on the 19th July). After four challenging peaks and a superb descent from the Col du Galibier, Stage 18 then leaves Briançon on the 20th July to climb the Col de Vars and the Izoard (with an incredible 10km approach of 9% gradient!).

L’Etape du Tour takes place at Stage 18 the week before, on 16th July, “in the heart of the most majestic and enigmatic sporting setting ever” and draws as much of a crowd as the Tour itself.

Tour de France front runners, Stage 18 (2011)

Tour de France, Stage 18 (2011) – thanks to CatLikeFelix for another great photo.

Stages 17 & 18 are over 360km in total; it’s one of the most scenic and gruelling parts of the Tour de France race and the area offers many great biking routes and downhill trails for amateurs and enthusiasts too, hence why many fans wish to secure their travel plans early.

There are over 30K visitors expected in Briançon for the Etape alone between 14th and 16th July, plus 15K riders.

Luckily, The Alpine Transfer Company can offer easy, cost-effective and comfortable transport from local airports and train stations.

Transfers to Briançon and Serre Chevalier are available – booked in advance – from Turin, Milan, Grenoble, Lyon, Marseille, Chambéry and Geneva, or from Oulx train station (just a short drive from the France / Italy border, and on the train route from Paris).

You’ll find plenty of amazing places to stay and to eat, culture and history as well as summer leisure activities in Briançon and Serre Chevalier, making it an excellent holiday choice for all the family. Many hotels offer Summer Packages that include access to their spa, help with organising your choice of sport and activities for children.

We’ve already been inundated with booking enquiries for summer transfers from Turin, Grenoble and surrounding airports, so if your group is smaller than 8 passengers we may be able to offer you a Flexi-Share transfer at fantastic rates.

The Alpine Transfer Company will be available for airport transfers 24-7, 7 days a week, during the Etape and the Tour de France, and can also provide local transport for visitors and participants, subject to availability.

Enquire regarding airport transfers using the booking form (on every page of our website) or call Emma and Jules on +33 (0)6 85 68 71 31 to discuss your requirements.

Last minute transfers may also be available on our separate booking line: +33 (0)613 11 43 26.

Find out more about Stages 17 & 18 of the Tour de France and the Etape:
La Mure / Serre-Chevalier
Briançon / Izoard
L’Etape du Tour route