PRIVATE TRAVEL FROM THE UK TO EUROPEAN SKI RESORTS
HIRE ONE OF OUR SELF DRIVE
9-SEAT VANS (Minibus) OR CHARTER A LUXURY TOUR/SLEEPER BUS (coach) FOR UP TO 16
ESCAPE THE CHAOS OF AIRPORTS, strikes, AIRLINE
CANCELLATIONS AND POTENTIAL COVID INTERUPTIONS, AND MAKE YOUR
OWN WAY TO YOUR CHOSEN SKI DESTINATION IN
9-SEATER Van Hire rates from £1584 to £1980 for a 10-night rental.
Rates inclusive of winter tyres, snow
chains, Euro insurance and breakdown cover. Standard
vans or luxury vans (with leather seating and onboard
entertainment) available. Vehicle collection from our main Oxford depot or from our Heathrow or East London satellite depots or delivered/collected to/from your home at extra cost (please enquire for further details). The vans are provided on a self-drive basis.
Benefits of self-drive 9-seat van to the Alps.
- Escape the chaos of airports and resort transfers, take control of your own itinerary.
Benefit from up to 8 days' skiing with our 10-night van rental rates.
Lots of space for luggage and all your kit, you can even take your own food if you wish.
Use of van whilst in resort - visit nearby resorts with lift pass sharing arrangements.
Enjoy a leisurely drive through Europe with overnight stops either way to break up the journey and add enjoyment to your holiday.
It doesn't need to be a race to your final destination. Share the driving between two or three passengers with our inclusive insurance rates.
Fill the van with goodies from the hypermarket on your return.
Benefits of 12-to-16-person tour/sleeper buses
- A unique experience and a unique way to travel to the Alps.
Genuine door to door service. Once on board, sit back and relax and let us get you to your chosen destination in comfort and in style.
Experienced tour coach drivers. Your safety is our priority, and we drive in a way that allows you to get a good night's sleep whilst on board.
On-board entertainment to keep kids and adults amused.
Opportunity to ski up to 8 days with our coach hires, we can arrange an itinerary that allows you to maximise your time on the slopes.
Fair value. It's not cheap, but compared to the total cost of air travel (flights, transfers airport parking etc.) we feel our rates are not excessive especially in high season.
6 seat vw transporter
These 6 seat vans have a secure storage area behind a fixed bulkhead and come in black with automatic transmission. We can insure drivers aged over 21.
9 seat Luxury Class splitter Van in black
These splitter vans can carry up to 9 people & have the option of captains seats, 240v power, WIFI, tables, & large equipment storage areas for skis, skiing equipment and luggage. We can insure drivers aged over 21.
9 seat basic class splitter van
These 9 seat splitter vans are a more compact & basic version of the luxury class vans. All seating is forward facing. We can insure drivers aged over 21.
9 seat luxury class splitter van in white
These splitter vans can carry up to 9 people & have the option of captains seats,
240v power, WIFI, tables, & large equipment storage areas for skis, skiing equipment and luggage. We
can insure drivers aged over 21. Choice of auto or manual transmission.
Sleeper Bus accommodation units
Our sleeper buses
are perfect for transporting up to 16 passengers, with ski equipment and luggage from the UK to European destinations (with the option of
separate bedrooms for smaller parties, lounges, kitchens & toilets).
Our 9-seat vans can be driven on a standard licence and provide a comfortable and spacious means of transport to the Alps.
Our standard 10-day rental rates allow you to load the van well in advance of your departure and, with generous luggage space, you will not be struggling to squeeze your luggage and ski equipment into the vehicle as you might do with a family car. With insurance, European breakdown cover, winter tyres and snow chains all included in the price, there's simply no need to go through all the hassle of preparing your own vehicle for a journey to the Alps. As these are 9-seater vehicles, there's plenty of space for two families or a group of friends to share, and no one person need shoulder the responsibility (nor put the miles on their Audi or Mercedes) alone.
At full capacity, and at an average of around 25mpg, you will find these vans to be quite economical on the motorways of Europe and cost-effective too. In terms of carbon footprint, the vans offer good savings when compared to air travel (as self-drive/air travel comparisons published elsewhere clearly state). Further, our vans achieve around 25mpg with 8 passengers onboard. This figure equates to around 50mpg for each group of 4 people if they were, instead, to share a family car for the same trip to the Alps. As such, at full capacity the vans offer the opportunity to exploit the upper limits of carbon savings associated with choosing self-drive as an alternative to air travel.
With secure luggage storage, there's no reason not to stop in a hotel to break up your journey and add enjoyment to your holiday, and there is the opportunity to extend your 6-day ski holiday to enjoy 8 days on the slopes. Leave the UK early Friday morning, get to a hotel in Chambery or Albertville by the evening, wake up early and hit the slopes on your arrival Saturday. On your departure Saturday, load up the van, ski all day, return to the van and drive a few hours out of the Alps and stay overnight in a hotel before completing your journey the following Sunday.
In short, our vans offer all the benefits of self-drive without any of the associated complications. You can manage the journey in your own time and at your own pace, share the driving and escape the chaos and delays associated with airports and air travel.
Pricing for the Vans
Guide price for 10 days' van rental 2022/2023. Perfect for a full week in the Alps.
9-seater standard van - £1238 December and January. £1650 February and March
9-seater luxury van - £1350 December and January. £1980 February and March
Other van rental durations available, please enquire.
Sleeper CoachesA true 'door to door' travel experience, we can collect you from your home address and deliver you directly to your ski chalet or hotel.
Our sleeper coaches are designed for use in the music
and entertainment industries where expectations
are high. With on-board lounges and entertainment, as well as sleeping
berths (bunks) for up to 16 passengers, our coaches provide the ideal
alternative to the stresses associated with air travel. Yes, it takes
longer to get to the Alps. However, you can sleep
on board for a fair proportion of that time and arrive in resort ready
to collect ski passes before checking into your ski chalet or hotel in
time for an evening meal. You can, of course, take all the luggage that
you want and once it is on board you don't
have to worry about shuffling it around the airport, collecting it from
carrousels, wheeling it to the transfer bus and, most importantly, that
anything has been lost along the way. These coaches are designed for
bands on tour, with space for all the backline
a top act requires. As such, plenty of space is available for your
skis, boots, a couple of suitcases each - even bring your own duvet and
pillow if you're particularly attached to the comfort they provide.
this type of journey, we feel that our coaches
will probably average around 8mpg. That doesn't sound great, but with
16 people on board it does equate to around 32mpg for each group of 4
people if they were, instead, to share a family car for the same trip to
the Alps. In terms of carbon footprint and
pollution, we feel this type of travel is comparable to self-drive to
the Alps and still represents a fair carbon saving when compared to air
Ultimately, this is a quite different way to travel to the Alps. It is not cheap; we are clear about that. The cost of fuel, crossings, and tolls alone is well over £2000, driving regulations mean we employ (and need to account for) double drivers, and the cost of the coaches to be specially fitted out is almost double that of a 'standard' production coach. As such, our coach services can never be 'cheap' but they are unique and we can make sure that your money has been well spent. At around £1000 to £1500 per person, we feel our rates are comparable to the combined costs (flights, transfers and airport parking) associated with air travel, especially in peak season and/or on busy Saturday transfer days. What's more, for your money you get a truly unique experience, so why not sit back, relax, enjoy the on-board entertainment and take the leisurely option for your journey to the Alps. Your holiday experience can start the moment you leave your front door, not just when you arrive at your ski chalet or hotel.
Pricing for Sleeper Coaches, 12 to 16 passengers - 2022/2023Rates vary due to a number of factors, but as a guide £1100 to £1500 per person return for a fully occupied 12- or 16-person coach should give a good idea of cost for return travel to your chosen ski destination. It's not cheap, but it is unique - and your kids will love the experience, absolutely guaranteed. When compared to the cumulative costs of flights, transfers, airport parking etc., we feel our rates for return travel from the UK to a European ski resort are reasonable (especially on peak season dates) and that our coaches provide an interesting alternative to air travel for a large group. If you are interested in this form of travel and feel that our per person price guide (based on full coach occupancy) matches your expectations, then please contact us with your requirements and we will be happy to provide a detailed quote for your itinerary.
Types of ski holiday. Our vehicles can be used as transport to
and from your holiday accommodation and as a direct replacement for air
travel. In addition, our vehicles benefit from some unique qualities and
this allows them to be used to create a number
of exciting itineraries that would be difficult to achieve with air
Standard ski holiday. Our vehicles can be used as a direct
replacement for air travel when holiday accommodation is booked in the
standard Saturday to Saturday format. You can also extend your holiday
either side, and benefit from 8 days' skiing for
just the one week off work. That's an extra 33% skiing time, almost for
Snow Seeker. What makes a great ski holiday? Excellent snow
conditions will make a big difference to your week on the slopes. If
fresh, crisp snow or powder conditions are what turns you on, then why
not book a vehicle and crossing but leave the final
choice of destination until the last-minute, when you know for sure
where the best snow conditions can be found? We wouldn't recommend this
option for peak-season travel (e.g. February half-term) when
accommodation options can be scarce but accommodation is,
otherwise, usually plentiful and can be booked a week or two before
your departure. This is particularly true in January when low season
demand and prices often combine with significant snowfalls. If you've
already got your vehicle booked and a flexible plan
in place, you can be ready to take advantage of the best skiing
conditions that Europe has to offer.
Multi Resort. With your own vehicle or coach charter, you can 'mix it up' and visit two or three different ski destinations during your trip. We wouldn't recommend sleeping on the coaches whilst in resort and simply do not offer it as an option. However, we can travel overnight a couple of times during your holiday to allow you to change resort and/or country and experience different scenery and snow conditions. You could visit St Anton, Zermatt and Chamonix all in one holiday, or visit 3 x lesser-known resorts with smaller, but good quality, ski areas, and more competitive prices compared to larger, more well-known ski areas. Travel overnight between resorts, maximise skiing time and get that 'on tour' experience that our coaches are designed for.
Ski Pass Explorer. Our vehicles allow you to take advantage of
areas with lift-pass sharing arrangements. Bormio is a good example; you
can ski in Bormio, Santa Caterina and Livigno all on the one ski pass.
The Ski Amade lift pass in Austria is another
good option, with one lift-pass allowing access to 25 resorts (located
in five main ski regions) with 860kms of ski runs between them. In
regions where lift-pass sharing is not available, you can just buy day
tickets and plan to visit a number of ski resorts
nearby to wherever you have chosen to stay. Whatever you choose, our
vehicles can provide the perfect base for day trips and excursions
allowing you to return to you own comfortable vehicle for drinks and
lunch stops during the day, or collect/deposit clothing
and kit as and when required.
Ski and See. Much as you might enjoy skiing, a couple of nights in a European city can add variety to the end of your holiday and an opportunity to relax before returning to work the following week.