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gva-3v transfer alpybus vs bens bus

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hi all, am looking for a return transfer from gva to les menuires at xmas, both alpybus and bensbus are running services on the days i need them, with similar costs and timings.

am travelling on my own, so a hire car does not make financial sense!!

what are the experiences of fellow snowheads of these two companies?

it seems that bensbus operates using large coaches, though i believe it used to be minibuses, whereas according to the alpybus website they do still use large minibuses (upto 20 seaters).

although travelling on coaches do not bother me, i would assume the smaller number of passengers with alpybus would mean less chance of delays departing the airport, but am not sure what either companies policy is with flight delays etc

my gut feeling is to go with alpybus, but any reviews/experience will be gratefully received

cheers
terry
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Have used both firms before, and will be using a mixture of the two firms when we go to Meribel in January.

My experience is that Alpybus also use coaches. When we went to Morzine Jan 2020, we were on a minibus with a dozen or so, maybe 20 others, but on the return leg, we were a minibus out of Morzine to a meeting point where we transferred on to a coach.

A few years back I used bens bus coming back from Meribel Mottaret and I seem to recall swapping over at Moutiers on to another coach. I would expect from Les Menuires it would be a similar story.

I don't think you'll get much of a different service between the two.

The only reason we're using a mixture of the two firms is that we fly out on a Friday so Bensbus won't be running. Alpybus only run to Moutiers not up to Meribel on a shared transfer, so will need a taxi up the hill, and then we will Bensbus back as we return on a Sunday and Bensbus run right from Meribel.
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I don't think a larger coach will necessarily mean more chance of delays. Ben's Bus (and I guess also Alpybus) will leave regardless of whether the booked passengers have turned up or not.

My experience with Ben's Bus was fine. Our flight into Grenoble was delayed by two hours so we missed the bus, but they put us on the next one for free. No issues on the way back.

Haven't used Alpybus.
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We've used Bens Bus before, on arrival in to GVA there was a massive delay getting our bags through, by the time they arrived I sent Mr E running through the airport to make sure Bens Bus didn't leave without us - we were very lucky as the rep was just about to leave, our bags were loaded, the door shut and off we went... it took over 5 hours to get to Tignes primarily because the driver took the long way round the Lake at Annecy - I never understand why so many companies refuse to spend a couple of Euros in tolls going the quick way, but spend at least 20 euros in extra wages going the long way round.

Anyway... Overall, for the money Bens Bus was OK, I would likely use them again if we were flying (we drive most of the time). Not used AlpyBus.
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Since Alpybus were taken over by the sam lot that bought chamexpress and easybus. Their service dropped to below that of the previous chamexpress operators. Scores of friends left in the lurch by them. Me included (although they did get me home abit 2.5 hours later than scheduled). I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole.
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Extremophile wrote:
it took over 5 hours to get to Tignes primarily because the driver took the long way round the Lake at Annecy - I never understand why so many companies refuse to spend a couple of Euros in tolls going the quick way, but spend at least 20 euros in extra wages going the long way round.



That is the quick way. The Autoroute is 3 1/2 sides of a square if you look at a map + on a busy weekend its 30min/1 hour to get through the toll interchange and junction at Chambery.

If you are in a smaller (20 seat or less) and find yourself on the backside of the lake (Talloires) that's because everything else is jammed.

5 Hours to Tignes on any saturday form GVA (Bar mid jan) would be considered quite good. At 1/2 term most of my work mates would be 9-11 hours one way......I generaly managed 5 1/2 but I was happy to learn what in the UK you would call white roads (on an ordinance survey map). Slow lanes, but not full of transfer traffic.
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Bens Bus were cheap and cheerful, involved a good bit of waiting in Moutiers with as there were minibuses meeting up from different resorts.

Don't think they go to 3v (not even sure they're still running) but Skiidy Gonzalez has been the best transfer in my experience.
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Used Bens Bus a few times - they were OK
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Not used Ben’s Bus but did (try....) to use Alpybus once, from GVA to Chamonix with my 5 year old son. Despite being assured by them, that they did operate on Tuesdays, as it didn’t appear on their website, and subsequently booking months in advance, they contacted late on the evening before arrival to advise that - whoops, sorry - they didn’t. That left me with a mad scramble to find an alternative. Their attitude couldn’t have been less contrite.
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cheers all for your replies so far, it does look like even though there have been issues with all of them, Bens Bus has been the more reliable one out of the bunch.

@SnoodlesMcFlude, just looked on the skiidy gonzalez website, unfortunately does not go to les menuires/val thorens.

strangely even though on their main page it says it goes via all the 4 main alps airports to meribel and courcheval, when you try to book a transfer (was doing it out of interest) the drop down menu only allows to go from geneva to the A40 resorts avoriaz, cham etc!!!
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Idris wrote:
Extremophile wrote:
it took over 5 hours to get to Tignes primarily because the driver took the long way round the Lake at Annecy - I never understand why so many companies refuse to spend a couple of Euros in tolls going the quick way, but spend at least 20 euros in extra wages going the long way round.



That is the quick way. The Autoroute is 3 1/2 sides of a square if you look at a map + on a busy weekend its 30min/1 hour to get through the toll interchange and junction at Chambery.

If you are in a smaller (20 seat or less) and find yourself on the backside of the lake (Talloires) that's because everything else is jammed.

5 Hours to Tignes on any saturday form GVA (Bar mid jan) would be considered quite good. At 1/2 term most of my work mates would be 9-11 hours one way......I generaly managed 5 1/2 but I was happy to learn what in the UK you would call white roads (on an ordinance survey map). Slow lanes, but not full of transfer traffic.


Which is wierd because my OH used to drive transfers at weekend and would sneek the quick way (in opposition to his boss, who didn't want to pay the few euros in toll, but would readily stump up the extra time required to go the back way) rarely were there any problems with backed up traffic, and even if there were other drivers go the long way too, meaning that gets backed up as well and everything takes F.O.R.E.V.E.R. to get anywhere - so as I say... I've never really understood why.
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@Idris, Way back when I was a driver we often did quite big transfers from 3v, Para or EK involving 2 or 3 vans.
One time we split at Albertville, one driver took the Autoroute and me and a French lady driver headed via Annecy. I went Classic Westside, and the French Driver went Talloires way. She got to the airport 15 minutes before me and I was 20 minutes ahead of motorway boy.
The company ran 50 vans at the time, and its not just the tolls, but the extra diesel. Driver hours were very roughly aggregated and all drivers got paid the SMIC, as it would normally even itself out over the season.
If you look at the extra cost of a return trip on the Autoroute tolls & diesel (probably around 35 EUR) and multiply that by 50 and times that by 20 weeks you'll get a massive cost differential.
The biggest hold ups were normally on the N90, or in Bourg with people chaining up, but it was absolutely the case as you say that Talloires was the quick way.
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He's always gone by Duingt, come off on J16 and gone past Duingt.
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Try MV Transport (France) - click on shared transfer - always found them great, tiny bit more expensive but minimal
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@Yellow Snow, cheers for the heads up with https://mvtransport.fr/en/

I have had a quote from them for 110 euros, which is similar to bensbus, just waiting to hear back from them what time the pick up is at Geneva. They state the return pick up time from les Menuires, which is a more convenient time than all the others for me.

if the Geneva transfer pick up time is not that convenient, and lots of hanging around, then i may do bensbus outbound and mv transport return, it only works out 10 euros more by breaking it up.
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@WindOfChange, @Extremophile, when i worked for silverski donkeys years ago and carried out transfers most weekends, first season they flew into geneva 2nd was into lyon.
The geneva transfers were always via annecy, presumably to save on the tolls etc.
i only ever went via the autoraute once, during my second season, when i had to take a lone American passenger to geneva (french sector) from courcheval. we had to leave at around 4 am, and it was dumping down with snow, and by the time we had reached albertville, even the N90 was getting treacherous, so i decided to carry on and go via the autoroute, as i presumed it would get cleared of snow quicker compared to the routes via annecy.

also, i remember when the N90 was busy from albertville to moutiers, you used to be able to use the old valley roads, coming back out just before moutiers, by diverting near the big McD's in albertville.

it was great seeing all the traffic backed up, passengers loved it as well, whilst you went via all the back doubles Toofy Grin Toofy Grin

unfortunately, the local gendarmes stopped that a couple of years later by setting up road blocks during busy transfer days, and only allowing cars with local plates use this route
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I've used Bens Bus and they are just that, a bus service. They won't wait if your flight or luggage etc is delayed.

They will of course transfer you to the next service if there is space. If you miss the last service of the day then you are on your own.
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terrygasson wrote:
... just looked on the skiidy gonzalez website, unfortunately does not go to les menuires/val thorens.

strangely even though on their main page it says it goes via all the 4 main alps airports to meribel and courcheval, when you try to book a transfer (was doing it out of interest) the drop down menu only allows to go from geneva to the A40 resorts avoriaz, cham etc!!!

Elsewhere on their website it says they only do shared transfers GVA to/from Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets. But will do private transfers from all airports to most resorts (I guess you have to phone them to get a quote for those).
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Anyone know if Sunweb are using Ben's Bus, or Alpybus?
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just an update on my https://mvtransport.fr/en/ quote, they have since replied back to say that they cannot guarantee a transfer on my dates, in case there are not enough passengers to make it worthwhile!!

so https://www.bensbus.co.uk/ it is!
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