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Travel Advice 2022

You need to arrange and pay for your own travel to your first hotel and back from your last hotel.

Important: Please arrive at your hotel no later than 7pm (12.30pm for Copenhagen arrivals) for the full briefing.

 

Train Versus Plane

We encourage riders to take the train where possible in order to reduce our environmental impact. We’ve put together notes of guidance to help make taking the train as easy as possible.

Team up with other Loopers

If you’d like to find other riders travelling on the same dates, please use the Strava Club page and create a thread, using the travel destination name for your title for outbound transfers, and the departure town for any return transfers (don’t use the Loop name, because several Loops arrive/depart on the same days). It’s worth doing outbound and return as 2 separate threads.

Travel To: Copenhagen. Friday 24th June

If you’d like to consider travelling from Europe overland, there’s a great article setting out all your options here.

Copenhagen has an international airport with excellent public transport links to the city centre.

We will meet in a central Copenhagen location for lunch at 12:30.

Full details for stage 1 logistics and special 15% discount deal for optional additional overnight accommodation in Copenhagen can be found here.

 

Return From: Paris. Mon 18th July

Eurostar departures from the Gare du Nord and flights from both CDG and Orly go to all UK airports.

From our hotel, the Gare du Nord is half an hour by metro or a 20 minute/20 euro taxi ride. Both CDG and Orly airports are accessible by public transport (€15 pp) and taxis cost 50-60€.

Travel To: Copenhagen. Friday 24th June

If you’d like to consider travelling from Europe overland, there’s a great article setting out all your options here.

Copenhagen has an international airport with excellent public transport links to the city centre.

We will meet in a central Copenhagen location for lunch at 12:30.

Full details for stage 1 logistics and special 15% discount deal for optional additional overnight accommodation in Copenhagen can be found here.

 

Return From: Sonderborg. Mon 27th June

We have included a transfer from our Sonderborg hotel to Copenhagen airport to arrive at midday. If you need to get to Copenhagen centre, there are excellent public transport links from the airport.

Travel To: Copenhagen. Friday 24th June

If you’d like to consider travelling from Europe overland, there’s a great article setting out all your options here.

Copenhagen has an international airport with excellent public transport links to the city centre.

We will meet in a central Copenhagen location for lunch at 12:30.

Full details for stage 1 logistics and special 15% discount deal for optional additional overnight accommodation in Copenhagen can be found here.

 

Return From: Morzine. Mon 4th July

Your final stage ends in Chatel. You will join the transfer to Morzine for your final night’s accommodation, departing from there in the morning.

The best point of departure is Geneva, whether that’s travelling by train or plane (there is a train station in Geneva airport).

Alpybus is one of the better known shuttle companies which operates in the summer as well as winter but there are plenty and a quick search will provide many options. Expect to pay about €25-30 for the 75 min journey to Geneva.

Travel To: Morzine. Mon 4th July

The best place to aim for is Geneva, whether that’s travelling by train or plane (there is a train station in Geneva airport). From Geneva airport, it’s really easy to book a shuttle to take you the rest of the way to Morzine.

Alpybus is one of the better known shuttle companies which operates in the summer as well as winter but there are plenty and a quick search will provide many options. Expect to pay about €25-30 for the 75 min journey to Geneva.

 

Return From: Paris. Mon 18th July

Eurostar departures from the Gare du Nord and flights from both CDG and Orly go to all UK airports.

From our hotel, the Gare du Nord is half an hour by metro or a 20 minute/20 euro taxi ride. Both CDG and Orly airports are accessible by public transport (€15 pp) and taxis cost 50-60€.

Travel To: Morzine, Mon 4th July

The best place to aim for is Geneva, whether that’s travelling by train or plane (there is a train station in Geneva airport). From Geneva airport, it’s really easy to book a shuttle to take you the rest of the way to Morzine.

Alpybus is one of the better known shuttle companies which operates in the summer as well as winter but there are plenty and a quick search will provide many options. Expect to pay about €25-30 for the 75 min journey to Geneva.

 

Return From: Alpe d’Huez, Friday 8th July.

A train may be your best bet; Grenoble is only an hour or so by bus, shuttle or taxi and has a high speed TGV station. Trains to Paris are frequent and take 3-4 hrs, meaning that Alpe d’Huez to London is easily possible by shuttle and train in a day.

From Alpe d’Huez, the closest airport is Lyon and Geneva is also a good bet. You’ll need to take the bus to either destination or organise a shuttle which operate on limited timetables during the summer. There’s more information on the Alpe d’Huez website and if we find the 2022 bus timetable, we’ll post it here.

** At your arrival briefing, we’ll give everyone departing from Alpe d’Huez the chance to get into groups according to departure airport/train station so that you can organise group shuttles/taxis

Travel To: Briançon. Wed 6th July.

Briançon has a train station but isn’t on the fast, TGV line. However, there are changes possible in Valence or Oulx (actually just over the border in Italy on the Paris-Milan line), making the journey from Paris between 5-6hrs.

Alternatively, Turin is the closest airport (1hr 40 by taxi) so sharing a shuttle with other cyclists (see message above about Strava posts) is also very possible.

 

Return From: Lourdes (stage ends Hautacam). Friday 15th July.

Lourdes train station has direct trains to Paris in under 5hrs 30 (it’s a spectacular journey through France).

You can also use the train station to take a train to Toulouse, a much larger airport than Lourdes/Tarbes with many more international connections.

Lourdes has it’s own airport, 15km from town (often called Lourdes/Tarbes) and there’s a flight on the 15th July to Stansted along with a few other destinations.

Travel To: Dunkirk. Mon 27th June.

Dunkirk is very accessible from either the UK or Paris.

There are ferries direct to Dunkirk from Dover and you can travel by car, bike or as a foot passenger (if you’re using our bike transport).

An alternative is to take a Eurostar train to Lille (1hr20 from London) and change for a train to Dunkirk (40mins)

Or lastly, trains from Paris to Dunkirk are 2hrs30

(Note that if driving over, you could easily take a ferry to Calais and drive to Dunkirk – see below for getting back to your car afterwards!)

 

Return From: Arenberg. Thurs 30th June

Our hotel is on the outskirts of Valenciennes which has a station to connect you, via Lille (35 mins), to London (1hr30), Paris (1hr) or Dunkirk (1hr) if you left a car there!

Travel To: Carcassonne. Monday 11th July.

London to Carcassonne by train takes about 12hrs (how about a night in Paris en route?)

Carcassonne has its own airport and our hotel is 1km away, making it a reasonable walk or very cheap taxi ride. On the 11th July there are flights with Ryanair from Stansted, Manchester and Brussels.

If Carcassonne’s limited flights don’t suit you, Toulouse airport is only 45 mins by train (although you’ll have to get from Toulouse airport into town and from Carcassonne train station to our hotel) or 1hr by taxi door to door.

 

Return From: Lourdes (stage ends Hautacam). Friday 15th July.

Lourdes train station has direct trains to Paris in under 5hrs 30 (it’s a spectacular journey through France).

You can also use the train station to take a train to Toulouse, a much larger airport than Lourdes/Tarbes with many more international connections.

Lourdes has it’s own airport, 15km from town (often called Lourdes/Tarbes) and there’s a flight on the 15th July to Stansted along with a few other destinations.

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