Alpe d'Huez in-resort bus services run until late at night and are free with your lift pass. Remember to flag the bus so the driver knows to stop. Bikes can be taken aboard these buses at no extra charge, however, this is subject to availability as the number of bikes they can carry is limited.
There are also two lifts running through the centre of town: the Alpe Express from the Bergers area to the tourist office square and the handy but slow bucket lift (with a piste beneath it) running through the resort from the Tourist Office to the main DMC lift at the top, known locally as the 'lobster pot'. These don't run in the evenings.
Alpe d'Huez buses to Les Deux Alpes & Bourg d'Oisans
Alpe d'Huez is connected to its neighbouring ski resorts and towns via year-round, bus services. For Les Deux Alpes, take line 3020 to Bourg d'Oisans and then line 3030. There is also a daily bus from Grenoble to Bourg d'Oisans (L3000), from where you can pick up either of the connecting buses to Alpe d'Huez or Les Deux Alpes. There's no need to book these buses in advance, just pay the driver on arrival.
During the winter season, there is a direct shuttle bus from Alpe d'Huez to Les Deux Alpes on Wednesdays (from 8th January to 8th April 2020) and Thursdays (from 26th December 2019 to 2nd January 20202 and from 13th February to 5th March 2020). It leaves at 08:45 and returns at around 17:30-18:00. The service costs about €15 return. Tickets can be booked online or purchased from the Palais des Sports in Alpe d'Huez (70 Avenue des Brandes - the desk is in the foyer immediately on the left-hand side as you walk in) or the VFD bus station in Les Deux Alpes (112 Avenue Muzelle).
Return helicopter flights from Alpe d'Huez to Les Deux Alpes are also on offer at around €70 per person. These take place every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the winter season and are operated by SAF Helico.
Note that these timetables may vary throughout the year and during holidays so please contact the bus companies in advance to avoid disappointment.