By Air The nearest airport to
Chamonix is Geneva-Cointrin (88km): about 1 hour way by road. Lyon
airport is 220km away.
By Road Chamonix is only 15km
away from Italy by the Mont Blanc tunnel, and 16km from Switzerland
by the Col des Montets. The Autoroute Blanche heads almost all the
way to Chamonix, making the jouney by Road very fast and easy.
By Rail Chamonix is on the St.
Gervais /Le Fayet Vallorcine line.
the Chamonix Valley
Due to the layout of the valley, transport in Chamonix is vital
for your enjoyment of your experience here. A car is advantageous,
although parking can be difficult. The alternative is to use the
bus shuttle or the train.
The bus shuttle service connects all the ski areas. All bus routes
depart from Place du Mont-Blanc and from Chamonix Sud (near the
bowling alley). Buses are free with the Carte dhote. More
info and timetables available from the Tourist Office.
Chamonix - Le Tour
Every 15 mins (30 off-peak)
Chamonix - Argentière
- Les Grands Montets
Every 10 mins (20 off-peak)
Chamonix - Les Houchez
Every 20 mins (40 off-peak)
AlpyBus is a low cost airport transfer service that provides shared
shuttles from Geneva Airport to the Chamonix Valley. Their customers
benefit not only from the lowest fares in the industry but also
from a service that is reliable, punctual and friendly. www.alpybus.com
All the villages between St. Gervais / Le Fayet, Vallorcine and
Martigny are accessible by train. Trains are hourly, and are free
between Servoz and Vallorcine on presentation of the carte dhote.
For further information contact 04 50 53 12 54.
Piste Access by train:
Aiguille du Midi
Mer de Glace
Glacier du Mont-Blanc
For timetable information call:
Chamonix 04 50 53 12 98 (between 9h00 & 16h00) or 08 36 35 35
If you hire a car from Geneva Airport it's recommended that you
hire from the French side not the international side as the French
taxes are lower reducing the cost of your car hire. Also if you
can avoid the Swiss motorway you will not need to purchase a motorway
tax disc either. Take the A40 from Geneva towards Annemasse on to
the "Autoroute Blanche" motorway until you reach Chamonix.
It's about 1 hour by road. If you do not have a car fitted with
winter tyres then remember to carry snow chains as you may need
them. It's worth practising how to fit them in good conditions and
keep a torch, old jacket and a set of gloves handy.
There are 3,800 parking spaces in town, but the ease of parking
varies considerably during low and high season. There are 2 covered
car parks: Saint-Michel (330 places) behind the church, and Entreves
(150 places) in Chamonix Sud. Your carte dhôte will
entitle you to discounted weekly rates at either. Other parking
facilities are split between free and metered parking. The resort
map shows the locations of all car parks.
Open car park:
Parc du Grépon: 700 places
, 0.50€ per hour, 10€ maximum for
Covered Parking (Closed 21h00 to 8:00)
parking du Mont-Blanc:
230 places. parking Saint Michel: 330 places.
parking d'Entrêves: 150 places.
Tariffs: 1€ per hour, 2€ per two hours,
9.50€ full day.
There are number of taxi companies operating in Chamonix and you
will find all the numbers listed in the back of this guide. Many
taxi firms are happy to do long distance journeys.
Abest Taxi Chamonix
We do our BEST to be the BEST
All airports covered
Fast, friendly and reliable
On Call: Day & Night
Michel is at your disposal for transfers of 1 to 7 persons,safely
and in comfort, from airports, train stations or other ski resorts,
to and from Chamonix, as well as any journeys required within the
Alp Taxi Laurent
Laurent is available for your Airports GENEVE LYON MILAN, Train,
Station Winter Sports CoURCHEVEL VAL D'ISERE...
A private driver with a luxury car 4x4 VW TOUAREG or VOLVO XC90.
For your TAXI call on 00 33 681 787 951. www.alp-taxi.com
All our drivers are fully qualified dedicated professionals, ensuring
a top quality, reliable service, with safety and comfort being our
priority. We also offer local services and excursions to our clients,
whether it’s taking you and the family from your chalet to
the slopes every day, or taking you to another resort. These services
are not confined to areas around Geneva and the haute Savoie so
please feel free to contact us for any requests.
Upon your arrival in Chamonix you will receive your card from the
person who is providing your accommodation. This card offers you
reductions on public facilities and transport.
Take control of which of Chamonix’s wonderful skiing domains
that you want to enjoy, and save yourself the hassle of waiting
for buses by renting a car from Europcar. The office is situated
opposite the train station, and Stan the manager is charming and
speaks perfect English. They offer the full range of vehicles that
would expect from one of Europe’s leading rental agencies
from smaller 3 door vehicles right up to top pf the range 4x4’s.
All vehicles are fitted with snow tyres as standard and they even
offer a delivery service to your residence.