Getting There

There are many ways to get to Chamonix :

By Air

Geneva Airport is the nearest international airport to Chamonix. Several transfer companies link the airport to the valley. Transfers take up to 90 minutes and cost between 20 to 40 euros in a shared ‘transit-type’ vehicle. Please pre-book these either on the internet at least 24 hours ahead of time or by phone. Some companies run to a timetable and others will tailor themselves to your flight details. Some companies will take a card payment online and some will ask you to pay euros to the driver. Possible transfer operators include:

www.mountaindropoffs.com
www.cham-van.com
www.chamexpress.com
www.alpybus.com
www.sat-montblanc.com

Please note that you cannot get euros to pay drivers out of the cash machine in Geneva airport as it’s Switzerland and therefore has Swiss francs.

By Train

The main train station in Chamonix is known either as Chamonix Gare or Chamonix Mont Blanc. The other main stop, which is nearer the Aiguille du midi lift station, is called Chamonix Sud.
The national train system within France is the SNCF. The SNCF fast train is the famous TGV. This will bring passengers as far as St Gervais/le Fayet.
Within the Chamonix valley, the SNCF train is known as the ‘Mont Blanc Express’ and links  St Gervais les Bains/leFayet through to Martigny in Switzerland with stops all along the Chamonix valley. Consequently, the valley can be accessed by train from one end by getting to St Gervais/le Fayet in France, or from the Swiss side from Martigny. Timetables and tickets can be found at either www.raileurope.com or at the Swiss SBB site www.rail.ch.

By Coach

Coaches travel to the centre of Chamonix from all over Europe. Timetables & tickets can be found at www.eurolines.com

For more information on all the above and other options please go to the chamonix.net website and follow the link to ‘Travel & Transport’.

The chamonix.net website is a fantastically easy way to access much information on the Chamonix valley before your visit.

By Car

Obviously it is possible to drive to the Chamonix valley! This may prove a cheaper or more flexible option if several people are travelling together. As a rough guide it takes 8-9 hours to drive down from Calais. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of the peage/autoroute which is approximately £150 currently for a normal car.