The Chamonix Valley itself is no less than 16km in length with and composed of a number of small hamlets and alpine villages dotted throughout. Being clear on where you are staying in the Valley is essential to ensure that it is appropriate for your wants and needs. This can be in terms of proximity to slopes, general amenities and transport links. Generally most of the Chamonix Valley is supplied by the free ski shuttle bus and Mont Blanc Express mountain train making it very feasible to travel to Chamonix without needing use of a car. And many of the luxury chalets and apartments feature their very own transport and dedicated drivers on hand.
Flying into Geneva Airport, which is the closest and most conveniently located Airport to Chamonix is by far the most popular method if travel to the Valley. From Geneva Airport there is vast airport to resort transfer provision to accommodate travelers for all budgets and destinations in the Valley.
Travel by Air
As previously mentioned flying to Geneva Airport (GVA) is the most popular method of travel for Chamonix goers. There is great number of UK Airports and Aviation companies servicing flights into Geneva providing a plethora of choice when it comes to booking flights. British Airways, Swiss Air, and Easyet¬†just to name a few.
At just an hour by road (95km) makes Chamonix a rapid airport to resort transfer on all accounts. We cannot recommend the use of a dedicated private airport transfer. Your dedicated professional driver will be waiting for you in arrivals ready to help you with your luggage and take you to your personal vehicle. From the airport you will be driven directly to the door of your accommodation without having to wait for other flights to arrive or drop other passengers off at their accommodation first. For great value and competitively priced transfers Chamonix Chalets can arrange your private Airport Transfers for you ,or you can book them online here.
Other Airports nearby:
- Milan Malpensa (MXP)
- Milan Linate (LIN)
- Torino Caselle (TRN)
For those that should require a car for one reason or another or simply prefer the added freedom of having their own vehicle available there are a number of car rental agencies working directly out of the Geneva Airport and also Chamonix Centre. For the best prices, vehicle choice and service we recommend Auto Europe¬† for car hire. Book your rental car here with Auto Europe¬†to receive best prices and quality vehicles for your Chamonix break.
The road trippers amongst you will be delighted to know that the journey continent side to Chamonix is a relatively straightforward affair. With the entire journey services by Motorway with the final 15 km by dual carriageway with no testing alpine pass to negotiate saturated with hair pin bends takes some of the stress and apprehension of driving in unfamiliar alpine conditions.
At approximately 900 km from Calais the straightforward toll road route via Reims, Troyes, Bourg en Bresse and Geneva takes on average 8 hours without any traffic delays. Be aware for those choosing to stay at the furthest East of the Valley in Vallorcine, or approaching from the Swiss‚Äô Easterly border will need to drive through the Col du Montets, which can sometimes close in particularly bad weather conditions. For those driving from Italy, Chamonix is located just 15km from the border via the Mont-Blanc Tunnel.
Chamonix can be accessed by trains from Geneva, Martigny, Paris, Milan and Turin. You can also visit Chamonix from London with the Eurostar followed by a connecting train to Geneva or Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains. Travel to Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains via Paris is the most direct route if opting to travel entirely by train.Once there you will need to jump aboard the Mont Blanc Express Mountain Train, which is the only rail line to run through the Valley.
Other route options are to travel to Geneva via Lille or Paris. Although if selecting this option be aware that rail access to the valley via Geneva is long winded with no direct connection available, a road transfer from Geneva Airport maybe more convenient. To book rail travel visit the SNCF website.