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Travelling to Chamonix
This page has been designed to make the travel planning process as painless as possible, and we update information and links often. For all EU residents there is no requirement for visas to travel to France, but other nationals should check with their embassies before travelling. If you require a visa, you need to stipulate that you are flying in an out of Switzerland if you chose Geneva airport, and Chamonix is in France. Also note that some Alpine courses operate in Italy and Austria.
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EasyJet at Geneva airport
Flying to Chamonix
Most people travelling to Chamonix, fly to the nearest international airport, which is Geneva in Switzerland. From the airport, it is just a one and a quarter hour transfer to Chamonix Mont Blanc (full details in the transfers section below). Most of our European clients are from the UK, and most international clients fly direct to Geneva or via the UK, so this section outlines all the options for selecting flights from the UK to Geneva. The map below shows all the airports which have airlines operating from there who fly direct to Geneva. Short haul indirect flights are offered by Lufthansa and KLM, but we have ignored these, as there are plenty of options for direct flights anyway. It is worth comparing all the prices of the different operators at all your nearby airports to get the best deal. For example if you live in Manchester, you may get a better deal on Easyjet at Liverpool. Also note that the budget airlines are not always the cheapest, as the likes of British Airways and Swiss often have some special deals on offer.
Contact details of the airlines
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The main differences between the airlines is the standard of service and extras that are included. If you need a meal on a one and a half hour flight, then you must be prepared to pay for it. All the operators listed above land in the Swiss sector of the airport. If you travel by Air France, you land in the French sector, and need to walk through to the international arrivals hall to meet your transfer.
Airport Transfers
To book a transfer, all you need to do is e-mail us the following: 1) your full flight details so we can trace if it is delayed at all, 2) contact details for the party leader, and their mobile number, 3) the total number of people in your group, 4) details of drop off and collection points in Chamonix. We work with several licenced transfer partners and will source you the cheapest transfer, then e-mail you confirmation and meeting and contact details for the driver. The transfer from Geneva International Airport to Chamonix takes approximately 90 minutes. All transfers booked through us will drop you off and collect you from your Chamonix accommodation, unless otherwise specified.
Driving
From the Channel ports of Dover, Calais, or Boulogne, it takes approximately eight hours to drive to Chamonix. This option can work out as the most economical method of travel for groups of two or more, especially if you are extending your stay to explore the region, and so avoid the cost of a hire car. The motorways in France are toll roads called "Autoroutes" or the "Peage". It costs upwards of £50 each way to travel to Chamonix on the toll roads, but you more than save this in fuel, time and sanity! When you are in Chamonix you can always park for free, and the Reps will show you the best places in terms of safety and proximity to your accommodation. Below is a table outlining the quickest route on the toll roads to Chamonix.
Distance km Instruction Road Toward
0
2.3
7.7
38.3
79.8
111.5
148
181.5
216.9
247.3
270.2
305.4
342.9
381.1
401.1
450.9
492.6
537.1
579.3
605.7
638.2
683.4
686.4
735.9
766.7
800.6
834.4
870.2
890.1
906.1
908.1
Depart Calais, F
At Guines, turn left onto
At A16-A26, turn right onto
At I' Audomarios, stay on
At Bethune, stay on
AtA1-A26, stay on
At Masnieres, stay on
At Gauchy, stay on
At Laon/Chambry, stay on
At Vallee-de-l'Aisne, stay on
At A4-A26, turn left onto
At A4-A26, turn right onto
At Sommesous, stay on
At Troyes-Nord/Charmont, stay on
At A5-A26, bear left onto
At Chateauvillain/Bar-sur-Aube, stay on
At A5-A31, bear right onto
At Til-Chatel, stay on
At Dijon-Sud, stay on
At A6-A31, bear left onto
At Chalon-sur-Safine/le Creusot, stay on
At Macon-Nord, stay on
At A6-A40, turn left onto
At Tossiat, stay on
At Hautville-Lompnes, stay on
At Frangy, stay on
AtA40-A401, stay on
At Cluses-Centre, stay on
At Passy-le-Fayet, bear left onto
Turn left onto
Arrive Chamonix, END
Local road(s)
A16[E402]
A26 [E15] "TOLL ROAD*
A26 [E15] TOLL ROAD*
A26[E15]*TOLLROAD*
A26[E15]*TOLLROAD*
A26 [E15] TOLL ROAD*
A26 [E15]'TOLL ROAD*
A26 [E15] TOLL ROAD*
A26 [E15] TOLL ROAD*
A4 [E17], [E50] TOLL ROAD*
A26 [E17] TOLL ROAD*
A26 [E17] TOLL ROAD*
A26 [E17] TOLL ROAD*
A5 [E17], [E54] TOLL ROAD*
A5 [E17], [E54] TOLL ROAD*
A31 [E17], [E21] TOLL ROAD'
A31 [E17], [E21] TOLL ROAD"
A31 [E17], [E21] TOLL ROAD'
A6[E15]TOLLROAD*
A6 [E15] TOLL ROAD*
A6 [E15] TOLL ROAD*
A40 [E21], [E62] TOLL ROAD'
A40 [E21], [E62] TOLL ROAD'
A40 [E21], [E62] TOLL ROAD'
A40 [E21], [E62] TOLL ROAD'
A40 [E21], [E62] TOLL ROAD'
A40 [E21], [E62] TOLL ROAD'
N506[E25]
Local road(s)
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Reims
Reims
Reims
Reims
Reims
Reims
Reims
Reims
Metz
Troyes
Troyes
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Dijon
Dijon
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Lyon
Lyon
Lyon
Geneva
Geneva
Geneva
Geneva
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Coach travel to Chamonix
Without a doubt, this is the most unpopular way to travel to Chamonix, but for a direct service between London and Chamonix, it is the only method. The journey takes approximately 15 hours, and the service departs from London Victoria coach station, and arrives at the Chamonix SNCF train station, a seven minute walk from the flat accommodation. You can book the coach service with National Express, or direct with Eurolines coaches.
Train travel to Chamonix
The Eurostar train takes only three hours from London Waterloo to Paris Gare du Nord. From there you can walk or take the metro to Gare du Lyon or Gare du Austerlitz to catch the TGV (high speed train) to Bellgarde or Le Fayet. From here you can take the local train direct into Chamonix. The TGV section of the journey takes about three hours, and the final section about 30 minutes. The key variable is the connection time between the links, however the French railway network is very efficient, and is a viable alternative to flying or driving. Tickets can be bought online at SNCF.com, which has an English language section of the website. If you want to take the train to the station that is closest to your accommodation, the 'Aiguille du Midi' station is about 150m from the meeting point, while the main Chamonix train station is about 500m from the accommodation.
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