Getting to Chamonix
Chamonix, Argentiere, Les Houches, Vallorcine and Le Tour are all easy to reach from Geneva airport and there are good transfer services. There are also railway stations in Chamonix, Argentiere, Les Houches and Vallorcine. And the resorts are relatively easy to drive to from the UK or Northern Europe.
Nearest Airports to the Chamonix Valley ski resorts
- Geneva Airport to Chamonix: 101km – about 1 hour, 5 mins drive;
- Chambery Airport to Chamonix: 142km – about 1 hour, 40 mins drive;
- Lyon St Exupery Airport to Chamonix: 220km – about 2 hours 15 mins drive;
- Grenoble-Isere Airport to Chamonix 220 km – about 2 hours 15 mins drive.
Les Houches is on the way to Chamonix from all these airports so getting there takes about 10 minutes less.
Argentiere and Le Tour are all on the far side of Chamonix from these airports, so getting there takes about 15 minutes longer (Argentiere) and 25 minutes longer (le Tour).
Vallorcine is in France but is on the Swiss side of the Col des Montets. In normal weather conditions the quickest route to get there from Geneva airport is via Chamonix and over the Col, and takes about 1 hour and 35 minutes in total. The Swiss route via Martigny takes about 2 hours but in poor weather this can be a better option because you don’t have to go over the Col, although you’re probably better off using a specialist transfer service like the ones below and letting them decide.
Airport Transfers to the Chamonix Valley ski resorts
From Geneva airport you can choose between cheaper ‘pay per seat’ shared transfers and ultra-convenient private transfers, both provided by specialist ski transfer services. These save you the worry of having to drive on mountain roads in wintry conditions in a car you’re not used to.
ChamExpress provides frequent, low cost, shared airport transfers from Geneva Airport direct to your accommodation in Chamonix, Les Houches and Argentiere. Individuals and groups can book on a seat-by-seat basis. Our modern 8-seater minibuses will take you to the door of your accommodation and are driven by English speaking drivers. Get a transfer quotation and book online>>>
AlpyBus offers simple, reliable, affordable transport from Geneva to Chamonix and the other resorts and villages in the Chamonix Valley. Our new fleet of comfortable minibuses are specially adapted for mountain roads, and we have priority parking at Geneva Airport, so there are no long walks. Choose either low cost shared services or ultra-convenient private transfers – both come with an unbeatable price match guarantee and no hidden charges. Get a transfer quotation and book online >>>
Transfers from other airports and cities to Chamonix.
If you want a transfer from a city centre, railway station or airport to any of the Chamonix valley resorts, Ski-Lifts can arrange a transfer direct to the door of your accommodation and has English language helplines to help if needed.
Airport Car Hire / Car Rental for Chamonix
Having a car in Chamonix can be useful or it can be an unnecessary expense. It all depends on where you’re staying and where you think you will ski, both in the Chamonix valley and beyond. (The Mont Blanc Unlimited ski pass covers other ski areas such as Courmayeur, Verbier and Megeve, and these are all much easier to visit if you have your own car.)
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Getting to the Chamonix Valley ski resorts by Train
Chamonix, les Houches, Argentiere and Vallorcine all have railway stations that are on the Mont Blanc SNCF railway line from St Gervais-le Fayet (about 20kms from Chamonix) to Martigny in Switzerland. St Gervais has high speed services from Paris and Northern Europe.
Most train journeys from Paris Gare du Lyon all the way to Chamonix, les Houches, Argentiere and Vallorcine take between 5 to 7 hours and require a change at St Gervais and sometimes at least one other change as well. From St Gervais to Chamonix takes about 40 minutes by train, so if you’re in a hurry it’s quicker to take a taxi (about 20 mins) for this last leg of the journey.
There are sometimes special part TGV services from Paris to Chamonix at weekends during the ski season,
For full details see the SNCF website.
Driving to the Chamonix valley ski resorts
The Chamonix Valley is easy to drive to. Distances and times to drive to Chamonix are:
Geneva – 100km – 1 hour 5 minutes
Calais – 896km – 8 hours
Paris – 600km – 6 hours
Lille – 826 km – 7 hours 30 minutes
Milan – 240km – 3 hours (via Mont Blanc tunnel)