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Alps – Travel Resources

Once you arrive in Europe for a hiking adventure vacation, you will want to make the most of your trip and spend the least amount of time searching for travel connections and dining locations. The secret to a relaxed, rewarding adventure is knowing the best resources to keep you on the move. Below are links and information grouped according to the four general areas of the Alps visited by Alpine Interface Tours. Scroll down to locate the most useful tips for your hiking tour.

Many of our guests who come to the Alps for an Alpine Interface trip either arrive a few days prior to the trip, or extend their stay after the hike. And often, we get the same questions regarding where to eat, where to buy trekking shoes and rucksacks, what else there is to do in town, etc.

The following list is a quick summary of our favorite hotels, restaurants, sport shops, and Internet portals that will help you make your time in the Alps as enjoyable as possible. We will update this page regularly, and welcome any comments or information you might have regarding our links.

For more information, regarding the Alps and the different countries:

www.alpseurope.com
www.thealps.com

We have divided them into following locations:

CHAMONIX MONT BLANC, FRANCE
COURMAYEUR, ITALY
ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND
DOLOMITES, SOUTH TYROL, ITALY

1. CHAMONIX MONT BLANC

How to get there?

By air, the nearest airport is Geneva International Airport. It takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from the airport to Chamonix. There are several companies that offer shuttle services to and from the airport. Calculate between 25 – 40 € one-way per person for a shared shuttle. The easiest method is to book a transfer ahead of time online.

For a complete list of minibus shuttle services,  click here.

No-Frills airlines to Geneva
Here are several airlines that offer cheap flights to Geneva from many bigger European destinations:

Easyjet  “”UK airline, cheap flights from London, Paris, Nice, Amsterdam to Geneva and more.
Swiss International Air Lines  “”Cheap flights from Zurich, Paris, and other cities

Arrive by Train
For trains from Switzerland, to the Chamonix Valley:
Swiss Rail

For trains from other parts of France:
TGV  (bullet train)
SNCF  (French National Railway)

Getting around within the Chamonix Valley
Getting around by train and bus is very easy. If you have a carte d’hà´te (guest card), a secondary residence card or a “˜gens du pays’ card, the train service is free of charge within the Valley of Chamonix (Servoz to Vallorcine).

The carte d’hà´te should be given to you by your hotel, auberge, apartment owner, or campsite owner. Get the train schedule at any train station or tourist office, or on the Internet:

SNCF timetable  from St. Gervais to Martigny (The Mont Blanc Express).

The buses also run on a regular basis, however, they only run from Servoz to Argentière and Le Tour. There is no bus service to Vallorcine.
During the summer months, there is a bus from Chamonix to the Col des Montets, several times daily. Please ask at the Tourist Office for more details.


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2. COURMAYEUR

How to get there?
By air, the nearest airports are Geneva, Milano or Torino. It is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from Milan’s Malpensa Airport and Geneva International Airport, and approximately 2 hours from Torino.

The easiest route to Courmayeur from any of these airports would be from Geneva, since transfers are cheaper than from Milano and Torino.

The following companies offer shuttle services to Courmayeur:
ATS (Airport Transfer Services):
Shuttle services from several airports such as Milano and Geneva to the main tourist areas in the Alps.

Otherwise get a transfer to Chamonix, and then take a taxi or the bus through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to get to Courmayeur (the tunnel is only 14km long).  There are other companies offering shuttle services from Milano to Courmayeur, but all of them are fairly expensive.
Another option would be to take the train from Milano to Aosta, and then the bus to Courmayeur. Unfortunately, Courmayeur does not have a train connection.

Transportation within the Aosta Valley
The Savda buses run regularly during the summer and winter season to all villages in the Courmayeur Valley. The best option is to use one of the bus services to and from the Val Veny and Val Ferret in the summer months.

Savda bus schedules  within the Aosta Valley

No-Frills Airlines to Geneva
Here are several airlines that offer cheap flights to Geneva from many bigger European destinations:
Easyjet  “”UK airline, cheap flights from London, Paris, Nice, Amsterdam to Geneva and more.
Swiss International Air Lines  “”Cheap flights from Zurich, Paris, and other cities.

Arrive by Train
For trains from Switzerland, to the Chamonix Valley:
Swiss Rail

For trains from other parts of France:
TGV  (bullet train)
SNCF  (French National Railway)
Italianrail


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3. ZERMATT

How to get there?
By air, the nearest airport is Sion, a little national airport, or Geneva International Airport.
The easiest way to get to Zermatt from any of the airports is via the excellent train/bus system.
For prices and schedules,  click here.

Otherwise there are several companies offering airport transfer services, although more expensive:
Alphubel Taxi Parking
Taxi Fredy

Transportation within the Valais:
All of Switzerland is perfectly connected via train and bus.
The buses are run by the post, and will even bring you to the smallest hamlets.
SBB – check out their site for travel passes, schedules, and much more.

No-Frills Airlines to Geneva:
Here are several airlines that offer cheap flights to Geneva from many bigger European destinations:
Easyjet  “”UK airline, cheap flights from London, Paris, Nice, Amsterdam to Geneva and more.
Swiss International Air Lines  “”Cheap flights from Zurich, Paris, and other cities.

Arrive by Train
For trains from Switzerland, to the Chamonix Valley:
Swiss Rail


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4. DOLOMITES

How to get there?
If you travel by car, by air or by rail, there are several options:

Travel by Air/Shuttle/Rail
Corvara and Cortina d’Ampezzo have plenty of choices when it comes to airports, many of which are served with flights from the low-cost airlines from the UK or with travel company charter flights. The largest and most likely to have convenient scheduled flights from further afield are Venice (Marco Polo and Treviso) Airport, Innsbruck Airport, and Bolzano/Bozen.

There is an airport transfer service offered through the Alta Badia tourist office for the airports of Verona and the two Venice airports. More specific details are available from  www.altabadia.org.

For information on how to get from Cortina d’Ampezzo at the end of our trips back to Venice/Innsbruck, have a look at  www.cortina.dolomiti.org

Distances
Bolzano Airport (nearest airport in the Valley) – 63km
Innsbruck Airport (over the border in the Austrian Tyrol) – 135km
Treviso Airport (just to the north of Venice) – 165km
Marco Polo Airport (located on coast of Venice lagoon) – 174km
Verona Airport (on motorway interchange to south of city) – 213km

Once you have arrived by air, there are several options to get from the airport to your destination:
1. Airport Shuttles
Innsbruck and Venice airports to Corvara/Colfosco:
There are airport shuttles that can be booked online with  Cortina Express.
Airport shuttles from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Venice/Innsbruck can also be booked through Cortina Express.

2. Rail
The nearest railway stations are at Brunico (Bruneck in German) 38km away, or Bressanone (Brixen in German), around 57km away. Local coach services or taxis run from Brunico (Bruneck) to Corvara.

The main railway line to get to Cortina d’Ampezzo is Venezia S. Lucia – Calalzo di Cadore, then transfer to Cortina by a connected bus service. The nearest railway station is at Calalzo di Cadore, 35 km away.

The through journey from Venice to Cortina takes about 3.5 hours (train+bus).

The local coach services are:
SAD (website  http://www.sad.it– timetables available as PDF downloads).
Tren Italia (website  www.trenitalia.com)

Travel by Rail:
On the north there is the Fortezza-Dobbiaco railway line. Transfer to Cortina by bus (www.sii.bz.it). From Fortezza to Cortina it takes about 2 hours (train+bus).
From Innsbruck, there are trains leaving each hour from 11:30am to 8:00pm. It takes about 4 hours to get to Cortina.
Cortina is most easily reached from Venice Airport.

Transport Options:
There is a daily bus operating between Venice Airport and Cortina for 20 Euros per person (2 hours). This bus operates Friday-Sunday end of June until mid-July and then daily mid-July until September. A private taxi costs around 200-300E depending on numbers in the group, from 1-8 passengers (1.5 hours).

We gladly assist you in any pre or post trip lodging reservations. On request, we can also provide you with airport shuttles.

Travel by Car
Corvara/Colfosco is best approached from the Innsbruck to Verona motorway, a busy route between north and south Europe which does however have the advantage of excellent connections.

The motorway is exited south of Brixen (Bressanone) and the route heads up the Val Gardena through the ski resorts of that Valley and then up and over the Passo Gardena and down past the hamlet resort of Colfosco into Corvara.

Corvara can also be approached from the north through the Pustertal (Val Pusteria) or from the south and east from Arabba and then over the Passo Campolongo.

Distances
Innsbruck 132km – north over the Brenner pass to the Austrian motorway junction at Innsbruck.
Venice 189km – south through the mountains to the motorway east and west.
Verona 216km – west to the motorway and then south to the major junction at Verona.

Rental car services can be found at all airports.

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