Many of our hiking trips start in Chamonix-Mont Blanc, and often we get asked:
What is the easiest way to get here? So we thought this would make a good blog article:
BY AIR, then GROUND: The nearest airport is Geneva International Airport (GVA). It takes approx. 1h 15min 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 is to book a transfer ahead of time online.
No-Frills airlines to Geneva: There are several airlines that offer cheap flights to Geneva from many bigger European destinations:
Minibus Shuttle Service: List of minibus shuttle services; they will bring you directly to your address in the Chamonix Valley, and will pick you up at the front door to get you back to the airport as well.
They are very reliable, and will send you a text before the transfer with the name of your driver and his/her phone number for your pickup, to make sure you can contact them if needed.
The Chamonix Bus Company SAT is running a public bus from GVA airport and the main Geneva train station to the Chamonix Valley. There are different schedules for the different seasons, but they can all be downloaded here:
Getting around within the Chamonix valley:
Getting around by train and bus is very easy. If you have a carte d’hôte, a secondary residence card or a ‘gens du pays’ card, the train service is free of charge within the valley of Chamonix (From St. Gervais to Vallorcine).
The carte d’hôte should be given to you by your hotel, auberge, or campsite owner.
Get the train schedule at any train station or tourist office, or on the internet:
SNCF time table 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
Another minibus, ‘Le Mulets’ (the mule train) is a downtown shuttle, servicing several locations within the downtown area to get around. The buses are free of charge, and depart every 10 minutes from each stop.
General information for Chamonix: Following websites offer general information for the Chamonix valley: