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How to Get to Chamonix
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is a village in south-eastern France and one of the oldest winter sports resorts in the country. For people planning their ski holidays here, we share tips on transportation from neighboring places by taxi, transfer, and public transport.
Taxi to Chamonix
In Geneva Airport, taxi cabs are parked in front of the arrivals area. If you choose getting to the resort from the air hub, you’ll have to spend 180-250 euros and 1,5 hours. The final taxi price depends on the date, time, traffic, and a number of suitcases.
If planning to reach the resort from a more remote point like Lyon or Bern, be ready that few local taxi drivers will agree to accept an order for such a long distance. In these cases, you’d better take care to pre-arrange a cab in advance.
Transfer to Chamonix
A private transfer is the most convenient way to travel. It is especially appreciated by people traveling with small children, in a big company, or with heavy luggage. With an individual transfer, you save time, as your car arrives at agreed time and you don’t have to wait. It is a comfortable door-to-door service that can be booked beforehand.
To reserve a car at Kiwitaxi, fill in the booking with a pick-up place (put your flight number if a starting point is an air hub), specify an exact address in Chamonix, provide a number of passengers and child seats needed. A pre-ordered taxi transfer from Geneva Airport costs from 172 euros and takes an hour and 20 minutes. Getting from Lyon by Kiwitaxi will cost from 483 euros and 3 hours. Fares are fixed after the booking and known in advance. You may pay for your transfer either online by credit card or in cash to the driver upon arrival to Chamonix.
Public Transport to Chamonix
A Geneva Airport Shuttle bus cruises between the air terminal and Chamonix, making scheduled stops on the way. Tickets cost 30 euros, and the trip takes near 2 hours. Also, you may go by rail. In this case, you’ll have to change trains twice. The whole journey will take almost 4 hours and 60-100 euros per person. You may reach the village from Lyon by bus spending 20-23 euros and 5 hours, or go by rail for 50-70 euros and almost 6 hours. In both cases, you’ll have to make change.
Apart from specific inconvenience public transport provides, most of it is unavailable at night. If planning to set off for Chamonix at night, consider taxi or transfer variants.
Situated near the mountain peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges, the resort is popular among skiers and mountaineers. The Vallée Blanche (White Valley) – a special local curiosity – is a 20 km-long off-piste ski route that is loved much by advanced skiers.