Getting around Chamonix

Chamonix Ski Lift

Chamonix Ski Lift

Getting around Chamonix (France) is not quite as easy as you may think, most “Ski Resorts” don’t really need any public transport, you simply click into your skis and off you go.  Not so in Chamonix, unfortunately there are not many “ski-in, ski-out” chalets or hotels in the valley so you will need to consider how you are going to get to the ski station of choice.

The options within the valley to get around are either, BUS, TRAIN or TAXI (if you don’t have your own vehicle).

 

Chamonix Bus

Chamonix Bus

The Chamonix Bus system is the main way for people to get around the valley and has been designed to relocate as many people as possible.  During peak periods there is a higher turn over buses going all the way from Chamonix centre to Le tour at one end of the valley and Les Houches at the other end.  The system is good in many respects but can get extremely over loaded at very busy times resulting in long bus lines and the need to stand up once you do make it onto a bus. Its not uncommon for buses to simply drive by busy buses stops because there isn’t any room left on the bus.

 

Chamonix Train

Chamonix Train

The Chamonix Train system is a good option for certain people depending where you are staying and where you want to go in the valley.  If you are staying in “Chamonix centre” you need to be near to either Chamonix centre train station or the Aiguille du Midi train stop.  You would really only take the train if you were going to ski in “Flegere” or “Grand Montets“.  You might have to walk a little further than you would if you took the bus but its a lot more comfortable and generally a lot less busy.

 

Chamonix Taxi

Chamonix Taxi

By far the easiest way (but not the cheapest) to get around the Chamonix valley is in one of the Chamonix Taxis.  Using a “Chamonix Taxi” or minibus allows you to get picked up directly from your accommodation and dropped off as close as possible to the ski lift.  Even if you have a car in the valley its often better to leave your car where it is and avoid trying to find a parking space at the ski lift station, it also means you can have a drink before the return journey!  Most taxis are equipped with some type of ski carrying equipment and you can normally get straight into the vehicle with your ski boots on.

 

Geneva airport to Chamonix for UTMB

UTMB 2016

UTMB 2016

The UTMB 2016 is just around the corner and many people will now be looking for the best method of getting form Geneva airport to Chamonix.

If you are travelling with your family and/or friends the best thing to do is book a “private” transfer from the airport.  This way the cost is kept down per person and you won’t have a long tedious wait in the airport.

Contact us for more information about our private transfers.

 

Chamonix Taxis.

 

Chamonix Cabs

Chamonix Cabs

For any type of in-valley taxi service that you require in Chamonix from a simple cross town shopping trip or ski hire pick-up to a 5 star luxury trip to your favorite restaurant in Italy we can provide you with a car and driver.

Contact us for a quote or to request a car.

Tel – 00 33 (0)6 79 01 46 02

jim Coates

Chamonix – “Alpine town of the year”

Chamonix has been awarded the status of “Alpine Town Of The Year” by the association “Ville des Alpes de L’Annèe”

Below is an extract from their web-site.

THE ALPINE TOWN OF THE YEAR ASSOCIATION…

Logo … is an association of alpine towns which have been awarded the title of “Alpine Town of the Year”. The title commends an alpine town for its particular commitment to the implementation of the Alpine Convention and is awarded by an international Jury.

On Monday the 1st of September 2014 Chamonix was selected from a long list of potential towns covering the entier Alps.  Selected by an international jury and based largely on Chamonix’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% before the end of 2015

Towns previously selected are listed below (Taken from www.villedesalpes.org)

Geneva to Chamonix transfers, book early!

imgres-7If your 2013/14 winter holiday is already booked why not get you airport transfer booked too. All too often we receive last minute requests from people who “forgot” to book this vital part of their holiday.

We understand it’s not as much fun as choosing your luxury chalet or buying your new skis online, but without the airport transfer your chalet could be difficult to get too.

At this time of year many of the airport transfer companies are getting ready for the coming winter and have lots of availability, booking now will almost certainly guarantee you availability even over the busy Xmas / New year period.

james Coates

www.Chamonixcabs.com