Getting to Chamonix - Book your transfer
If you are flying to and from Geneva airport our airport transfer company is reliable and affordable and can be booked as a private or shared ride.
If you are travelling independently from your holiday package, it would be wise to plan you travel given all the options and considerations.
From outside France, flying
If you are planning to fly the nearest airport is Geneva Cointrin Airport. There are both low cost airlines and traditional flag carriers too. From the UK, EasyJet has many flights daily from most major city and regional airports, while British Airways, Swiss, Lufthansa and others are also worth considering. Renting a car from Geneva is also possible bearing in mind that the airport has exits on the Swiss side of the border and the French side. Normally the Swiss side is more convenient and closer to Chamonix by around 15 minutes.
Distances to Chamonix village and times from the nearest airports
Geneva Cointrin – 90 km / 1 hour 10 minutes
Lyon St. Exupéry - 220 km / 2 hours 30 minutes (via Albertville & Megève)
Chambéry Aix-les-Bains - 140 km / 1 hour 30 minutes (via Albertville and Megève)
Milan Malpensa - 240 km / 3 hours
Milan Linate – 263 km / 3 hours 30 minutes
Turin/Torino – 178 km / 2 hours 30 minutes
Driving to Chamonix
From the UK there are several ferry routes from mainland UK to France along with the channel tunnel/Eurotunnel. As of 2019 ferries operate routes from Dover and Folkstone to Calais/Dunkirk, Poole to Le Havre and Caen and Newhaven to Dieppe.
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is the car and train service linking Folkestone, England, with Calais, France, in the underwater channel tunnel which takes just 35 minutes. You can travel on all the routes as a foot passenger or with your vehicle although different tariffs apply depending on the size of your vehicles and the number of passengers.
Peak times can be fully booked well in advance, so early booking is a good idea for school holidays periods. Check in for Eurotunnel is 45 minutes prior to departure and for ferries you generally need to arrive at the port an hour before your scheduled sailing time.
The UK Eurotunnel terminal is based near Folkestone, Kent, with a dedicated motorway exit at Junction 11A of the M20. The French terminal is outside Calais, off Junction 42 of the A16 motorway; the Euro tunnel journey from London to Chamonix usually takes around ten hours by car.
The motorway that gets you to Chamonix is the Autoroute Blanche A40 which is a toll road or in French “Péage”. The toll stations have many lanes and unless you have a pre-pay dongle you should aim for any lane signposted with a big yellow “T” above where you can pay with cash or card. This is the same throughout France on toll roads.
The quickest way to reach Chamonix from Italy is via the Mont Blanc/Monte Bianco Tunnel offered by the company ATMB. Milan to Chamonix via Aoste valley takes about 3 hours and from Turin about 2 hours. A return ticket costs approximately €60.00 as of July 2019. Please check the tunnel timings as there can be significant delays on the approaches. The Tunnel MB website gives an estimated wait in real time.
From central Switzerland road access to Chamonix is via toll motorway to Martigny, Cole de Forclaz and Col de Montets. These are high mountain passes and are subject to road closures during or after heavy snowfall. You can check the status on the Inforoute74 site here. From Martigny, the typical journey to Chamonix over the cols is a beautiful route with epic scenery and takes around 45 minutes. If the Cols are closed the trip can be as long as 3 hours via Morzine or Geneva.
You should also consider what you are bringing with you whether that might be ski or snowboard equipment, mountain bikes, climbing gear, quantity of luggage and number of passengers.
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In general, though single shared transfers in a shared minibus generally cost €30-40 per passenger and will drop you at your preferred destination. Private transfers for up to 8 passengers each way cost around €200-€300 depending on which company you book with.
There are scheduled companies including easyBus, which operates many time a day and drops you in a central Chamonix location. From Geneva there is also a schedule coach transfer which takes around 2 hours with Satbus.
Renting a car at Geneva airport
Most of the global car hire companies are at Geneva airport on the Swiss side of the airport. You should check when you hire that the car is fitted with snow tires and that there is no extra charge for this. You always need your driver’s license to collect your car rental as well as a credit card for the additional insurance waiver if needed. If you want to avoid paying the ADW or CDW you an take out a policy with Reduce my excess, which will generally cover any excess on claims (UK residents). You will need to pay the hire company first and claim afterwards. We aren’t brokers though so this is not advice!
Please free to call us on +44 (0) 845 460 0606 to discuss any details of your journey.