Practical information about Chamonix
Chamonix in a few
From its full name "Chamonix-Mont-Blanc", or "Cham" to the friends, Chamonix is one of the legendary high-altitude cities to which winter sports and outdoor enthusiasts come together every year. Who thinks about Chamonix thinks about the famous Aiguille du Midi, one of the main tourist attractions of the area, and the vast ski areas of the valley. Better to be in the category of experienced ski in Chamonix, because the slopes are rather rough and the climate is sometimes capricious. As James Bond has witnessed, who chose the tracks surrounding Chamonix to shoot" Le monde ne suffit pas” (The world is not enough) ...
When should I come?
The climate is similar to a mountain climate, where the winter seasons are cold and snowy with an average of 2 ° C in January and February, contrasting with a generally pleasant summer and where temperatures regularly exceed 25 ° C. Whatever the season, Chamonix remains a great place to spend a holiday.
Good to know!
Chamonix welcomes many tourists in August and during the winter sports season. Lovers of calm, remember to book outside school holidays. Prices will also be much more attractive.
How to get there?
By Car : easily accessible, Chamonix is served by direct access via the Autoroute Blanche (A40) linked to the European motorway network. From Switzerland, you will take the motorway to Martigny, Col de la Forclaz then Col des Montets. From Italy, you will reach Chamonix 15km from the border via the Mont Blanc tunnel.
By Train : Chamonix has its own train station in the station, and there are TER and TGV links from St Gervais-les-Bains-le Fayet station located 20km away. For a panoramic visit, the Mont Blanc Express SNCF line serves all the villages of St Gervais-les-Bains-le Fayet in Martigny (Switzerland) via Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix, Argentiere and Vallorcine. From Paris, it takes around 6h30 to leave the Gare de Lyon.http://www.voyages-sncf.com/
By Plane : for an arrival by air, you will land in one of the three airports near Chamonix:
Geneva International Airport (88km)
The SAT bus company provides daily connections between Geneva Airport and Chamonix. www.sat-montblanc.com
Airport Haute-Savoie Mont Blanc (90km)
By car, take the A3 motorway to Chambéry then the A40 to Annecy, for a journey of about 1h30.You can also take a taxi at the exit of the airport.
Lyon-Saint Exupéry International Airport (220km)
The airport is served by a TGV station: www.sncf.fr
By Bus : buses make daily connections with Geneva and Italy, as well as connections with the various airports.You will need about 1:30 from Lyon, 5:30 from Paris, 45 minutes from Geneva.Consult the services offered by the SAT bus company www.sat-montblanc.com