Public Transport in Chamonix
The local transportation system does give relatively easy access to each of the valley ski areas, although things can get pretty crowded at the start/end of the day and particularly during the winter high season. Due to the spread of the resort a car can be very useful if your accommodation is not on the main bus or train routes, when the likelihood of having your own private parking is also greater.
Chamonix has a regular fare-paying bus service run by Chamonix Bus, that circulates from approximately 7a.m. until 7.30p.m. everyday, up and down the valley. This is free with your lift-pass or carte d'hote (tourist card) and you can find copies of the latest timetables in our Bus & Train Timetables section below. There is also free shuttle service that runs around Chamonix town centre called Le Mulet. This service was named after the mules which were once used in the valley to transport visitors to and from the scenic attractions. The new motorised versions run circuits around Chamonix centre where the large buses can no longer pass due to pedestrianisation schemes and a general trend towards removing diesel fumes from the streets of the resort. The Mulets have connection points to the main bus service that continues up and down the valley to the main lift areas and villages.
There is a regular train service operated by the SNCF along the valley floor (and beyond into Switzerland if you want a scenic trip) from early morning until the evening.