In winter, there are four main airports you could fly into: Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble and Lyon; whilst in summer, flights only operate to Geneva and Lyon. The following drive times are only approximate and can be affected by snow, adverse weather or lots of traffic during peak holiday times:
|Airports close to Chamonix
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There are an increased number of international flights to the above airports during the winter months, operating from December to March/April. In summer, the same airlines fly out here but your choice of departure and arrival airports is reduced. Use our Flight Finder to search for the best flights for your trip.
Geneva Airport is extremely well connected from most UK and European cities, year round and as the closest airport to Chamonix is the obvious choice; realistically, it's the only airport we'd recommend for Chamonix. Flights to Geneva are much more competitively priced because of higher passenger volumes and you can pick up Swiss chocolate and fancy Swiss watches on your way through!
Due to the lack of transfer options, higher costs and longer travel times, we can't really recommend any other airports for Chamonix, despite what the map looks like! Once you’ve arrived, you'd have to get a private transfer to resort or hire a car, as this is easier and faster than taking lots of connections on public transport. Chambery Airport only opens for the winter season. Turin Airport has international scheduled flights at any time of the year; if car-hiring, factor in the cost of two Mont Blanc tunnel tolls at ~€43 each way too (last check in 2017). Lyon Airport has year round flights, although transfer times are a longer to Chamonix and therefore more expensive. Use these airports only if you have no other option...
Once you’ve arrived at the airport you’ll need a transfer to Chamonix, which you can do via private taxi or minibus, hire car, coach, train or public buses. Travel times vary for each airport, as do the respective transfer costs. Read more in our Transfers Guide.
If you’re bringing sports equipment with you, don’t forget to check how much extra the airline might charge you for carriage and give yourself extra time to get this additional equipment checked in. Often the excess baggage areas are separate from the main check in desks, so make sure you get there with plenty of time to potentially do two check-ins. You should be able to find out more information about prices and check in desks either on the airline website, on your tickets or email confirmation.