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Car Parking in Chamonix

Discover & book the top Chamonix car-parks

Parking in Chamonix

In summer you'll probably find it easier to find a space to park your car in Chamonix. In winter, a covered or underground parking spot is the ideal place to leave your vehicle as it will save you all the hassle of digging it out after a snowfall, scraping your windows and trying to start a frozen car. However, parking in ski resorts can be tight and so you’ll more than likely end up leaving your car outside.

A few things to remember:

Traffic wardens or “Police Municipal” are regularly seen patrolling the streets on the look out for illegally parked vehicles. Parking in ski resorts can be very problematic especially during high season, so it is always worth reserving a parking space in advance wherever possible to ensure you have a suitable spot to leave your car. Foreign plates do not give you diplomatic immunity from parking fines so if you do leave your car in an inappropriate spot then you should expect to be ticketed or even towed away and impounded.

Parking fines vary from €11 to €135, with €45 being then norm. If you receive a fine through the post you have 3 options: throw it away (although the French authorities are cracking down on non-payment of penalties by foreign drivers), pay it, or contest it. If you decide to pay it then the sooner the better as the fine is lowered if paid within 15 days. You can do so either by buying a “timbre amende” from a tabac or tax office, attach it to the ticket and send it off; or by credit card on this website. Should you choose to contest it, then you need to complete the form attached to the fine and send it off to the Police Municipal.

Always pay attention to signs placed around parking areas in resort that may indicate a market or snow clearing taking place the following day. When there is snow to clear, ploughs show very little respect for things in their way and on more than one occasion have been known to scrape up the sides of errant vehicles causing significant damage. If you don’t move your car it will be towed and left elsewhere in resort, generally on the outskirts of town.

A few tips for parking your vehicle:

  • Park facing downhill and turn your wheels towards the kerb to act as a brake.
  • Leave your car in gear with the handbrake off as it can freeze and you can snap the cabling.
  • Lift the windscreen wipers away from the window so that they don’t stick to the glass and get damaged. If there has been heavy snowfall, clear the snow from your windscreen by hand rather that with your wipers – the weight of the snow can be deceptive and you’ll probably just end up burning out your wiper motor. You certainly don’t want to be without functioning windscreen wipers in winter with all the salt from the roads that sprays over your car.
  • Remember where you parked! – this sounds stupid, but it can be very hard to identify your car under a metre of snow!

Car parks

Chamonix Parking
Parking in the centre of town can be notoriously difficult, particularly in Chamonix Sud. There are almost 4000 car parking spaces in Chamonix, but the ease of parking varies considerably during low and high season. All official car parks are marked on the Chamonix Town Map with a letter P and most of the ski areas have a large car park with Brevent being the only one that you have to pay for.

Argentiere Parking
There are a number of places to park your car in Argentiere, marked on the Argentiere Town Map with a letter P. The largest car park in Argentiere is at the bottom of the Les Grands Montets cable car; open all year round, it is free with plenty of spaces. That said, Les Grands Montets ski area is very popular so finding a parking in space in winter can be difficult - especially on a powder day! In Argentiere village itself there are five outdoor parking spots; two at the bottom of the main high street on Chemin du Grand Chantey and at Argentiere train station, with three more parking areas on the main street, on Place du Marche and by the cemetery. There are also plenty of unofficial parking spaces to be had on Route d'Argentiere, before you get to the roundabout for the Telepherique and village; however we do not recommend you park here for a long time as you might be risking a ticket or worse, being towed.

Le Tour Parking
Parking at Le Tour is restricted to one main large car park located at the bottom of the Charamillon bubble lift. When this is full you might be lucky and find a space on one of the little side streets but many of them are too narrow to drive along, let alone park without blocking someone in so take care and be considerate of residents.

Les Houches Parking
There are a number of places where you can park if you are staying in Les Houches, all marked on the Les Houches Town Map. Right in the centre of Les Houches you will find some parking along the street as well as a few car parks. Most of the street parking is in the centre of the village around the church and mairie (town hall), although check the restrictions as some have a limit to the number of hours you can park and what time of day you are allowed to park in the spaces. All of the outdoor car parks in Les Houches are free of charge and without restriction, although check for signs as on heavy snowfall days you might be required to move your car for snow clearing. The main car parks in Les Houches are at the Bellevue cable car where you will find a large car park with plenty of spaces. The other is at the Prarion bubble where there are a number of car parks for access to the ski lift. In La Maison Neuve you will find a car park situated near to the chairlift, in Les Chavants there is a car park at the top of the Route de la Cote des Chavants. There are also a number of parking spots along the road running from the Prarion lift to the Bellevue cable car. For the Teleski du Torchet you will find a car park located at the bottom of the poma.

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Free parking

Free Parking in Chamonix
Free parking in Chamonix has dwindled in recent years in an attempt to get more people to use public transport. However, there are a still a few free outdoor car parks remaining, namely Les Planards (H20) and at the back of the tennis courts by the river (D22).

There are a few other free parking spaces in Chamonix. Down by the train tracks on Chemin des Cristalliers there are a number of marked free parking spaces right next to the track. There are also a few roadside spots behind the train station on Rue Helbronner.

Locals and people working in Chamonix can park for free during 11 hours every 24 hours in the outdoor car parks of Courmayeur (by the bowling alley), Corzolet and Fond des Gires (by the ice rink and athletic track). Go to the Chamonix Parc Auto office at the Entréves parking in Cham Sud with your Viacham card and your car's carte grise to apply.

Free Parking in Les Houches, Argentiere & Le Tour
The outlying villages of Les Houches, Argentiere and Le Tour mostly only have free parking, which can usually be found near lift stations and train stations. You might get lucky with roadside parking but check first for restrictions and that large vehicles such as snowploughs and buses can pass you with plenty of room.

Remember that free car parks are not always cleared of snow, so make sure that you have access to a shovel as some days you may have to dig your way out! Also, when snow-clearing does take place you may be required to move your car so don't leave it there for too long during winter.

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Indoor / Covered parking

Chamonix has three covered car parks offering approximately 720 covered car parking places:

  • Parking Saint-Michel  - 611 Allée du Recteur Payot – 310 places. Gives convenient access to the town centre, Tourist Office, Espace Tiarraz, ski school meeting place and the Maison de la Montagne.
  • Parking Place du Mont Blanc – Ave du Mont Blanc – 238 places. Convenient for the sports centre, ice rink, town centre and the Saturday market.
  • Parking Entreves  – Chamonix Sud - 150 places. Use for Chamonix Sud, bowling alley, bus station.

The first hour is free and then the price goes up per hour, with different prices for day and night. The maximum daytime rate is 8.50€ for 12 hours. Night parking runs from 7:30pm to 7:30am and is significantly cheaper.

You can also invest in a weekly, monthly or annual parking pass, valid at all three car parks. This is worth enquiring about at the Mairie if you are bringing a car to Chamonix during the busiest times of the year, as it will work out a lot cheaper than paying per hour. The added bonus is that weekly passes are further discounted on production of a Carte d'Hôte guest card.

Brevent also has covered paid parking, which is really only convenient for accessing the cable car.

Also see: Car Hire Chamonix

Outdoor parking

Outdoor car parks in Chamonix can be found at the train station, on Rue des Allobroges (next to Hotel Mercure), behind the cinema (L’Outa) and at the south end of the pedestrian zone next to Hotel Prieure (Lionel Terray). The first half hour is free with prices going up to about 17 for 24 hours.

Roadside paid parking is usually more expensive during the day but free overnight from 7pm to 9am. It can be found at Place Poilu (near Hotel Pointe Isabelle), alongside the river on Promenade Marie Paradis and on Avenue Aiguille du Midi.

The easiest parking for the Aiguille du Midi cable car is the Grépon open air car park with 690 places in the summer and 350 places in the winter, (H17 on the resort map). Parking is free for the first hour and then goes up to €2.40 for 2hrs and €13.50 for 24hrs,

Also see: Car Hire Chamonix

Disabled parking

Chamonix has a number of disabled parking spaces with disabled access dotted across Chamonix in indoor paid car parks, outdoor paid car parks, outdoor free car parks and a few on street parking spots. All of the indoor paid car parks have disabled access and disabled parking spaces, they can be found on the resort map by the white P, with a triangle over it, in a blue box:

  • Parking Saint Michel (E19) - 9 disabled spaces, only levels 1, 3 & 5 are accessible by the lift, good for the centre of Chamonix, tourist office, Mairie, shops, cafes etc. WC near to the cash desk. 
  • Parking Place du Mont Blanc (F20) - 6 disabled spaces, good for the centre of Chamonix, close to the sports centre, library etc. WC on the first floor.
  • Parking Entreves (F16) - 2 disabled places, right in the centre of Chamoinx Sud, good for accommodation and the bowling. 

Outdoor paid car parks with disabled spaces are as follows:

  • Grepon car park (H17) - 14 disabled spaces
  • Place de la Gare (G20) - 1 disabled space, but ticket machine is inaccessible if on your own
  • L'Outa car park (E18/19) - 1 disabled place, WC available
  • Le Brevent car park (D18)  - 2 disabled spaces
  • Place du Poilu car park (F20) - 1 disabled space

On street allocated disabled parking spaces:

  • Rue du Lyret (F18/19) - 3 disabled parking spaces, one before Chemin du Sapi and 2 towards the post office
  • Rue Vallot (E20) - 2 disabled spaces, one at the Place du Mont Blanc crossroad, one at the top end of the street
  • Route de la Patinoire (F21) - 1 disabled space, by the ice skating rink
  • Avenue de Courmayeur (F17) - 1 disabled space
  • Avenue de la Plage (E21) - 1 disabled space, by the swimming pool and sports centre

Disabled parking in Argentiere is at the train station car park (1 space), Place du Marche (1 space) and the Grands Montets car park.

Most of the car parks in Les Houches have at least one dedicated disabled parking space.

ALL of the car parks located at the bottom of the ski lifts have disabled parking spaces; Le Tour usually has parking attendants in winter to help you find a parking space.

Also see: Car Hire Chamonix

Motorhome parking

There is only one official parking spot for camper vans and motor homes in Chamonix. 

Located at the Grepon car park you will find this large car park with access to a 'Flot Bleu', for sewage removal, water and an electricity socket. In winter there are height restrictions of 2m from December to mid March, but none outside of these dates. 

There is an over night unofficial motor home spot located on Route du Bouchet. Here you can park over night but there is no access to a 'Flot Bleu' for sewage removal, water or electricity so you will have to move on quite quickly either to the Grepon car park or to a camp site. 

There are other camp sites and caravan/motor home parks across the Chamonix Valley so have a look at our Campsites in Chamonix Page for more information on these.

Also see: Car Hire Chamonix

Location: Chamonix Main Town

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