About Transfers to Chamonix
There are several ways to get from Geneva to Chamonix but the most common (and quickest) ways are to take a shared or private minibus transfer, or by hiring a car. There are many companies that offer Airport Transfers and you will need to book your seats in advance.
Also see our Getting Here Guide for more information.
Airport transfers & shuttles
In winter and summer you're mostly likely to fly into Geneva Airport, which is the only airport we'd recommend aiming for. You can (just about) get connections to Chamonix from Lyon year-round, and Chambery or Grenoble in winter.
Airport Transfers from Geneva to Chamonix can be by shared or private minibus and lots of transfer companies operate throughout the year. You also have the option of taking one of the regular buses from Geneva.
Booking a transfer in advance is highly recommended as you cannot guarantee picking up one at the airport and some companies strictly forbid their drivers from doing this. You can do this easily and quickly online from the transfer companies websites.
These are the approximate transfer times and distances to Chamonix from the airports, which can be affected by snow, bad weather or peak holiday times:
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These are the approximate prices for return shared transfers to Chamonix, per person, based on an 8-person minibus. These are the approximate transfer costs between the various airports and resort:
Private taxis & transfers
It is possible to pick up a private taxi in one of the ranks found immediately outside any of the airports mentioned above. Prices to resort should be negotiated before setting off. For more than 4 people the cost will obviously be higher for a larger vehicle but probably cheaper per person. Even though you agree a price beforehand, the driver is obliged to keep the meter running and may not charge more than the price shown (except for surcharges and motorway tolls etc). Take a look at our taxis page for options.
There are a number of companies that offer private transfers for groups of more than four persons from most airports in the region. If you are a large family or group with five or more people then a private transfer company who can offer a people carrier or minibus will be the cheapest and quickest option. With more space than a normal car taxi and door to door service this is certainly worth investigating before you book anything else.
Hiring a car from the airport to Chamonix is a good choice if you can't easily find transfers for the flight times you have chosen (for example especially early mornings). Also, since the Chamonix Valley is around 20km long, and the resort villages and ski areas are quite spread out, you may also find that having your own car here is an advantage - especially if you don't like being squashed in on public transport.
Having your own car also gives you a lot more freedom whilst you're here and the chance to visit neighbouring resorts (for example Verbier, Courmayeur, Les Contamines or Megeve) which are included with the MBU ski pass.
Using public transport can help keep the costs down on your trip to Chamonix, however it can take considerably longer than some of the options above and you may need to make a few different connections to get here.
For example, coming by train means changing at St Gervais le Fayet before joining the Mont Blanc Express train into Chamonix, or coming by bus you will potentially be making a lot of stops on the way. Take a look at bus timetables via the link below.
Also see: Bus Services in Chamonix
It's actually quite easy to pick up inter resort transfers in Chamonix, into neighbouring Italy, Switzerland or to some of the nearby French ski resorts, just be prepared to potentially take a large chunk out of your day travelling which may impact on your time in any of these places.
If you're heading further afield, it's often a good idea to head back to the nearest airport, which may take you a bit out of your way geographically, but you'll find more transfer options from there. Airport transfer companies and Tour Operators run regular transfers to and from the airport (especially at the weekend) and they sometimes have spare seats that you can purchase from them. Once at the airport, the idea is to co-ordinate with an onward transfer to the resort of your choice – either with the same tour operator or transfer company. As the majority of people travel on Saturday or Sunday, the weekend is your best chance of bagging an inter-resort transfer; mid-week or out of season travel is likely to be complicated and potentially expensive. You should enquire directly with the operators in resort about availability but they may not be able to confirm your place until the last minute as priority will go to their “package” clients.
Also see: Bus Services in Chamonix
Location: Chamonix / Mont Blanc Valley