Choosing Chamonix for Your Ski Holiday

Here are some of most frequently asked questions about transfers from Geneva to Chamonix and the ski resort itself.

Which is the nearest airport?

If you ignore some smaller airports, the one perhaps most commonly used for this resort is Geneva. It's only about 80 or 90 kilometres away and transfers from Geneva to Chamonix are fast, frequent and easy. However, it's also not too far from Lyon or some of the northern Italian airports.

Are there other ways of getting there?

Yes, you can drive there on your own or go by train. The nearest railway station is St Gervais-le Fayet at about 20kms. You will then need to get a taxi or make private arrangements.

Are there issues crossing the Franco-Swiss border?

None at all - nor for that matter if you are crossing from France into Italy during your stay in the resort (which is right on the border). Do remember, though, that if you're not a citizen of an EU country you may need visas or other entry documents. The rules here will typically be highlighted by your tour operator. Whether you are a citizen of an EU country or not, it is still advisable to carry some form of formal identification with you when you travel.

What are the winter sports like?

The area has a vast array of snow-based opportunities, covering just about every level of skiing and snow sport imaginable. Some people regard this lovely resort as the spiritual home of French skiing and you're unlikely to be disappointed at the choices available.

There are also various luxury spas and well-being clinics available and, in passing, remember that this is also a very popular area for summer mountain activities. (You will still be able to get a transfer from Geneva to Chamonix in the warmer months.)

Where is Chamonix-Mont-Blanc?

A long time ago (1916) the commune appended Mont-Blanc to its name. So, the name as it stands now is just an abbreviation of the older name for the area.

Are there plenty of restaurants?

Yes! The traditional fare is hearty Savoyard comprising cheeses, tarts, bacon, prunes and eggs. As the 20th century progressed, the cuisine became increasingly diverse and the locality now offers a huge range from the traditional and classic French cuisines through to various international options such as Japanese.

How's the après-ski?

Plenty of choice and lively! This is not known as one of the quieter resorts but, having said that, the frolics are typically moderate with excesses avoided. There are the traditional pubs, bars, cafés, and nightclubs though, and you can dance until dawn if you're up to it!

Can you find luxury accommodation?

Yes. There are several four and five star hotels. It's also possible to rent a luxury chalet or share one with others. These can be fully serviced if you wish, including catering - you'd have to do little or nothing other than to relax and ski.

Is pre-booking of airport transfers required?

Theoretically no, but you might find that it's more reassuring and less stressful if you do arrange your transfer from Geneva to Chamonix ahead of time online.

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