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Trains in Chamonix
Discover & book Chamonix train services
Unlike most resorts, Chamonix has its own train station, which means it's possible to get all the way here by train.
Train travel is the most environmentally friendly way to get to Chamonix. You'll get more leg room and it's a great way to enjoy the passing scenery.
But there can be a lot of connections, especially if you're using the Eurostar to get from London to Chamonix. This can be difficult if you've got additional luggage like skis and bikes.
Tip! You may be able to get money off your accommodation or transfer to the resort if you mention you're coming by train.
Nearest train station to Chamonix
Chamonix's own station, 'Chamonix-Mont-Blanc', is on the Mont Blanc Express line between Saint Gervais Le Fayet and Vallorcine. All the main villages of the Chamonix valley are served by this line.
The closest SNCF train station to Chamonix is Saint Gervais, linking you to Geneva and many other locations in France.
If you're coming from the other direction, you'll need to get to Martigny in Switzerland. Trains run from Martigny to Vallorcine, where you can change for Chamonix-Mont-Blanc.
|Nearest connecting stations to Chamonix|
|Station||Line||Journey time to Chamonix||Frequency||Changes|
|Saint Gervais Le Fayet||Mont-Blanc-Express||40 minutes||1 train an hour||0|
|Martigny||SBB (Swiss national rail trains)
|1h 27||1 train an hour||1 at Vallorcine|
Journey time to Chamonix by train
These are rough journey times for a number of destinations.
|Journey times to Chamonix by train|
|Journey||Duration||Changes||Equivalent driving time|
|London to Chamonix (via Paris and Lyon)||10 to 12 hours||5||12 hours|
|Paris to Chamonix (via Lyon)||6 hours||3||6 to 7 hours|
|Geneva to Chamonix||3.5 hours||2||1h 15|
|Lyon (Bellegarde-sur-Valserine) to Chamonix||5 hours||1||2.5 hours|
|Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Chamonix||5 hours||5||2 hours|
London to Chamonix by train
There's no direct link between London and Chamonix by train.
The Eurostar ski train goes from London St Pancras to Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Bourg-Saint-Maurice is only 120kms from Chamonix by car, but it’s pretty difficult to do the journey by public transport.
Train prices to Chamonix
When you travel has a huge impact on the cost of train travel. Peak weeks like Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter are obviously more expensive.
Our top tip is to try to book as early as possible.
Eurostar ski train tickets usually go out for sale in mid-July and that's when they're at their cheapest.
TGV train tickets from Paris to other French cities are normally available to buy 120 to 90 days before your travel time.
From Geneva to Chamonix by train
By train, Geneva to Chamonix takes 3.5 hours and includes 2 changes.
If this seems too hard with armfuls of luggage, you might find it easier to book a coach or minibus transfer for this leg of the journey.
Coaches from Geneva airport or Geneva city to Chamonix take little more than an hour.
Booking train tickets to Chamonix
For more information on journey times or to book tickets online, visit these websites:
You can also book through the Trainline.
Book early! Journeys at Christmas, Easter and the French half term weeks get packed out quickly.
Luggage allowances on trains to Chamonix
If you're coming to Chamonix, chances are you're lugging a pair of skis or a mountain bike.
Train lines tend to have more generous allowances than airlines, but there are some limits:
|Luggage allowances on trains to Chamonix|
|Line||Large bags||Ski gear||Bikes|
|Eurostar to Paris||6 grams||1 pair of skis or snowboard - counts as one of your 2 large bags||Only if boxed. Email email@example.com for more information|
|Eurostar to Lyon||13 grams||1 pair of skis or snowboard - counts as one of your 2 large bags||Only if it fits into one of your 85cm pieces of luggage|
|French TER and TGV trains||No limit - must be able to carry all luggage yourself||Yes||Yes, if packaged in a bag measuring 120cm x 90cm or less|
|Swiss SBB trains||No limit - must be able to carry all luggage yourself||Yes||Free, if packaged and front wheel removed (you’ll need to pay for a fully assembled bike to travel in the bike carriage)|
If you can make travelling by train work for you, you'll be helping to reduce your impact of your trip on the environment.