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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.

You may have to make several connections. And the last bit of the journey can be slow.

But 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.

You may be able to get money off your accommodation or transfer to the resort if you mention you're coming by train.

Chamonix Town

Nearest train station to Chamonix

Chamonix's own station, 'Chamonix-Mont-Blanc', is on the Mont Blanc Express line. This runs between Saint Gervais Le Fayet and Martigny (in Switzerland) and stops at all the main villages of the Chamonix valley.

The closest SNCF train station to Chamonix is Saint Gervais, linking you to Geneva and many other locations in France.

Nearest connecting stations to Chamonix
Station Journey time to Chamonix Frequency Changes
Saint Gervais Le Fayet 40 minutes One train per hour 0
Martigny 1h27 One train per hour One at Vallorcine
About Trains to, from and around Chamonix

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 1h15
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. Whichever route you take, you'll need to change at Paris or Lille. 

The Eurostar ski train goes from London St Pancras to various stations in the Alps including Chambery, Moutiers and Bourg-Saint-Maurice.

Bourg-Saint-Maurice is only 120km from Chamonix, but in reality it's a lot easier to get a high speed train to Geneva and pick up a transfer from there.

Geneva is only 1h15 away by road, and there are plenty of transfers from Geneva airport.

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Train prices to Chamonix

How much it costs depends a lot on when you 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.

New train line connects Geneva and St. Gervais

From Geneva to Chamonix by train

By train, Geneva to Chamonix takes 3.5 hours and includes two 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.

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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.

Top tip!
Book early! Journeys at Christmas, Easter and the French half term weeks get packed out quickly.

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Luggage allowances on trains to Chamonix

If you're coming to Chamonix, you'll probably be carrying additional luggage like ski boots, helmets or backpacks.

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 Up to 85cm long at its widest 1 pair of skis or snowboard - counts as one of your 2 large bags Only if boxed. Email for more information
Eurostar to Lyon Up to 85cm long at its widest 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)

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