Chamonix is located in the Haute-Savoie region of France, at the foot of Mont Blanc. The most convenient airport for Chamonix is Geneva as it's not only the closest but also offers the greatest choice of airlines, frequent flight times and the most competitive prices. To reach the Chamonix Valley's world-famous pistes from Geneva airport quickly and comfortably, your best bet is to book an airport transfer.
We’ve got the inside track on what to know and watch out for when booking a transfer from Geneva airport to Chamonix, so read on for our complete guide.
How to get from Geneva airport to Chamonix
Geneva airport is 103km from the centre of Chamonix. To get here we recommend you book an airport transfer.
How do you get from Geneva airport to Chamonix?
The easiest and fastest way to get to Chamonix is to book an airport transfer. The Geneva to Chamonix transfer time is around 1h15, but will be longer on snowy days and in peak weeks, such as Christmas, New Year, school holidays and Easter.
Another option if you can't easily find transfers for the flight times you have chosen is to hire a car from Geneva airport, which also gives you the freedom to move around and visit neighbouring resorts. Nevertheless, driving on the snow means that you have safety and potential damage to consider, while snow tyres should be added to the final cost. From 1st November 2021 several French départements, including Haute Savoie, require cars to be equipped with winter tyres or have snow chains in the boot during the winter season (November - March).
Closest airport to Chamonix
Geneva isn't only the most convenient airport when travelling to Chamonix, it’s also the closest. There are other airports in Lyon, Grenoble and Chambery but they're further away. The last two are also mainly used for tour operator charters.
What's the nearest airport to Chamonix?
The closest airport to Chamonix is Geneva, a little over 100km from the centre of resort. It only takes around 1h15 to arrive from Geneva airport to the Chamonix Valley.
These are the average transfer times and distances from the main airports to Chamonix. The values are approximate and can be affected by snow, bad weather or peak holiday times:
|Airport to Chamonix Transfer Times & Distances|
|Geneva to Chamonix||1h15||103km|
|Chambery to Chamonix||1h30||145km|
|Turin to Chamonix||2h||175km|
|Lyon to Chamonix||2h10||220km|
|Grenoble to Chamonix||2h15||224km|
|Milan to Chamonix||2h45||235km|
Transfer prices in Chamonix
Chamonix ski transfer prices will vary depending on whether you're booking a private or a shared transfer, as well as on dates (with off-peak weeks generally offering cheaper transfers), times (it may be cheaper to travel in the middle of the day as transfer companies will be able to group more people together), availability, vehicle and/or group size, etc.
How much do Chamonix airport transfers cost?
The average price of a one-way shared transfer from Geneva to the Chamonix Valley starts at around €30 per person, going up to €200 for a private transfer. If you’re after something a bit fancier and most definitely faster, the sky can literally be the limit with a private helicopter transfer taking off from €2,200.
Shared vs private transfers
When booking your airport transfer you’ll find that there are two main Chamonix transfer options: shared or private. These depend on whether you book the whole vehicle for yourself and your group or you share it with other people.
What's a shared transfer?
A shared transfer is when companies group passengers arriving at a similar time in the same vehicle, sharing costs among them. They are cheaper than private transfers, the trade-off is that they usually involve longer waiting and travel times. This is because they won't leave the airport until everyone’s plane lands, even if waiting times are usually under an hour. There will also be several stops on the way to drop people off, increasing the journey’s length.
What's a private transfer?
A private transfer is when the vehicle is reserved for your party only. Generally more convenient than shared transfers, they’re also more expensive. They’re the best option for groups and a good alternative when you can’t find a shared transfer around your flight time. Private transfers will leave the airport as soon as you arrive and go straight to your accommodation, making the waiting and journey times shorter. Those who prefer to travel in style will be able to book the latest luxury eco-friendly cars or even fly high in a helicopter.
Public bus transfers to Chamonix
Using public transport can help keep the costs down on your trip to Chamonix. However, it can take considerably longer than a shared or private transfer as buses usually stop several times along the way and you may need to make a connection in Geneva, Annecy, Bellegarde or Saint-Gervais-les-Bains Le Fayet, which are the nearest transport hubs in the area.
How do you get from Geneva airport to Chamonix using public transport?
Public bus transfers run from Geneva airport to the Chamonix Valley a few times per day in the winter. The Geneva to Chamonix bus transfer time is around 2h15. You can find the latest bus timetables on our Bus Services in Chamonix page.