Getting there & away
From Chamonix bus station (04 50 53 07 02; www.altibus.com ; 6.45-10.30am & 1.25-4.45pm Mon-Fri, 6.45-11am Sat & Sun), located at the train station, there are buses travelling to/from Geneva airport and bus station (www.sat-montblanc.com ; one way/return €34/55, 1½ to 2¼ hours, three daily) and Courmayeur (one way/return €10/18, three daily).
Approaching Chamonix from Italy, you arrive via the 11.6km-long Tunnel de Mont Blanc (Mont Blanc Tunnel; www.atmb.net ; car one way/return €31.20/38.90), which enters town in the southern suburb of Les Pélerins. From France, the A40 motorway – the Autoroute Blanche – hooks up with the Chamonix-bound N205, dual carriageway for the last leg.
Parking in town can be tricky although Parking du Mont-Blanc (place du Mont Blanc; 1st hour free then per hour/week €1/32) is a reliable car park. Other car parks are scattered along rte du Bouchet, around rue des Allobroges and in Chamonix Sud. Another option: park outside town and connect by bus or train; contact Chamonix Parc-Auto (04 50 53 65 71).
Car rental companies:
Chamonix Autoloc-Hertz (04 50 53 73 68; 11 av du Savoy)
Europcar (04 50 53 63 40; 36 place de la Gare)
From Chamonix-Mont Blanc train station (04 50 53 12 98; place de la Gare) the Mont Blanc Express narrow-gauge train trundles between St-Gervais-le Fayet, 23km west of Chamonix, to Martigny, 42km northeast of Chamonix in Switzerland, stopping en route in Les Houches, Chamonix and Argentière. There are nine to 12 return trips a day and a one-way/return Chamonix–St-Gervais fare is €9 (40 minutes).