Chamonix to Lake Garda - How????
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 3, 2012 1:18 PM Last Post By: battybilly
Oct 16, 2012 4:54 AM
My husband & I are flying to Geneva and have a free transfer included to our chalet in Chamonix for a week of mountaineering next July. We then have decided to spend the second week with friends in Lake Garda, Italy. But we have no idea what the best option would be to get there.... Any suggestions????
We will then fly home from Italy....
Oct 16, 2012 5:36 AM
Oct 16, 2012 8:12 AM
2Forget the car hire you will encouter massive one way drop off fees and driving around lake Garda in July is pretty awful. You will need to check but i think there is a bus to Aosta from there you can get the train to Mialn and then to the lake. The two main lake stops are Dezenzano or Peschiera. Where are you stayin on lake Garda because you might then need an onwards bus or boat across the lake
Oct 16, 2012 9:23 AM
3This might help http://www.chamonix.name/pdf/courmayeurete.pdf . However the problem with the SAVDA bus is that it arrives at the Lampugnano coach station in Milano which is in a northern suburb, leaving you a taxi or metro train ride to get to Centrale station for the train on to the southern end of Lake Garda. Agree with #2 about driving - and driving around the Milan ring road is no fun any time of year.
There are also trains from Aosta to Chivasso, a junction on the Torino - Milano line. There are trains about hourly from Torino to Milano which stop at Chivasso and go into Milano Centrale, so although you would need to change trains, you wouldn't have to run around Milano with your luggage. Train details on http://www.trenitalia.com/
Oct 16, 2012 10:19 AM
4Richiavo gave the cheapest solution: bus to Courmayeur, connecting bus to Aosta, train to Chivasso - Milano C - Desenzano ...
You may also check the all by train solution via Martigny - Brig - Milano C ... or the direct Chamonix dp 8.30 - Torino ar 11.45 bus (not daily), plus train Torino - Milano C ....
The flight solution: bus to GVA airport - easyjet to Venice - bus to Mestre - train to Desenzano would take more time.
Oct 16, 2012 12:30 PM
Oct 16, 2012 11:56 PM
Nov 3, 2012 10:23 AM
I would agree that the best option would be by car, better to pay more and have less hassle. But the point about driving around the lake in July is spot on. It can be a nightmare of single-lane traffic jams for hours, especially at the weekend and festival days.
Great place though, I love it. Here's some suggestions:
Things to do in Lake Garda
The best way around the lake if road traffic is bad is by ferry boat
A Boat Trip on Lake Garda
Have great time my friend, whatever you decide to do
Nov 3, 2012 10:53 AM
8..... although it may not be too pleasant to drive along the autocamionale, squeezed between 2 big trucks, all the way through the Mont Blanc Tunnel and then over 200 kms open motorway up to the traffic jams of the Milan bypass.
Nov 3, 2012 1:18 PM
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