In a bid to encourage locals and visitors to leave their cars at home, the Chamonix Valley offers free public transport on both local buses and the Mont Blanc Express train, the latter for travel between Servoz (14km west of Chamonix) and Vallorcine (about 14km northeast of Chamonix and just 4km from the Swiss frontier). To ride free (and get various other discounts, including for parking), all you have to do is get a Carte d’Hôte (Guest Card) from your hotel or B&B – if you're staying with friends, you can pick one up at the tourist office for €10 for the whole week.
You can hire cross-country, mountain and downhill bikes from friendly, well-established Zero G, which also rents out snowboard gear.
- Public buses run by Chamonix Bus (www.chamonix-bus.com) serve all the towns, villages, ski lifts and attractions in the Chamonix Valley, from Argentière (Col des Montets in summer) in the northeast, to Servoz and Les Houches in the southwest.
- The buses all travel circuits that include the bus station in Chamonix Sud throughout the year, and have added destinations and are more frequent in winter (mid-December to mid-April) and summer (late June to early September).
- All buses are free with a Carte d’Hôte (Guest Card), except the wintertime Chamo’ Nuit night buses linking Chamonix with Argentière and Les Houches (last departures from Chamonix 11.30pm or midnight; €2).
Car & Motorcycle
Parking in Chamonix involves either paid parking in the centre or free park-and-ride in the outskirts. There are numerous open-air and covered car parks in town (usually free for less than an hour, and around €12.50 for 24 hours). There are also several offering free parking on Chamonix' outskirts, five of them towards Argentière, linked to the city centre by a free shuttle bus.
For a taxi, try Alp Taxi (06 81 78 79 51) or Arve Taxi (06 07 19 70 36), or head to the taxi rank in front of the train station. Booked taxi transfers to/from Geneva Airport cost in the region of €160 to €200.