At the foot of Mont Blanc (4810m), the highest peak in Western Europe, the atmosphere of the city of Chamonix with its spectacular landscapes attracts people from all over the world.
Skiing, rock climbing, and walking are all great and are a way to mix tourism with adventure. Do not be afraid, and there is much to see and do for a person who has no connection with the world of winter sports.
In all the corners of the city of Chamonix, you can have a beautiful view, unique in the world, in the mountains, but it is the image of the valley, from above, using the ski lifts, which will stay with you for the rest of your life.
An excellent starting point, the Aiguille du Midi cable car departs from the bottom of the valley to the summit at 3842 meters. From the terraces of the upper station, the view is sublime and moving Another way to discover the mountain is the Montenvers train. This funicular railway rises from the bottom of the valley and reaches the impressive Mer de Glace glacier.
There are some who say that the best views of the Mont Blanc Massif can be seen from the top of the Brévent cable car. It is up to you to decide which is better because, for us, all of them are magnificent!
The city has the great honour of having one of the most significant cable cars in the world.
How to Get There
Chamonix by Plane
The closest airport to Chamonix is Geneva, with a distance of around 88 kilometres and thanks to the daily connections to Chamonix, via the SAT Bus Company, an excellent way to get there. If you fly to Lyon, it is about 220 kilometres to Chamonix and from the airport; you can use the TGV high-speed train to Chamonix.
Chamonix by Train
The TER Regional and TGV train connections take you to Saint-Gervais, which is about twenty kilometres from Chamonix. There are various bus or shuttle connections from the train station that make you directly to Chamonix.
If you want to enjoy a breathtaking view, you should take the Mont Blanc Express from St. Gervais le Fayet. Straight to Chamonix - with a fantastic view.
Chamonix by Car
You can get to Chamonix from several different countries;
- From France, you can drive to Chamonix directly on the Autoroute Blanche, A40!
- From Switzerland, take the motorway to Martigny, Col de la Forclaz and Col des Montets to Chamonix.
- From Italy, you drive through the Montblanc tunnel to Chamonix.