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There are four airports within two hours' drive of Chamonix:
Geneva International Airport (88km/1hr), Route de l‘Aéroport 21, 1215 Genève 15, Switzerland. British Airways, easyJet, and Swiss Airlines fly from London airports; bmibaby.com and easyJet also fly from regional UK airports.
Chambery Airport (139km/1.5hrs), Rue Antoine Montagnole, 73420 Viviers-du-Lac, France. SnowJet flies direct between London and Chambery.
Grenoble Airport (190km/2hrs) 38590 Saint-Étienne-de-Saint-Geoirs, France. easyJet flies direct from London to Grenoble.
Lyon International Airport (220km/2hrs) Aeroport Saint Exupery, 69720 Saint-Laurent-de-Mure, France. British Airways and easyJet fly direct to Lyon.
By bus: From Geneva Airport, Altibus (+33(0)4 79 68 32 96) serves Chamonix Monday-Friday 9 a.m - 12 p.m and 2p.m - 6 p.m; SAT Mont-Blanc (+33(0)4 50 78 05 33) run three buses daily.
Shared/Private transfers: Available from all airports and are often the quickest and easiest option, especially from Chambery, Lyon or Grenoble. Expect to pay around €60 per person, return from Geneva. AlpLine (+33(0)450 743 842); Mountain drop-offs (+44(0)207 043 4874; resorthoppa (+44(0)134 230 5677).
By train: From Geneva Airport, regular trains run to Chamonix (three-hour journey). From Chambery and Lyon airports, trains run to Annecy (two-hour journey) and from here you can take a train to Chamonix (two-hour journey). See SNCF or SBB.
By car: Hire cars are available from all airports; take the A40 motorway (toll road). Chamonix has 4,000 parking spaces and three indoor car parks: Chamonix Sud, Saint Michel and Place Mont-Blanc; the latter is often easiest to find spaces in. Weekly parking is available for €30-€40. More information: Chamonix Parc Auto (+33(0)450 53 65 71). Alternatively, park just outside Chamonix in the Relais du Grépon car park and take the bus; transport to the town centre is free on the Le Mulet minibus.
Regular buses serve the valley and ski areas; ski pass holders ride for free. Chamonix Bus, 591 promenade Marie-Paradis, Chamonix (+33(0)450 53 05 55); firstname.lastname@example.org
Mont Blanc Express Trains run from Chamonix (place de la Gare/+33(0)450 53 12 98) to the neighbouring villages of Servoz, Les Houches, Argentière and Vallorcine. There's one train every hour. The SNCF line from Servoz to Vallorcine is free of charge for holders of the Carte d'Hôte pass (free with accommodation).
Car hire companies in Chamonix: Chamonix Autoloc-Hertz, 11 av du Savoy (+33 (0)4 50 53 73 68); Europcar, 36 place de la Gare (+33(0)4 50 53 63 40). Road condition are hardly ever a problem as Chamonix sits between the Mont Blanc Tunnel and Italy, so roads are quickly cleared after a storm.
Projected Opening Ski Season: 01/12/2012
Projected Closing Ski Season: 12/05/2013
Projected Days Open: 162
Days Open Last Year: 158
Years Open: 89
Average Snowfall: 671cm
Pros: Snow, scenery, food
Cons: High Mountain Company
Pros: Great boarding, great apres/nightlife, amazing scenery and views
Cons: Perhaps not as many runs as linked areas in France
Pros: Nightlife, variation of slopes, skiers, views
Cons: Bus and old lifts, low alititude village
Pros: amazing scenary, long, steep runs, challenging, good choice of pistes
Cons: difficult place to learn, expensive
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