Geneva to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc : Bus or train ?

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May 17, 2019 - 2:25 PM


We're reaching Geneva on 13th June 2019 and have planned to visit Chamonix Mont Blanc on 14th June 2019, then head to Lucerne. We are planning to buy the 8 days Swiss Travel Pass, so trains/buses would mostly be free. Given this, what is the best route to visit Chamonix Mont Blanc from Geneva, which is both time saving and scenic at the same time. Also, how long does it take at Chamonix Mont Blanc, and can we store luggage at any rail station, or do we return back to Geneva and then from Geneva head to Lucerne? Which would be the best plan? Remember we are on a honeymoon trip..!!

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May 18, 2019 - 12:40 AM in reply to Shahharesh

Chamonix is not in Switzerland, so you cannot travel free from Geneva on a Swiss Travel Pass except the long way round via Lausanne and Martigny (journey 3 hours) - sorry!

French trains Geneva - Chamonix are pretty much non-existent

Personally I would skip Chamonix and use the more relaxingly efficient Swiss trains - much better for a honeymoon trip!

Zermatt would be a good Swiss destination - as it is famously known as the 'village of the 4000-ers', because so many 4000metre plus peaks surround it.

Last modified on May 18, 2019 - 12:49 AM by 1960man
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May 18, 2019 - 12:41 PM

The cheapest way to go from Geneva to Chamonix is via the FlixBus one way starts at 4.99 Euro.

There are also lots of transfer companies who pick you up from the airport or city centre to go to Chamonix for about 30 Euro one way.

There are also bus day tours starting at about 100 CHF return depending on which lift/train tickets you want when you get to Chamonix.

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May 18, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Hi Shahharesh,

If you want to take advantage of your Swiss Travel Pass you should take the route from Chamonix via Martigny (very scenic) which would also be the way you go back to get to Interlaken. You can use the timetable to see it: metable

Of course this depends on whether you have the time or not. Alternatively, you can do it by bus transfer from Geneva airport (lots of shuttle buses available). Perhaps you should do this as soon as you arrive, there are lockers available at the airport station: ain/practical/luggage

If you're dead set on Chamonix then that would be the way to do it, otherwise there are other options as 1960man mentioned. One mountain scenery close to Geneva can be found here: chersdenaye

Hope this helps and don't hesitate if you have more questions!


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