Trains from Geneva to Chamonix
The journey from Geneva to Chamonix takes between 2h 51mins and 3h 25mins depending on connections and day time. A shuttle transfer by road from Geneva Airport takes about 1h 10mins.
To travel by train between Geneva and Chamonix take the route via Annemasse or via Roche-sur-Foron and St Gervais.
Geneva - Annemasse/ Roche-sur-Foron - St Gervais - Chamonix
In Geneva, the Eaux-Vives and the Cornavin rail stations are being renovated. The train station in Geneva Eaux-Vives is closed from November 27, 2011. The construction of the CEVA (Cornavin, Eaux-Vives, Annemasse Railway Liaison) is on-going and will open 2018. The station was completely destroyed and will be fully rebuilt from scratch. Pending completion, replacement bus services are operating the route from Eaux-Vives to Annemasse and to Roche-sur-Foron. Check the online timetable for Geneva Eaux-Vives - St. Gervais connections.
The Geneva Cornavin station remains fully operational during the work. Take the train from Geneva (Cornavin) CFF to Annemasse or Roche-sur-Foron via Bellegarde-su-Valserine. From there, change for Le Fayet-Saint Gervais Les Bains, then take the Mont Blanc Express train for a panoramic ride to Chamonix Mont-Blanc. The Mont Blanc Express runs from St Gervais/Le Fayet all the way through the Chamonix valley, through Forclaz and the Col des Montets to the end line station of Martigny.
Also, it is possible to take a bus from Bellegarde-su-Valserine to Chamonix.
The SBB Swiss Rail operator's website is better for route and timetable information than the SNCF timetable.
Trains from Martigny to Chamonix
From Martigny to Chamonix Mont-Blanc : Train with a bus connection.
To travel by train from Martigny to Chamonix Mont-Blanc, first take the Mont Blanc Express train from the Martigny train station up to Vallorcine train station. Between Vallorcine and Chamonix, there is a replacement bus service operating. So, from the Vallorcine train station, take the bus to Chamonix Mont-Blanc.
The train from Martigny to Chamonix runs daily, from 7:46am to 6:50pm, with a traveling time of 2 hours and 22 minutes.
Here all the info on the Martigny - Chamonix train timetables.
Rates: trip with a single ticket
|Adult (26 - 59 years): €29,70
||Senior (60 years): €27,40
|Teenager (12 - 25 years): €18,60
||Child (4 - 11 yeras): €16,30
A child from 0 to 3 years old can travel for free, only when the booking of the ticket is made at the same time as an Adult ticket. To book your train ticket just click here
Attention: The last train Martigny - Chamonix Mont Blanc leaves at 6:50pm. The train has two coach connections, with one change at Geneva and another change at La Roche-sur-Foron. The traveling time is more longer, about 5 hours.
Rates: trip with a single ticket
|Adulte (26 - 59 years) : €60,30
|| Senior (60 years) €54,60
|Teenager (12 - 25 years) €35,90
||Child (4 - 11 years) : €30,20
How Trains Work in France
You have to punch your ticket. There are machines at the entrance to the platforms. Can't find one? Then it's necessary to find the train conductor right away.
Get on the train without having bought a ticket? Find the conductor as soon as possible, who sells tickets with a slight price increase (€4-€10, depending on the distance).
In case of not having a ticket and not finding the conductor, a penalty, between €25 and €63, must be paid.
For trains in France, check the timetables and book on SNCF website! Use Antarctic at the "Ticket collection country" to avoid being transferred to RailEurope, which may not list all the trains.
Discounts for Switzerland to Chamonix Travel
purchase a Carte de 12-25. This card costs about €60 and gives up to 50% discount on train travel - great value. The SNCF also offers a Carte Senior
with similar discounts for over 60. More Info
If you are staying in the Chamonix Valley, a journey on the Mont Blanc Express, is free with a Carte d'Hote. Ask your host for the "Guest Card". This card will give you free access to the whole of the Chamonix Valley public transport network between Servoz and Vallorcine.
Address: 40 Place de la Gare.
Ticket Office Hours: Everyday from 6.40am to 8.20pm.