Transport around Chamonix and to the Ski slopes
The Astor is perfectly situated for the numerous public transport options that can be used to travel around both Chamonix town and throughout the whole valley.
Public transport around Chamonix town
‘Le Mulet’ free local shuttle bus has a stop right outside the apartment (called F. Devouassoux). Turn left out of the drive, take the first left which is Chemin Francois Devouassoux, and the stop is on your left next to the poubelle. The bus runs a circular route around the town centre and is useful for quick and easy travel to local areas when the weather is not perfect or you’ve had a hard day on the slopes.
The first bus leaves F. Devouassoux at 7.52am, are every 15 mins, with the service running until 7pm.
The link to the timetable and map of the route can be found here: Le Mulet timetable and route map
Public transport throughout Chamonix valley
The ski bus is the easiest and quickest way to access all of the different ski areas in the Chamonix valley using public transport. The bus is free to use and very reliable, even in heavy snow. The buses are every 10 mins to all locations.
If you wish to go to Le Brevent, Le Tour, Flegere or Les Grandes Montets the best bus stop is ‘Place du Mont Blanc’. Use the footpath that runs along side the ‘Montenvers Train’ (look out of the kitchen window!), get to the end, carry straight on until you hit the main road, turn left and cross the bridge. The bus stop is opposite the ‘Alpina’ Hotel. It takes less than 10 mins, even when carrying your partners / children’s skis!
If you wish to go to Les Houches then head to the station at Chamonix Sud. Turn left out of the apartment and take your first left. Follow your nose to the junction and then head left past the ‘Aiguille du Midi’ lift until you hit the main road. It takes between 5 and 10 minutes to get there.
The SNCF line serves all the villages from Saint Gervais-le Fayet to Martigny (Switzerland), passing through Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix, Argentière and Vallorcine. One train approximately every hour. This is a great way to travel around the area, is very comfortable and the trains are brand new with large panoramic windows. It is also possible to use the train to access the different ski areas, although the stations can be quite a distance from the actual slopes so the bus / car is normally a better option.
Driving to the ski slopes
Driving to the ski slopes can be the easiest way to get around and means you don’t have to carry all of your gear around, however it does hinder the après ski! There are large car parks at the Grands Montets, Flegere and Le Tour. The parking is more difficult at Les Houches and Le Brevent as there is a shortage a space – It is best to walk to Le Brevent (15 mins) and get the bus to Les Houches (see details above).
Skiing in St Gervais and Les Contamines
The Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass allows you to ski in St Gervais and Les Contamines free of charge. It takes less than 30 mins to get to the first lift station and provides great family skiing along with some fantastic off piste opportunities.
Skiing in Courmayeur
The Mont Blanc Unlimited ski pass also allows you to ski in Courmayeur free of charge, accessed through the Mont Blanc Tunnel. It is best to park at Val Veny which is the first area you reach and has a very large free car park. The skiing in Courmayeur is similar to Les Houches and is definitely worth a trip. It is super accessible by both car and bus. Traffic free it takes no more than 30 mins. The journey to Courmayeur is usually fluid. There is often some traffic on the return, especially with commuters at rush hour so stick around for some great tasting, CHEAP dinner!
CAR: Mont-Blanc Tunnel Price: 56.90 return