Looking for information or practical advice? Here are some useful contacts for preparing your holiday in Savoie Mont Blanc.
One of France's densest motorway networks
The French Alps are easily accessible via an excellent network of motorways. From the North of France, use the A6 or A39 motorways to head rapidly towards Savoie Mont Blanc. Savoie and Haute Savoie's towns, villages, valleys and ski resorts are easy to get to, whatever the time of year.
Calais -> Chambéry: 874 km/543 mi
Paris - > Chambéry: 573 km/356 mi
Chambéry -> Lyon: 100 km/62 mi
Annecy -> Lyon: 139 km/86 mi
National Road Information Centre (in French only): 0826 022 022 (€ 0.15/minute)
"Bison Futé": (website in French only)
For Savoie Mont Blanc weather forecasts from Great Britain:
BBC wheather forecast (look up Annecy, Chambéry, Grenoble St Geoires, or Lyon Airport).
For a trouble-free journey to your winter holiday resort, listen to the traffic bulletins on:
107.7: every Saturday from mid-February to mid-March, this local radio station provides traffic reports in English, giving details of motorway driving conditions in Rhône Alpes and, when necessary, safety information.
French Road Safety law stilupates that all vehicles must carry a reflective safety jacket, a warning triangle and a breathalyzer. Snow chains are a legal requirement if you are driving on moutain roads in winter.
From UK, Belgium, Netherland..., you can easily travel to the French Alps outside the ski season, with a simple change in Paris. It takes less than 3 hours to travel from Paris Gare de Lyon to Chambery. A change in Lyon can also be a good alternative.
The TGV stop at the main train stations in Savoie and Haute Savoie: Aix-les-Bains, Albertville, Annecy, Annemasse, Bonneville, Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Chambéry, Cluses, La Chambre, Modane, Moutiers, Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains, Sallanches, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, Thonon-les-Bains.
Straight to the French Alps:
From London St Pancras
Less transfer, less queue, less stress, environementally friendly... Have you tried to travel by train to the French Alps? Eurostar or TGV will take you to the bottom of the pists.
During the winter season, Eurostar trains run direct from London to the French Alps (Aime-la-Plagne, Moûtiers and Bourg-St-Maurice) on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings during the ski season.
21 December 2012 to 13 April 2013 (last inbound service).
Direct trains returning to London leave the French Alps on Saturday mornings and Saturday afternoons during the ski season.
More information visit Eurostar website
Each Saturday, from 22 December 2012 to 13 April 2013, Thalys snow trains take you from Brussels-South and Antwerpen railway stations to the bottom of the pists: Chambéry, Albertville, Moutiers, Aime-La Plagne, Landry, Bourg(Saint-Maurice. www.b-europe.com
SnowBuzz : It is the best shuttle connection from your railway station to your ski resort. The buses take you from the arrival station of Thalys Snow to the most popular ski resorts of Savoie Mont Blanc and back: Courchevel, Méribel, Valmorel, La Tania, Champagny-en-Vanoise, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, La Plagne, Plagne Bellecôte, Belle-Plagne, Les Arcs, La Rosière 1800, Tignes, Val d'Isère.
Visit Snowcarbon website which advices on train options.
In winter, regular coach services will take you to your resort from Chambéry, Lyon and Geneva airports and from many SNCF railway stations.
Contact Altibus for Information and bookings
4 airports to choose: all providing efficient shuttle services to the ski resorts.
A large number of airlines fly to Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble or Chambéry: flying to the French Alps couldn't be easier!
ACCESS: Savoie Mont Blanc is much closer than you think
Savoie Mont Blanc boasts direct flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and many other large cities in the UK
Airport-resort coach services:
Satobus Alpes provides winter coach services to more than 60 Alpine resorts.
You are strongly advised to reserve your bus ticket at least seven days before you wish to travel. Depending on availability, last-minute tickets can be bought at the Satobus Alpes desk at Lyon St Exupéry Airport. The desk is in the central hall on level one. The tourist offices in the resorts can also book tickets for you.
If you miss your shuttle-bus, take the train from the airport, and go to the central train station of Geneva (trains every 6mn), where you can catch many trains to the Savoie Mont Blanc resorts.
Contact: Satobus Alps or telephone 0820 320 368, from France, or +33 479 68 32 96, from outside France (the price of an ordinary call from Britain to France).
Airport-resort coach services:
Aéroski-bus provides regular bus services to the ski resorts or to the major towns in the valley. All the buses go through Switzerland, so you will need a valid passport.
It is advisable to book your return journey at least 48 hours in advance. It is also cheaper if you buy return tickets.
International Sector: go to the "Gare routière" desk, on the arrivals level.
More information about means of transports to the resorts
Time table and tariffs of the Aéroski-bus
00 41 22 798 20 00 or acc-France@bluewin.ch. Accueil France is a desk located in the French sector. Do not hesitate to ask them if you have any queries regarding hotels, bus or taxi transfers...
Chambéry Savoie Airport (website)
Tel.: +33 4 79 54 49 54
This local airport is developing scheduled flights to the many airports in the UK and to Amsterdam and Rotterdam in Netherland in winter from December to April.
Airport-resort coach service:
Shuttle bus services to the resorts in Savoie:
Du lundi au vendredi de 9h à 12h30 et de 13h30 à 17h30