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Drive Geneva-Chamonix

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Drive Geneva-Chamonix

I will be going to chamonix in mid october, and i wanted to know what the driving conditions are like?

Is it a mountain route with many turns and so? or is it an easy drive?

Keeping in mind that the driver isnt experienced in driving in snow and around mountains.

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1. Re: Drive Geneva-Chamonix

There is a highway called "Autoroute Blanche" (A.40 - E25) from Geneva to Chamonix.

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2. Re: Drive Geneva-Chamonix

Easy drive. It is mostly autoroute (major highway) except for the last little bit. No tight turns or anything. While snow is certainly possible at that time of year it isn't common.

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Elmimi

October should be OK.

Driving directions from Geneva Airport.:-

To get to Chamonix/Argentiere

If picking the rental car up from the Swiss side.

When you exit the car park at Geneva airport :-

You have to turn left into the road. Then cut across to the right hand lane.

Follow the signs for Geneve. This takes around to the right and over a motorway.

This road takes you straight into the centre of Geneva (about 10 – 15 minutes depending on traffic).

At the bottom of this road there is the

· railway station.

You cannot miss it. You drive under the tracks and into a road junction (about 5 roads.)

There is a sign post on a lamp standard in the middle of the junction with a sign for Chamonix.

However, you bear slightly to the left into the

· Rue De La Mont Blanc.

This road takes you straight to Lake Geneva (Lac Leman).

You drive across a bridge (it is the only one !!!) on the left you will see the lake and fountain, if it is running and on the right the start of the river Rhone.

Keep in the middle or right hand lane.

From here on all the relevant turnings are sign posted for Chamonix.

· Some of them are written on the road surface.

This road now continues through the town, stay in the right hand lane (loads of shops for about 5 minutes depending on traffic) you also are going up a hill.

Keep an eye out for the

· BIG GREEN SIGN, like on a motorway, showing right turn for Chamonix. There is a Nissan dealer on the left.

Turn right at these traffic lights.

This looks like a residential street , tree lined etc..

At the bottom of this street there is a

· T junction again sign posted for Chamonix TURN LEFT

You are now on the approach road to the

· AUTO ROUTE BLANCHE

Just follow this through the

· customs post

and about 20kms later a road toll ( use credit card or about E1.40)

There is one more toll at Cluses (about E3.60 but you can use credit card)

From here you just stay on the auto route until you come to Chamonix.

However on the way you will climb a huge ramp, go through 2 tunnels, after the 2nd tunnel you are in the Chamonix valley.

Stay on the main road and you will see Chamonix on the left and to the right is the Mont Blanc mountain range.

As you enter Chamonix there is the Aguile Du Midi cable car on the left.

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4. Re: Drive Geneva-Chamonix

I would like to know how long the drive from Lausanne to Chamonix will take - we will be going in late September. Thanks!

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5. Re: Drive Geneva-Chamonix

Via Martignyabout 1hr 30mins

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6. Re: Drive Geneva-Chamonix

Via Martignyabout 1hr 30mins

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7. Re: Drive Geneva-Chamonix

How long would it take if we were going by way of Geneva? We are hoping to stop in Annecy on the way - and don't have time to do it on our return to Geneva. Thanks so much---

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8. Re: Drive Geneva-Chamonix

About 3 hours