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Problems booking a ski trip to Chamonix, France

By on December 14, 2005 in France

Fun and games trying to book a quick trip over to Chamonix, France, to go skiing

I decided to base myself in Chamonix Valley and take day-trips to ski areas in the Valley, and to Morzine

Two options to get to Chamonix were explored: By train; or by air. Driving was not an option as I have done the ‘long drive’ from the UK to Chamonix a couple of times before and I really don’t like it as it ruins the holiday. You arrive exhausted and then have the long drive back hanging over you…

Flying: All the cheap flights were missed. There were some good deals to be had with KLM, but all the flights I wanted were full. One good deal I came across was an early morning flight from City Airport, London to Geneva on Swissair. However, it was impossible to get to the airport in time for the flight! The best flight price was £180 return.

Train: The train from London to Annecy cost the same as the flight. One bonus to going by train was that car hire at Annecy, for a week, was half the price as hiring a car from Geneva (the same car from the same company was £87 for seven days in Annecy and £168 for seven days at Geneva Airport).

In the end, it was decided to travel to Annecy by Eurostar. The train is leaving London at 8:12 am and arriving in Annecy at 4:49 pm (local time). Total travelling time of seven and a half hours (time in France is 1 hour ahead of the UK). The drive from Annecy to Chamonix is around 40 miles and therefore should take around an hour. With luck, I will arrive in Chamonix before 7 pm.

One problem encountered in booking all of this was arriving in Annecy before the car hire shut at 6 pm. It seems rather odd to close the car hire so early… Maybe this is because it is in the Christmas break?

Chamonix, France – map it

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