Paris to Chamonix by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

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30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

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  1. Cheapest Price $51.71
  2. 30 day advance $155.14
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    5hr 30m
  • Distance
    473 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    6hr 36m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Paris to Chamonix by train

Fast trains from Paris to Chamonix take around 5 hours and 30 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 473 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Paris and Chamonix.

1. Are there direct trains from Paris to Chamonix?

Journeys between Paris and Chamonix usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 26 departures on the route from Paris to Chamonix every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 21 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Paris to Chamonix?

The Paris to Chamonix train travel time is normally about 5 hours and 30 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Paris to Chamonix train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Chamonix is usually scheduled to depart Paris around 06:18 and the last train is around 22:43. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Paris around 06:43, and the last at 18:18.

What's the Paris to Chamonix train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Paris to Chamonix are $51.71.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $155 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $116. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book Paris to Chamonix train tickets?

Trains in France usually open for booking around 3 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Paris to Chamonix by train.

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Which train companies operate between Paris and Chamonix?

More than one train company operates on the route from Paris to Chamonix, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Autocar
  • Lyria
  • TER
  • TGV
  • Train Express Regional

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Chamonix to Paris by train

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TGV and Mont-Blanc Express

It is very easy to travel by train from Paris to Chamonix. The fastest route is via St-Gervais-les-Bains, where you change from a main-line SNCF train onto a local train, called Mont-Blanc Express, running up the Arve Valley to Chamonix. On peak travel days during the ski season and at some other holiday periods, there are direct high-speed TGV trains from Paris to St-Gervais. On days when there is no direct TGV service, you'll change from a TGV onto a regional train for the last part of your journey to St-Gervais. The change of train adds little to the overall journey time.

On very busy days there’s also an occasional SNCF bus to Chamonix, giving a direct link from the main-line stations at Lyon-Part-Dieu or Bellegarde (Ain).

Paris to Saint-Gervais-les-Bains

Whether you take a direct train to St-Gervais-les-Bains, or one of the options with a change of train along the way, your journey will start at the Gare de Lyon in Paris. The TGV trains from Paris to St Gervais-les-Bains generally make four to six stops on their 572-km journey. Travel time is normally about five hours.

If there is no direct TGV from Paris to St-Gervais on your preferred travel date, don’t worry. You’ll still find plenty of alternative options with one change of train along the way, usually at Bellegarde (Ain) or at Annecy, from where you continue by TER train to St-Gervais.

Saint-Gervais-les-Bains to Chamonix

Travellers arriving at St-Gervais-les-Bains on overnight or high-speed trains connect there for the mountain railway up to Chamonix. Grab a seat on the right-hand side of the red and white Mont-Blanc Express, for the best of the scenery is on the south side of the Arve Valley. On a clear day, you’ll have excellent views of the Mont Blanc massif.

The train makes six to ten stops on the journey from St-Gervais to Chamonix – a number of smaller halts on this line are request stops. There are two stations in Chamonix, and tickets from or via St-Gervais purchased from Loco2 can be used to either. The first stop is at Chamonix Aiguille du Midi station, and the second at Chamonix Mont-Blanc station. The latter is the larger of the two. Both stations are in the valley just a short walk from the town centre.

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