Friday, December 3, 2010

Preface: Landing in Geneva

We began our hike in Geneva, after landing at the Geneva International Airport (GVA). From there, there are two options to reach the head of the trail: by bus and by train. At GVA, alpybus offers a pick-up service where a charter bus goes daily to Chamonix (alpybus). It cost us approximately $33/person USD and took us on an hour-and-a-half long scenic tour from Geneva to Chamonix in France.

*At the time of travel, the exchange rate was 1:1.22 (EUR:USD)

Note: The alpybus may be booked either online or in person at the Help Desk right outside the baggage claim. The alpybus comes two times a day most days without a reservation (excluding holidays and weekends). The best option is to double-check with the Help Desk or book online in advance.

The other, better option would be to take the train from GVA to St Gervais/La Fayet and transfer from La Fayet to Les Houches. By train, we paid only $12/person though elongated our travel time by a few hours.

For those that prefer more quiet and open paths, plan to end your hike before June 28, as tourist season starts soon after.

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