Fifth IMS-ISBA joint meeting


Chamonix, 6 - 8 January 2014

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Chamonix Mont-Blanc, Jan. 6-8, 2014

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Traveling to Chamonix

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By Air

International airports

  • Geneva-Cointrin (GVA): 90 km
    • There are several lowcost airlines flying to Geneva from over 58 European cities with very low ticket prices (see Easyjet map for example ).

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  • Lyon-St-Exupery (LYS): 220 km
  • Turin-Caselle (TRN): 170 km

By Train

  • Paris to Geneva in 3 hrs via the direct TGV, schedules are avialable here.
  • Bellegarde or Annecy in 2 hrs 45 mn via TGV. Then regional TER line to St Gervais-les-Bains/Le Fayet. Connection to Chamonix via the Mont-Blanc Express tourist train.

Daily public transport services

Regular (private) shuttles

  • Conference organizers will coordinate (at least one) shuttle buses from Geneva to Chamonix on Jan. 5, 2014, and from Chamonix to Geneva on Jan. 9, 2014. If you are interested in this as an option for getting to and from the conference on those dates please use the doodle links below to indicate your arrival and departure flight times.
  • Daily connections to and from Geneva (TGV train station and airport) also available through the following:

    Note that cab transfer from the airport to Chamonix can be quite expensive at night. (~240€ for night rate after 6:30pm).

Access by road

  • Direct access via the "Autoroute Blanche" E25-A40 linked with the European motorway network.
  • 16 km from Switzerland via the Col des Montets
  • 15 km from Italy via the Mont-Blanc Tunnel

Getting to your hotel

Town map

VISA & Travel Documents:

You can check the official Getting a visa to visit France webpage for additional information. In summary, for short stay of less than 90 days, a Visa is not required for:

  • Citizens of the following countries: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela
  • Holders of passports from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China and the Special Administrative Region of Macao of the People's Republic of China
  • Holders of a valid residence document in France
  • Holders of a residence document issued by a country which adheres to the Schengen Agreement
  • Holders of a travel document issued by a country which adheres to the Schengen Agreement.

French VISA and Switzerland

Schengen VISA

By requesting a French VISA at the French Embassy, you will be granted a Schengen VISA which allow you to enter Switzerland as well, granting access to both the french sector and the switzerland sector of the airport.
If you do not require a visa to enter France, you should neither need one to access switzerland.

From your flight

  • On leaving the plane, follow the usual route for passengers.
  • Collect your bags from the main baggage conveyor.
  • Go through Swiss customs.
  • Then, to take bus, shuttle or train as shown on this page, follow the Switzerland exit directions

France-only VISA

In the unlikely case you have been granted access only to France but not Switzerland (for non Schengen VISA), the Geneva airport has a French sector that allows you to rent a car or take a cab in France without entering Switzerland at all.
More information about the French Sector can be found here.
You will also get some help and directions at the "Accueil France" desk of the airport.

* Most of the documentation and maps from this webpage comes from the website from the Office de Tourisme de Chamonix.