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Tour du Mont Blanc Trek Logistics + Shortcuts

BUSES, TRAINS & GONDOLAS

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THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED FOR THE 2024 SEASON ONCE TIMETABLES ARE RELEASED

Shortcuts:

Along the route there are various parts that allow you to take either a bus, a train or a lift. Some of these tend to only run from July to early September. It’s also worth bearing in mind that they don’t always run to schedule so be prepared that these might not always be an option and that you will need to power through under your own steam. You can learn more below:

See our Start/Finish Point Journal page for with more detailed Chamonix Valley information here.

In order along the trail:

Les Houches Bellevue

There is the option to start your trek at the top of Bellevue cable car in Les Houches. From the centre of Les Houches follow the main road in the direction of Bellevue.

  • Timetable: here
  • 2024 DATES:
    From 8th June – 15th September
    07:30am – 17:30pm

  • Distance saved: 5.2kms / 818 m+ / 2683ft+ / 2hrs trekking.

  • Price: €17.50 one way

  • Duration: 5 minutes, Frequency: Every 20-30 minutes

Les Contamines-Montjoie to Notre Dame de la Gorge navette

There is the option to take a shuttle bus from Les Contamines Tourist Office – Notre Dame de la Gorge.

  • Timetable: here
  • Distance saved 5kms / 1-2 hrs road walking
  • Price: Free shuttle
  • Duration: 15 minutes, Frequency: Every 30-45 Minutes

Les Chapieux to Ville des Glaciers/ Parking des Mottets navette

There is the option to take a shuttle bus from Les Contaimes – La Ville des Glaciers – Parking des Mottets

  • Timetable: here
  • Distance saved: From Les Chapieux to Ville des Glaciers: 4.5km; to Parking des Mottets: 6km
  • €4.00pp (Children under 12 free)
  • Buy tickets from information centre in centre near the main shop.

Les Chapieux – Bourg St Maurice navette

There is the option to take a shuttle bus from Les Chapieux – Bourg St Maurice

  • Timetable: here
  • For anyone with accommodation booked at Base Camp Lodge due to unavailability at Les Chapieux.
  • Price: €6.00 pp

OR:

Taxi Aarthur (Bourg St. Maurice – Les Chapieux) / Taxi Gé : 06 13 63 39 42 https://www.taxibourgsaintmaurice.com

  • Price: €60 from Chapieux to Bourg St Maurice, €75 from Bourg to Ville des Glaciers the following morning – as this is where the shuttle bus from Les Chapieux stops. It saves around 1.5 hours of walking.

Val Veny (La Visaille to Courmayeur) shuttle bus

Option to get the bus to Courmayeur from La Visaille bus stop: 50 minutes’ walk from Cabane Combal.

  • Timetable: here
  • Distance saved: 8.9kms / 526m+ / 1843ft + / 2-3hrs trekking
  • Price: Free bus

Plan Checrouit to Dolonne (Courmayeur) gondola

There is the option to take the gondola down into Courmayeur.

  • Timetable: here
  • 2024 DATES:
    Open from 29th June to 1st September 2024
    09:30am – 17:50pm
  • Distance saved:5kms and 495m- 1624ft-

  • Option to take Maison Vielle chairlift to Plan Checrouit

  • Price: €10 Gondola, €15 Gondola and Chair lift

Chamonix – Courmayeur  

  • Chamonix you can get a transfer with our transport partners Mountain Drop Offs. We recommend booking your transfers in advance directly here.
  • If you would prefer to take a bus from Chamonix to Courmayeur check out ArrivaFlixBusor AlpyBus.
  • Please bear in mind that during peak season and on weekends and holidays there can be long delays at the Tunnel du Mont Banc with potential wait times of several hours – we recommend allowing extra time in your planning to account for this.
  • For those looking for a more novel and scenic form of transportation, the SkyWay Monte Biancogondola goes from Courmayeur up and over the Glacier du Géant and Vallée Blanche to the Aiguille du Midi before descending down into Chamonix. Please note this option is only possible in good weather and booking in advance is recommended.

Val Ferret (Courmayeur to Arp Nouvaz) shuttle bus

There is the option to take the Val Ferret bus (there are many stops along the valley, most commonly Bonatti, La Vachey and Arp Nouvaz.)

  • Timetable: here
  • Distance saved: 17.5kms, 1236m+, 4054ft+ / 5-6 hrs
  • Price: Free bus
  • Duration: 40 minutes, Frequency: Every 15-30 minutes

Ferret – La Fouly Bus

Option to take bus from Ferret – La Fouly (same bus if going on to Champex).

  • Timetable: here
  • Distance saved: 2.2kms / 45 minutes trekking

La Fouly – Champex Bus

Option to take bs from La Fouly – Champex. This requires a change in Orsieres from Bus 1 to Bus 2.

  • Timetable : here
  • Distance saved 14.8kms/ 578m+ / 1895ft+ / 3-4hrs trekking.
  • Price: €12

Col de la Forclaz/ Trient / Le Chatelard

Option to take the bus from Col de la Forclaz – Trient – Le Chatelard (swiss boarder). From Le Chatelard you can continue via train to Vallorcine and the Chamonix Valley.

Le Tour – Charamillion Lift

  • Timetable: here
  • 2024 DATES

    08 June – 05 July & 19 August – 08 September

    09:00 – 17:00pm

    6 July – 18 August

    08:30-17:30

  • Distance saved: saves 3.5kms / 649m- / 2129ft- / 1 hr trekking
  • Price: €14.00 / €35 for both lifts
  • If you take this there will be a 20 minute walk along the road from Le Tour – Montroc/Tre le Champs

La Flegere – Les Praz

  • Timetable: here
  • 2024 DATES

    08 June – 05 July & 18 August – 22 September

    08:30 – 17:00

    06 July – 18 August

    08:20 – 18:00

  • Distance saved: 5kms / 829m- / 2719ft- / 1-2hrs trekking
  • Price: €17.50
  • Option to walk (30 minutes) along the river to Chamonix, or catch bus to Chamonix (5 minutes)

Plan Praz/ Le Brevent

  • Timetable: here
  • 2024 DATES

    15 June – 05 July & 19 August – 15 September

    08:30 – 17:00pm

    06 July – 18 August

    08:15am – 18:00pm

  • Distance saved: Plan Praz – Brevent (3.3kms / 550m+ / 1804ft+ / 1-2 hrs trekking), Brevent – Chamonix (10.1kms / 1546m-/ 5070ft- / 2-3hrs trekking)
  • Price: €16

Taxi’s around the TMB

Cham Van (Chamonix – Geneva – local area) https://www.cham-van.com/

Mountain Drop Offs (Chamonix – Geneva – local area) https://www.mountaindropoffs.com/?advertlink=t5pjvadven

Taxi Aarthur (Bourg St. Maurice – Les Chapieux) https://www.taxibourgsaintmaurice.com

Airport Transfers (Courmayeur) www.airporttransfers.it

 

 

 

 

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