Driving distance from Calais: 525 miles or 8hrs
A6 motorway via Macon followed by the A40 motorway towards Geneva. Exit at Annemasse, Thonon, Châtel.
From Northern Europe, access via the Swiss motorway towards Martigny. Exit Portes du Soleil, 20 minutes from Chatel.
Thonon-les-Bains SNCF railway station (TGV – high speed train) / Transfer by shuttle, 40kms
Monthey railway station (Switzerland) / Transfer by taxi, 25kms.
From Thonon to Chatel private transfers – from £41 per person return based on 4 people sharing. Prebookable via Peak Retreats.
Access by air:
Geneva-Cointrin international airport / transfer time: 1 hour 15 minutes.
Grenoble 82km – www.grenoble.aeroport.fr
Chambery 97 km +33 479 54 49 54 – www.chambery.aeroport.fr
Geneva 188 km +41 22 798 20 00
Lyon Saint-Exupery 197 km +33 472 22 72 21 – www.lyon.aeroport.fr
Bus transfers from Geneva Airport
Two buses run from 22/12/12-13/04/13. Book 2 days in advance with local tourist office for return. Tickets must be reserved with www.altibus.com
(not pre-bookable with Peak Retreats). Transfer time 1.20hrs. Cost when pre-booking online is roughly €58 per adult return (cheaper prices for groups of 4 adults). Child is half adult rate (4-12yrs). Change bus at Thonon for Chatel.
Timetable and prices 12/13
Getting around Chatel
Covered Parking (payable) in Chatel
The church's underground car park: 373 parking places (incl. 10 disabled).
Located in the centre of the village, under the church square. During 2011/2012 winter season, from December the 15th until April the 21st, it's open 24h/24 with someone at the office from 8am to 12am and from 2 to 7pm Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm on Saturday and Sunday until the 9th April. The rest of the time an automatic system allows you to get in and out. From 9th to 21st April access is free.
A second covered cark park is at your disposal at Petit Châtel at the departure of Barbossine chairlift.
Outdoor car parks
Car parks charged with pay and display machines:
Parking on those areas is charged from 15 December to 30 April everyday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Those areas are located:
in the village center (parking for 2 hours maximum)
on Meurba road (below the church- 8 hours maximum)
In winter, Châtel local bus service is operating every day and twice a week in the evening.
Each bus has a well-displayed letter and colour code showing its specific route. On each route bus stop only at precise places.
From 17.12.11 to 22.04.12. Buses A, C, D, E and I operate from from 8.30am until the slopes close. Buses F and G run to a timetable .
Apres-ski and evening service :
Two buses are running all around the village, from the slopes closing until 8pm.
On Tuesday and Thursday, one bus will operate until 10pm (evening session at the ice rink and evening skiing).
The little train propose you a complete visit of the Châtel village, its streets, and its majestic chalets built in the traditional architectural style....
One visit allows discovering all the village neighbourhoods without making any effort.
You can catch the train on the church square.
Operating days and hours for winter 2011/2012:
Tuesday and Thursday at : 10h - 11h -12h -14h- 15h.Tariffs:
Child (-12yrs old): €1.50
Child (-5 yrs old): free
Groups : €1.50/pers
Guided tour (winter and summer):
All season long, on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 11a.m, the little train will take you for a circuit to discover Chatel village. Departing from the church square for a guided tour around the village to discover Chatel's patrimony and touristic equipments.
Horse drawn carriage
Enjoy an other way to discover the village and lake Vonnes, having a tour in a horse drawn carriage.
Monday to Friday, all summer long, several circuits are available:
> Tourist board -Lake Vonnes
: at 11 a.m and 3 p.m: €5 per person (on the way up or down).
> Circuit around Lake Vonnes
: day time, €3 per person.
>Lake Vonnes - Aity
: €7 per person. (return journey)>Pic-nic circuit:
Departure from Lake Vonnes at 12 a.m., €17 per person all included. (on advanced booking only)
Bookings: Michel Dehaye - 0(330)6 78 13 60 46
t the tourist board, charged €3.
Pre-book your taxi transfer with Peak Retreats
From Geneva Airport to Chatel - from £72 per person return based on 4 people sharing.
For all other transfer prices click here