Tourist Office in Chamonix is located on the Place du Triangle just opposite the Place de L’Eglise and St. Michael’s Church. This office is open daily from 8:30am until 12:30pm and then again from 2pm to 7pm. During July and August there are extended hours. They stay open from 8:30am until 7:30pm. Worth visiting to talk to staff about current weather conditions, conditions of the trails and pickup provided maps and other printed materials about the region. Another benefit of visiting this office is they can help with hotel reservations.
More information can also be obtained from the Maison de la Montagne (walking & mountaineering office) which is located near the tourist office, mentioned above. The Maison de la Montagne is located at 109 Place de l’Eglise. www.chamonix.com/office-de-haute-montagne,4-492959,en.html One can hired mountain guides through the staff on the first floor. The second floor offers maps and information about hiking, mountaineering, and skiing. The staff speak several languages. Open from Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 12:30pm and 2pm until 6:30pm.
Information about Bus Transport in the Chamonix valley can be found by calling PHONE NUMBER 04 50 53 05 55. A bus information office is located near the tourist office on Place du Triangle de l’Amitie. In the winter they are open daily from 8am until 7pm. The rest of the year they are closed daily between noon and 2pm.
Chamonix Mt. Blanc Train Station is located in the middle of town at the end of Ave Michel Croz. The information counters are open Monday to Saturday from 9:15am until noon and then again from 1:45pm until 6:30pm. They are open on Sunday as well but only during June through September and December to April. They speak English at the information counters, and are very helpful. From the main part of Chamonix, the walk to the station is 5 or 10 minutes.
Several informative Chamonix area guides are published in numerous languages, available at many of the local bookstores. One that I purchased for 10 euros is called “Chamonix – Mont Blanc Tourist Guide” featuring excellent pictures, history, and descriptions about local activities and experiences.
French US Government tourist offices are located in the following locations
NEW YORK Public Information Office: 628 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10020-2452. Their Phone Number is 212-757-1125.
CHICAGO 645 No. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611-2836
DALLAS 2305 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75201
SAN FRANCISCO Phone Number:
LOS ANGELES 9454 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2967
Phone: 310 271-6665.
(Note: the zip code is only 2 digits off from the famous TV show!)
Lonely Planet’s “France” is a very complete guide to France. There is a good section about Chamonix. Lonely Planet has good hotel and lodging information. This book sells for $24.95 US dollars.
Frommer’s France is another good resource. There is also a good Chamonix section in this book. It sells for $24.95 in the US. Frommer’s is nice because all the listed attractions are in red and the phone numbers are highlighted in dark black. This makes finding information that is surrounded by text much easier to find.
There are other books out there that are just as good as the above two. If you have your favorite, please Email Us the name and we will include it here.