Luis and I traveled from Geneva, Switzerland, all the way to Chamonix, France and then took the cable car over 3,000 feet above sea level via the Aiguille du Midi cable car to experience some of the most breath-taking views of my life.
(it was a little bit sunny up there)
Switzerland and France can be expensive, ya know! So we did a Google search for one day excursions and an excursion came up for a trip that would take us from Geneva, to Chamonix, include the cable car, as well as the Mer de Glace train and a tour guide. This day-long excursion would have been over 170 Euros per person, so I started looking into how we could do this on our own. It’s possible! Anything is possible, my friends 😉
First, traveling to Chamonix from Geneva isn’t a bad trip- a little over an hour and you’re there. The tougher part is the fact that, apparently, the trains to Chamonix are a pain to manage, so you need to go by bus. There are lots of transfer companies to choose from, particularly from the airport, but they range from private pick-ups, to medium-sized vans, to big tour buses. We wanted to go as economically as possible, so after some research and comparison, I booked us round-trip tickets with Easybus. Tickets were about 40 Euros per person (round trip), which was the lowest I could find. They had one bus (more or less) running each hour, but if you miss the bus, they let you take the next one if there are available seats (and you can also leave an hour earlier). Overall, highly recommended! Their reviews are pretty bad, but we left and arrived on time on the first leg, and although they arrived about 30 minutes late on the second leg, they let us catch the earlier bus.
We got up early, had breakfast, and headed to the airport for a 9:30 pick-up. (If you go by Easybus, they leave from the arrivals bus terminal and its an orange van). We found the van right away and we were off!
We found the Aiguille du Midi ticket office and bought our tickets before having a coffee. (Tip: try to check to make sure the Aiguille du Midi is open on the day you intend to go, as some days in winter it is closed due to weather. At the very least, check the weather for the day you intend to buy bus tickets).
Tickets are pricey (60 Euros round trip per person), but this isn’t any ordinary little cable car. This baby takes you allllllllllllll the way up, and the platform above has so many incredible viewing points and little “museums”.
You should reserve 2.5-3 hours of time to spend up there, including time for pictures, exploring, learning, and lunch.
SO the cable car, it wasn’t your ordinary cable car. They jam you in there like sardines and you have to share precious oxygen as the car rises up into the mountains and oxygen becomes less available. But it wasn’t bad. The only scary part was when it goes over three different towers, which causes the whole car to rock and slightly drop. But those views…..
There are actually two cable cars, so after the first, you have a few minutes to take photos and think “wow, this is incredible”. But then you’ll take the second car and go up even higher and think…ugh that was nothing compared to THIS.
Then we spent the afternoon checking out the various observation decks which were innnnncrediiiible. It was quite cold, but not horrible when the wind wasn’t blowing. But when that wind kicked up….boy, oh, boy. This picture is a good representation 😉
And those slippers were great, too.
And finally, since I have so many pictures I want to share, but I don’t want to overload this post, check out this gallery for more photos: