Chalet Etoile

Chinaillon, Le Grand Bornand

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Chalet Etoile, Chinaillon, France. Luxury ski chalet to rent.


Getting to Chalet Etoile in Chinaillon


Chalet Etoile is located in Chinaillon (map of Chinaillon) in the Haute Savoie region of the French Alps.  Just one hour from Geneva Airport.  Chinaillon is in the heart of the Aravis chain of mountains, just a few minutes drive from La Clusaz. 

It is easy to reach Le Grand Bornand by car or plane.

Geneva Airport is approximately one hour drive  from Chalet Etoile, and is serviced by a large number of airlines.  


 There are local taxi services that can collect you from the airport, or it is easy to hire a car.  For a transfer from Geneva airport or a taxi in an around Le Grand Bornand there are lots of companies you can try.  I recomend a local taxi  Taxi des Aravis ( Sandrine Perrillat 06 33 86 08 26) or you can try Eric Bastard  (we have used Eric several times -but be warned, he know the roads very well and is known for driving very fast!). For airport transfers you can also use Geneva-taxi , , alps2alps.  The Aravis Shuttle runs 4 trips each way from La Clusaz/St Jean de Sixt each day during the season for 40 euros per person.

Driving from Geneva Airport to le Grand Bornand is incredibly simple and takes about one hour (obviously in rush hour this can take longer).  When leaving the airport from the car rental car park, it is very easy to reach the motorway to France.

when hiring a car from Geneva airport we recommend hiring it from the Swiss side of the Airport, not France! (If booking on the internet, when you type Geneva Contrin Airport into the pickup location, they will give you the choice of France or Switzerland - choose Switzerland)  The airport is situated in Switzerland, and the quickest way to Chinaillon is going on the Swiss motorway.  Cars hired in Switzerland already have a Swiss motorway permit.  When you leave through baggage collections and customs, you exit right by the Swiss car rental companies.  Cars are marginally cheaper to hire in France, and it is possible to get out of Geneva without using the Swiss motorway.  it is a legal requirement for Swiss rental cars to have winter tyres and snow chains, but the French do not have the same requirements. you may be charged a supplement.  

Once your paperwork has been done at the appropriate car hire company,  you will need to get a shuttle bus to "Car park 51".  This car park is only about  5 minutes walk away.  In peak season it may be quicker to walk.


Driving from Geneva to Chinaillon

You have two choices, you can use:

  • The A40 motorway to Chamonix and leave at the Bonneville exit and follow signs to Le Grand Bornand.  or
  • The new A41 to Annecy, leaving at the Annecy Nord exit and following signs to Thones and then Le Grand Bornand.

For detailed directions to the chalet from the UK or Geneva airport please contact us.

 Please note: If driving your own car during the ski season, it is a legal requirement in the  Alps to have snow chains in your car. 

The roads in the area are kept very clear and snow free, and although the snow plough makes regular visits to our drive, if you are in an English two wheel drive car without chains or winter tyres, you may encounter a few problems (in our English rear wheel driven car we often need chains just to get to the top of the drive!)   Four wheel drive cars, or local Swiss rental cars with winter tyres tend to have no problem at all.