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Geneva to Cervinia

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Covid 19 permitting, I'm thinking about a November 2020 trip to Cervinia on a Snoworks course. Unfortunately getting a flight to Turin from Bristol is a long and expensive exercise, so was thinking of flying to Geneva and driving. Has anyone done this drive? How long does it take and is the climb up to resort tricky?
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Easy enough through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Aosta - motorway, though slow and speed limited up to the tunnel at Chamonix, and through the tunnel - which is sometimes busy, with queues, and always expensive. I've not driven up to Cervinia so can't help with that bit - I doubt it's a problem, though.
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Flight to Milan?
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Milan doesn't cut a lot off the length of the journey, though it saves the Tunnel.
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Was just thinking back to when I did trips to Cervinia, admittedly 25+ years ago. I’m sure we flew in to Milan though I can’t recall which airport. It was a long transfer though.

Google maps suggests Driving time 2h15m from Malpensa against 2h45m Geneva. Avoids tunnel faff and expense also which might be significant.
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and car hire will be cheaper in Milan - though without winter tyres, probably.
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@MurphyLucy, Milan Malpensa MXP is an easy drive to the Aosta Valley, tools will be about €26 and should take approx 2hrs. Hertz and the other main hire companies do have winter tyre options if you want to avoid chains, we have pre booked a 4x4 with winters the last two half terms and paid less than £150 for an Audi Q5 and Merc E class.
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How about taking the train from GVA? You should be able to get to Aosta then change to get to Chatillion. But you'll need to do some research.

https://www.sbb.ch/en/buying/pages/fahrplan/fahrplan.xhtml

At the moment, the SBB schedule is reduced, so the times are very odd. Hopefully, this would get back to normal by the time you travel. Even if you can only get to Aosta by train, it would make for an easier journey, especially if the weather is bad,
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Drove from Milan in January, pretty straightforward drive. winter tyres are mandatory In Milan, at least with Avis anyway - but always be sure to check.

Good job too as we had to drive back during a rather large dump of the white stuff, our rented octavia did a sterling job.
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+1 for ease of drive from Malpensa, just a touch over 2 hours and all on motorway apart from the final climb.
No borders to cross so that also may make things simpler depending on the circumstances in November
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No borders to cross so that also may make things simpler depending on the circumstances in November

good point.
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I drove from Milan Malpensa up to Aosta Valley and Cervinia in Feb this year, all pretty straightforward. Should take 2-2.5hrs. Much better than trying to do Geneva and Mt Blanc Tunnel.

All dual carriageway/motorway up to Chatillon, then a well-engineered road up the side valley to Cervinia, a few bendy sections as you climb higher towards Cervinia. The last bit as you approach Cervinia is a long concrete avalanche protected tunnel section.

Snow chains in the boot is the standard deal with most Milan rentals, hopefully you'll never need them!! snowHead

The only place I saw snow on the driving surface was in the car park at Cervinia, all the roads were clear. The summer tyres were fine, just need to slow down and be gentle with the controls like when we get snow in the UK.
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Thought both easyjet & ryanair fly bristol to
turin.
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LaForet wrote:
How about taking the train from GVA? You should be able to get to Aosta then change to get to Chatillion. But you'll need to do some research.

https://www.sbb.ch/en/buying/pages/fahrplan/fahrplan.xhtml

At the moment, the SBB schedule is reduced, so the times are very odd. Hopefully, this would get back to normal by the time you travel. Even if you can only get to Aosta by train, it would make for an easier journey, especially if the weather is bad,


What is a more normal journey time ?

The site is showing 8.5hrs or 16 hours ?
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Thanks very much for all your advice that's really helpful. Sounds like Milan is the way to go. Unfortunately the Ryanair flights only start at Christmas.
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LaForet wrote:
How about taking the train from GVA? You should be able to get to Aosta then change to get to Chatillion. But you'll need to do some research.

https://www.sbb.ch/en/buying/pages/fahrplan/fahrplan.xhtml

At the moment, the SBB schedule is reduced, so the times are very odd. Hopefully, this would get back to normal by the time you travel. Even if you can only get to Aosta by train, it would make for an easier journey, especially if the weather is bad,

Not sure Geneva to Chatillon by train is ever going to be fast? To pick up the train, flying to Milan or Lyon is probably quicker. And Chambery should be even quicker, as once you transfer to the station there are direct trains to Turin.
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can you fly to Genoa as an option?
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All the airport car-rental firms are on the brink of bankruptcy.

Don't book in advance.
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Snow tyres are legally required for the whole of the Aosta valley - not just chains.
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Not a bad drive, no worse than most main stream resorts - 3 1/2 hours 4 if its slow going on the climb (google says under 3). It's a long climb out of the Aosta valley, but this has been a popular resort since the first lifts went in 90 (or more) years ago! Plenty big enough roads, coaches get up there without issue. You do need to make sure you have snow tyres (shouldn't be an issue in November) and chains if you are not in a 4x4 as it's high and the last 10km is regularily snowy at that time of year.
If you are ok with driving to Tignes or Val Thorens , then no problem
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If it helps - I've used Geneva, Milan and Turin to get to Cervinia in November

GVA was a ball ache, lots of hold ups and took 7hrs due to yellow jackets
Milan MLP was an easy drive about 2hr 20m
Turin was a dream and about 1hr 40m
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aalexander wrote:
Snow tyres are legally required for the whole of the Aosta valley - not just chains.


That may well be the case but summer plus chains is what you usually get as standard based on my rentals at MXP and Verona this past winter.
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