1. Traveling to Flaine.
Driving to Flaine:
For the ones with GPS/Navigation systems, several maps and systems have different notations of the address.
Best is to enter the destination by Coordinates: 46.007491, 6.674640, Most Navigation systems have this option.
With these coordinates, Google maps will also give you the exact location: URL Link to your destination on Google.
You can normally park to check-in and unload at the front door, more private parking spaces are available normally next to the chalet. Your host will help you with parking.
Flying via Geneva Airport.
If you intend to fly via Geneva Airport and need a transfer/Taxi to Flaine, you need to book such transfers in advance.
Example of a useful booking site:
These services are operated by mini busses and can be booked as shared or private transport. In case of shares service, you may have to wait for some time at the airport for other parties to arrive. Fares are from round 40 Euro’s per person, one way for shares taxies.
There are also bus/coach services to Flaine but not very frequent, check at: http://www.gva.ch/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-76/
You will be dropped off in Flaine village, call your host to collect you for the last mile.
2. Useful Car information.
Car equipment recommendations for winter and Fuel availability:
Snow chains are in principle mandatory in the French mountains, so make sure you have a set with you.
In case you rent a car at Geneva Airport, do so at the Swiss side (not the French section), such cars will be
fitted with snow tires and have snow chains on board (ask for confirmation).
In practice, with good snow tires fitted, you will normally not have problems to get up the mountain,
specially not with a 4 (all) wheel drive.
In some cases, Police will check all cars going up and may demand you to mount your chains (usually in Araches).
In case you have a 4 (all) wheel drive with snow tires, normally you will not be requested to mount snow chains.
Useful to have on board: warm blanket, Torch, small shuffle, keep your winter jacket boots and gloves accessible.
There is no fuel station in Flaine so don’t go up (near) empty.
The nearest station from Flaine is in Les Carroz (at the Spar supermarket between Araches and Les Carroz).
The best (price) is just before the roundabout before going up the mountains, at the Super U super market.
Both these stations are un-manned meaning you have to pay with a credit (bank) card.