Renting a car for your Chamonix holiday
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Here you can book your rental car from Geneva or even from Chamonix. Geneva airport has has a French side and and a Swiss side of the airport. You can arrive from any destination and choose which country to enter subject to all the usual visa and customs regulations.
If you are intending to hire a car at the airport to drive to Chamonix, the Swiss is by far the most suitable channel. It is much closer to Chamonix but also has a wider selection of agencies supplying rental cars. Most transfer and taxi companies collect clients on the Swiss side too.
When driving from the airport to Chamonix there is a short section of toll road between the airport and the French border. You must display a valid sticker, or vignette as they are called on your windscreen, These can be purchased at the border crossing easily. You might already have a sticker in your windscreen which will be valid for the year displayed. There is no need to buy a new one if that is the case. You can be fined if driving without one on Swiss motorways.
Once you are in France the journey to Chamonix should only take 50 minutes by toll road or peage as they are known.
GENERAL FRANCE DRIVING INFORMATION, LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS
Driving in France is done on the right-hand side of the road
Overtaking is on the left-hand side of the road
Seat belts are mandatory
The use of a mobile phone while driving in France is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system
Drivers are to carry a valid drivers licence, registration documents and insurance documents at all times while driving
Dipped headlights to be used at poor daylight visibility
In most major cities you will find that many petrol stations in France are open 24 hours. Fuel tends to cost more when you buy it at a station on the highway.
The toll highways in France are labelled as 'Autoroute peage' and marked by blue signs with the letter 'A' before the number. Drivers take a ticket on entering the road and pay according to distance travelled. The current cost is about €1 per 10 miles.
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