Chambery City Info

Located in the Rhône-Alpes region, Chambery is the capital of the Savoy region and prior home to the Amadeus V of Savoy who used the city as his base of power during the 13th century. Chambery is known for its prestigious architecture, historical museums and charming culture which make it a great place to visit. What’s more, Chambery is a top European skiing destination and a great place to both challenge yourself as a skier and take your family on a fun packed holiday in the beautiful French Alps. If visiting during the summer, must visit attractions include the famous Château de Chambery, the Fontaine des Éléphants, the museum of science and techniques as well as the handful of fantastic gastro experiences on offer throughout the region. Chambery is a charming holiday destination with much to do and explore for the entire family, both in the summer or winter months.

  • Skiing near Chambery: Chambery gives access to a handful of leading European ski resorts including, Chamonix, Courchevel, La Plagne, Les Arcs and Maribel. Due to its location, Chambery is the gateway to skiing in much of the French Alps and as such a popular destination for those looking to ski the French Alps during the winter. Not just limited to the resorts above, Chambery also gives easy access to Tignes and Val d'Isere, known for their expansive ski runs and challenging terrains.
  • Château de Chambery: The Chateau of Chambery is a beautiful fortification that once housed the first settlers of the Savoy region. Built in 1285 and expanded to a residence during the 14th century, the Chateau protected and played home to Duke Emmanuel Philibert before hostility from the French forced the Duke to move his capital to Turin away from the Chateau. Later, the Chateau was enlarged in 1786 by Victor Amadeus III, when a Royal Wing was added and later Napoleon Bonaparte rebuilt and restored the South Wing in 1860. What remains is a beautiful Chateau decorated with history. The Chateau now hosts the political administration of Savoie and is open for tours and concerts, making it a must visit when in the region.
  • Fontaine des Éléphants: Renowned for being the most famous landmark in Chambery, the Fontaine des Éléphants was built in 1838 by Benoit de Boigne. The fountain is shaped as the Savoyan Cross and is recognised by its realistic sculptures of the heads and forelimbs of four life sized Indian Elephants. After the fountain was initially mocked by the townspeople, it is now accepted as part of Chambery's history and is adoringly nicknamed 'les quatre sans culs' ('the four without arses').
Airport Info

Chambery Airport is the gateway to the French Alps. Whether you are travelling in the summer to explore the beautiful mountain walks, or travelling during the winter to enjoy the world class skiing Chambery is the destination for you. The airport handles over a million passengers per year and has over 2,000 metres of runway space, ensuring it can accommodate many of the world’s aircraft. Chambery’s airport shuttle system also makes it a convenient airport to get through quickly, so that you can get on with enjoying your vacation.

Chambery airport is situated 105km from Lyon and sits in the heart of Chambery.

Chambery Airport is equipped to handle large amounts of passengers at a time and has excellent transfer support staff to guide you through the airport when visiting. What’s more, the airport offers car rental, bus transfers and taxi services from right outside the terminal. The airport also has shopping facilities and cafes which makes your wait in the airport as pain free as possible.

To and from the airport

By Taxi
The taxi service at Chambery airport is located right outside the terminal building. The cost of a taxi into Chambery is around 20 euros and will take you around 10 minutes.

By Bus
Chambery airport hosts a number of bus transfers that can be booked through your ski operator.  For those travelling on from Chambery into the French Alps, your journey will take anything from 45 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes depending on your destination and the weather conditions. Val D’Isere is the furthest destination that you can travel to by bus from Chambery, which sits 145km away.

By Car
You can hire a car from Chambery airport, inside the terminal opposite the arrivals gate. Chambery is a short 10-15 minute drive from the airport. For other destinations accessible from Chambery, you should expect to drive for up to 2 hours, either towards Lyon (an hour’s drive) or into the Alps to Val D’Isere and Tignes.


T: + 33 (0) 479 544 954 

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