Access & Getting Around
The ColomBus service in the Abondance valley will run from Monday 8th February to Sunday 7th March 2021. The timetable is adapted to the 6 pm curfew.
The regular 121 line is in service between Thonon-les-Bains and Châtel.
Due to roadworks on the RD 22, on 8th and 9th March, the Taverole and Chef-lieu bus stops in the Vacheresse municipality will not be accessible.
Due to the health crisis, barrier safety measures are ensured, especially mandatory face masks and social distancing between passengers.
Opening these services are dependent on government guidelines and can change at any moment.
More info on cc-peva website
Coming to Abondance
Abondance is located in the north of the Haute-Savoie (74) department, 30km south of Lake Geneva, Thonon-les-Bains and Evian-les-Bains, and 1h30 from Geneva airport. The town is an integral part of the Pays d’Evian-Vallée d’Abondance and the Portes du Soleil ski domain in France.
Getting to the Abondance Valley:
▪ from France – head to Thonon-les-Bains, then take the Route de Bioge to the Vallée d’Abondance.
▪ from Switzerland – head to Monthey, then to Morgins. The border is located at the Morgins pass just before reaching Châtel.
A few distances:
– Geneva: 65km
– Lyon: 220km
– Strasbourg: 370km
– Marseille: 520km
– Paris: 620km
– Brussels: 810km
– Lille: 820km
Full information concerning traffic (traffic jams, roadworks): www.inforoute74.fr – 04 50 33 20 74
You will need winter tyres or chains for your vehicle from 1st November to the end of April. Even if there is no snow on the roads, they are often icy and dangerously slippery. Located in the Portes du Soleil domain our village is only 20 minutes from the Swiss border. Remember to take your ID card. If you are driving on Swiss motorways you will need the Swiss motorway sticker on your windscreen, it is compulsory and valid for the year. It is on sale in Swiss petrol stations or at the customs office at the border.
Geneva International Airport is located 1h30 from Abondance
Information: Tel. : 00 41 22 717 71 11 – Airport website
The Léman Express: Geneva Airport link
The Léman Express provides optimal connections with the major railway lines that will join Geneva Airport in only 7 minutes from Genève Cornavin railway station, with 5 trains every hour going to Thonon.
Leman Express Timetable
Bus links from the airport
SAT Coaches – Tel.: +33 (0)4 50 71 00 88 – Website
Transport for any distance from 1 to 16 persons. Cars or minibuses.
Transportation for any distance from 1 to 16 people.
Vehicles and minibus.
Tel.: +33 (0)4 50 72 20 39 or +33 (0)6 12 78 38 75
Gavot-Taxi is located in the middle of Chablais and available 24/7 for transfers to Thonon, Évian and Geneva railway stations, Lyon and Geneva airports as well as all the Haute-Savoie, Savoie and Swiss ski resorts.
Tel.: +33 (0)6 79 53 73 58
24/7 bank holidays included.
Route 74 provide transfers or private journeys of any distance for you and your group.
Tel.: +33 (0)7 83 20 43 81 or +33 (0)6 26 94 22 47
Getting around in the valley
A shuttle bus links Abondance and Châtel and other villages in the Abondance valley.
Colombus Shuttle Bus Link: Châtel - Abondance
The ColomBus shuttle bus runs both winter and summer in the Abondance valley.
This is an additional service to the departmental bus line and serves all the villages in the valley: Chevenoz, Vacheresse, Bonnevaux, Abondance, La Chapelle d’Abondance and Châtel.
Getting around the village
To park and visit the village please check the map to find the car parks.
There is a free shuttle bus for children’s groups.
The Trans’Abondance Ski
This is a free shuttle bus for children’s groups staying in the Abondance commune.
It runs from the Christmas holidays until the end of March, upon request.
The destinations served from the accommodation are the following:
♦ The Essert cable car
♦ The Ludoffaz ice rink
♦ La Maison du Fromage Abondance
♦ Abondance Abbey.
For more information, and mandatory reservations the day before at the latest, please contact:
The Essert cable car: +33 (0)4 50 73 76 87.
DRIVING IN THE VILLAGE
All parking is free in Abondance.
There is a car park in the village centre. Several parking areas near the centre and shops are available in the direction of Châtel or Thonon-les-Bains.
A Large car park is also accessible to cars and camping cars at the entrance to the village in the direction of Thonon-les-Bains.
Essert Ski Area
There is a free car park at the foot of the Essert cable car. The “Abondance Demain” volunteers will help you park.
2 car parks are located near to Lake Plagnes.
Disabled Parking Spaces
Located in the car parks int he village centre.
Day and overnight parking is allowed for camping cars on the Offaz car park (10 places, 6 days maximum).
FLOT BLEU SERVICE AREA
Next to the tennis court, to drain waste, access water and recharge electricity.
There’s a petrol station just as you are leaving the village in the Châtel direction.
RECHARGING TERMINAL FOR ELECTRIC CARS
The recharging terminal for electric cars is located on the Town Hall’s car park – 2 spaces.
There are several garages in Abondance who offer car repairs and maintenance.
Snow chains and snow tyres.
Coming in a camping car
Here is a list of useful addresses: