I'll get straight to the issue. There are loads of Chamonix car rental companies close to Chamonix but only one at Chamonix.
You'll find on searching online, there are loads of car rental companies including the majors who advertise Chamonix Car Rental, but on enquiry, the pickup location is invariably at a large regional center. What this means for you, is time, inconvenience or a hefty delivery fee.
Of the many major car rental companies, only one is represented in Chamonix, and that's Europcar. You'll find the office located directly opposite the main train station at Chamonix Mont Blanc. It's a little office with a small gated parking area adjacent.
You'll find when you do your research and planning, it is not worth paying for car rental while based here as:
Where would you drive to?
There are circumstances, when an occasional access to a car is useful and we found a need for this service to explore Verbier, the co-partner in Switzerland and when we chose to take a break from high intensity skiing to visit the Large Hadron Collider at Meyrin, about an hour's drive from Chamonix.
On a bad weather day, you may want to leave the valley to explore nearby attractions such as Montreux in Switzerland. It's just gorgeous and the two hour drive is well worth it to explore the Riviera of Switzerland.
Or take a day trip to Annecy or Geneva, slightly over an hour's drive from town.
The Car Rental Office
The address for the Europcar Office in Cham is at
36 Place de la Gare
Phone: +33 0 450536340
Fax: +33 0450584171
As it is a one man office and he keeps French office hours, be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointments. There's not a large stock of vehicles, but our rental car was always clean and ready for us on time. Clearly, the majors have concluded for their market in Chamonix car rental companies are not necessarily in big demand.