Rochers-de-Naye or Chamonix from Geneva?

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paddington
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Apr 19, 2019 - 8:17 PM

We have a day in Geneva to travel to Chamonix. If the weather is bad in Chamonix would Rochers De Naye be an alternative or would the weather be the same in both locations since they are fairly close?

If the weather is unfavourable at both locations at the higher peaks Montreux and Chillon Castle might still have clear weather mightn’t they?

rockoyster
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Apr 19, 2019 - 9:36 PM in reply to paddington

Who knows? 😇

paddington
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Apr 19, 2019 - 11:08 PM

Are Chamonix and Rochers De Naye far enough away from one another to have different weather patterns or would they be under the same weather influence?

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rockoyster
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Apr 19, 2019 - 11:11 PM in reply to paddington

Weather patterns in Switzerland are weird. Anything is possible.

I went to Pilatus one day. Clear sky but cloudy over Rigi. Next day vice verse. 😉

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paddington
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Apr 19, 2019 - 11:13 PM

Good grief! I had no idea. They are really close. We will just have to rely on the weather cams. Thanks.

rockoyster
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Apr 19, 2019 - 11:20 PM in reply to paddington

Zermatt knocks the socks off Chamonix. Ditto Matterhorn versus Mont Blob, er, Blanc. And you get a great view of the French Alps from Rochers anyway. Just saying . . ..

Annika
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Apr 20, 2019 - 2:29 PM in reply to paddington

Hi paddington! Indeed, there can be impressive differences between weather circumstances on locations quite close to one another: myswissalps.com/weathe r. That's good news though; if weather is bad at one mountain top, you may have more luck at the other! Checking short-term local forecasts and webcams is the best you can do.

Apart from considerations concerning weather, traveling time may be of importance as well. Rochers-de-Naye (myswissalps.com/rocher sdenaye) is easier to be reached from Geneva than Chamonix. The latter takes about 3 hours, and this doesn't even include a visit to the mountain of Aiguille du Midi.

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paddington
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Apr 20, 2019 - 11:20 PM in reply to Annika

Annika,

Thanks for the reassurance.

Chamonix on a bus via a transfer from Geneva Airport to Chamonix like Mountain dropoffs or flixbus or on a tour only takes under an hour and a half one way but none of those options are covered by the swiss pass.

Geneva to Rochers-de-Naye is 2 hours one way but it is covered by the swisspass which is great.

Gladysknight
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Apr 21, 2019 - 9:46 AM in reply to paddington

Hi, Are you sure Rochers-de-Naye is covered by the Swiss Pass? I think the dotted line indicates a 50 per cent reduction. It is definitely included in the Regional pass but that of course is no help to you. But the trip is very nice and well worth doing on a fine day.

I personally prefer Chamonix to Zermatt and the journey on the Mont Blanc Express is fun. Just saying!

Annika
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Apr 21, 2019 - 9:47 AM in reply to paddington

Hi paddington. That's correct. There are commercial bus trips and guided tours to Chamonix (see some options at myswissalps.com/geneva /activities) which are quicker than regular public transportation, but these are not covered by the range of Swiss Travel System rail passes (myswissalps.com/swissr ailpasses). As long as weather is fine, I'm sure you'll be happy with either choice!

Annika
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Apr 21, 2019 - 9:50 AM in reply to Gladysknight

Hi Gladysknigth! The journey to Rochers-de-Naye is fully covered as far as Haut-de-Caux. From that point, a 50% discount applies. It's listed at myswissalps.com/swisst ravelpass/validity and myswissalps.com/rocher sdenaye/tickets.

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Gladysknight
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Apr 21, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Thanks Annika. I had forgotten that!

paddington
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Apr 21, 2019 - 11:18 AM in reply to Gladysknight

We are actually using the Saver Day Pass for this trip and according to the area of validity for that pass I think Rochers-de-Naye is covered with that pass.

Arno
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Apr 21, 2019 - 11:23 AM in reply to paddington

Yes, it's fully covered with the Saver Day Pass: www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass/validity.

paddington
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Apr 21, 2019 - 11:33 AM in reply to Arno

Thanks Arno.

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