Travel to Snowdonia, North Wales
Llanberis is a convenient place to stay for climbing in the Snowdonia area. It is approximately 4-5 hours driving time from London, 3 hours from Birmingham and about 90 minutes from Manchester or Liverpool. The nearest airports are Manchester and Liverpool John Lennon, which are both around 90-120 minutes driving time from Llanberis.
From London: Take the M1, M6, M54 to Telford, Shrewsbury and then the A5, then A483 towards Wrexham and Chester, where you can pick up the A55 North Wales coast road towards Conwy and Bangor. Take the first Bangor turn-off and follow signs to Llanberis. Alternatively follow the M6 to Manchester and follow the ‘North ‘route. A slower but more scenic route is to continue along the A5 all the way to Capel Curig, then turn for Llanberis.
From the North: Take the M6, M56 to Chester and North Wales, then as above via the Bangor turnoff on the A55.
For rail travellers the nearest mainline station is at Bangor (Gwynedd) from where there is a bus or short taxi ride to Llanberis. It may be possible to arrange a pick- up from Bangor at certain times. The direct train from London Euston to Bangor takes approximately 3 hours 25 minutes.
Travel to Chamonix
For Chamonix you can fly direct with Easy Jet to Geneva, from a number of airports in the UK, often very cheaply if you book well enough in advance. (Click on their website www.easyjet.com for details). Several other budget airlines fly to Geneva.
From Geneva there are several shuttle services which take you to the door of your accommodation anywhere in the Chamonix valley, for approximately €50 per person return (it varies a little between teh different companies)