SWITZERLAND: A toll is payable to use the Grand Saint Bernard Tunnel even if you have the Swiss Autobahn vignette(an annual motorway tax displayed on your windscreen by a vehicle sticker/vignette which is compulsory even if you are travelling on any of the Swiss motorways for only 1 or 2 hours). The Great Saint Bernard Pass is not a motorway so you do not need to buy the vignette unless you are planning on travelling on Swiss motorways/autoroutes/highways.
During the winter months the Tunnel may be closed - check the weather and traffic conditions before you set off.
- Cars: one-way: €24,30, return: €39,00 - Motorbikes one-way: €14,30, return: €19,40 - Camping cars one-way: €37,90, return €60,60
The Hospices of the Grand Saint-Bernard is open to the public all year round (and lodging).
Every year in the middle of August, the Association Pro-Saint Bernard organizes a mass around the statue of Saint Bernard. Various folklore groups from the Aosta Valley and Valais ensures a great atmosphere and a giant polenta to welcome you.
In winter, the Col du Grand Saint-Bernard is swept by strong winds and impressive snowstorms. Access is only possible on skis (approximately two hours) in a dream-like setting but becareful of avalanches!
For more information on the Grand Saint Bernard Tunnel:
The Grand St Bernard - Le Tunnel
Switzerland: +41 (0)27 788 44 00
Italy: +39 0165 78 09 02
CYCLING THE COL DU GRAND SAINT BERNARD
Cycling the Col du Grand Saint Bernard:
This is one of the highest cycling cols in the Alps with an elevation of 2,469m (8,100feet) and one of the longest at 45km from the Swiss side.
Part of the route is on a main road with alot of traffic, trucks and tunnels. Once you get to the huge tunnel, take the small turn off just before the tunnel and onto the old road where trucks are forbidden.
Cycling the Col du Petit Saint Bernard:
Starting from Morgex and finishing at Bourg-Saint-Maurice.
The col ascent of 1,282 and a distance of 27.6km - averaging 5%. The top is a huge statue of Saint Bernard du Menthon on the French/Italian border. From this point its about 31km going downhill to Bourg-Saint-Maurice.