Replacement of Mont Blanc Express trains by shuttles


The Mont Blanc Express railway service from Chamonix to Châtelard-Frontière (Swiss border) is closed during the spring 2017 to allow the installation of a new rail operation system (MZ).

Aware of the inconvenience, the SNCF will set up a shuttle service for this train route.

From 3rd April to 24 June 2017, all the Mont Blanc Express trains will be replaced by shuttles between Saint-Gervais and Le Chatelard Frontiere.

So, the shuttle will follow the train timetables from Châtelard-Frontière to Chamonix, passing through Chamonix, Argentière and Châtelard.

Also, Montroc will not be omitted, as a special small navette with a specific timetable will assure the run from Montroc to Argentière.

You can book your ticket via the SNCF website or directly from the train stations.

Check out the full timetables for the shuttles and the navette on

The Mont Blanc Express railway line. photo source:
The Mont Blanc Express train. photo source:

When the new rail system (MZ) will operate, a double train service will run on this route. Two trains per hour and per direction will run on the central part of the Mont Blanc Express railway route.

The Mont-Blanc Express is a scenic mountain train which runs from the French station of St Gervais/Le Fayet, beginning with a steep climb up to the Chamonix valley, passing through Chamonix and Argentiere, then under the Col des Montets, through the Vallorcine Valley, before descending into the Rhone Valley, where it terminates at Martigny, Switzerland.

If you are staying in the Chamonix valley, a journey on the Mont Blanc Express, is free with a Carte d'Hote. The Carte d'Hôte/Guest Card is given to you free of charge by your accommodation provider on your arrival. Don't hesitate to ask for it!

This card gives free access to the Chamonix Valley public transport network, only between Servoz and Vallorcine.

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