The Mont Blanc Express
The Mont Blanc Express is a scenic mountain train route that runs from the French station of St Gervais/Le Fayet, with a steep climb to the Chamonix valley, all the way through Chamonix and Argentiere, under the Col des Montets and down the other side into Martigny in Switzerland. This beautiful railway takes you through some of the most amazing views that you ever seen.
The Mont Blanc Express stops at some key places in the Chamonix valley and in Switzerland. One of the largest and most frequented stations is in the centre of Chamonix and provides access to the Aiguille du Midi, the Montenvers tourist train and the Brevent cable car. The next key stop is at Montroc where you can get the Tour-Balme cable car. Another big destination is Le Buet which holds the La Poya ski lift, a popular destination for casual skiers. Vallorcine is the last stop within French borders and is another point at which you can access the Tour-Balme area. To get to the Emosson Dam, a great tourist attraction, you will need to get off at Le Chatelard VS station. Les Marecottes is the final big stop before the end of the line at Martigny. It is a cool place to visit, and draws a lot of visitors due to the alpine zoo and its granite carved swimming pool.
The train runs from the early morning hours until the late evening. Here are the timetables for the St Gervais/Le Fayet - Chamonix - Chatelard - Martigny.
If you are staying in the Chamonix Valley, a journey on the Mont Blanc Express is free with a "Carte d'Hote". Ask your host for this "Guest Card". This card will give you access to the whole of the Chamonix Valley public transport network between Servoz and Vallorcine for free.
For more information: Timetables and schedules of the Chamonix Valley Trains: TMR SA
Trains at 10.43pm and at 11.43pm from Martigny to Le Chatelard Frontiere run only on phone reservation before 10.30pm and before 11.30pm. Phone number: +41 0 27 764 12 71
Important: If you arrive at Chatelard Frontiere late at night, it is still a fair way from Chamonix and Argentiere, and there is nothing there except a small hotel. You may need to call a taxi to continue to Chamonix.
The Mont-Blanc Tramway
The Mont-Blanc Tramway is another gem of the Haute Savoie region. A small railway car winds its way up from St. Gervais to the Nid D'Aigle (the Eagles Nest). This train is popular with climbers on their way to climb Mont Blanc.
Fantastic views of the Bionnassay Glacier and the open ground of Prarion and Mont Lachat make this a summertime must! Check out the opening dates and times of the Tramway du Mont Blanc, and the prices for a trip, return or one way. Also be sure to see the live status of the tramway.
The Montenvers Train and Mer de Glace
The Montenvers Train departs from its own station next to the main station in Chamonix. This old funicular climbs a steep track to a stunning vantage point above the Mer de Glace. From here, views of Les Grandes Jorasses and the Les Drus are exceptional.
From the top station at Montenvers walk down to the glacier and into an ice grotto. There are many summer walking trails down to valley floor and traverses along the mountains to Plan de l'Aiguille. Check out the opening dates and times of the Montenvers train, and the prices for a trip, return or one way. Also be sure to see the live status of the train.