The Mont Blanc Express
The Mont Blanc Express is a famous mountain train service 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, over/ through the Col des Montets and Forclaz and down the other side into Martigny in Switzerland. This beautiful rail road takes you through some of the more amazing views that you ever seen.
Along the line there are a number of stations. The main station is in the centre of Chamonix and provides access to the Montenvers tourist train to the Mer de Glace. You can access the Tramway du Mont Blanc in Le Fayet or from the Bellevue cable car in Les Houches.
The train runs from the early morning hours until the late evening. Here all the info on the Chamonix - Martigny train timetables.
Since April 2012, the railway track & the Tunnel des Montets undergoes a major refit. From June 29, 2013 the Mont-Blanc Express resumes partial service of the line between Le Fayet (St. Gervais) and Argentiere.
Work from Argentiere to Vallorcine is on-going, with a replacement bus service operating to the train schedule. Final opening of the full line (e.g. 2 trains per hour) on 21 March 2014.
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 the "Guest Card". This card will give you free access to the whole of the Chamonix Valley public transport network between Servoz and Vallorcine.
For more information: Timetables and schedules of the Chamonix Valley Trains: TMR SA
The Mont-Blanc Tramway
The Mont-Blanc Tramway is another gem of the Haute Savoie region. A small rail 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 it's own station next to the main station in Chamonix. This old furnicular 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 walking tracks 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.