The Montenvers-Mer de Glace train

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc,
  • Glaciorium
  • Grotte de Glace
  • Train et Hôtel du Montenvers
  • Vue depuis le Montenvers
  • Vue depuis le Montenvers
  • Vue depuis le Montenvers
  • Vue du train du Montenvers
  • Grotte de Glace
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Hop on the famous rack-and-pinion railway, which takes passengers from Chamonix to the tourist site of Montenvers at an altitude of 1,913 m. Enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Mer de Glace glacier, the Drus and the Grands Jorasses
ICE CAVE
Once at your destination, take a tour of the Ice Cave and get a glimpse into the very heart of the glacier. The cave is dug out anew every year and inside, it portrays mountain life in the early 19th century. Two ways to get there: follow the footpath for a 20-minute or so walk or take the cable car. Please note: there are around 550 steps from the cable car terminal to the cave entrance.

THE GLACIORIUM
The Montenvers site testifies to climate change in our day and age and is thus the ideal spot for a glaciology information centre. The Mer de Glace, its formation, history and future evolution are all explained as you visit the interactive exhibitions.

The complete tour (including the cave and the journey time) takes an average 2-3 hours, although it can be double that during peak periods.

HIKING
Hikers can walk from Montenvers to Plan de l'Aiguille via the Grand Balcon Nord trail, or head down to Chamonix via Les Planards or the village of Les Bois.

WHERE TO EAT
When it's time to eat, there are three options: a Savoyard or traditional meal at the Restaurant du Refuge du Montenvers, lunch in a bistro with a view at Panoramique Mer de Glace, or a quick snack at the Bar des Glaciers.

WHERE TO STAY
Hotel du Montenvers reopened on 1st July 2017 after refurbishment by Maisons et Hotels Sibuet, a leader in the mountain resort hotel sector for over 30 years now.
Terminal Neige – Refuge has a 10-bed dormitory, double and family rooms, and suites, all in a traditional mountain refuge setting.

Ticket offices open all year round from 8 am to 6 pm.
From 14/09 to 27/09/2020
Departure times daily every 30 minutes between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm.
Ice cave closed from September 25th to October 16th 2020.

From 28/09 to 01/11/2020
Opening hours daily between 10 am and 4 pm.
Every hour, then every 30 minutes in the afternoon (depending affluence)
Ice Cave closed until October 16th included !
Last train from the top at 4:30pm.

From 02/11 to 18/12/2020
Last descent daily at 4.30 pm.
Departure times daily at 10 am and at 11.30 am and at 1 pm and at 2 pm and at 3 pm and at 4 pm.

From 19/12/2020 to 12/03/2021
Opening hours daily between 10 am and 4 pm.
Every hour, then every 30 minutes in the afternoon (depending affluence).
Last departure from Chamonix to visit the ice cave is 2pm.
Last train from the top at 4:30pm.

From 13/03 to 30/04/2021
Opening hours daily between 10 am and 4.30 pm.
Every hour, then every 30 minutes in the afternoon (depending affluence)
Last train from Chamonix to visit the ice cave is 3pm.
Last train from the top 5pm.

Subject to favorable weather.
  • Parking :
    • Car park
    • Parking
    • Coach parking
  • Tourist transport :
    • Tourist transport
    • Tourist trains
  • SITRA services :
    • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Group tour services :
    • Unguided group tours available permanently
  • Services :
    • Pets welcome
    • Bar/refreshments
    • Guided group tours
    • Unguided group tours
    • Unguided individual tours
  • Information panels :
    • French (EN)
    • English (EN)
  • Tour :
    • French
    • English
  • Visites :
    • Average individual visit length (minutes) 180
  • Services :
    • 20 people min per group
    • 1 yrs old min
  • Leisure facilities :
    • Picnic area
    • Bar
  • Interior facilities :
    • Restaurant
    • Toilets
  • Help for client/transport :
    • Coach access
  • Shops :
    • Shop
  • Catering :
    • Restaurant
  • Accessibility criteria for people with reduced mobility :
    • Reserved space 330 cm wide < 20 m from the site
    • Vertical signage of parking spaces
    • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • Ouvertures complementaires :
    • Subject to favorable weather
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35 pl de la Mer de Glace
74400
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Phone : +33 4 50 53 22 75
  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French
    • English
COVID-19 - Welcome & Information :
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic & in compliance with the governmental sanitary regulations, our teams have deployed an experimental “Health & Safety” welcome system up to the standards demanded by visitors & staff alike :

- Thermal camera (compliance with GDPR guidelines).
- Hydro-Alcoholic solution.
- Mask to be worn during all phases of the transport & in the confined waiting areas (Please come equipped)
- Transport specially adapted (limited numbers, distance between visitors, special circulation measures….)
- A full “Welcome & Safety” protocol for both visitors & staff
- Regular disinfection of lifts, trains & buildings
- Full information panels with instructions to be followed before & during the visit.
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Mer de Glace et train du Montenvers
35 pl de la Mer de Glace
74400
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 45.922282
Longitude : 6.875328
Closest bus stop : Place du Mont-Blanc
Closest train station : Chamonix centre
Closest parkings : Biolay (outside parking), place du Mont-Blanc (underground parking).
Return Vallée Blanche (winter):
Adult: €28,50
Child and senior: €24,20

Adult: 34 €
Child (5-14 years): 28.90 €
Family pass: 105.40 €
Disabled: 50% discount when presenting an invalidity card + 50% for the accompanying person.

Free entry for children < 5 years.
Group rate available for > 20 people.

Return Vallée Blanche (winter):
Adult: €28,50
Child and senior: €24,20.
  • Payment methods :
    • Bank/credit card
    • Cheque
    • Chèques Vacances
    • Cash
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