Trains to, from and around Chamonix
The Mont Blanc Express train line services the whole length of the Chamonix Valley and runs from St Gervias Le Fayet all the way through the Chamonix Valley and on into Martigny in Switzerland, stopping at all the villages in between. Travel between Servoz and Vallorcine is free with your carte d'hote (available from your accommodation provider) and selected lift passes.
The nearest mainline French station for Chamonix is St Gervais les Bains/Le Fayet at the bottom of the valley and from there you would need to take the Mont Blanc Express train up into resort. If you're coming via Switzlerand, you can pick up the Mont Blanc Express train in Martigny and head into the Chamonix valley from there.
If you're looking for how to get to Chamonix by train from further afield, read our guide on National and International Train Services.
For information and timetables on the TGV (high-speed trains) & national rail services, visit the SNCF website. TGV-europe have timetables for all European train travel. The Eurostar website has train timetables from London to Paris and Brussels.
For Swiss train travel take a look a the SBB links below.
|Autumn / Winter||Spring / Summer|
|Trains from Geneva to Chamonix|
|SBB Swiss Trains : Geneva - Chamonix||SBB Swiss Trains : Geneva - Chamonix|
|SNCF French Trains : Geneva - Chamonix||SNCF French Trains : Geneva - Chamonix|
|Mont Blanc Express Train - Chamonix Valley|
|Autumn: Martigny - Chamonix - St Gervais les Bains/Le Fayet||Spring: Martigny - Chamonix - St Gervais les Bains/Le Fayet|
|Winter: Martigny - Chamonix - St Gervais les Bains/Le Fayet||Summer: Martigny - Chamonix - St Gervais les Bains/Le Fayet|
|Montenvers / Mer de Glace Train|
|Montenvers & Mer de Glace Railway||Montenvers & Mer de Glace Railway|
|Tramway du Mont Blanc|
|Tramway du Mont Blanc : Le Fayet to Bellvue & Mont Lachat||Tramway du Mont Blanc : Le Fayet to Bellvue & Mont Lachat|
Bus-Train replacement services between Montroc & Argentiere 5th September - 30th November 2016
Chatelard Funiculars & Train (VerticAlp)
At the very edge of the Chamonix Valley (and technically on the Swiss side of the border) is a two stage funicular and scenic train that takes you up to the Emosson Dam. The first part of the journey leads up the mountain on the steepest funicular ride you'll ever take. At 87 degrees incline you'll be wondering how they even built it. At the top you join a small train that winds its way around the mountain side and then you hop onto another small funicular to the dam. Lots of hiking routes can be found up here. Find more details here.
Take the train to visit this impressive "Mer de Glace" glacier & the ice caves. Ever since two English explorers, William Windham and Richard Pocock, first discovered the Mer de Glace (“Sea of Ice”) in 1741, it has become one of the world’s most visited natural sites and is a huge draw of visitors to the Chamonix Valley. The area became accessible by mule from 1802, but it was the opening of the Montenvers Train in 1908 that really opened the site up to the masses. The train to the Mer de Glace runs regularly throughout the year and the time table can be found here.
Tramway du Mont Blanc
The Tramway du Mont Blanc runs from the bottom of the valley in Le Fayet all the way up to the Nid d'Aigle at 2380 metres. The rack and pinion train stops at St-Gervais-Les-Bains, the Col de Voza and Bellevue before stopping at the Nid d'Aigle (eagle's nest) viewpoint, from where you get a fabulous view of the Bionnassay glacier. There are a number of lovely hikes in the area and mountain bikes are permitted on the tram subject to space. During the winter, the train stops at Bellevue and provides access to the Les Houches ski area. Find timetables here for winter & summer.