About 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.
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, called VerticAlp. 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 or you can simply enjoy the views from the top.
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. See the timetable above.
Chamonix Petit Train
This small tourist train offers visitors to Chamonix the chance to take in the key sights of the centre of Chamonix at leisurely pace, with commentary provided in 10 different languages. The train operates from the end of April to the 1st of October each year, with night time tours to Les Bois and Les Praz in July and August. Hop on at the post office square. Departure every 40 minutes. Night time tours from 19:00.
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. See the timetables above.
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.
|Trains from Geneva to Chamonix|
|SBB Swiss Trains : Geneva - Chamonix|
|SNCF French Trains : Geneva - Chamonix|
|Mont Blanc Express Train - Chamonix Valley|
|Spring: Martigny - Chamonix - St Gervais les Bains/Le Fayet|
|Summer: Martigny - Chamonix - St Gervais les Bains/Le Fayet|
|Autumn: Martigny - Chamonix - St Gervais les Bains/Le Fayet|
|Winter: Martigny - Chamonix - St Gervais les Bains/Le Fayet|
|Montenvers / Mer de Glace Train|
|Montenvers & Mer de Glace Railway|
|Tramway du Mont Blanc|
|Tramway du Mont Blanc : Le Fayet to Bellvue & Mont Lachat|
Please note: Bus-Train replacement services will be operating between St Gervais & Chatelard Frontiere from 3rd April to 24th June 2017.