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Montenvers - Mer de Glace train

35 Place de la Mer de Glace | Mont Blanc, 74400, Chamonix, France
+33 4 50 53 22 75
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Enjoy history and glaciology It takes about twenty minutes to climb the 1,000 metres up to the Montenvers-Mer de Glace attraction. Simply hop on board the famous little red railway train. Time will stand still, and you’ll enjoy this vintage method of transport. The track climbs the mountainside, running through the forest, tunnels cut through the rock and over viaducts. You enter the realm of the high mountains, and round the last bend you’ll feel the magic: you’ve arrived at your destination at the foot of the famous Mer de Glace glacier, at an altitude of 1,913m. A stunning panorama opens out before you, with the glacier below, an excellent testament to the climate change in this day and age.
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“ice cave” (152 reviews)
35 Place de la Mer de Glace | Mont Blanc, 74400, Chamonix, France
+33 4 50 53 22 75
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Reviewed yesterday

We hiked from the mid-station of the Aiguille du Midi to Montenvers and took the train down from there. It was a relatively flat or downhill, easy hike and very beautiful. The Mer de Glace is definitely worth seeing. The train is quaint but not...More

Thank world_citizen61
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited as a group of 10 (6 adults and 4 children aged 5 1/2, 5, 3 and 17mths) We arrived around 9:30am and purchased tickets. Didn't have problem with waiting for tickets or train and we all got a seat. Views from train we're...More

Thank charlotte s
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took the Montveners train out of Chamonix to the glacier. The gondola doesn't take you all the way down you have to walk the rest of the way down stairs and walkways, as there are so many people going up and down this resulted...More

Thank TiredMummy22
Reviewed 3 days ago

Despite the station being very busy when we arrived, we bought our tickets and were on the train with very little queuing. A very scenic trip up the mountain on the train took about 20 minutes. Stunning views at the top with some very interesting...More

Thank Alison P
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Glacier is fantastic, it is a pitty it is dissapearing. THere are a lot of steps to get down to it and people walk slow so be ready to have time enough or you will miss the train back. The train takes almost 30...More

Thank Jesus R
Reviewed 5 days ago

It was worth tackling all of the steps to visit the ice caves.. we went early before they got too busy so we could spend time taking photos.

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful views of the surrounding mountains as you make the ascent on the train. Visit the Ice Cave after arriving at the top.

Thank Barbara H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For those not brave or fit enough to go to the Aiguille du Midi, this is a good compromise. Marvelous view of mountains from 1900 m. The Mer de Glace (second largest valley glacier in Europe) goes down by an alarming 5-6 m a year...More

1  Thank Lam N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is fantastic to walk all staires down to the Grotto. Imagine all things that this ice has been through during the years😊Sad to ser the signs how fast it's melting right now.Take the cabin up again and go back to the proper restaurant for...More

1  Thank Ylwa M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Parent's perspective - the train ride is breathtaking and leaves every 20 minutes - at least during the summer. It's a bit expensive ($112 for a family of 4) but it's worth it! When you get off the train take the gondola down towards the...More

1  Thank mojomary2468
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Prasanna H
25 May 2017|
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Response from Sandini W | Reviewed this property |
Still it would be great! The train tour is scenic specially around this time of the year. She can enjoy a cup of coffee at the restaurant while others go and watch the ice caves.
Christine O
19 February 2017|
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Response from Matildea | Reviewed this property |
It doesn't take that long on the train but it's a walk to the mer de glace. I will say you should be able to do it in 2 hours it all depend on when and what time you get there (high season mid day is the busiest)
22 October 2016|
Response from Patrice H | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we've visited the cave this summer. The access to the cave is practicable even for younger ones and the cave interior is just fine. Not that big however, but a nice experience (cold one).
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