• Leisure

Mer de Glace et train du Montenvers

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

Leisure Mer de Glace et train du Montenvers Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

About

Departing from Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (74400)
Animals allowed
Unguided individual tours available permanently
Average duration of an individual visit : 03h00

NEW MER DE GLACE GONDOLA LIFT

This gondola promises a unique experience, offering a breathtaking panoramic journey.
Get ready for an unforgettable experience in the heart of the mountains.
Whether you're looking for thrills or peace and quiet in the heart of nature, the new Mer de Glace gondola lift and the Grotte de Glace promise unforgettable memories.

ICE GROTTO
Discover the magic of the new Grotte de Glace, naturally sculpted by man "the grottus" in the ice.
This unique sensory experience will amaze visitors of all ages.

THE GLACIORIUM
The Montenvers site is a true witness to the climate changes of our century, and deserved a space dedicated to glaciology! The Sea of Ice, its formation, its history, its future evolution - this is what you can discover when you visit this interactive and educational site...

The total visit (cave and routes included) lasts an average of 2 to 3 hours. Visiting time may be doubled during peak periods.

RESTAURATION
There are 3 ways to eat: either a Savoyard or traditional meal at the Refuge du Montenvers restaurant, or a quick bite at the Bar des Glaciers.

HOTELS
Le Refuge du Montenvers opened on July 1, 2017 after renovation by Maisons et Hôtels Sibuet, a leading player in the mountain hotel industry for over 30 years.
Le Refuge du Montenvers offers a 10-bed dormitory, double and family rooms, as well as suites, all in a traditional mountain refuge atmosphere.

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    Prices

    From 01/12/2023 to 31/05/2024
    Adult: 38.50 €
    Child : 32.70 €
    Family pass: 119.30 €
    Disabled: 50% reduction on presentation of a disability card 50% reduction for the accompanying person on a day pass or return ticket.

    From 01/06 to 03/11/2024
    Adult: 39.50 €
    Child : 33.60 €
    Family pass: 122.50 €
    Disabled: 50% reduction on presentation of a disability card 50% reduction for the accompanying person on a day pass or return ticket.

    Free entry for children < 5 years.
    Child entry valid for 5 - 14 years.
    Group rate available for > 20 people.

    Ascent or descent + visit (summer) :
    Adults: €34
    Children and senior citizens: €28.90

    Vallée blanche return + visit (Winter) :
    Adult: €34
    Children and senior citizens: €28.90
    This site is included in the MONT BLANC UNLIMITED PASS / Multipass.

    Methods of payment accepted : Bank/credit card, Check, Travellers Cheque, Cash

    Reception

    Animals allowed
    Languages spoken : English, French
    Languages of documentation : Italian, German, English, Spanish, French
    Languages visits : English, French
    Languages informatives signs : English, French
    Languages audio guide : English, French

    Dogs are allowed on the leash. Be careful! The stairs that leads to the ice cave are metalic openwork stairs.

    Period of practice

    From 01/06 to 05/07/2024
    Opening hours daily between 8.30 am and 5 pm.
    Last descent daily at 5 pm.
    From 8.30am to 4.30pm every half an hour
    The 9am train is optional
    Last departure from Chamonix to visit the ice cave at 3pm.

    From 06/07 to 25/08/2024
    Opening hours daily between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm.
    Last descent daily at 5.30 pm.
    From 8.30am to 10.30am every 30 minutes
    The 9am train is optional
    From 10.30 am every 20 minutes
    Last departure from Chamonix to visit the ice cave at 3.40pm.

    From 26/08 to 15/09/2024
    Opening hours daily between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm.
    Last descent daily at 5.30 pm.
    From 8.30am to 10am every 30 minutes
    The 9am train is optional
    From 10.30 am every 20 min
    Last departure from Chamonix to visit the ice cave at 3pm.

    From 16/09 to 31/10/2024
    Opening hours daily between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm.
    Last descent daily at 5.30 pm.
    From 8.30am to 1pm every hour
    The 9am train is optional
    From 1.30pm every 30 minutes
    Last departure from Chamonix to visit the ice cave at 2.30pm.

    Subject to favorable weather.

    Services
    • Pets welcome
    • Coach access
    • Shop
    • Restaurant
    Equipments
    • Restaurant
    • Parking nearby
    • Coach parking
    • Car park
    • Bar
    • Picnic area
    • Toilets

    Access

    35 pl de la Mer de Glace 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
    Departing from : Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (74400)
    Latitude : 45.922282 - Longitude : 6.875328

    Closest bus stop : Place du Mont-Blanc
    Closest train station : Chamonix centre
    Closest carparkss : Biolay (outside carpark), parking du Mont-Blanc (underground carpark).

    • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
    Motor Disability

    Special rate upon presentation of the "handicap" card. Informed in advance, the staff will help you to board. Access to the ice cave is not possible (580 steps) and access to the glaciorium requires assistance (short but somewhat steep slope).

    More informations

      Information update on 18/06/2024 by Office de Tourisme de la Vallée de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc