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Montenvers Train - La Mer de Glace

35, place de la Mer de Glace, 74400 Chamonix, France
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Ranked #6 of 23 Activities in Chamonix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
Description: This train takes visitors on the short ride between Chamonix and the Mer de Glace glacier.
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Bradford
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We took the Montenvers train up to the Mer de Glace after quite a wait to buy tickets then another wait for the train to take us up. Each train (two operating at a time on the day) holds about 200 people so when we reached the stop it was extremely busy. We decided not to go down into the... More

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Khartoum, Sudan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

From the station in Chamonix, the train winds its way up to the old hotel at Montenvers and the views of the glacier. In summer, the glacier is not at its best as it looks more rocky than icy, but descend to the ice caves, they are well worth a visit and the 400-plus steps each way. Would like to... More

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Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

From my point of view, it is more interesting to hike to Montenvers from Chamonix and back. The train is cute, but, really nothing super extra special.

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London, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Its worth a visit once...its included in multiday pass....it takes about 20-30 mins....it takes us to mer de glace glacier...nice views...there is a ice cave, but its more than 400 steps downhill to reach the cave and then climb back up to take the train back....train leaves from chamonix....

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Athens, Greece
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124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We travelled with this rack mountain train 4 years ago winter time to visit Mer de Glace. A small old time train full of children going school excursion to the glacier.Pure Alpine scenery, the train was moving slow so we could take nice photos throughout our short journey.A very pleasant trip.When we reached Montenvers we saw that we could not... More

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Beamsville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

what an experience to say you walked THROUGH a glacier! be ready...it's 400 stairs down, which means 400 stairs up. give yourself 15 minutes to get down, 15 minutes to walk through and a half hour to walk back up the stairs. it's well worth it!

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Chamonix-- in the valley of the Alps and the extreme high altitudes of those mountainous hikes, really epitomize the thrill of the challenge of the mountains. My husband and I only wish we had the altitude endurance to hike them. If we stayed more than 4 days, we like to think that we could have hiked the shorter 6000ft-7000ft elevation... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Blessed with fantastic weather! Train busy, but efficiently counted on, so everyone had seats. The glacier is both dramatic and sad, given the speed of the obvious retreat. The 400 steps to the ice cave definitely worth it, but take a jumper (needed it even on our hot and sunny day). Pleasant walk down to the viaduct (and back) if... More

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Skegness, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Brilliant train ride up and then cable car down to the ice caves inside the glacier. Startling how much the glacier has receded in the last few years too. It's expensive so we almost didn't do it - but was well worth the €29.50 for an adult and €25 for a child.

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Rishon LeZiyyon, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Yes, only 3 stars or even less if you are going there only to see the glacier. You can get there or by the train or by several hours walk from Plan de l'Aiguille. The ~25 mins train trip is nice, the views at the top are amazing and there are beautiful walks around. The hike from Plan de l'Aiguille... More

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