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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 24 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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Prague, Czech Republic
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133 reviews 133 reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We got on the train not knowing what to expect. The red train will take you to Montenvers in about 20 minutes, a place where you can also visit the gallery of crystals. Then you can head for the biggest glacier in France. If you are fit, you can walk down, for some it is strenuous and a bit longer... More

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New Jersey
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We hiked all the way from Plan de L'Aiguile to Montenvers Glacier. The cable car was free which took you down from the train station level down to the glacier There were about 400 steps aftet the lift. You could walk inside the ice cave dug into the glacier. We had been to a few glaciers in Canadian Rockies and... More

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Cranfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The gentle and relaxing train is an excellent trip. From great views during the ride to a unique view of the glacier at the top. Ideally, choose a clear day and not too cold - take a jacket as it will be colder than in Chamonix. Make sure you stop at the restaurant for great views and a tasty bite... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This was a great trip but it must be done on a clear day. My girls loved it. There are 400 plus stairs down but it's worth the effort. It is definitely not for people with walking with difficulties. The train ride accompanied with the chair lift and the walk through the glacier I believe made it one of the... More

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Excellent scenery on the ride from the train as it snaked its way through tight bends and rock tunnels revealing spectacular views on both sides. Cable car ride down was very interesting as we saw the current base of the glacier get gradually closer . Steps were quite manageable for a couple of 60ish pensioners and the illuminated displays inside... More

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Bradford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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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Warrington, United Kingdom
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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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25 helpful votes 25 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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128 helpful votes 128 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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