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Montenvers Train - La Mer de Glace

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Address: 35, place de la Mer de Glace, 74400, Chamonix, France
Phone Number: 33 (0)4 50 53 12 54
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This train takes visitors on the short ride between Chamonix and the Mer de...

This train takes visitors on the short ride between Chamonix and the Mer de Glace glacier.

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Long commute. Quick visit.

The place is a cave carved in the ice. It is a short walk in and out of it, but very neat. To get there you need to take a train from downtown, a small cable car, and walk down... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The place is a cave carved in the ice. It is a short walk in and out of it, but very neat. To get there you need to take a train from downtown, a small cable car, and walk down 420 steps. Yes... you need to walk up the same 420 stairs to get back, so this is the only... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You take a cog railway for 30 minutes up into the glacier area with nice mountain views all along. Then, as the glacier receded dramatically over the last 30 years or so, you take many, many stairs down onto the glacier floor to explore some manmade ice caves. I gather 'cooler' ice caves nearby are reserved by people wearing crampoons... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The train trip itself is marvelous, a great view through the mountains. Then a telecabine (gondola) up before 480 steps down to the ice cave carved out of the glacier (Mer de Glace). It is quite a walk, but worth it. OUr kids managed fine (ages 11 and 8) and really enjoyed walking through the ice cave. A great experience.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was here in the offseason between the summer and winter. Unfortunately, that means almost everything was closed with the exception of the train. I cant recommend it enough. A totally worthwhile scenic trip from the village up to the mountains.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Apart from no heating, the train was a great way to see some spectacular scenery. The 30 minute train ride was up a steep mountain track, through some beautiful forest to the glacier. There is a gondola ride and 400 steps to actually get to the glacier, which I found a little disappointing and the restaurant at the top was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We waited for a clear day and it came on our last day in Chamonix. We bought "open" passes which was good for everything, including the trip to the summit of the Aguille di Midi. A worthwhile investment. We travelled to Montenvers, but not to the glazier caves as my wife did not feel up to walking 440 steps, each... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The train journey is pleasant although expensive. The train carriages basic with very uncomfortable seats. Once you arrive at the station a gondola takes you part of the way to the ice caves. There are 420 steps down to the caves, and more importantly 420 back up so you need to be fit. The caves themselves are small but fantastic,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The experience is amazing from start to finish as you are brought up to the glacier by a train that passes on a special route through the valley that brings you to a birds eye view of the whole valley. The panaoramic views are amazing once on top and get more interesting once you reach the ice glacier at the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of our last of 9 days in Chamonix so couldn't wait any longer in vain hope for a clear day. Train trip is lovely but still charges €31 each for trip when telecabine was closed to glacier. Went knowing there was poor visibility but ticket price should be reduced when the main attraction - trip to glacier cave is... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the glacier during our time in Chamonix, when there was a lack of skiing due to weak snowfall. This was a great half-day trip on the Montenvers train up to the glacier. The ice cave they carve into the glacier made for some great photos and fun for our sons. The walk and steps down to it wasn't... More 

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