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Montenvers Train - La Mer de Glace

Address: 35, place de la Mer de Glace, 74400 Chamonix, France
Phone Number: 33 (0)4 50 53 12 54
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Ranked #10 of 40 Activities in Chamonix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: This train takes visitors on the short ride between Chamonix and the Mer de Glace glacier.
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London, UK
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220 reviews 220 reviews
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I went up Mer de Glace with my wife and two young sons in August 2014. You get the Montenvers Train from the centre of Chamonix. Get there early as the train gets busy and window seats are the most popular. The train takes you up to the top of the mountain from where you can get a cable car... More

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Augusta, Georgia
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The train ride to La Mer de Glace is very nice and some good views on the way up. The view of the glacier and the valley, where there had been even more of the glacier in the past, is wonderful and worth the train ride up. There is a small café and a snack bar at the top, as... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Great Train Journey to Mountain... We enjoyed this, and believe you will also enjoy... see photos...

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Beit Shemesh, Israel
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

My 15 year old and I stopped at the intermediate cable car station after our second visit in two days to Aguielle di Midi and looked for a good hike and decided to go to Montnevers. It was a great hike and he had a great surprise to see and go inside and explore the glacier. Unfortunately, it was of... More

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Sydney, Australia
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We caught the train up to the Glacier as part of the multi pass. It was a pretty trip and took about 29 minutes. On arrival we rode the cable car to the glacier and then walked the 400 stairs down to the entrance of the ice caves. To see the movement that the glacier has had over time incredible.... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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