I think you may be looking too far ahead for the Swiss Rail timetables. They tend to not show up this far ahead. They aren't even showing a proper timetable for May.
I suggest you email Swiss Rail and ask them about this. Their email address is on their website
Please don't use Rail Europe for Swiss timetables - they are notoriously bad.
Hope this helps.
No good asking the SBB - they don't run the train from Chamonix to martigny. The French part is run by the SNCF and the Swiss part by Martigny Regional Transports. And the schedule for the year is out. Starting in April the French will run a bus from Chamonix to Chatelard which will run at the times stated for the train and which will connect to the Swiss train at Chatelard. This train then comes to Martigny.
Here is a link to the timetable:
As you see there is an area marked in an orange border which gives you the bus schedule and also invites you to consult timetables at the various stations. the reason is that there is serious work on the line going on in spring summer and autumn each year for several years... once this is all done then a single train will run from Cham to Martigny. But for the moment you take the bus when the work is in progress. The bus runs more or less over the same route so you miss nothing of the scenery. In fact you see more of it since the train line takes a tunnel under the Montets pass and the bus doesn't!!
It would be a good thing to check with the Chamonix station the day before you travel in case they have made any changes...
Actually, H., SBB does show the timetable for this route but not more than about 60 days out.
OK- That is good. But the link I gave is for the train operator (local train network...) I actually rang them a few weeks ago to make sure what they put up was correct and they said it was. And good until the new timetable in december.
PS I am not sure they really know exactly what date the work on the lines will be resumed...
Hi! I agree the link to the service provider is best. I wonder if the lack of a definitive time to start work this year is why SBB doesn't show timetables beyond about 60 days.
Brilliant information thank you.
The situation is more complicated than I thought (!) despite articles in the local press and I am trying to reach the TMR by phone so I can speak to a real live person about it...
This weekend I was in Vallorcine and saw two large white buses, which looked suspiciously like the ones the railway was using in the summer to move people between Chamonix and Chatelard. I do not know if these buses were connected to the railway OR if they were just transporting skiers... and on top of this the town of martigny has just (today) announced the OK to build a new viaduct to run this very train line on between Martigny and Vernayaz which will enable a new road to be constructed. Date for termination of the road is late 2014. Date for start of work is not given AND there is no info as to whether the trains will continue to run or if buses will take over. Situation is all very fluid, so to speak.
I rang the TMR this morning and was on hold for ages and finally gave up so I think I am not the only one with questions. Anyway I will keep at it and see what is really going on. Or at least, get the current version of what is going on!
Bottom line is the communications linkl Chamonix to Martigny will be maintained no matter what. But how and under what conditions? That is what I hope to find out!!
Please see this link for an update based on a meeting I had today (15 march) with the TMR staff.
Please let me know if Chamonix Mont Blanc could expect white Christmas...i mean could expect snowfall by 25th december 2013?
Filmer2013 - welcome to TA!
You would be better off starting a new thread than tacking a question onto an old one... to do so, click the "Ask a Question" button at the top of the page.
However - weather in the Alps is never predictable and Chamonix is not a high resort. It is only 1000m and so having snow there means it must get very cold very low. It is unusual to have snow in the village in Chamonix in December. But can happen. On the mountains around there is always snow - Chamonix is right next to the Mt Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, which is snow covered at all times. And there are glaciers that cascade down into the valley as well. So while there might not be snow IN Chamonix there is no problem seeing snow/being in the snow AROUND Chamonix.