Trains leave every hour from 10.00am from the Montenvers train station. It’s a separate station from Chamonix main train station (Gare) but only a stone’s throw away (there’s a footbridge connecting the Gare to the Montenvers station). If you want to get a prized window seat (best for kids) then get there about half an hour early. It’s a 20 minute journey to climb the steep track around the Aiguilles de Chamonix, through thick forest to reach the top (altitude 1913m)
It’s also interesting to see the tools with which glaciologists measure important stuff. For example this wheel measured how far the Argentiere glacier slides (30cms a day in the Summer!).
If you have bought an Unlimited Mont Blanc ski pass either for the day or week, then the Montenver is included for FREE. It took us 4 hours to take the train up, walk down to the grotto & back up, visit the glaciorium & have a hot chocolate on the observation deck, all at a relaxed pace. If you wanted to ski in the mornings, with the Unlimited MB pass you could still go up the Montenvers in the afternoon, which makes it good value.Otherwise the ticket prices are below. They include return train trip & the cable car up & down to the grotto steps & entry into the grotto.Adult: (15-64) 31.50e
Child: (5-14) 26.80e
OAP: (65+) 26.80e
Family pass: 97.70e (2 adults + 2 children + free 3rd/4th/5th child)WINDY WEATHER – the Montenvers train does not run if it is extremely windy.TIP: it is not advised to take babies up this high in altitude (1913m). In fact Compagnie du Mont Blanc advise against taking any child under 12 months up to the Montenvers due to fast pressure changes. For young children take sweets for them to suck to help their ears adjust to the pressure. Make sure you wrap children up warmly – it’s cold up there even in the sunshine, so gloves, hats & scarves are essential.For more information, visit www.chamonix.com or www.compagniedumontblanc.co.uk