Mer de Glace et train du Montenvers

in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
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The Refuge du Montenvers offers comfortable rooms (double, triple or family) as well as a dormitory with 10 beds, all in the atmosphere of a traditional mountain refuge.

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Hop on the famous rack-and-pinion railway, which takes passengers from Chamonix to the tourist site of Montenvers at an altitude of 1,913 m. Enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Mer de Glace glacier, the Drus and the Grands Jorasses

Opening of the new Mer de Glace and Grotte de Glace gondola on Saturday, February 24, 2024.

This gondola promises a unique experience, offering a breathtaking panoramic journey.
Get ready for an unforgettable experience in the heart of the mountains.
Whether you're looking for thrills or peace and quiet in the heart of nature, the new Mer de Glace gondola and Grotte de Glace promise unforgettable memories.

Discover the magic of the new Grotte de Glace, naturally sculpted by man "the grottus" in the ice.
This unique sensory experience will amaze visitors of all ages.

The Montenvers site is a true witness to the climate changes of our century, and deserved a space dedicated to glaciology! The Sea of Ice, its formation, its history, its future evolution - this is what you can discover when you visit this interactive and educational site...

The total visit (cave and routes included) lasts an average of 2 to 3 hours. Visiting time may be doubled during peak periods.

There are 3 ways to eat: either a Savoyard or traditional meal at the Refuge du Montenvers restaurant, or a quick bite at the Bar des Glaciers.

Le Refuge du Montenvers opened on July 1, 2017 after renovation by Maisons et Hôtels Sibuet, a leading player in the mountain hotel industry for over 30 years.
Le Refuge du Montenvers offers a 10-bed dormitory, double and family rooms, as well as suites, all in a traditional mountain refuge atmosphere.

Starting point altitude
minimum age
1 years old
Adult: 38.50 €
Child (5-14 years): 32.70 €
Family pass: 119.30 €
Disabled: 50% reduction on presentation of a disability card 50% reduction for the accompanying person on a day pass or return ticket.

Free entry for children < 5 years.
Group rate available for > 20 people.

Ascent or Descent + visits (Summer)
Adult: €29,50
Child and senior: €25,10

Return voyage "Vallée Blanche" + visit (winter)
Adult : €33
Child and senior : €28,10
The train and the visit is included in the MONT BLANC Multipass.
Opening dates
From 02/12/2023 to 15/03/2024
Opening hours daily between 10 am and 4.30 pm.
Last descent daily at 4.30 pm.
Last ascent daily at 4 pm.
First departure at 10.00 am, then a departure every 30 minutes from 10 am then every 20 minutes from 1 pm.

Last departure from Chamonix
visit the ice cave at 2pm.

From 16/03 to 28/04/2024
Opening hours daily between 10 am and 5 pm.
Last descent daily at 5 pm.
Last ascent daily at 4.30 pm.
From 10.00 to 14.00 every hour
From 2.30pm every 30 minutes
Last departure from Chamonix
visit the ice cave at 2.30pm.

Subject to favorable weather.
Mer de Glace et train du Montenvers
35 pl de la Mer de Glace
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Closest bus stop : Place du Mont-Blanc
Closest train station : Chamonix centre
Closest carparkss : Biolay (outside carpark), parking du Mont-Blanc (underground carpark).
Special summer info
It is possible to hike from the Montenvers towards the Plan de l'Aiguille: traversing via the grand balcon nord or take the descent to Chamonix via Les Planards or the village of Les Bois.

Virtual visits



Winter lift timetable


Winter map Montenvers


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