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Tramway du Mont-Blanc

Retro charm without equal...


Take this rack railway with an unique view of the Aiguilles de Chamonix and the Dômes de Miage to reach the Bellevue plateau and discover some beautiful walks ideal for families. Take the train, up to Nid d’Aigle for a splendid view of the Bionnassay glacier.

Inaugurated in 1909, the Mont-Blanc Tramway is one of the oldest mechanical uphill rides in the Valley and the mountain rack railway is th highest in France.

Starting from Saint-Gervais or le Fayet, it enables you to reach the Nid d'Aigle (2380m), at the foot of the Bionnassay glacier, first stop for mountaineers setting out to climb Mont-Blanc. Throughout the journey, you can enjoy a unique view over the surrounding valleys. Setting out from le Fayet, the Mont-Blanc Tramway takes 1 ¼ hours to climb from 580 m to 2380 m. Six stops offer hikers a number of possible starting points for excursions:

  • Saint-Gervais, 792 m
  • Motivon, 1400 m
  • Col de Voza, 1653 m
  • Bellevue, 1794 m
  • Mont-Lachat, 2115 m
  • Nid d'Aigle, 2380 m, in front of the Bionnassay glacier.

Anecdote ! Three engines and three names: Anne, Jeanne and Marie... named after the daughters of Mr Noury, owner of the site, when the engine became electric.


1904 : the construction of the site begins.
1907 : on the 25th July, the first section up to Col de Voza is inaugurated.
1911 : second part up to Bellevue.
1912 : the line reaches the Nid d’Aigle (“Eagle’s Nest”).
1913 : first visitors to the top by train.
1923 : opening of the line in winter up to Bellevue (1800m).
1956 : the steam engines are replaced with electric ones.
1997 - 2000 : the three engines are renovated, one each year.

Some figures

  • 590 m Departure
  • 2380 m Arrival
  • 110 000 people on average per year
  • 12,4 km Length of track
  • 1788 m Total elevation
  • 1h15 Journey duration (> Nid d’Aigle)
  • 25 % Biggest track gradient
  • 15 km/h Speed
  • 3h30 Visit time (Given as an indication depending on visitor numbers)

The sunset trains

After a walk of a half hour, at a turn in the path you can observe ibex / In order then to spend a typical night in the Refuge du Nid d’Aigle.
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Organise your visit

  • In summer season the train stop is Nid d'Aigle. (consult the timetable)
  • There are 2 main departures : le Fayet or Saint-Gervais
  • The trip on the train lasts 1h15 up to the Nid d'Aigle.
  • Is the site open today? (live update)
NB : In winter the TMB can hand out sleds for children but no snow-shoes.