As soon as you get to Chamonix, get on the cable car to enjoy an exceptionnal scenery from 12602 feet high. The view on the surrounding mountains and on the Valley of Chamonix will make you breathless! Then in the afternoon take the cogwheel train to go to the Mer de Glace, one of the most famous glaciers in Europe!
|Opening||Daily throughout the year except the 25th December and 1st January
Aiguille du Midi cable car will be closed due to maintenance from the 05.11.2023 to 14.12.2023 (both included)
Mer de Glace and mountain train will be closed due to maintenance during October
|Time||8:00 am // 10:00 Geneva Airport or hotel
8:30 am // 10:30 Bus Terminal (Place Dorcière)
|Duration of circuit||10h|
|Departure||Departure 8:00am or 10:30am Geneva Airport or hotel
Departure 8:30am or 11:00am Bus Terminal (Place Dorcière)
|Return point||Arrival 6:30pm // 7:45 pm Geneva Bus Station (Place Dorcière)|
|Guided tours||8h30: Driver guide
10h30: local host
|Important||You will be crossing the Franco-Swiss border The Passport is indispensable. Visa whenever applicable.
Thank you for noting that the cable car or the train could not work due to bad weather : strong wind and or technical problems.
The Mer de glace included the train tickets, ice caves are included but not garanteed.
Please note that if you leave at 10h30, there is no guide only a local host.
Please note that if you take the Aiguille du Midi and Mer de Glace options, you will be provided with a multipass. Multipass which gives access to all the facilities of the Mont Blanc company. If you use this Multipass for a single activity, it will be considered by the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc as used and cannot be refunded if the other activities are closed. The Mont Blanc company offers alternative activities but does not authorize refunds of the multipass.
The train tickets includes the ice caves and the gondola ( but these are not garanteed), the train can be open and not the cave, there is no refund is so because it's the same price.
The operation of the Aiguille du Midi cable car and Mer de Glace train are both subject to local weather conditions on the day. We cannot know if they open before we arrive there, it's a risk to take.
If one of the activity closes, there will be alternative offers, or partial refunds, but the transports won't be refunded in any case.
|Children information||It is not allowed for children under 2 years old to ascend the cable car to the Aiguille du Midi
Children from 4 to 12 years old, child's fare
|Complementary information||AIGUILLE DU MIDI
This rocky 3842 m./12,604 ft. peak close to the Mont Blanc is reached in 20 minutes by a two-stage cablecar. The summit offers unique panoramic views of the Chamonix Valley and major peaks of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps.
The fantastic universe of the high mountains !
The most famous cable-car in the world will take you, after a dizzying aerial voyage, as far as the Aiguille du Midi (3842 metres). This high-mountain site, equipped for your comfort and safety, offers you a unique 360° panorama, taking in the majestic Mont-Blanc as well as the whole of its massif.
Perhaps you will be lucky enough to see mountaineers linked by ropes trying to conquer one of these prestigious summits.
The Aiguille du Midi comprises 4 sites :
The Piton Nord on which you arrive : arrival and departure station, cafeteria, souvenir shop, terrace for looking at Chamonix from above.
The Piton Central with the Mont-Blanc gallery, the lift and the terrace at the summit (3842 metres). (Access to the lift is not included in the price of the return ticket)
The Mont-Blanc terrace, the finest view of Mont-Blanc. Not to be missed !
In winter, access to the Vallée Blanche is via the ice tunnel, Vallée Blanche exit.
In summer, access to Helbronner Italy (Mont-Blanc panoramic cable-car), is via the Rebuffat footbridge.
MER DE GLACE
A confortable electric rack-railway conveys passengers from Chamonix to Nontenvers ( 1913m / 6276 ft) a vantage point wih fine views of the Mer de Glace. This magnificent glacier is 7 km/ 4 miles long and averages 1200m / 3/4-mile in width.
The Montenvers train - La Mer de Glace (Ice Sea)
This charming little red train has been ferrying travellers up to the Montenvers site and the world famous Mer de Glace glacier since 1908.
Surrounded by prestigious summits, les Drus (3754 m), les Grandes Jorasses (4205 m) and les Grands Charmoz (3842 m), the Montenvers site offers numerous exhibitions to enable everyone to know more about the life of the largest French glacier (7 km long !) and about nature in the Alps.
Discovering the site
A panorama and access to the Mer de Glace.
A grotto cut in the heart of the ice.
The crystals gallery cut in the rock.
The Musée de la Faune Alpine.
The theme trails, to learn about nature.