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MONT-BLANC EXPRESS

A legendary train, an unforgettable trip

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A link between the plains and the mountains, Switzerland and France, the Mont Blanc Express has connected Martigny to Chamonix for more than a century.


Embark on scenic rail journey which passes through the magical Trient Valley, with its rocky outcroppings, forests, wild gorges and classic alpine villages. Savor magnificent landscapes in the heart of an unspoiled natural setting. The promise of a spectacular escape.

Welcome aboard!

Our Journey

From Martigny to Chamonix, stops worthy of a visit

Course border and flags
Argentière
Martigny
Vernayaz
Salvan
Marécottes
Le Trétien
Finhaut
Le Châtelard
Vallorcine
Chamonix Mont-Blanc
Saint-Gervais-les-bains

Martigny

The starting point of the Mont-Blanc Express line, Martigny is home to two must-see cultural spaces: the Gianadda Foundation, world-renowned for its exhibitions, and the Barry Foundation, which immerses visitors in the land of St. Bernard's dogs.

Vernayaz

Just a few meters from the TMR train station, enter the impressive Trient Gorge or explore the former military fort, now a venue for epic escape games. Further on, the famous waterfall of the Pissevache with its 100 meters of falling water is also worth a look.

Salvan

After crossing the steepest section of the route, stop at Salvan. Explore the origins of the radio at the Marconi museum, visit the Moulin Fine, or soak up the majesty of the Dailley Gorges.

Marécottes

With its alpine zoo - the highest in Europe - and rock-cut swimming pool, as well as the La Creusaz ski slopes, the Marécottes family resort will leave neither nature nor mountain lovers wanting more - not in summer or winter.

Le Trétien

Clinging to the valley slopes, the village of Trétien is valued as a national treasure. Its winding lanes and historic wooden buildings give it the classic charm of alpine villages of yesteryear. It is also the ideal starting point to explore the Triège Gorge.

Finhaut

A major alpine tourist destination at the beginning of the 20th  century, with buildings recognized as national landmarks, Finhaut and its surroundings are home to a wide variety of scenery, including Vieux-Emosson and its dinosaur footprints, as well as the Gorges Mystérieuses of Tête-Noire.

Le Châtelard

Outside of Châtelard, the VerticAlp Emosson park with its unique transportation system - including the world's steepest two-cab funicular - allows you to visit the Emosson Dam, as part of a spectacular journey to Mont Blanc.

Vallorcine

At the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges massif, this Haute-Savoie village, which takes its name from "La Vallée des Ours", embodies peacefulness and tradition. Its ski slopes and many hiking trails will delight both families and hikers throughout the winter and summer.

Chamonix Mont-Blanc

The international Chamonix station welcomes you to the foot of the imposing Mont-Blanc, the roof of Europe. From there, voyage to the peaks aboard a cable car heading to Aiguille du Midi or jump aboard the rack railway to Mer de Glace.

Mont-Blanc Tramway

A ride on the Mont-Blanc Tramway is a pretext for adventure... Discover a variety of alpines landscapes along the journey and some of the most views from the top. More than a simple excursion, a true discovery !

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Book your trip

The Trient Valley is a stunning playground, in both summer and winter. With our attractive packages, you can discover the numerous opportunities on offer by starting your trip aboard the Mont Blanc Express, and then add on other adventures.

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Day Pass Mont-Blanc Express Martigny - Chamonix

Special offer, 1h30 on board our scenic train !

Sfr. 47.00 per person, one day trip to discover Chamonix-Mont-Blanc.

Must be purchased at ticket office at the Octodure Voyages agency in Martigny (av. de la Gare 45).

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Combined offer

Combined offer

Combined "train & zoo" offer

The highest elevation zoo in Europe. In the middle of fir trees and larches, at 1,100 meters above sea level, the zoological park of Marécottes is the highest in Europe. Open all year long, it contains 35,000 m2 dedicated to alpine wildlife: black bears, wolves, lynx, ibex, etc.

Must be purchased at ticket offices or ticketing machines located in the Mont-Blanc Express train stations (TMR SA), or at the Octodure Voyages agency in Martigny (av. de la Gare 45).

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Included in the offer

  • 20% discount on the return trip to Les Marécottes.
  • 20% discount on the entrance fee when traveling by public transport.
  • Offer valid from 1 April to 31 October, 2020.
  • Other holiday discounts are available with a valid ticket, such as day passes, discount tickets or General Admission tickets.
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Combined offer

Combined offer

"Train & VerticAlp" combined offer

A vertical escape. Start your climbing adventure with the Mont Blanc Express, arriving at Le Chatelard after a unique train ride through the spectacular landscape of the Trient Valley.

Special offer valid from May 16, 2020 to October 25, 2020. On sale at the TMR stations in Vernayaz, Marécottes and Finhaut, and at the Octodure Voyages agency in Martigny (av. de la Gare 45).

  About the offer

Included in the offer

  • Return trip by train aboard the Mont-Blanc Express departing from any of the various TMR stations
  • Return trip using the 3 public transit systems of the Verticalp Emosson (funicular - panoramic train - minifunicular)
  • From CHF 39.- adults, CHF 19.- children (from Finhaut)
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Combined offer

Combined offer

Combined "train & bike" offer

Ride with the Mont Blanc Express. The Trient Valley offers cycling adventures for all levels. Explore traditional alpine villages or pedal towards the Emosson Dam in the footsteps of the Tour de France champions from Finhaut.

On sale at the TMR stations in Vernayaz, Marécottes and Finhaut, and at the Octodure Voyages agency in Martigny (av. de la Gare 45). Please note that the CFF Bike Day Pass is also accepted aboard the Mont Blanc Express.

  About the offer

Included in the offer

  • Cycling day pass from CHF 5.-, not including transportation ticket
  • Valid for trips between Martigny and Vallorcine
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Our History

A hundred years on the rails

  1. 1890

    For the first time, an application to build a railway linking Vernayaz to Châtelard, by Salvan and Finhaut, is filed with the Swiss Federal Department of Posts and Railways. Other requests will follow, with alternative routes, notably from Martigny to Châtelard via the Forclaz pass.

  2. 1901

    Following the filing of an application in 1899, the Swiss Federal Parliament grants a concession for the building of a railway line between Martigny and Châtelard, via Vernayaz, Salvan and Finhaut. That same year, the Paris to Lyon and the Mediterranean Railway Company (PLM) begins operations on the French side of the border, from St-Gervais/Le Fayet – Chamonix.

  3. 1902

    In charge of the concession, the Martigny au Châtelard Railways (operating the Valais to Chamonix line) starts operations on 10 June. Construction begins on 24 November.

  4. 1906

    Construction is completed. Trains begin running on 20 August. In the summer of the same year, the second French section was inaugurated – between Chamonix and Argentière.

  5. 1908

    On 1 July, the Swiss rail lines are joined to the French, following the completion of the final stretch of 9.6 km between Argentiere-Vallorcine-Le Chatelard-Frontier.

  6. 1935

    Following the construction of avalanche protection galleries and the installation of tracks, quays, and railway equipment (snow plows), the line begins running throughout the winter.

  7. 1953

    The Creusaz chairlift, in Les Marécottes opens. The company participates both financially and technically in its construction.

  8. 2000

    The merger of the Martigny-Châtelard and Martigny-Orsières Railway Companies creates Transports de Martigny and Régions SA.

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Some figures

Distance between Martigny and Chamonix.

Travel time between Martigny and Chamonix.

The track width. This is called "metre gauge".

The slope of the railway between Vernayaz and Salvan, 2.5 km long.

The number of tunnels.

The number of bridges and viaducts.

The average number of passengers transported each year.

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Direct contact

Mont-Blanc Express
c/o TMR SA
Rue de la Poste 3
1920 Martigny
T+41 27 723 33 30