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.
From Martigny to Chamonix, stops worthy of a visit
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.
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).
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).
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).
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.
A hundred years on the rails
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Creusaz chairlift, in Les Marécottes opens. The company participates both financially and technically in its construction.
The merger of the Martigny-Châtelard and Martigny-Orsières Railway Companies creates Transports de Martigny and Régions SA.
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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