Trains – The Mont-Blanc Express

La Forêt April 14th, 2007

Les Praz has its own train station on the route of the Mont-Blanc Express and the trains are modern, new and comfortable with huge picture windows so you can admire the scenery. They have plenty of room for skis etc, and large areas for mountain bikes. It’s one of the nicest ways to get around the valley.

They go at rather irregular times so check the Mont Blanc Express train timetable before you leave for the station, but are very reliable and almost always punctual.

The line goes from St. Gervais in France via Chamonix to Martigny in Switzerland and you could fill several days just exploring the villages along its beautiful route. It connects into the main networks of both France and Switzerland – there’s a fast train to Paris from St Gervais. The Swiss site is much better if you want to explore the rail connections further – SBB
Travel between Servoz and Vallorcine is free with the lift pass or Carte d’Hote (which you will normally be given on arrival).

If you don’t have either of these for any reason, or if you want to go further afield, you need to buy a ticket, which you can’t do at Les Praz as it’s not staffed – find the conductor and buy it on the train.

Mont Blanc Express train timetable (PDF)

Route of the Mont-Blanc Express:
Mont-Blanc Express Route
Complete route with details of lifts etc along the way, from the timetable above.
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Swiss side, with connections
Mont Blanc Express Map - Swiss Side
Very pretty map showing the Swiss side of the Mont Blanc Express (Les Praz isn’t marked on here for some reason) , and the St Bernard Express, from the rail company.
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click to view on my google map

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