The Saint Gervais Mont Blanc Tramway is great end of the day trip is to take the tram from St. Gervais to Bellevue and ski back home to Le F’Net, possibly stopping at La Tanière Restaurant on your way for a beer, bevy or an early dinner. Or all three.
Departure times from St. Gervais are: 9.10am, 11.10am, 1.20 and 2.40pm and the journey to Bellevue takes 50 minutes.
But whatever you do you really have to 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 in the summer, 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 2372 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 (Summer only)
- Nid d’Aigle, 2380 m, in front of the Bionnassay glacier (Summer only)
The three engines: Anne, Jeanne and Marie are named after the daughters of Mr Noury, the owner of tramway when it became electric.