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The Mont Blanc Tramway or Tramway du Mont-Blanc (TMB) is a mountain railway line in the Haute-Savoie department of France. It is the highest in France and among the highest in Europe.

The spectacular views of Mont Blanc provided by the tramway make it very popular with tourists. Furthermore, mountaineers and hikers use the tramway because its stops provide the jumping off points for many trails, including the normal French route to Mont Blanc which starts at the tramway's terminus,

Starting from Le Fayet or Saint-Gervais, the Mont Blanc tramway reaches Bellevue (at 1,800m) through pastures and forests, and enables you to gradually reach the Nid d'Aigle (2,372m) under the Aiguille du Goûter peak, at the bottom of the Bionnassay glacier. It is also first stage for mountaineers who start out on the ascension of Mont Blanc.

The trip takes 50 minutes to Bellevue and 75 minutes to the Nid d'Aigle.

Starting from the Col de Voza pass, Bellevue and the Nid d'Aigle, there are hill-walking paths, including the path to the Bionnassay glacier or the Tête de Charme.

From Bellevue, mountain-biking enthusiasts can go down to Les Houches village, either via the 4x4 trail or via "the" Les Houches downhill slope, which is forbidden to pedestrians and reserved for mountain-bikers. Bikes are allowed on the tramway.

The line is worked by three motor coaches which are named Anne, Marie and Jeanne. These were the names of the three daughters of the line's owner at the time of electrification. It likes my daughter, because Anna Maria has on name

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
Nid d'Aigle, 2380 m, in front of the Bionnassay glacier.

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