Skiers wishing to take the train on their next ski holiday rather than fly or drive can now book tickets for the coming season
Eurostar have just released the winter schedule for the ‘ski train’ to the Alps. The trains will run from 22nd December to 7th April, with extra capacity over the peak February half-term and Easter school holidays. Return fares start at £150.
Routes run from London St Pancras and Ashford International direct to Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne and Bourg-St-Maurice in the heart of the French Alps, with connections available to other alpine countries once on the continent.
A choice of services each week allows skier to pick the service that’s best for them:
- Friday overnight services provide another two days on the pistes, arriving on a Saturday morning to be welcomed by quieter slopes as other holidaymakers start their transfers back to the airports.
- Saturday daytime travel provides a stress-free journey from London, so travellers can sit back and relax in comfortable surroundings as they enjoy the start of their holiday watching the French countryside pass by.
- Saturday overnight trains return following a popular introduction last year, providing a third option and more capacity during peak half term and Easter school holidays. Combine it with a Friday night outbound journey to squeeze every snowdrop out of a ski holiday.
At Fall-Line we’re big fans of the ski train: it’s faster than driving and less stress than flying. There’s just something very romantic about cruising to the Alps on rails, watching the foothills grow into mountains as you flash by.
Check out our guide to taking the train to the Alps to find out more about how to plan a ski trip on the train, which resorts you can reach by rail, and how to save money when booking your train fare.
Winter 2016/17 Eurostar Ski Train timetable
The direct ski train provides “effortless travel to the slopes”, Eurostar said when announcing the timetable:
“While other holidaymakers spend hours stuck in time consuming coach transfers to and from the airport, Eurostar travellers can relax with a hassle-free journey in spacious surroundings on board as they are whisked closer to the resorts. A generous baggage allowance leaves plenty of room for a winter wardrobe, with each passenger allowed two suitcases plus hand luggage, and skis or snowboards at no extra cost.”
Tickets can be booked at eurostar.com or by calling 03432 186 186.