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Train Services to the French Alps

For those who prefer to leave the car at home and enjoy some stunning scenery, the train is a great alternative. We can book either the Direct Eurostar Ski Train or Eurostar + French high-speed TGV with a change at Paris.

The Direct Eurostar ski train will run from 21 December 2019 to 4 April 2020. You can travel from London St Pancras or Ashford International direct to Moutiers or Bourg St Maurice. Departures are on a Friday night or Saturday morning (arriving in time for an evening meal) and return Saturday morning or night. Please note these are NOT sleeper trains.

The Eurostar + French high-speed TGV with a change at Paris runs all year round.

Private taxi transfers from the stations to resorts can also be pre-booked with us.

Ski Train Tip: If you travel on the direct night train to the French Alps both ways, you'll get two extra days on your skis. You'll arrive on Saturday morning and leave on Saturday evening, beating the flying crowd and having the slopes all to yourself on change over day.

Ski Train - The Eurostar from London to the French Alps

Ski Train (Eurostar)

The Eurostar ski train will run from 21 December 2019 to 4 April 2020. Travel from London St Pancras or Ashford International direct to Moutiers or Bourg St Maurice. You can either travel on Friday night or Saturday morning (arriving in time for an evening meal). Return Saturday morning or night. Please note these are NOT sleeper trains.

Ski Train Tip: If you travel on the direct night train to the French Alps both ways, you'll get two extra days on your skis. You'll arrive on Saturday morning and leave on Saturday evening, beating the flying crowd and having the slopes all to yourself on change over day.

Bourg St Maurice serves the Paradiski ski area (Les Arcs, La Plagne, Peisey-Vallandry), the Espace Killy ski area (Tignes, Val d'Isère), La Rosière and Sainte Foy ski areas

Moutiers is suited to the 3 Valleys ski area (Val Thorens, Les Menuires, Meribel, Courchevel)

Ski Train Dates 2019/20

  • Night trains from London run from 20 December 2019 to 29 March 2019
  • Day trains from London run from 28 December 2019 to 30 March 2019
  • Night trains from Bourg St Maurice run from 27 December 2019 to 10 April 2020
  • Day trains from Bourg St Maurice run from 28 December 2019 to 11 April 2020

If you want to see how children love to make the train journey part of the holiday, check out Snowcarbon’s two-minute award-winning film!

Direct Ski Train Timetable 2019/20

St Pancras International, London/Ashford to French Alps

OUTBOUND Night train (Fridays only) 

Depart St Pancras International  - 19:45 
Depart Ashford International - 20:28
Arrive Moutiers - 05:33 
Arrive Aime-la-Plagne - 05:57
Arrive Bourg Saint-Maurice - 06:16

OUTBOUND Day train (Saturdays only)

Depart St Pancras International  - 09:45 
Depart Ashford International - 10:28
Arrive Moutiers - 18:27 
Arrive Aime-la-Plagne - 18:46
Arrive Bourg Saint-Maurice - 19:03

French Alps to Ashford/St Pancras International, London

RETURN Day train – Saturdays only**

Depart Bourg Saint-Maurice - 09:34
Depart Moutiers - 10:14 
Arrive Ashford International - 15:37 
Arrive St Pancras International - 16:13 

RETURN Night train – Saturdays only**

Depart Bourg Saint-Maurice - 22:12
Depart Moutiers - 22:54 
Arrive Ashford International - 06:33 
Arrive St Pancras International - 07:16 

** There is no inbound Eurostar Ski Train stop at Aime Le Plagne. If you’re staying in La Plagne, you’ll need to get the Ski Train back from Bourg St Maurice (Bourg St Maurice station is easier access from La Plagne than Moutiers station)

2019/20 - The Eurostar Ski Train will not stop at Ashford on 27, 28, 29 December, 4, 5 January, 22 or 23 February because the station will be closed for engineering works. People travelling on ski trains on these dates will need to board and alight in London.

Sunday-Sunday ski train times February half term 2020 only

For February half term 2020, Eurostar is running an extra Ski Train, serving Sunday-Sunday holidays.

OUTBOUND Night train (Saturday 15th Feb only) 

Depart St Pancras International  - 19:45 
Depart Ashford International - 20:28
Arrive Moutiers - 05:32 
Arrive Aime-la-Plagne - 05:57
Arrive Bourg Saint-Maurice - 06:16

RETURN Day train – (Sunday 23rd Feb only)

Depart Bourg Saint-Maurice - 09:34
Depart Moutiers - 10:14 
Arrive Ashford International - Not stopping due to engineering works
Arrive St Pancras International - 16:02 

Keep in mind that the times given are a guide only and may vary slightly. Exact times for the train you choose will be available at the time of booking.

Why take the ski train vs flying?

Many people assume flying down to the Alps is the easiest and quickest option but actually taking the train can sometimes take less time and has far more perks. Although it might not suit everyone, it's definitely worth considering. Read more about what it can offer your party - you may be surprised!

1. Excellent value compared to flying on peak dates

Eurostar ticket prices are generally cheaper on peak dates than flying. When checked against a major airline for the same date and similar times it was almost twice the price for adults and almost three times the price for children. 

2. Free ski carriage

Pay absolutely nothing for your ski carriage while on board Eurostar. Airlines can charge in excess of £70 per item. On Eurostar you can take up to 2 bags 85cm long each, 1 piece of hand luggage and 1 pair of skis and snowboard per person. There is no weight restriction on luggage either (or restrictions on liquids, apart from alcohol), so you don't have to worry about sticking to your 20kg; just keep an eye on the size of bag (as above).

3. Enjoy the stunning French scenery

Looking out at the French countryside flying by from a train window certainly beats the view from a plane window on a cloudy day - you could even play a game of eye spy with the kids! 

4. It's quicker than flying

Ok so maybe not every route is quicker, but a lot depends on where you stay. The train is super convenient for Les Arcs for example. If you taken into account the time you take to get to the airport, check in, queue for security, wait in departures, take the flight, go back through security the other side, collect your luggage, get your transfer...you get the picture, with the train you can miss out a few of these steps and enjoy your journey.

5. Great for kids

Taking the train definitely gives children a bit more freedom. There is plenty of space, more leg room and wider aisles. On some of the newer trains, there is also on board WiFi - that will keep the whole family happy.

6. On-board cafes

The on-board buffet serves snacks, hot meals and hot and cold drinks, perfect for grabbing a bite to eat and stretching your legs!

Eurostar Beyond

This enables you to leave London on either the Friday evening or the Saturday morning with Eurostar direct trains from London St Pancreas (or Ashford International) to Paris and then take a connecting train. London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord: 2 hours 15 minutes.

We will advise you at time of booking of the best timetables, leaving plenty of time to change stations in Paris, as Eurostar arrives at Gare du Nord and the TGV/Express trains leave from Gare de Lyon. You have to make your own way between the two. Allow 70-90 mins for transferring by underground to Gare de Lyon).

Please note that TGV French sections of the itineraries via Paris can only be booked 3 months ahead of actual travel dates.

Ski Train Prices 2019/20

Please call us on 023 9289 0960 to book your ski train or confirm pricing. 

Standard

  • Adult Return from £209 to £422. Raising to £655 at February half-term.
  • Child Return from £147 to £296. Raising to £459 at February half-term.

Standard Premier

  • Adult Return from £328 to £563. Raising to £741 at February half-term.
  • Child Return from £229 to £394. Raising to £519 at February half-term.

 

Ticket Types

Standard

  • Wide range of fares, including child and concessionary
  • Quick 30 minute check-in
  • Selection of food and drinks at the bar buffet
  • A seat to suit you
  • Free luggage allowance of up to 2 bags and one small item of hand luggage

Standard Premier

  • Quick 30 minute check-in
  • Dedicated carriages with spacious seats and power sockets
  • A light meal with hot and cold drinks served at your seat
  • Free luggage allowance of up to 2 bags and one small item of hand luggage
  • Complimentary magazines on board
  • Semi-flexible fares available

Which stations for which resorts and average journey time from Paris?

Times are given as indication only and are for direct TGV trains. Other (longer) possibilities are available with changes in Lyon, Chambery and Annecy.

Resorts - Best train stations - Average journey time from Paris

Alpe d’Huez - Grenoble - 3hrs
Arc 1950, Arcs 1800, Arc 2000, La Rosiere, Sainte Foy, Tignes Le Lac, Tignes Val Claret, Tignes 1800, Val d’Isere - Bourg Saint- Maurice - 5hrs
Peisey-Vallandry - Landry - 4hrs 45
Belle-Plagne, Plagne 1800, Plagne Centre, Plagne Soleil & Village - Aime La Plagne - 4hrs 45
Courchevel, Courchevel-Moriond, Meribel, Meribel-Mottaret, Les Menuires, Val Thorens - Moutiers - 4hrs 15
Megeve - Albertville - 3hrs 45
Chamonix - St Gervais - 5hrs 30
Avoriaz - Thonon - 5hrs 30
Isola 2000 - Nice - 6hrs 15


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