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Train Services to the Alps

For those who prefer to leave the car at home and enjoy some of France’s prettiest landscapes, the train is a great alternative. Peak Retreats can arrange train travel to the French Alps for you, offering Eurostar + French high-speed TGV (with a change at Paris or Lyon).

Which Train?

You can either book a Eurostar train to Paris or Lyon and then change for one of the high-speed TGVs to your destination. We will advise you at the 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).

Peak Retreats can also arrange a private taxi transfer from the station or car rental.

Train Timetable Summer 2016 

To Paris

With more than 12 trains a day everyday and only 2hrs15 from London, Paris is the more flexible option if you want to travel to the French Alps. 

To Lyon

The year-round train to Lyon gives the perfect gateway to great alpine resorts in the French Alps. From Lyon, big resorts like Les Deux Alpes, Alpes d’Huez and Chamrousse are all within easy reach.
Lyon is only about 4.40 from London St. Pancras and avoid you the hassle of changing train in Paris.
The only inconvenience is that you need to be more flexible.

 

Please note that in July and August the frequency of services is every day except Tuesday and Wednesday. For May, June and September, you can only book trains on Monday, Friday and Saturday.

Eurostar Beyond

Eurostar direct train from London St Pancras (Or Ashford International) to Paris or Lyon and then change to TGV to either (resorts in brackets are resorts/regions that are located close to the station):

French sections of the itineraries via Paris or Lyon can only be booked 3 months ahead of actual travel dates. Transfers from the station to resort can be pre-booked.

Eurostar to Paris + TGV to your destination

STANDARD CLASS

From £121 per adult and £93 per child (4-11yrs inclusive).

STANDARD PREMIER/FIRST CLASS

From £254 per adult and £181 per child (4-11yrs inclusive).

The fares are given for guidance only. Exact fare depends on availability, date and time of travel and will be quoted at time of booking.
*Off-Peak is Monday-Thursday in both directions + designated trains on Friday-Saturday.
Please note that transfers from train station to resort are not included in the above prices.

Travelling Times

London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord: 3 hours
Transfer by underground to Gare de Lyon: allow 1 hour
London St Pancras to Lyon Part-Dieu : 4 hours 41

Average journey times from Paris:

  • Grand Massif resorts: Cluses (4hrs30)
  • Val d'Arly resorts: Albertville (3hrs50) or Sallanches/Megève (4hrs50)
  • Maurienne resorts: Saint-Jean de Maurienne (3hrs45), Saint-Michel/ Valloire (4hrs), Modane (4hrs20)
  • Oisans resorts: Grenoble (2hrs50)

Lyon is less than two and a half hours to some of the finest ski spots in France and connects you to a whole host of fantastic alpine resorts.

Times are given as indication only and are for direct TGV trains. Other (longer) possibilities are available with changes in Chambery or Annecy.
Please note that the supplements shown are calculated on the basis of our tour operator allocated space. Occasionally, space may not be available at these fares, in which case we may have to charge the operator's full brochure price. If this occurs, it will, of course, be made clear to you at the time of booking.

 

Please call 0844 576 0170 or email reservations@peakretreats.co.uk

Opening times Mon-Fri 9am – 6pm (7pm Sept-Mar), Sat 10am – 4pm. Closed bank holidays and Sundays.

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