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Ski Train to the French Alps

"We found the train a revelation and would definitely book again"

Mrs G (11 Mar 15)

What a help for Peak Retreats to organise all our travel and extras so diligently. They even organised train travel for us and kept us updated when there was disruption on the way back. Everything worked perfectly, and made the organisation of the holiday on our part a doddle.
Mrs F (18 Apr 15)

For those who prefer to leave the car at home and enjoy some of France’s prettiest landscapes, the train is a great alternative. We can arrange two train options – Direct Ski Train or Eurostar + French high-speed TGV (with a change at Paris).

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Ski Train

The snow train will run from 17 December 2016 to 9 April 2017. 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.

Ski Train Dates 2016/17

  • Night trains from London run from 23 December 2016 to 31 March 2017
  • Day trains from London run from 17 December 2016 to 1 April 2017
  • Night trains from Bourg St Maurice run from 2 January 2017 to 9 April 2017
  • Day trains from Bourg St Maurice run from 31 December 2016 to 8 April 2017. Not running on 25 February 2017.

Which Ski Train?

Bourg St Maurice serves the Paradiski and Espace Killy areas well (Paradiski – Peisey-Vallandry (Les Arcs), Montchavin-Les Coches (La Plagne), Espace Killy – Tignes (Les Brevieres, 1800), Sainte-Foy and La Rosiere).

Moutiers is suited to the 3 Valleys ski area and part of Paradiski (Paradiski – Champagny + 3 Valleys – Brides les Bains (Meribel). 

Transfer times by private taxi transfer (traffic/weather dependent)

  • Brides les Bains - Moutiers: 10 minutes each way
  • La Tania to Moutiers: 25 minutes each way
  • La Plagne to Aime la Plagne: 20 minutes each way
  • Les Arcs to Bourg St Maurice: 45 minutes each way
  • Sainte Foy to Bourg St Maurice: 15 minutes each way
  • Val d'lsère to Bourg St Maurice: 45 minutes each way
  • Tignes to Bourg St Maurice: 45 minutes each way

You can also transfer by bus, although the transfer times are much longer than by taxi. Travellers can contact Altibus on +33 4 79 68 32 96 or by visiting to book transfers. Altibus can answer calls in English and will be able to advise on transfers and schedules.

Guideline Transfer Distances

  • Moutiers – Brides les Bains: 6km
  • Moutiers – Champagny: 18km
  • Bourg St Maurice – Peisey: 19km
  • Bourg St Maurice – Montchavin-Les Coches: 15km
  • Bourg St Maurice – Tignes: 31km
  • Bourg St Maurice – Sainte-Foy: 12km

It’s worth bearing in mind that if you take the evening train both ways then you will benefit from 8 days of skiing instead of the usual 6.

Ski Train Timetable 2016/17

St Pancras International, London/Ashford to French Alps

Resort - Night train (Fridays only) - Day train (Saturdays only)

St Pancras International  - Depart 19:45 - Depart 09:45
Ashford International - Depart 20:28 - Depart 10:28
Moutiers - Depart 05:33 - Arrive 18:11 
Aime-la-Plagne - Arrive 05:57 - Arrive 18:34 
Bourg Saint-Maurice - Arrive 06:17 - Arrive 18:58

French Alps to Ashford/St Pancras International, London

Resort Day train – Saturdays only Night train – Saturdays only**

Bourg Saint-Maurice - Depart 09:34 - Depart 22:12 
Moutiers - Depart 10:14 - Depart 22:54 
Ashford International - Arrive 15:37 - Arrive 06:33
St Pancras International - Arrive 16:13 - Arrive 07:16

NOTE: *Does not stop at Ashford International on 25/02/16

NOTE: Trains from the Alps to London/Ashford do not stop at Aime-la-Plagne. *Does not stop at Ashford International on 25/02/17

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.

Eurostar Beyond

Eurostar direct train from London St Pancras (Or Ashford International) to Paris 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 can only be booked 3 months ahead of actual travel dates. Transfers from the station to resort can be pre-booked.

Ski Train Prices 2015/16

Supplement per person (return) – Eurostar + TGV - Based on indicative fares to larger stations such as Lyon, Grenoble, Chambery, Moutiers, Bourg St Maurice, Chamonix or Annecy. Other stations may be available at a supplement.

Ticket Types


  • 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

To calculate the cost of Eurostar, first deduct £170 per party from the accommodation price, then add the following per person:

Direct Ski Train – Day & Night


From £166 - £422 per adult


£117 - £273 per child (4-11yrs inclusive).


From £255 - £530 per adult


£179 - £357 per child (4-11yrs inclusive).

Eurostar to Paris + TGV to your destination


From £122 - £377 per adult


£109 per child (4-11yrs inclusive).


From £254 - £422 per adult


£204 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

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)

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

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