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Ski Train to the French Alps

Direct Eurostar Ski Train bookings now open! 


"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 stunning scenery, the train is a great alternative. We can book either the Direct Ski Train or Eurostar + French high-speed TGV (with a change at Paris).

 
Video: Why Children Love Train Travel to the Alps

Ski Train

The Eurostar ski train will run from 21 December 2018 to 6 April 2019. 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 2018/19

  • Night trains from London run from 21 December 2018 to 29 March 2019
  • Day trains from London run from 22 December 2018 to 30 March 2019
  • Night trains from Bourg St Maurice run from 29 December 2018 to 6 April 2019
  • Day trains from Bourg St Maurice run from 29 December 2018 to 6 April 2019

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!

Which Ski Train?

Bourg St Maurice serves the Paradiski and Tarentaise areas well (Paradiski – Peisey-Vallandry (Les Arcs), Montchavin-Les Coches (La Plagne), Tarentaise – 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 www.altibus.com 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.

Direct Ski Train Timetable 2018/19

St Pancras International, London/Ashford to French Alps

OUTBOUND Night train (Fridays only) 

Depart St Pancras International  - 19:42 
Depart Ashford International - 20:28
Arrive Moutiers - 05:34 
Arrive Aime-la-Plagne - 05:58
Arrive Bourg Saint-Maurice - 06:17

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 

** Please note that return trains from the Alps to London/Ashford do not stop at Aime-la-Plagne. 

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.

Travelling Times

London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord: 3 hours
Transfer by underground to Gare de Lyon: allow 70-90mins

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.

Ski Train Prices 2018/19

Contact us for prices.

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
Direct Ski Train London - Bourg St Maurice
Direct Ski Train London - Lyon
Eurostar London to Paris or Lille + TGV (non-direct)

Direct Ski Train from London St Pancras - Bourg St Maurice (day & night)
Prices 17/18

STANDARD CLASS

From £166 - £569 per adult

and 

£117 - £398 per child (4-11yrs inclusive).

STANDARD PREMIER/FIRST CLASS

From £255 - £661 per adult

and

£180 - £465 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. Please note that transfers from train station to resort are not included in the above prices.

Direct Ski Train from London St Pancras - Lyon (day & night)

STANDARD CLASS

From £99 - £378 per adult

and 

£70 - £266 per child (4-11yrs inclusive).

STANDARD PREMIER/FIRST CLASS

From £198 - £455 per adult

and

£140 - £319 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. Please note that transfers from train station to resort are not included in the above prices.

Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris or Lille + TGV to your destination (non-direct)
Prices 2017/18

STANDARD CLASS

From £123 - £410 per adult

and

£115 per child (4-11yrs inclusive).

STANDARD PREMIER/FIRST CLASS

From £254 - £521 per adult

and

£178 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. Please note that transfers from train station to resort are not included in the above prices.



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