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Ski train 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.

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.

Eurostar Ski Training

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, Tignes 1800Sainte-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 (approx  6km)
  • La Tania to Moutiers: 25 minutes each way (approx 20kms)
  • La Plagne to Aime la Plagne: 20 minutes each way (approx 15km)
  • Les Arcs to Bourg St Maurice: 45 minutes each way (approx 19km)
  • Sainte Foy to Bourg St Maurice: 15 minutes each way (approx 12km)
  • Val d'lsère to Bourg St Maurice: 45 minutes each way (approx 32kms)
  • Tignes to Bourg St Maurice: 45 minutes each way (approx 31km)

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. Altibus can answer calls in English and will be able to advise on transfers and schedules. 

Direct - Tickets & Pricing
Direct - Timetable & Dates
Paris + TGV - Destination Stations
Eurostar to Paris + TGV - Pricing

Please call us on 023 9289 0960 to book your ski train, confirm pricing or ask any questions!

Direct Ski Train Ticket 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/First Class

  • 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.

Direct Ski Train 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/First Class

  • 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

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 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

Direct Ski Train Timetable 2019/20

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.

Eurostar Beyond - The Eurostar + French high-speed TGV 

Eurostar direct train from London St Pancras  or Ashford International to Paris and then change to TGV to either:

If you'd like advice on which TGV to take to your resort, please call us on 023 9283 9310.

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.4

Travelling Times

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

Eurostar to Paris + TGV - Pricing

Please note these prices will be updated for the 2019/20 ski season as soon as they become available.

 

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.

Eurostar Ski Train

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

Okay, 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!

 

"We found the train a revelation and would definitely book again" - Mrs G (Peak Retreats Client)


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