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SKI TRAIN TICKETS ON SALE - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Tuesday July 18, 2017 - Email this article to a friend

Booking is open for direct Eurostar trains to the French Alps next winter.

The schedule has been announced announced and tickets went on sale at 8am on Wednesday 19th July for travel from London St Pancras and Ashford International.

But there's disappointment for those who petitioned for a Sunday service.

The trains will run from 22nd December to 7th April, with extra capacity over the peak February half-term and Easter school holidays.

Fares start at £75 each way, if you book travel both out and back.

The direct service stops at Moûtiers, Aime la Plagne (outbound only) and Bourg St Maurice.

The stations give easy access to some of the top resorts in France, including Courchevel, La Plagne, Les Arcs, Val d'Isere and Tignes.

The timetable varies according to the dates you choose and Eurostar says it is subject to change.

Eurostar ski train timetableSki train timetable

The schedule will disappoint the growing numbers of skiers and snowboarders who want to arrive in the French Alps on a Sunday.

Nearly 40 per cent of ski holidays now operate a Sunday changeover but for those who would rather travel by rail than plane or car there is no Sunday ski train option.

Currently, skiers wanting to travel on Sundays to the Tarentaise resorts need to take Eurostar to Paris and then change stations to pick up a TGV train.

Only the February 2018 peak period has direct trains which arrive in the Alps on a Sunday (leaving Saturday night) and depart on a Sunday.

A petition was launched at the end of last season, urging Eurostar to lay on a direct Sunday service.

At the time Eurostar told PlanetSKI that they monitored demand closely on all their routes and the services they offered reflect this.

Daniel Elkan, founder of the rail-ski information guide Snowcarbon, and one of the initiators of the petition, said the Eurostar Ski Train was great, but skiers wanted and needed additional rail services.

"It’s disappointing to see that Eurostar isn’t yet offering more services for Sunday to Sunday holidays," he told PlanetSKI.

"Plus, the via-Lyon service makes a whole array of French ski resorts more accessible by train.  So why not launch that as an alternative ski service, and make it bookable now too?

"There has been no announcement about when that will go on sale, which keeps skiers waiting in the dark."

EurostarEurostar to the Alps

The tickets have gone on sale as more ski flight routes to the Alps are announced:

The direct ski train gives skiers and snowboarders "effortless travel to the slopes", Eurostar said as it announced the timetable.

"While other holidaymakers spend hours stuck in time-consuming coach transfers to and from the airport, Eurostar travellers can relax with a hassle-free journey in spacious surroundings on board as they are whisked closer to the resorts.

"A generous baggage allowance leaves plenty of room for a winter wardrobe, with each passenger allowed two suitcases plus hand luggage, and skis or snowboards at no extra cost."

At PlanetSKI, we are fans of travelling to the Alps by train:

The Eurostar Ski Train services around 15 ski resorts: Brides les Bains, Courchevel, La Plagne, La Rosiere, La Tania, Les Arcs, Les Menuires, Meribel, Peisey-Vallandry, Sainte Foy, St Martin de Belleville, Tignes, Val d'Isere, Val Thorens and Valmorel.

To find out more and get you in the mood, watch the new Eurostar promotional video produced by Daniel Elkan at Snowcarbon:

Tickets can be purchased at and at the Eurostar contact centre on 03432 186 186

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