High-speed train travel to the French Alps

Posted on 11 August 2017

If you’re back from your summer holiday, you’re probably turning your attention to your next trip to the French Alps. Skiers and snowboarders looking for hassle-free travel to the slopes will be pleased to hear that tickets are now on sale for the 2017/2018 season high-speed Eurostar service, from London St Pancras and Ashford International to the heart of the French Alps.

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Gone are the days when you have to endure tedious airport transfers. You can hop on in England and be whisked to or close to your destination, having enjoyed spacious surroundings and generous baggage allowance that accommodates a winter wardrobe. Unlike airlines, skiers are able to take two suitcases and their ski equipment at no extra cost and with no weight limit.

A choice of services each week allows passengers to travel directly to Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne and Bourg-St-Maurice. The stations in these locations provide direct or much shorter transfer access to popular resorts such as Les Arcs, La Plagne, Courchevel, Méribel and Val d’Isère, compared to flying to gateway airports such as Geneva and Lyon. You might decide to arrive on a Saturday morning by taking the Friday overnight service, before returning on the overnight train the following Saturday – that’s eight days on the slopes, compared to the usual six. Alternatively, the Saturday daytime service allows you to sit back and relax as you take in the stunning French scenery.

With trains hurtling through France at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, travel times vary between approximately 8 and 11 hours. Just think how it easy it will be to reach your new pad in the French Alps, and all for as little as £75 each way.

In fact this high-speed service has proved so popular that a petition was created earlier this year to encourage Eurostar to launch a new Sunday ski train direct from London to the French Alps. Watch this space.

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