Did you know the train can whisk you to the French Alps from the UK with the minimum of fuss? There are no charges for your skis, no waiting around at the airport and best of all you also have the option of travelling overnight, giving you even more time on the slopes. So if you’re looking for gentle nursery slopes and a laid-back Alpine village atmosphere, or thrilling off-piste action and lively après-ski, then head for the French Alps by rail. Way to go
Easy rail connections from London or Kent to the French Alps give you access to some of the best powder in Europe, from world famous resorts to laid-back hidden gems. Once on board, just sit back, relax and enjoy the journey. Unlike flying, many railway stations are located conveniently close to your resort – usually only a short taxi or bus journey away. Rail Europe can book your Eurostar and onward connections to a number of popular ski resorts in the French Alps. Go by day
Eurostar connects you with superfast TGV services that will get you to the French Alps in just 3 or 4 hours from Paris or Lille. Popular stops include Chambery, Moutiers, Aime la Plagne, and Bourg St Maurice – for the popular Three Valley and Espace Killy ski areas. Return fares from the UK to Bourg St Maurice by day start from £109 in standard class. Go overnight
You can also travel overnight from Paris. It’s easy. Catch an evening Eurostar service to Paris and connect with an overnight service from the Gare d’Austerlitz (direct from the Gare du Nord on Metro line 5), and wake up in the Alps the following morning. Not only can you be on the slopes before the first flight passengers of the day, but what’s more, travelling overnight means you gain an extra day (or two!) skiing. Return fares from the UK to Bourg St Maurice overnight start from £131 in a 6-berth couchette. Go direct
If you’d prefer to avoid changing trains in Paris, weekly Eurostar Direct Ski services can whisk you direct from London to Bourg St Maurice, Aime la Plagne, Moutiers by day on Saturdays or overnight on Friday nights between 21 December and 6 April. Return fares from the UK to Bourg St Maurice direct start from £149. Go now
Travel to the French Alps from the UK from just £109 return. For more information on getting to your ski resort by rail call us and we can help you book your train journey.