Direct Eurostar Service Goes on Sale Tomorrow Morning
If you want to travel out to the Alps on the ever-popular direct Eurostar service this coming season, then make sure you’re up early in the morning with your credit card at the ready.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning (Tuesday 6th August 2013) at 6.30am via the Eurostar website and their call centre opens at 8am for telephone bookings.
The Ski Train service starts on 20th December 2013 and runs until 12th April 2014, with departures to the French Alps on Friday nights and Saturday mornings, returning to the UK on Saturday mornings and evenings.
It’s an immensely popular service, with a ½ hour check in at either St Pancras or Ashford, then a relaxing direct journey to Moutiers (for the Three Valleys), Aime (for La Plagne) or Bourg St Maurice (For Les Arcs, La Rosiere, St Foy, Tignes and Val d’Isere). The longest transfer to resort is only 1 hour, compared with 4 hours if you fly to Geneva. If you’re travelling to La Plagne, you should note that the train only stops at Aime on the outbound leg. Coming home, you’ll need to get to either Bourg St Maurice or Moutiers for the return leg. This is because Aime station has no passport control facilities.
Tomorrow morning also marks the release of tickets on the daytime service to Switzerland via Lille, which were popular in their first season last year. The previous complicated change across Paris has now been replaced by a simple platform change at Lille onto a TGV Lyria serving Vallorbe, Aigle, Martigny, Visp and Brig. This service brings major Swiss resorts like Verbier, Saas-Fee and Zermatt much closer to St Pancras.
The Ski Train’s popularity has ensured it very rarely has any spare seats and if you’re looking to travel on any of the major peak-dates like Christmas, New Year or Half Term, then it would be prudent to set your alarm clock and get in front of the laptop with a strong coffee as early as you can.
Of course, not everyone wants to travel for a whole week, or perhaps you simply can’t travel out on Saturday (or Friday night). It’s possible to reach the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps by train using regular timetabled services on almost any day of the year.
by David Froom