All you need to know about ski holidays by train

Eurostar Ski Train (daytime)

Thu, 22/09/2011 - 09:05 -- admin

Introduction

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The Eurostar Ski Train to the Alps is the most direct way of getting from London to Moutiers, Aime and Bourg St. Maurice stations, which service resorts in the Tarentaise region of the French Alps. It departs London every Saturday morning (and stops at Ashford International too) and returns the following Saturday morning from the Alps.

Travelling this way is a lot of fun. The train could probably do with a few more table seats in Standard Class, while in Standard Premier every seat has a table seat. There is a cafe bar, a happy atmosphere and compared to flying or driving it is easier, more enjoyable and frequently quicker too - door to door.

This is a new film that Snowcarbon founder Daniel Elkan made about it, commissioned by Eurostar. 


Step 1: Take the Ski Train to the Alps

Eurostar Ski Train The Ski Train en route

The Eurostar Ski Train, being direct, is the simplest of journeys.

You get on, and 7-8 hours later you get off, in the Alps, a short transfer by bus or taxi from lots of great resorts.

It's a smooth, comfortable journey, and the cafe bar is always lively and has a nice ambience.  However you spend the time on your journey on the Ski Train, you are guaranteed to be having a better experience than those who are navigating their way through airports, onto cramped flights and then long transfers. You'll probably reach the slopes faster — door to door — and with a fraction of the carbon emissions, too.

You can find out more about what it's like on board, and also read what other skiers say.


Step 2: Transfer to your resort

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Once you arrive, all you have to do is make the relatively short transfer the train station to the ski resort.  These transfers are typically between 25 minutes and 45 minutes,  and are far shorter than airport transfers - which can take 1.5 - three hours - or even longer.

It's a good idea pre-book a taxi transfer (although at popular stations like Bourg St Maurice and Moutiers you can find a taxi driver on the spot too).

There are also buses from train stations to ski resorts, usually timed to coincide with the arrival of the TGV.

For every ski resort on the Snowcarbon website, we have a transfer guide page to show you taxi and bus options and how to book them.


What children think of this journey

Daniel (Snowcarbon Founder) says:

"Travelling to the Alps, it never fails to impress on me how much children love the journeys.  Walk up and down any train and you'll see very happy families  - train journey really suit children - as well as adults.

I thought it would be interesting to make a film about what children themselves think of the journey. So at Easter I took my camera to St Pancras and got on board the daytime Eurostar Ski Train. 

The children interviewed in this film were all found on location in St Pancras and on the train. They had a lot to say about the journey - and skiing! Indeed, they can teach us a thing or two about how to have fun when travelling by train to the Alps.


Daytime Eurostar Ski Train timetable 2019-20

Here's a summary of timetable info for the Eurostar Ski Train 2019-20 season:

Outbound journey

  • The first daytime outbound departure from London to the Alps is Saturday 21st December 2019
  • The last daytime outbound departure from London to the Alps is Saturday 4th April 2020
Depart Arrive
London St Pancras Ashford Moutiers Aime Bourg St Maurice
09:45 10:28 18:27 18:46 19:03

Return journey

  • The first daytime return departure from the Alps to London is Saturday 28th December 2019
  • The last daytime return departure from the Alps to London is Saturday 11th April 2020
Depart Arrive
Bourg St Maurice Moutiers Ashford London St Pancras
09:34 10:14 15:37 16:13

Engineering works:
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.

Independent fares go on sale at 8am on 17th July 2019.
However you can already book ski holiday packages with the Eurostar Ski Train included.

See also our guide to the overnight Eurostar Ski Train for 2019-20.


Where the Eurostar Ski Train stops

We've created a graphic of railway stations in the Tarentaise area of the French Alps. You can see which stations the Eurostar Ski Train calls at and which railway stations TGV trains from Paris call at too.

Snowcarbon Tips icon Top Tips

  • Star icon 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)
  • The Eurostar Ski Train has a daytime (Saturdays) and overnight service (Friday nights out, Saturday nights back) every week of winter.
  • The first outbound Eurostar Ski Train is Friday 20th December 2019 and the last returning train is Saturday 4th April 2020.
  • Multiple TGV trains depart throughout Saturdays and Sundays (and some weekdays) during the winter season.


Sunday - Sunday holidays and the Eurostar Ski Train at Feb half term 2020

For February half term 2020, Eurostar is running an extra Ski Train, serving Sunday-Sunday holidays.

The outbound journey is overnight, departing St Pancras on Saturday 15th Feb in the evening, arriving in the Alps early on the Sunday morning.  

The return journey is daytime, departing the Alps on the Sunday 23rd in the morning and arriving at St Pancras the same afternoon.

Outbound schedule:

Saturday 15th Feb - overnight travel
London St Pancras dep 19:45
Ashford  dep 20:28
Moutiers arr 05:32
Aime la Plagne arr 05:57
Bourg St Maurice arr 06:16

Inbound schedule:

Sunday 23rd Feb  - daytime travel
Bourg St Maurice dep 09:34
Moutiers dep 10:14
Ashford  arr Not stopping
London St Pancras arr 16:02

It would be great if Eurostar ran a daytime Sunday - Sunday service every week. 
To help encourage Eurostar to build on this, please sign and share our petition for a Sunday - Sunday Ski Train


How much does the daytime Eurostar Ski Train cost?

The lead-in fare for the Eurostar Ski Train is £160 return per adult - i.e. that's the cheapest it can be. However the reality is that on peak dates, even if you book as soon as the train goes on sale, trains are priced at about £300 - £500 return.
Fares for children aged 4 - 11 are 30% cheaper than adult fares.  Children under four years old can travel for free, but without a reserved seat.

Here's a table showing what we estimate the price will be, assuming that you book soonish after the train goes on sale and don't leave it to the last minute:

Date Adult return price
Non-peak £160 - £190
Christmas £300 - £350
New Year £320 - £400
Feb half-term £400 - £500
Easter £280 - £320

When can you book the Eurostar Ski Train 2019-20?

Tickets for independent travel on the daytime and the overnight Eurostar Ski Trains go on sale at 8am on 17th July 2019. 

On our unique Live Ski and Snow Trains Price Check page you can view prices (updated everyday) for the Eurostar Ski Trains (and other journeys too).

However, although independent ski-train fares are not on sale yet,  ski holidays with rail travel included, from ski tour operators, are already available to book. Click here to view them, or if you would like some advice on destinations and tour operators, ask Snowcarbon founder Daniel.


How to transfer from the daytime Eurostar Ski Train to your resort

To transfer from the Eurostar Ski Train to your hotel, chalet or apartment in resort, you have four options:

1. If you've booked a rail-inclusive ski package from a ski tour operator, your transfer will normally be included in the package.
2. If you've booked an independent chalet, the chalet company may be able to offer to pick you up from the train - check what they charge for this service.
3. You could book a local taxi (see table below)
4. You could book a bus transfer (see table below) if the bus times connect conveniently with the Ski Train (they don't always - but we at Snowcarbon are campaining to change that).


Local taxi transfers from the Eurostar Ski Train to resorts

The prices below are averages, sourced from a variety of local taxi-transfer companies.

From Bourg St Maurice: local taxi prices to nearby ski resorts
Ski resort 1 pax 2 to 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8 pax
La Rosière 60 € 65 € 70 € 80 € 90 € 100 €
La Plagne 70 € 75 € 80 € 85 € 90 € 100 €
Les Arcs 1600 50 € 55 € 60 € 65 € 70 € 80 €
Les Arcs 1800 55 € 60 € 65 € 70 € 75 € 85 €
Les Arcs 1950 65 € 75 € 80 € 90 € 100 € 110 €
Les Arcs 2000 70 € 80 € 85 € 95 € 105 € 115 €
Peisey – Vallandry 50 € 55 € 60 € 65 € 70 € 80 €
Sainte Foy  45 € 50 € 55 € 60 € 65 € 75 €
Tignes 80 € 85 € 90 € 100 € 110 € 120 €
Val d’Isère 80 € 85 € 90 € 100 € 110 € 120 €

 

From Moutiers: local taxi prices to nearby ski resorts
Ski resort 1 to 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8 pax
Couchevel le Praz 1300 63 € 68 € 73 € 83 € 93 € 105 €
Courchevel Village 1550 68 € 73 € 78 € 88 € 98 € 110 €
Couchevel Moriond 1650 70 € 75 € 80 € 90 € 100 € 115 €
Courchevel 1850 75 € 80 € 85 € 95 € 105 € 120 €
Doucy 55 € 58 € 60 € 70 € 80 € 90 €
La Tania 63 € 68 € 73 € 83 € 93 € 105 €
Les Menuires 75 € 80 € 85 € 95 € 105 € 120 €
Meribel Les Allues 48 € 53 € 58 € 68 € 78 € 88 €
Meribel Village 55 € 58 € 60 € 70 € 80 € 90 €
Meribel Centre 58 € 63 € 68 € 78 € 88 € 98 €
Meribel Morel 58 € 63 € 68 € 78 € 88 € 98 €
Meribel Mottaret  65 € 70 € 75 € 85 € 95 € 110 €
St Martin de Belleville 63 € 68 € 73 € 83 € 93 € 105 €
Val Thorens 90 € 95 € 100 € 110 € 120 € 140 €
Valmorel 55 € 60 € 65 € 75 € 85 € 100 €

 


How to book the Eurostar Ski Train

Tickets for independent travel on the daytime and the overnight Eurostar Ski Trains go on sale at 8am on 17th July 2019 for all dates of the 2019-20 winter season.

The Eurostar Direct Ski Train is simple to book online.  If you already know where you want to go and are travelling independently, you can book the Eurostar Ski Train on Eurostar's website.

However, please note that if you are going to La Plagne, there is an error on Eurostar's website. So please read this article about the problems of booking to Aime La Plagne with Eurostar's website. (Don't worry, the solution is simple - just book to Bourg St Maurice instead)

If you are a group of 10 people or more, then you can register in advance for group tickets for the Eurostar Ski Train - see our guide to how to book group train travel to ski resorts in the Alps.

Or, if you would like to view possible resorts and see exact journey times and transfer information, visit the Resorts and Journey Planner page

One of the best ways to book the Eurostar Ski Train is with a rail-inclusive package from ski tour operators. The train travel costs about the same price as flights  - and has transfers from station to resort included.You can visit the ski train holidays page to view ski holidays by train from a number of tour operators.

You can also find out more about how to book the Eurostar Ski Train in our guide to booking ski holidays by train.


Ski holidays by train — Ask Snowcarbon

At Snowcarbon we are always happy to help you with suggestions for great resorts, fantastic accommodation and how to get there.

Looking forward to helping you.