Take the train to the slopes this season.

As more and more people take the decision to reduce the number of flights they take per year, the train is becoming increasingly popular, not least with skiers making their way to the mountains. Here are a number of ways of getting to popular resorts in the French Alps by train:

The Eurostar Direct Ski Service offers an overnight and a daytime option, running directly from London or Ashford to Moûtiers, Aime la Plagne and Bourg St Maurice. Daytime services run on Saturdays while the overnight service departs on Friday evenings to arrive in the Alps on Saturday morning, then departs for the return journey on the following Saturday evening, allowing passengers to arrive back in the UK early on Sunday morning. Fares from £149 return per person Eurostar plus SNCF services run throughout the year to ski destinations, but an enhanced service runs throughout the winter months, with increased day services and direct overnight trains running throughout the week to destinations including Chambéry, St Gervais les Bains and Bourg St Maurice from where easy connections can be made into numerous ski resorts. Passengers travel on Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord, then transfer to Gare de Lyon for a day train, or Gare Austerlitz for an overnight train to the Alps. Fares from £135 return per person in a 6-berth couchette from London to Bourg St Maurice

Station Resort Journey time fron London Return fares from
Bourg St Maurice (direct from Paris overnight, via Chambéry day) Les Arcs, Val d’Isère, Tignes, Sainte Foy, La Rosière 11 hrs 49 mins overnight OR 9 hrs 57 mins day £135 overnight OR £109 day
Aime La Plagne (direct from Paris overnight, via Chambéry day) La Plagne 11 hrs 27 mins overnight OR 9 hrs 41 mins day £135 overnight OR £109 day
Moûtiers (direct from Paris overnight, via Chambéry day) Méribel, Valmorel, Courchevel, Val Thorens Les Ménuires, La Tania 11 hrs 1 min overnight OR 9 hrs 6 mins day £135 overnight OR £109 day
St Gervais les Bains (direct from Paris overnight, via Bellegarde or Lyon day Argentière 13 hrs 9 mins overnight OR 9 hrs 24 mins day £135 overnight OR £105 day
Chamonix (via St Gervais les Bains) Chamonix 14 hrs 11 mins overnight £153 overnight
Grenoble (direct from Paris Les Deux Alpes, La Grave 6 hrs 4 mins day £109 day
Annecy (direct from Paris) La Clusaz 10 hrs 50 mins overnight OR 7 hrs 4 mins day £135 overnight OR £109 day
Briançon (direct from Paris overnight, via Valence or Grenoble day Montgenèvre, Serre Chevalier 13 hrs 46 mins overnight OR 11hrs 50 mins day £135 overnight OR £164 day
Landry (direct from Paris overnight, via Chambéry day) Peissy-Vallandry 11 hrs 38 mins overnight OR 9 hrs 49 mins day £135 overnight OR £138 day
Cluses (direct from Paris overnight, via Lyon day) Les Gets, Flaine, Avoriaz, Samoëns 12 hrs 52 mins overnight OR 9 hrs 35 mins day £135 overnight OR £165 day
 
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