The direct ‘London to the Alps’ Eurostar route is now firmly established as one of the fastest routes to the slopes, so here’s our guide to letting the ski train take the strain. With the option of travelling by day, you’ll arrive in the same or less time than flying and not have to worry about excess baggage and ski carriage costs, or your carbon footprint melting our ancient glaciers. Keen-beans like our very own SNOman, will gladly brave “sleeping in a chair” to take the overnight snow train, and get eight days skiing for the price of six! Forget stressful airport check-ins and four hour transfers at the other end, because the French Alpine Stations are right there in the mountains, much closer to the best resorts than any airport.
London St Pancras International/Ashford International to French Alps
|Departure Point||Day train (Saturdays)||Night train (Fridays)*|
|St Pancras International||Depart 09:45||Depart 19:42|
|Ashford International||Depart 10:28||Depart 20:28|
|Moûtiers||Arrive 18:27||Arrive 05:34|
|Aime-la-Plagne||Arrive 18:46||Arrive 05:58|
|Bourg-St-Maurice||Arrive 19:03||Arrive 06:17|
French Alps to Ashford international/London St Pancras International
|Departure Point||Day train (Saturdays)||Night train (Saturdays)*|
|Bourg-St-Maurice||Depart 09:34||Depart 22:12|
|Moûtiers||Depart 10:14||Depart 22:54|
|Ashford International||Arrive 15:37||Arrive 06:33|
|St Pancras International||Arrive 16:13||Arrive 07:16|
|Note: Trains from the Alps to London/Ashford do not stop at Aime-la-Plagne.|
Transfer times by coach
|La Plagne||Aime-la-Plagne||40 minutes|
|La Tania||Moûtiers||40 minutes|
|Les Ménuires||Moûtiers||50 minutes|
|Les Arcs||Bourg-St-Maurice||60 minutes|
|Val Thorens||Moûtiers||1hr 15 minutes|
|Val d'lsère||Bourg-St-Maurice||1hr - 1hr 30 minutes|
|Tignes||Bourg-St-Maurice||1hr 30 minutes - 2hrs|
*Times are estimates & vary depending on traffic & weather conditions.
Ski Train tickets go on sale in mid-July before the ski season kicks off.
Eurostar’s Ski Train runs directly from London St Pancras and Ashford (Kent) to Moutiers, Aime and Bourg St Maurice in France every Saturday from late December to early April. Usually, during February half term, Eurostar runs an additional service for Sunday-Sunday holidays. Moutiers, Aime and Bourg St Maurice have a wide range of connections with some of the most popular resorts in the Alps, such as Les Arcs, Val d’Isere, Tignes, the Three Valleys, among more.
The overnight service starting from St Pancras takes around 7-8 hours to get to the Alps and then a short transfer to a whole host of brilliant resorts.
|Accommodation||Resort||Price (per person) from|