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Patrick Thorne

19 Jul 18

Eurostar Ski Trains to French Alps on Sale for Winter 2018-19

Patrick Thorne

19 Jul 18

Eurostar tickets for their direct ski season train service from London St Pancras and Ashford in Kent stations to the French Alps have gone on sale for the coming winter 2018-19.

Eurostar’s ski trains leave from London St Pancras International and Ashford International twice a week, on Friday evenings at about 19.45 and Saturday mornings at about 09.45 and take about nine hours to make the trip.

Depending on your personal circumstances and the resort you’re heading to this can be quicker and smoother than the travel to airport – wait – fly – collect bags – transfer to resort process.  There’s also a great baggage allowance and few of the supplements.

Loco2.com reports the direct ski trains are on sale for travel between 21 Dec and 6 April 2019 (a week past ‘Brexit day’).  The company says it is the only UK & Pan-European train booking platform that doesn’t charge any fees on bookings.

The service provides a direct service to a number of French resorts with Bourg St Maurice, the village below the Les Arcs ski area the final stop but stations close to other resorts including la Plagne and the 3 Valleys also served direct.

Tickets are priced “from” £150 return with this lower price unchanged for several years now.  However ticket pricing is ‘dynamic’ meaning they’re more expensive at peak times and as sales for a service increase.

The specialist rail-travel to ski-resorts website Snow Carbon currently shows adult return prices of over £300 for daytime services for Christmas week (slightly more expensive than New Year week) and over £500 for February half term with child discounts of about a third.  Overnight services are markedly cheaper except for February half term.