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You Can Travel From London to the Alps by Train This Winter

London France Train Travel
by Morgane Croissant Jul 9, 2024

The Eurostar, the high-speed train that connects London to cities on the European continent via the world’s longest undersea tunnel, will once again this year offer a seasonal service to the French Alps.

Year-round, the Eurostar connects London directly to multiple cities on the European continent, including but not limited to Paris in France, Brussels in Belgium, and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Throughout the year, the rail operator also offers connecting services to cities and airports in Belgium (Antwerp, Liege), Germany (Cologne, Düsseldorf Airport, and Dortmund, among others), and to Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands. In winter 2024/2025, Eurostar will offer a seasonal connecting service between London to ski resorts in the French Alps.

Every Saturday between December 21, 2024 and March 1, 2025, the Eurostar Snow train will run from London to Lille, where passengers will hop into a connecting Eurostar service to the following ski destinations in the French Alps: Chambéry, Albertville, Moutiers-Salins-Brides-Les-Bains, Aime-La-Plagne, Landry, and Bourg-Saint-Maurice. The trip will take just under eight hours.

In Bourg-Saint-Maurice, shuttles will be waiting to take travelers to various resorts such as Val Thorens, Val d’Isère, Courchevel, La Tania, Tignes, Meribel, and Les Menuires.

The way back is just as easy. Every Sunday morning between December 29, 2024 and March 2, 2025, the Eurostar will travel between the above-mentioned stations in the French Alps to Lille, where passengers will connect with the London-bound Eurostar. The trip will take nine hours.

This is not the first time the Eurostar operates this route. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eurostar ran a direct train to the French Alps on winter weekends, as well as a Travelski charter train in winter 2021/2022 and 2022/2023, The Man in Seat 61 explains. In winter 2023/2024, the train was not called the Eurostar Snow, but the Thalys Snow, in reference to the Thalys train that transports passengers from Lille to the Alps.

Riding the Eurostar Snow between London and the French Alps starts at $126.54 (£99) once way in Standard class, or $190 (£149) one way in Standard Premier class. Standard Premier passengers travel in a more spacious seats than Standard-class passengers, and get a light meal and drinks served at their seat.

Bookings for the Eurostar Snow opens today, July 9, 2024. Book early is you want to snatch the lowest-priced tickets. Make sure to check your luggage allowance, especially if you bring sports equipment with you, upon booking.

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