Eurostar to the Alps on sale this morning

Although a majority of our clients tend to book a package with flights and transfers included, a growing number now make their own travel arrangements to the Alps and the direct Eurostar services to the Tarentaise are always very popular indeed. This year there will be the usual two direct services, one leaving London St Pancras on Friday evenings, arriving in the Alps early on Saturday morning, and one leaving on Saturday mornings which arrives on Saturday afternoon. Sadly the Snow Train via Paris, with its famous disco carriage, will not be running this year.

<--break- /> A Eurostar train makes its way to the Alps 

The direct services stop at Moutiers for the Three Valleys, Aime for La Plagne and Bourg St Maurice for Val D'Isere, Tignes, Les Arcs, La Rosiere and St Foy. There are two classes of travel, Standard and Standard Premier. In Standard class you have an allocated seat and unrestricted baggage allowance. Standard Premier offers a larger seat with more room and meals and drinks served at you seat. If you book early enough, the difference in fares between Standard and Standard Premier is minimal, making the latter very good value indeed, especially considering the length of the journey and the added comforts in the upgraded class. The trains, which are available to book as of 9 o'clock this morning on www.eurostar.com, are provisionally running to the following timetable:

Outbound night train services run from 7 January 2011 to 1 April 2011. Outbound day train services run from 19 December 2010 to 9 April 2011. Please note: this year, the first two day outbound services will travel on Sunday 19 December 2010 and Sunday 26 December 2010
 

Train times: St Pancras International, London/Ashford to French Alps.

St Pancras International Depart 20:31 (Friday night) Depart 10:00 (Saturday morning)
Ashford International Depart 21:15 Depart 10:47
Moûtiers Arrive 05:37 Arrive 17:30
Aime-la-Plagne Arrive 06:05 Arrive 18:02
Bourg-St-Maurice Arrive 06:27 (Saturday morning) Arrive 18:20

Train times: French Alps to Ashford/St Pancras International, London

Bourg-St-Maurice Depart 10:04 (Saturday morning) Depart 22:15 (Saturday night)
Moûtiers Depart 10:45 Depart 23:09
Ashford International Arrive 15:36 Arrive 06:34
St Pancras International Arrive 16:11 Arrive 07:16 (Sunday morning)
Note: Trains from the Alps to London/Ashford do not stop at Aime-la-Plagne.

Adult fares in Standard class start at £149pp return, which includes unlimited baggage allowance and skis and from £229pp in Standard Premier, including baggage and also includes light meals and drinks served at your seat. Upon arrival in Moutiers, Aime and Bourg St Maurice, local buses wait to transport skiers directly to all the main resorts and most transfer times are less than an hour from the stations.

Although it's not strictly necessary to book in advance for these transfers, they do get rather busy on peak dates and pre booking is quite simple on www.altibus.com. Once it's all booked up, you simply need to get to St Pancras around an hour before your train departs to check in, then just enjoy the smoothest, most relaxing method of travelling to the major ski destinations for your last minute ski break. All information on this post is correct at time of publishing, however we would advise checking prices and availability with Eurostar to ensure your chosen services are available before making your chalet booking.

For more information on chalets in any of the resorts served by the ski train, please give our sales team a call.

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