While some people are still hiking and biking in the Alps, others are wondering 'when do Eurostar ski train tickets go on sale?' - the answer is from 17 July 2019. Get in while the powder is fresh.
Eurostar ski trains are available for the entire 2019-20 season from 17 July 2019 at 08.00 until 11 April 2020 with direct trains to Moûtiers, Bourg-St-Maurice and Aime-la-Plagne on sale. If you're planning to hit the slopes this winter, book now to secure cheap train tickets to some of France's best known ski destinations.
Eurostar's ski trains are a seasonal service, so don't run every day. This year, they're scheduled from 20 December 2019 until 11 April 2020, departing St Pancras International and Ashford International every Friday night and Saturday morning. There is also a Sunday service during February half term school holidays.
Which ski resorts does the Eurostar ski train serve?
The map below shows popular resorts you can reach via Eurostar's direct ski connection. For other destinations, including trains to Chamonix, you need to wait for the French ski trains to come on sale (typically 3 months before travel) and combine them with separate Eurostar tickets. We advise you set a booking alert for these ones, so that we can email you when they have been released.
How much the Eurostar ski train cost?
Fares start at £160 return for an adult in Standard Class.
Eurostar ski train times
Daytime trains: Running Saturdays between 21 December 2019 and 4 April 2020, it leaves London's St Pancras International at 09.45 and arrives in Bourg-St-Maurice at 19.03. Just in time for a vin chaud. The return journey is also on a Saturday running between 28 December 2019 and 11 April 2020. This service leaves Bourg-St-Maurice at 09.34 and arrives in London at 16.13.
Night trains: Running Fridays between 20 December 2019 and 3 April 2020 it leaves London's St Pancras International at 19.45 and arrives in Bourg-St-Maurice at 06.16. Coming back from the Alps the service is also on a Friday night, leaving Bourg-St-Maurice at 22.12 and arrives in London at 07.16.
February half term Eurostar ski train service: This is a one-off Saturday to Sunday service, leaving London's St Pancras International Saturday 15 February at 19.45 and arriving in Bourg-St-Maurice at 06.16 on Sunday morning. It brings all those exhausted but elated families back to the city on a daytime service, Sunday 23 February, leaving Bourg-St-Maurice at 09.34 and arriving back in London at 16.02. Not surprisingly, tickets for this service go as quickly as a fast as a black run.
Note: you can't book a return journey from Aime-la-Plagne because there is no passport control there, so you need to book your return from Bourg-St-Maurice.
What's it like onboard?
Passengers travelling during the day or overnight are allocated a seat only. Standard Premier passengers can expect more legroom but all passengers should be aware that even the overnight service does not include sleeping accommodation.
When you travel on the outbound train, you'll get a ski pack, which includes useful items like a blanket, pillow and night mask regardless of your class of service. Keep hold of these as they are not distributed on the return journey.
Food & drink
Passengers are allowed to take food and drink on board with them, including alcohol (maximum 4 cans of beer or a bottle of wine) but only on daytime trains. No alcohol is allowed or sold on the nighttime service. There is a bar-buffet on board which serves a range of hot and cold meals, as well as snacks and drinks. Standard Premier ticket holders will get complimentary light meals and drinks served at their seats.
Eurostar allows every passenger an extra item of luggage at no extra cost, such as a pair of skis or snowboard, in addition to the normal luggage allowance. The standard allowance is 2 pieces of luggage measuring 85cm long, and 1 item of hand luggage. Eurostar sets aside an area in each carriage for large luggage storage.
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Ski season 2019-2020 tickets released
Seasonal ski services on French trains to the Alps have been released as of 17 October 2019, for travel between 6 January and 8 March 2020.