Travelling to Resort - Coach & Train

Travelling by coach or train to the Alps has become more popular in recent years, especially as skiers become more tuned into the environmental consequences associated with flying. Whilst it can take a good deal of time, travelling by train or coach is often a more relaxed way to get to the slopes.

 

Travelling by Coach

You can often choose from a range of pick up points in the UK, giving you a fantastic door-to-door service, with drop-off often right outside your chalet or hotel. If you are just travelling to the airport, you’ll avoid parking costs by getting a coach, and Ski Club members can take advantage of discounts on coach services to the Alps.

National Express serves several major airports in the UK and offers ski and snowboard carriage, as well as a discount to Ski Club members. Find the best route by visiting www.nationalexpress.com

For coach travel into Europe and direct to ski resorts, there are a number of companies offering competitive rates. Please use the drop-down functions below to find our more information about each company.

 

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Travelling by Train

Travelling by train often presents the most scenic and eco-friendly way to travel to the slopes, and can be used for all or part of the journey if you are looking for an alternative to road transfers.

***Eurostar’s Ski Train has been suspended for the 2020/21 winter season owing to the Coronavirus Pandemic. We at the Ski Club hope it will return for the 2021/22 season and beyond, but this is yet to be decided by Eurostar. The same, or similar journeys, can be made using a combination of Eurostar and TGV services via Paris, detailed below***

 

Your Train Options

There are several options to get you to the slopes by train:

Eurostar Direct Ski Train - daytime

*** Eurostar’s Ski Train is suspended until further noticed. Please see alternative options for travelling to the Alps, often via the same route but changing through Paris***

We would like to support Snowcarbon in their campaign to save Eurostar’s ski train has an uncertain future. Please visit Snowcarbon’s website to see how you can help.

 

Eurostar Direct Ski Train - overnight

*** Eurostar’s Ski Train is suspended until further noticed. Please see alternative options for travelling to the Alps, often via the same route but changing through Paris***

We would like to support Snowcarbon in their campaign to save Eurostar’s ski train has an uncertain future. Please visit Snowcarbon’s website to see how you can help.

 

Eurostar + TGV

Take a Eurostar from London to Paris, and then change station (which is easy by taxi or metro, depending on your luggage) to take a TGV bound for the Alps. For some destinations a further change of train, (to a regional train, InterCity or RailJet train) may be required. A variation on this journey is to travel to Paris in the late afternoon or evening, stop over and take a TGV to your resort the next morning.

Journeys run daytime, daily, with more services at weekends. The following major towns are served directly by TGV services (in bold) and offer short transfers, either by bus, taxi or narrow gauge/funicular railway, to associated resorts:

The Chamonix area is served by hourly local services which connect to/from the TGV at Belgarde-sur-Valserine station, 2hrs 45mins from Paris Gare de Lyon.

Briancon, for Montgenevre, Serre Chevalier, and access to Italian resorts in the Via Lattea, is likewise served by a connecting local train from Valence Ville, which is a 2hrs 30mins TGV from Paris Gare de Lyon.

Eurostar + Corail Lunea Sleeper Train

Take an early-evening Eurostar from London to Paris, and then change station (which is easy by taxi or metro, depending on luggage) and take a Corail Lunea sleeper train. These sleeper services are equipped with “couchette” beds in compartments of, normally, four.
Journeys run: every day to most of the destinations served.

Destinations: In 2016 SNCF axed most of their sleeper services, but one Alpine route remains, from Paris to Briancon. This serves the French resorts of Serre Chevalier and Montgenèvre, and Italian resorts on the Via Lattea, such as Sauze d’Oulx, Sestrière and Clavière; a second route to the Pyrenean border town of Latour-de-Carol offers onward connections to Andorra, Font Romeu and several other resorts.

 

Eurostar + NightJet sleeper train

Take a Eurostar to Brussels, change platform there and take an ICE train to Cologne, where you catch the NightJet sleeper train to the Austrian Tirol region, home to a range of great ski resorts. Many destinations are served by an onward connection from Innsbruck, either by transfer to the resort directly, for somewhere like St. Anton, a connecting intercity service.
Facilities on board: ICE trains have restaurant carriages; the NightJet has couchette compartments for 2, 3 or 4 people. Some compartments have ensuite washing and shower facilities too. A light breakfast is included.
Journeys run: every night of the year

Destinations include: Alpbach, Hopfgarten, Ischgl, Kitzbühel, Kühtai, Mayrhofen, Obergurgl/Hochgurgl, St Anton, St Johann in Tirol, Seefeld, Söll, and Westendorf.

Eurostar + Alpen Express sleeper train

Either take a Eurostar to Amsterdam and catch the Alpen Express sleeper train from there, or (setting out a bit later) take a Eurostar to Brussels, change platform there and take an ICE train to Cologne, where you catch the Alpen Express sleeper train to a very wide range of Austrian ski resorts. The Alpen Express is equipped with couchette sleeper compartments for either 3, 5 or 6 people. Some compartments have ensuite washing facilities too. A light breakfast is included.
Journeys run: every Friday from 20th December 2019 to 13th March 2020


Destinations include:
Alpbach, Bad Gastein, Hopfgarten, Ischgl, Kaprun, Kirchberg, Kitzbühel, Kühtai, Mayrhofen, Obergurgl/Hochgurgl, St Anton, St Johann in Tirol, Seefeld, Söll, and Westendorf.

For more about train options, visit the Snowcarbon website, or see the The Man in Seat 61 for comprehensive guides to rail travel across the UK, Europe and the World. The Ski Club's comprehensive resort guides can provide you with plenty more information about all of the resorts mentioned here, many of which also host Ski Club Leaders and Ambassadors.

We would like to support Snowcarbon in their campaign to save Eurostar’s ski train, which has been cancelled for the 2020/21 season and with an uncertain future. Please visit Snowcarbon’s website to see how you can help

 

Transfer by Train

Many resorts that are directly served by rail are therefore accessible from local airports, offering a scenic alternative to driving or a coach transfer. This is particularly true in Switzerland, where several of the Ski Club’s favourite resorts are served by rail, including:

These resorts are accessible from both Geneva and Zurich Airports – listed as “Flughafen” on the SBB website. For more details, to explore options, and to book tickets, head to the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) website, available in English here.