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New Eurostar Ski Train Service to Swiss Alps

Fri 05 October, 2012

Great news: Eurostar has this morning announced the launch of a new ski train service to the Swiss Alps.

Skiers and snowboarders will be able to reach resorts like Verbier, Zermatt and Saas Fee more easily than before.

You take a Eurostar to Lille, and then change onto a TGV Lyria train to Switzerland.

Fares from London will start from £189 return, and go on sale from 11th October.

The service runs every Saturday, from 22nd December 2012 (first outbound) - 13th April (last inbound)

Here's the timetable that Eurostar has provided:

Outbound ( 22nd Dec - 6th April)Inbound (29th Dec - 13th April)
Depart St Pancras06:57Depart Brig12:51
Depart Ashford07:28Depart Visp13:02
Arrive Lille09:26Depart Martigny13:41
Depart Lille10:02Depart Aigle14:01
Arrive Aigle15:47Arrive Lille18:55
Arrive Martigny16:13Depart Lille20:30
Arrive Visp16:57Arrive Ashford20:35
Arrive Brig17:08Arrive St Pancras21:06

It is good news, of course, in response to increasing demand from skiers for more rail travel.

However, the service doesn't stop Geneva. This is a massive shame and missed opportunity to link to French resorts.

How you book is still unclear.  Eurostar say book at Eurostar.com, but whether you can book via them all the way to the Swiss resorts has not yet been confirmed, nor which tour operators may offer it.

It will be clarified in the next few days (it has to be!) so we will keep you informed here.

We're on the case.