New Eurostar Ski Train Service to Swiss Alps
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 Pancras||06:57||Depart Brig||12:51|
|Depart Ashford||07:28||Depart Visp||13:02|
|Arrive Lille||09:26||Depart Martigny||13:41|
|Depart Lille||10:02||Depart Aigle||14:01|
|Arrive Aigle||15:47||Arrive Lille||18:55|
|Arrive Martigny||16:13||Depart Lille||20:30|
|Arrive Visp||16:57||Arrive Ashford||20:35|
|Arrive Brig||17:08||Arrive St Pancras||21:06|
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.