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Alternatives to the Eurostar Ski Train this winter

Planning a ski break? Travel safely with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle to the slopes this winter.

Skiing is one of the best ways to enjoy the snow that’s sprinkled across the mountains in Europe each winter. Perfect for the active, or just those who enjoy spectacular views and plenty of hot chocolate, we show you the best way to reach the peaks this ski season.

What is the Eurostar ski train?

The Eurostar ski train is a twice-weekly service that usually operates between December and April from London St Pancras to 16 ski resorts. These include Courchevel, Les Arcs, Tignes, Sainte Foy, and Val d’Isère. It carries 24,000 people each season, taking around eight hours to cover 830 km to Bourg St Maurice.

wooden chalets in the alp mountains France surrounded by snowy hills and fir trees

Why has the Eurostar ski train been suspended?

Unfortunately, for this year’s ski season, the service has been suspended. It’s not currently known if it will be available for next season either. The Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll on many travel services, but a spokesperson for Eurostar specifically cited “the compulsory wearing of masks, and significantly increased hygiene measures and high-frequency cleaning” as a challenge for the long-distance route.

How can I travel to French & Swiss ski resorts this winter?

Reach your favourite European ski destinations this season with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Our service has numerous benefits, helping you to get on the slopes this winter with ease.

No baggage restrictions

You can safely travel in your car, packing everything you need for the trip without the baggage restrictions of flights. Ski gear can take up a fair bit of space, so having the extra room in your own car is perfect. You can pack those extra thermals after all!

Contactless travel

You will find it far simpler to socially distance travelling this way. Our current service has one-way-systems and safe, clean terminal buildings to keep you and our staff safe. You can read more about our Covid-19 travel regulations here.

A speedy crossing into France

Our shuttles travel between Folkestone and Calais in just 35 minutes. You can get into France quickly, then set the pace from there as you can drive at your leisure planning your own stops on the way to your final destination.

people skiing between wooden chalets in the mountains covered in snow

Driving to the Alps from Calais

From Calais, a drive to The Alps takes around 10 hours, depending on your final resort destination. We recommend splitting the journey into parts, so you can make the most of the scenery. Driving to ski resorts in The Alps such as Chamonix, Tignes, and Val Thorens isn’t difficult as there are well connected main roads leading there, with the most beautiful mountain roads such as Col d’Iseran and Petit St Bernard to enjoy too. Be prepared for tolls, but expect a comfortable journey to the ski resorts, all from the safety of your car.

High-speed trains from Paris or Lyon

The TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) is France’s high-speed train service. A popular route runs from Paris, taking you to The Alps in roughly 5 and a half hours depending on your final resort destination. For example, from Gard du Nord, Paris you can take trains to Bourg St Maurice, then head to La Rosière ski village. From Lyon it takes around 4 hours including transfers to reach The Alps.

Of course, like the Eurostar ski train, you will have baggage restrictions in place when you travel by train. You may also have to make transfers in busy stations. Make sure you consider all your options before travelling.

ski lift heading up into the snowy mountains with four skiiers in colourful ski wear sitting on one of the lifts

Start your skiing holiday with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle

Driving to ski resorts in France and beyond couldn’t be simpler with Eurotunnel. Our shuttles can get you from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes and from there you can set the pace for your snow-capped adventure.

 

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