13 July 2016

Take the stress-free route to the slopes

Eurostar tickets go on sale on 20th July for ski services to the French Alps
Skiers looking for the best way to travel to the slopes can start planning their winter adventure with Eurostar. The high-speed passenger rail service linking the UK with mainland Europe opens sales for its popular service from London St Pancras and Ashford International to the heart of the French Alps on 20th July 20161.
The day and night services direct to the French Alps offer a hassle-free start to the holiday, with passengers able to relax in spacious surroundings on board and make the most of the generous baggage allowance to carry plenty of ski gear – each passenger can take two suitcases plus hand luggage and skis or snowboards at no extra cost.
The Friday overnight service gives winter sports enthusiasts an extra two days on the pistes, arriving in the French Alps on a Saturday morning to be welcomed by quieter slopes as other holidaymakers board their coach transfers to and from airports.  Alternatively, the Saturday daytime service allows passengers time to sit back, relax and enjoy the view of French countryside as it turns from farmland to fresh snow. 
The 2016/2017 seasonal ski services will run weekly from 17 December 2016 until 8 April 2017 with return fares from £149. Top resorts including Courchevel, Meribel, Tignes, Les Arcs and Aime-la-Plagne2 are all just a short journey from the station.
Tickets are available from eurostar.com or by calling 03432 186 186, at Eurostar stations or from travel agents.
For further information on connecting ski services from Eurostar stations, please visit http://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/eurostar-deals/eurostar-train-deals/trains-france/ski-train-the-alps
Notes to Editors:
  1. Sales open at 09:00 on Wednesday 20 July 2016 at Eurostar.com and at the Eurostar Contact Centre by calling 03432 186 186
  2. Travel to Aime-la-Plagne is for outbound passengers only. For inbound travel back to London passengers need to board at Bourg St Maurice
The current timetables are shown below and are subject to change.
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About Eurostar
  1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.
  2. The current Eurostar train was first introduced into service in 1994 carrying 750 passengers and operating at speeds of up to 300kph.  Since then, the fleet of 28 trains has carried more than 150 million passengers between London and the Continent.  Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet. The new e320 will carry around 900 passengers at speeds of up to 320kph.
  3. Eurostar was established in 1994 as a partnership between three railway companies: SNCF, SNCB and LCR (London and Continental Railways). On 1 September 2010, Eurostar became a single, unified corporate entity owned by three shareholders: SNCF, SNCB and LCR. LCR’s holding was transferred to the Treasury in 2014, and sold by the UK government to a consortium comprising Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure on 28th May 2015.
  4. Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, a partnership between Europe’s leading high-speed train operators that is developing simpler ways to book and travel on the fast-expanding, European high-speed rail network.
  5. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies.  Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates vehicle shuttle services and the Channel Tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel’s biggest customer.
For more information:
Eurostar Press Office 
020 7843 5500