More Eurostar services to the French Alps as ticket sales for direct ski trains start today

5 Jul 2005
  • 4,500 extra seats over February half-term holiday
  • 1st Night train departs London/Ashford 23 December 05
  • 1st Day train departs London/Ashford 24 December 05
  • Fares from just £179 return

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service that links the UK with France and Belgium, today opened ticket sales for direct ski services from London/Ashford to the French Alps. Bookings can be made either through www.eurostar.com or through 08705 186 186.
For the 2005/2006 season, Eurostar is supplementing the weekly day and night service with six extra trains during the busy February half-term holiday providing an extra 4,500 seats. Eurostar's direct ski services are usually 100% full at this time and it is anticipated that these additional services will help with the high-level of demand during this period.
Eurostar's direct ski service to the heart of the Alps means travellers are only a short shuttle bus transfer to the famous resorts of Courchevel, Meribel, Tignes, La Plagne and Les Arcs.
The night services operate from London/Ashford on Friday nights and serve Moutiers, Aime la Plagne and Bourg St Maurice, so arrival is early on Saturday morning. The day service leaves early from London/Ashford on Saturday morning with arrival at the French stations in the late afternoon.
The night service offers the benefit of two extra days on the piste while, on the day service, passengers can enjoy scenic views as the countryside changes in spectacular fashion en route to the Alps.
Skiers have the choice of being able to travel Standard Class or indulge themselves in Leisure Select. Leisure Select is the new service for leisure travellers which will be introduced when first class is divided into separate business and leisure carriages from 1 September 2005. Leisure Select provides bigger seats, at seat meals and drinks service.
Eurostar's Communications Director, Paul Charles, commented: "If you want to beat the stress, hassle and chaos usually associated with flying to the French Alps then take Eurostar's direct ski trains. Due to extra demand we're adding thousands more seats this year to help travellers get to the slopes as seamlessly as possible."
Eurostar also provides an interactive micro-site www.eurostar.com/ski which gives resort information about the weather, snowfall and skiing conditions and lots of tips and other helpful advice.
Apart from the direct Eurostar services there are other ways of travelling by rail to the French ski resorts. This can be travelling by Eurostar and then connecting with TGV and services via Lille, Paris, Lyon and Grenoble. Passengers can therefore, tailor their journeys to times and days that suit them and is particularly relevant for those who want to holiday over long weekends or travel mid-week.