Eurostar Snow Service Returns To Whisk Londoners To French Ski Resorts This Winter

Last Updated 09 July 2024

Eurostar Snow Service Returns To Whisk Londoners To French Ski Resorts This Winter
A red Eurostar train wending through snowy mountainsides
Looks the the kind of train you'd find Tom Hanks punching tickets on... Image: Eurostar

Tickets for Eurostar Snow — the service that shuttles skiers between London and various French resorts — go on sale from 9 July 2024.

Departing from London St Pancras International every Saturday between 21 December 2024 and 1 March 2025 — and returning from the Alps every Sunday morning between 29 December 2024 and 2 March 2025 — the service involves a Eurostar train between London and Lille; then a second, red-liveried, Eurostar Snow train between Lille and the ski resorts at Chambéry, Albertville, Moutiers, Aime-La Plagne and Bourg-Saint-Maurice.

From here, onward coaches are available to Val Thorens, Val d'Isère, Courchevel, La Tania, Tignes, Meribel, and Les Menuires.

Two Eurostar trains - one red, one blue, facing each other nose to nose
Eurostar Snow trains (left) take passengers onward from Lille, into the ski resorts of southeast France. Image: Eurostar

There's been a Eurostar 'ski train' since 1997, but in 2023 there were rumblings that Eurostar Group (an alliance between Eurostar and Thalys) had been considering ditching the service, owing to a drop in passengers post-pandemic, and the launch of charter train service, the TravelSki Express. For skiers who prefer to travel by train (and the generous luggage allowance is not to be sniffed at), Eurostar Snow is good news — though it's worth pointing out you can also reach some of France's ski resorts by train with an initial Eurostar from London, followed by a second, non-Eurostar service.

This season, Eurostar Snow tickets cost from £139 each way (last year it was from £99, so it's a bit of a surge), depending on ticket class, and whether peak or off-peak ski season. Luggage allowance is two suitcases, one piece of hand luggage and a pair of skis or snowboard per passenger at no extra cost — far more generous than you're likely to get from most airlines these days.

You can book Eurostar Snow tickets from 9 July 2024.