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Travelling to European Ski Resorts by Rail: The greener way to reach the snow

December 7, 2018

Over the years I’ve travelled to ski resorts every which way…by road, by air and by rail. Living in the South East makes it undeniably easier to travel to Europe via rail but with links to London easily accessible all over the country rail travel to resort is something we can all consider as a viable option.

For me, the main appeal of ski rail travel is the stress free journey, vast reduction of transfer times close to resort, no hidden luggage fees, the reliability of travel in any weather….and of course…the environmental benefits. By taking the train to resort you can cut your carbon emissions by up to 90%. I’m yet to take my young family on their first ski holiday…but memories of long transfers when I travelled independently are a huge deterrent. Most rail transfers to resort are minutes rather than hours…a few even taking you right into resort!

I wanted to share this collection of resorts across Europe put together by Loco2 – a comparison and booking platform for train tickets in the UK and Europe..all of which are now easily accessible by train. If you’re yet to book your Winter adventure this season why not consider a rail adventure? There are so many reasons why you should..

Where could you go? 

1. Lausanne, Switzerland

• Route: London to Paris to Lausanne
• Price: From £75.50 one-way in Standard Class
• Duration: 7 hrs 6 mins, plus onward train
• Resorts: Aigle, Martigny, Visp, and Brig

2) Sauze d’Oulx, Italy

The journey:
• Route: London to Paris. Change to Paris Gare de Lyon station and take the TGV to Oulx. From there it’s 15 mins taxi or bus
• Price: From £68.50 one-way in Standard Class
• Duration: 8 hrs 59 mins, plus onward bus
• Resorts: Sestriere, Claviere

3) Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France

The journey:
• Route: London direct to Bourg-Saint-Maurice
• Price: From £72.00 one-way in Standard Class
• Duration: 8 hrs 13 mins
• Resorts: Val d’Isère, Tignes, Sainte-Foy and La Rosière

4) Chamonix, France

The journey:
• Route: London to Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, and transfer to Chamonix
• Price: From £33.50 one-way in Standard Class
• Duration: 8 hrs 30 mins
• Resorts: Chamonix, Aiguille du Midi

5) St Anton am Alberg, Austria

The journey:
• Route: London to Paris, transfer to Paris Gare de Lyon to take train to Zurich. Depart Zurich and arrive at St Anton
• Price: From £85 one-way in Standard Class
• Duration: 10 hrs 09 mins
• Resorts: St Anton, St Christoph, Lech, Zürs and Stuben

6) Avoriaz, France

The journey:
• Route: London to Paris then take the TGV from Paris Gare de Lyon to arrive at Cluses. Take a bus or taxi journey, 50 mins to Avoriaz
• Price: From £95 one-way in Standard Class
• Duration: 7 hrs, 35 mins
• Resorts: Avoriaz & Portes du Soleil

7) Saas-Fee, Switzerland

The journey:
• Route: London to Paris Nord, then take TGV Lyria from Paris Gare de Lyon to Lausanne – then get Swiss InterRegio trains (run every half hour) from Lausanne to Visp
• Price: From £95 one-way London to Visp in Standard Class
• ·Duration: From 8 hrs 53 mins, plus onward regional train/transfer
• Resorts: Saas Fee

8) Livingo, Italy

The journey:
• Route: London to Paris and interchange to Paris Gare Lyon to take TGV train to Milan – then get a regional train direct to Tirano approximately two hrs, 30 mins)
• Price: From £85 one-way in Standard Class
• Duration: From 13 hrs, plus onward regional train/transfer
• Resorts: Livigno

This post was inspired by loco2.com I received no incentive to write this other than fulfilling the desire to promote greener travel.

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