Carve through the hassles of holiday planning by booking your ski trip by train. With countless rail routes to Europe’s top ski resorts, you can schuss your way through the stresses of flying and and reach the pistes with ease by rail.
Skiing is all about fresh air, freedom and fun. It’s no surprise then that slope-bound travellers are choosing the comfort and ease of train travel over the hassles of traveling by plane. Travelling to ski resorts by train also produces a fraction of the carbon emissions of the same journey by car or plane. This means a happy you and a happy planet. Win, win. And, for ski enthusiasts with a need for speed, taking the train to your ski holiday destination is often quicker door to door than flying.
With high-speed, direct and overnight trains to various rail hubs in the Alps, plus endless options for onward regional trains or bus transfers to your destination, the choice of where to go on a skiing holiday is seemingly endless. For many, Eurostar’s Ski Train to Moûtiers, Bourg-St-Maurice and Aime-la-Plagne is the perfect option. This direct seasonal service to the Alps from London St Pancras and Ashford International stations delivers you from platform to piste, with both daytime and overnight options available, and no luggage restrictions of course, always a big selling point for skiers. You can also park your car at Ashford International station for those people who don’t want to traipse their ski gear through rush hour London. NOTE: Sadly Eurostar's seasonal Ski Train is not operating during the 2020/21 season due the repercussions of COVID-19.
If you want to take the train to your favourite winter wonderland but don’t know how, check out our rail to resort tool below. Here we have input some of Europe's most popular ski resorts and when you tick your favourite, the nearest train station is revealed, helping travellers get from train to T-Bar in no time at all.
Inspiration for European ski holiday destinations by train
France is by far the most popular destination for European ski holidays. With its beautiful scenery, great cuisine and wide variety of ski resorts, it’s easy to see why. If you’re looking for a classic ski holiday in France, our beginner’s guide on travelling from London to the French Alps by train could set you on the right path.
We've also curated journey guides for some of the most popular ski resorts in France, including Aime-la-Plagne, Chamonix, Moûtiers, Modane, Grenoble and Bourg St Maurice. As above, please note that Eurostar's seasonal Ski Train is not operating during the 2020/21 season due the repercussions of COVID-19.
Switzerland is world renowned for the quality of its ski resorts. With high mountain altitudes, top-notch ski schools and dramatic mountain scenery, Swiss ski resorts are the ideal option for those looking to enjoy traditional mountain villages as well as unparalleled pistes. For more details see our blog on taking the train to the Swiss Alps as well as our journey guides for Swiss ski resorts, including Lausanne, Aigle, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Grindelwald and Wengen.
If you’re looking for an alternative to France and Switzerland for your ski holiday, Italy offers a wonderful array of relaxed, hospitable resorts that are often more affordable than French or Swiss ones. Italy is also the perfect destination for skiers who prefer their resort to be more quiet and less crowded. For some Italian ski holiday inspiration, check out our guide highlighting train routes to Italy’s ski slopes and read our journey guides to Italian ski destinations such as Oulx and Tirano.
Image credits top to bottom: Sölden, Austria (cropped) by Leo-setä reproduced with thanks under a Creative Commons 2.0 licence, Livigno, CC0 Creative Commons, La Plagne iStock ©Sasha Samardzija, Val Thorens iStock ©elisalocci, Swiss Alps from Lake Geneva iStock ©Nicolas McComber, Cime in Italy's Dolomites iStock ©technotr
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