Train Travel
Take paid ‘Journey Days’ via Climate Perks

Take paid ‘Journey Days’ via Climate Perks

While train travel to the Alps may not be more expensive than flying, it does normally take longer. Perhaps that has put you off taking the train to a ski resort, particularly on a shorter break. With a limited amount of holiday available, why use up some of your valuable days simply by travelling to...
The Léman Express: New Geneva to Chamonix train service

The Léman Express: New Geneva to Chamonix train service

The new Geneva to Chamonix train service – the Léman Express – is due to open on 15 December 2019. The service will make it easier for skiers and snowboarders who want to travel by train to Chamonix, as well as the resorts of the Grand Massif (Flaine, Les Carroz, Samoens) and the Portes du...
Case Study 2: Train travel is less than flying (again!)

Case Study 2: Train travel is less than flying (again!)

I’ve heard several people say “Well, I would take the train, but it costs so much more than flying.” However, while this may be true in certain circumstances my blog post last month showed that it’s certainly not always the case. In that case, I looked at the equivalent cost of travelling to Les Arcs...
New train map of the Alps available

New train map of the Alps available

If you’re planning a train trip to the Alps this winter, you might find this new map from ‘2theAlps’ useful. ‘The Alps – Skiing by Train’ covers 200 resorts in seven countries across the Alps from France to Slovenia via Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Italy. Over 100 rail-served resorts included Over 100 rail-served resorts...
Does it cost more to travel to the Alps by train?

Does it cost more to travel to the Alps by train?

A question often asked is whether it costs more to travel to the Alps by train? The answer might surprise you. Two reasons people often give for continuing to fly and not travelling by train is that it will 1) cost more 2) take longer But while it will typically take longer to take the...
Loco2 to be rebranded as Rail Europe

Loco2 to be rebranded as Rail Europe

Our favourite website for booking train travel to Europe – Loco2.com – will shortly be re-branded as the more logical and easier-to-remember ‘Rail Europe’. The switch is planned for Wednesday 06 November 2019 with the aim of positioning Rail Europe as a single global brand for environmentally conscious travellers to book European train travel. Cristina...
Book your trains via Paris to the Alps (Dec19-Jan20)

Book your trains via Paris to the Alps (Dec19-Jan20)

The first booking window opened last week for indirect trains (i.e. Eurostar + SNCF) travelling between 15 December 2019 and 05 January 2020. Eurostar trains can be booked well in advance, but one of the limitations of SNCF is that tickets normally only go on sale around 90 days in advance. Tickets for journeys travelling...
Fall Line Magazine: The Eco Issue (Sep 2019)

Fall Line Magazine: The Eco Issue (Sep 2019)

Make sure you pick up the latest copy of Fall-Line Skiing – the whole focus is on eco and environmental issues. It’s full of excellent ideas and info to help you make your skiing decisions this winter. Features include: 20 Green Ski Ideas Taking the train to the Austrian Alps ‘The fight to save our snow’ Scrutiny...
Eurostar, SNCF and Thalys to merge?

Eurostar, SNCF and Thalys to merge?

Exciting plans to merge Europe’s two high-speed operators, Eurostar and Thalys, were released at the weekend. The proposal is for the owners of French National Railways (SNCF) and Belgian National Railways, which between them own a majority stake in both Eurostar and Thalys. The working name for the new reform is the ‘Green Speed Project’....
Mountain Heaven offer 10% to Train Travellers

Mountain Heaven offer 10% to Train Travellers

We are delighted to see that tour operator Mountain Heaven have announced that they will be offering a 10% discount to all guests arriving by train rather than by plane. They announced the new offer on their Facebook page on Friday 20 September, to coincide with the global Climate Strike day: The discount will apply...
New Sleeper Train to Austria

New Sleeper Train to Austria

Excellent news has reached us from Visit Tirol’s press agency about a new sleeper train to Austria. Skiers can slash their carbon footprint and get extra days on the slopes with a new route to the Austrian Tirol. Eurostar + Alpen Express Travelling from London St Pancras, you start with by taking the Eurostar to...
Why not stopover in Paris?

Why not stopover in Paris?

Although many skiers will want to get to the Alps as quickly as possible, you can of course add a cultural element to your travel by train by stopping in Paris on the way. The concept (courtesy of Snowcarbon) is simple: 1. Take a Eurostar to Paris 2. Stay overnight in Paris 3. Take a...