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Travelski Express Review 2022 by Charlie Mack

Travelski Express Review 2022 by Charlie Mack

This was the first season of the Travelski Express direct train from London St Pancras to the Tarentaise, but what did travellers think of the service. Review: Charlie Mack Ski Flight Free follower Charlie Mack contacted us with his review of the Travelski Express. Charlie had previously travelled to Arc 1800 seven years in a...
Research: What is the carbon footprint of a ski holiday?

Research: What is the carbon footprint of a ski holiday?

We love this great infographic, detailing the carbon cost of a day’s skiing, and the differences your choices can make to the final figure. The data was based on a study by the French ski areas of La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand and Tignes. It concluded that the carbon footprint of a day’s skiing is...
[Case Study] Switzerland by Train from the UK

[Case Study] Switzerland by Train from the UK

In March 2022, Iain from Ski Flight Free travelled to Andermatt in Switzerland by train. He left London St Pancras at 08:01 GMT and arrived in Andermatt at 19:06 CET (18:06 GMT). This is his report of the journey. London-Paris Although I started in Brighton, let’s start off this blog post from London, as this...
Alpe d’Huez delivers a subtle hint to take the train

Alpe d’Huez delivers a subtle hint to take the train

I loved this subtle guerilla campaign that Alpe d’Huez recently ran in conjunction with SNCF. Many resorts are encouraging holidaymakers to take the train rather than fly or drive, but the resorts of Alpe d’Huez teamed up for a few days with Ouigo, the SNCF’s low-cost offering. Travel to resort is typically 50-80% of the...
The 'TravelSki Express': New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated Feb 2022)

The ‘TravelSki Express’: New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated Feb 2022)

Iain tested the inaugural outbound service in January 2022. You can read his article here, listen to the special podcast episode or watch his video below: —————- The ‘Travelski Express’ is fantastic news for train lovers and skiers looking to reduce their carbon emissions. Compagnie des Alpes has signed an agreement with Eurostar to relaunch...
New Paris-Milan Train Service launches

New Paris-Milan Train Service launches

Another great train option has arrived with the iconic Italian high-speed train Frecciarossa launching on the Paris-Lyon-Milan route.   Trenitalia is offering two daily return trips between Paris Gare de Lyon and Milan Centrale, via Lyon Part- Dieu, Chambéry, Modane and Turin. Prices are being advertised from as little as €29 from Paris to Milan....
Are there climate change sceptics within the ski industry?

Are there climate change sceptics within the ski industry?

You would think that with COP26 putting carbon emissions at the top of the global agenda, the ski industry would pull together on this vital issue. Yet one ski website is apparently reluctant to accept the facts. ‘Train travel is perhaps better for the planet’ According to this article, the author believes that train travel...
Travel by Train to the Alps via Lille

Travel by Train to the Alps via Lille

The most obvious routes to the Alps are via Paris, but did you know that you can travel to ski resorts via Lille? There are direct TGV trains from Lille Europe on the Tarentaise line to Moutiers, Aime la Plagne and Bourg St Maurice as well as through the Mont Blanc valley to Cluses, Sallanches...
New Paris to Pyrenees Night Train for 2021/22

New Paris to Pyrenees Night Train for 2021/22

Like buses, overnight trains to ski resorts come in two at a time. We only recently reported on the Briancon service and now we have news of a Paris to Pyrenees night train. After the successful reopening of an Intercités night train from Paris to Nice in May, the SNCF is launching a night service...
Take the night train to Serre Chevalier

Take the night train to Serre Chevalier

With all the (justified) attention around the new ‘Travelski Express’ service, it’s easy to forget that there are still French ski resorts that are served by a ‘proper’ overnight train that offers couchettes, rather than just seats. Long-time train travellers will recall the days when there was a wide choice of overnight sleeper trains from...
New low-cost rail service from London to Edinburgh

New low-cost rail service from London to Edinburgh

Next month Lumo – a new low cost rail service from London to Scotland – takes to the rails. The company, created by the FirstGroup travel company, plans to offer fares for significantly less than existing rail prices on the same route. One-way fares will be £20 in their initial opening offer, with 60% of...
45% of Brits would choose train travel over flying

45% of Brits would choose train travel over flying

We were very encouraged to read a new survey by YouGov for Omio shows that 57% of Brits are willing to make more environmentally-friendly travel choices. According to the research this compares with 45% in Germany and 40% in France. 45% of Brits would choose train travel over flying 45% of Brits surveyed said that they...