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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...
Eurostar At Risk Without Government Support (Update 18 Jan 21)

Eurostar At Risk Without Government Support (Update 18 Jan 21)

UPDATE 18 JANUARY 2021 News outlets are reporting today that Eurostar is facing ‘an existential threat’. Eurostar was ‘not asking for special treatment’, but access to the same help as companies in similar positions (e.g. airlines) have received, such as business rates relief and loans. “Without additional funding from government, there is a real risk...
NightJet service to run from Amsterdam to Austria from February 2021

NightJet service to run from Amsterdam to Austria from February 2021

Austrian rail operator ÖBB has confirmed that their NightJet service from Amsterdam to the Austrian Alps will start again in February 2021.   Departures from Amsterdam are every evening at 19.30, connecting to Vienna, and via Munich to to Innsbruck. According to their website: Until further notice, single seats can be booked on the ÖBB...
Train Travel to the Alps: Tips and Advice

Train Travel to the Alps: Tips and Advice

As well as founding Ski Flight Free, Iain also presents The Ski Podcast. Earlier this month, he was joined by Daniel Elkan from Snowcarbon and Anna Hughes from Flight Free UK in a Facebook Live event to discuss train travel to the Alps. Useful links and notes Great options for checking your carbon footprint include the WWF Footprint...
Join the campaign to #SaveTheSkiTrain

Join the campaign to #SaveTheSkiTrain

It’s fast, comfortable, and far more sustainable than flying or driving from the UK to the Alps. But it’s cancelled. To the massive disappointment of skiers and the ski industry, Eurostar will not run its iconic Ski Train this winter, despite its environmental claims to ‘tread lightly’ Save The Ski Train That’s why we’ve helped...
London to Zermatt by Train (Case Study)

London to Zermatt by Train (Case Study)

We love to hear from people about their own trips to the Alps by train. Alun Pinnegar recently contacted us to tell us about his journey from London to Zermatt by train: London to Zermatt by Train Alun’s journey took 13 hours door-to-door and cost £1000 for a family of four. Given he was travelling...
Case Study 3: Is train travel more expensive than flying?

Case Study 3: Is train travel more expensive than flying?

I’ve just booked for my third trip by train to the Alps this winter and as for the previous two trips (to Les Arcs in December and Courchevel in January), I’ve analysed the cost of taking the train relative to flying. My motivation is to reduce my carbon footprint – and travelling by train saves...
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...
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...
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...
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’....