SNCF
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...
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’....
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...