Another alternative to flying to your ski holiday is travelling by coach. Coach travel to the Alps is a great way to reduce the carbon footprint of your ski holiday while often being cheaper than train travel or driving, especially at peak season.

Many skiers and snowboarders might only have travelled by coach to a ski resort while at university, or perhaps in the 1980s with companies like Redwing or Ski West, but coach travel has come a logn way since then…

Cut your footprint when travelling by coach

Snow Express is one of the few, if not the only, pure coach operators to ski resorts. They’ve been operating a coach service from London Victoria to over forty ski resorts for more than 10 years (apart from a short break due to the pandemic).

According to figures calculated by Snow Express, while coach travel generates more CO2 emissions than travelling by train, it is seven-times less than the carbon footprint of flying.

Protect Our Winter’s calculations from earlier this year are shown below:


Excellent value

Coaches leave at 6pm on Friday evenings (from London Victoria, 8pm from Folkestone) and travel overnight to arrive in resort the following morning. Your return leaves at 5pm on Saturday at the end of your trip, allowing you a full final day’s skiing before arriving back in the UK on Sunday morning.

The first service in winter 2023/24 starts on 22 December and operate each week until 05 April.

Snow Express coach travel

Fares from £129

Fares from £129 one-way or £179 return from London Victoria or Folkestone to over 25 ski resorts in the French Alps, that include the Channel crossing, luggage and ski carriage.

We haven’t seen the coaches ourselves, but from the photos they look nothing like what we travelled on when at uni! As well as being modern, they have free wi-fi and USB charging points.