Posts tagged "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...
The 'TravelSki Express': New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated 24 Sep)

The ‘TravelSki Express’: New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated 24 Sep)

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 the direct rail service from London-Saint Pancras to the French Alps. STOP PRESS (24 September): Packages are now available to book online The ‘TravelSki Express’ Ski Train...
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...
Italo success shows appetite for train travel in Europe

Italo success shows appetite for train travel in Europe

We’re looking forward to the opening of the new Midnight Trains project – planning to bring back overnight trains across Europe. They’ll be following in the footsteps of another successful new company who have been showing the appetite for train travel on the continent – Italo. Early innovator of high-speed train travel The company was...
Les Arcs funicular forced to close due to rise in temperatures

Les Arcs funicular forced to close due to rise in temperatures

The irony is inescapable: climate change has led to the closure of the emissions-free funicular that connects Bourg-St-Maurice to Les Arcs. Powered by 100% renewable energy, the funicular means that it’s possible to travel by train the entire way from the UK to the resort of Les Arcs. ‘Significant deformation’ of the track It’s a...
Is travelling by train still safe in the ‘new normal’?

Is travelling by train still safe in the ‘new normal’?

Are you looking forward to travelling again once lockdown ends, but are concerned about the risk of taking a train journey? You shouldn’t be: don’t be put off the greenest form of transport. Risk of Infection is less than 0.01%  According to research by the RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board), the risk of Covid-19...
New Ouigo trains will link Paris with the Alps this winter

New Ouigo trains will link Paris with the Alps this winter

SNCF have announced that a new low cost TGV service will connect Paris to Bourg-Saint-Maurice this winter. Trains will start from 17 December 2020 and run to 29 March 2021, and will also connect with Grenoble and Albertville. From Charles de Gaulle Airport to Bourg St Maurice From December Ouigo trains will run between Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle...
British Skiers Planning to Travel by Train up 50%

British Skiers Planning to Travel by Train up 50%

At Ski Flight Free our whole remit is to encourage British skiers to choose to travel by train to the Alps or in a (fully-laden) car instead of flying. Yet it was with mixed feelings that we read the news that the number of skiers planning to fly has plummeted. Skiers planning to fly down...
“People are travelling to the Alps again by train” [1988 version]

“People are travelling to the Alps again by train” [1988 version]

‘Plus ça change’, as our French friends say. A more relevant quote might be one attributed to Karl Marx: “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” In the same week that Eurostar announced that it was cancelling the direct train to the Tarentaise in the French Alps, Andrew Brannan, a keen listener of The Ski Podcast,...