Eurostar, the high speed passenger train linking UK with the Continent, will open ticket sales for its popular direct ski services from St Pancras International and Ashford International to the French Alps on Tuesday 7 July 2009.
Return fares start this year from £149, down from £179 return last year – in an early response to the extremely competitive market place for snowboard holidays in the coming season. Bookings can be made online on eurostar.com or by calling 08705 186 186.
Taking Eurostar to the French Alps is the natural option for snowboarders willing to preserve the environment. Not only is the train a more comfortable and relaxing journey, it is also a less environmentally damaging option as all Eurostar journeys are now carbon neutral. A research commissioned by Eurostar has shown that a Eurostar journey to Bourg St Maurice generates 14kg of CO2 per passenger. By comparison, a typical return flight from London to Geneva emits 147,8kg of CO2 per passenger.
Timetables for the 2009-2010 season:
Direct Overnight Service
Weekly Friday/Saturday serviceWeekly Saturday/Sunday service Train 9096 (1)Train 9099 (2)*
London St Pancras International 20:31 Bourg St Maurice 22:15 Ashford International 21:15 Aime La Plagne Moutiers 05:37 Moutiers23:09 Aime La Plagne 06:05 Ashford International 06:34 Bourg St Maurice 06:27 London St Pancras International 07:16
Direct daytime service
Weekly Saturday serviceWeekly Saturday service Train 9092 (3)Train 9095 (4)*
London St Pancras International 10:00 Bourg St Maurice 10:04 Ashford International 10:47 Aime La Plagne- Moutiers 17:30 Moutiers 10:45 Aime La Plagne 18:02 Ashford International 15:36 Bourg St Maurice 18:20 London St Pancras Internationa l16:11
(1) Runs from Friday 1 January 2010 to Friday 2 April 2010 (2) Runs from Saturday 19 December 2009 to Saturday 10 April 2010 (3) Runs from Saturday 2 January 2010 to Saturday 17 April 2010 (4) Runs from Saturday 26 December 2009 to Saturday 10 April 2010
* There is no stop at Aime La Plagne on the inbound service.
Return fares start from £149 standard class. Travellers can indulge themselves on their way to and from the slopes by travelling Leisure Select class, enjoying roomier accommodation and meals and drinks served at their seat from just £229 return.