Train and Coach
Further options on getting here...
The Eurostar service from London to Moûtiers has been resurrected in the form of package holidays with French company Travelski Express. Train only tickets are not available. Packages are not available to La Tania or Courchevel.
The London to Paris Gare du Nord (Eurostar) followed by Paris Gare de Lyon to Moûtiers (TGV) is still favoured by some and the documentation and checks do seem a little easier on the train rather than by plane. You would have to live really near (or have fast & easy access) to St Pancras or Ashford to make it worthwhile, but the environmental arguments of course will always win.
Hopefully a full update when things settle down.
The original Snow Train has not run since 2010 and now the options are the Eurostar direct service to Moûtiers or change in Paris (if only they used the same station) for an SNCF service to Moûtiers.
The original Snow Train was the infamous overnight party train with an all night bar and disco carriage arriving in to Moûtiers early on Saturday morning with very
tired & hungover
There have been various news articles about other operators running high speed trains across Europe with a London - Geneva direct service as one of the proposals and services direct to Lyon were started in 2017 however this was dropped after a couple of seasons and a change in Paris is now required (including a change of station from Gare du Nord to Gare De Lyon).
Eurostar Ski Train 2019/2020 tickets went on sale at 8am on Wed 17 July 2019
Prices from £57 each-way. Half Term pricing from around £180 each-way
Eurostar has a direct service from London to Moûtiers with overnight or daytime travel options. Advantages
include 8 days skiing on a weeks holiday, no airport hassles, you can bring plenty of ski
gear (at no charge), Moûtiers is only 16km / 20 minutes drive from La Tania and you can feel good about your Carbon Footprint.... No full sleeping facilities though and still takes between 7 and 9 hours.
Train v Plane
They both have their (often very opinionated) fans and the benefits of the train are above. However, it is only a 75 minute flight time from London to Geneva (as opposed to between 7 and 9 hours on the train) and airports are situated near Motorways with plenty of parking...
Use meet and greet parking, priority bag drop, on-line check-in, express security, speedy boarding, VIP lounge access, private transfers or hire car and it's not really much hassle flying! Minimum check-in times are actually less on easyJet (30-40 mins) than for the Eurostar Ski Trains (45-60 mins). There are a lot more options too, for example easyJet have up to 60 flights per day to Geneva from the UK (as well as to Lyon & Grenoble).
FROM 2016 ALL EUROSTAR NIGHT SKI TRAINS ARE ALCOHOL FREE. NOTHING IS FOR SALE ON BOARD (& NO FREE BOOZE IN STANDARD PREMIER CLASS EITHER). YOU ARE BANNED FROM BRINGING ANY ALCOHOL ON TO THE TRAIN EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO DRINK IT. #gamechanger
Eurostar Direct London to Moûtiers Timetable for Winter 2020
Friday EVENING departure from London:
Departs London St. Pancras 19:45 (Ashford 20:28) - Arrives Moûtiers 05:32 Saturday
Duration 8 hours 47 minutes
Saturday EVENING departure from Moûtiers:
Departs Moûtiers 22:54 - Arrives London St. Pancras 07:16 Sunday (Ashford 06:33)
Duration 9 hours 22 minutes
Saturday DAY trains:
Departs London St. Pancras 09:45 (Ashford 10:28) - Arrives Moûtiers 18:27
Duration 7 hours 42 minutes
Departs Moûtiers 10:14 - Arrives London St. Pancras 16:13 (Ashford 15:37)
Duration 6 hours 59 minutes
Adults from £57 each-way but half term etc starts at £180 each-way. Free carriage of skis, boots and boards plus generous luggage allowances.
Additional school holiday services on Saturday Nights and Sunday Daytime
Other Rail Options
Further options with Eurostar and
the French rail network via Paris can be sorted out with
Paris to Moûtiers from around £80 return but some further discounts are available. Book on-line for an additional £6 saving and free first class delivery of tickets.
Tickets for Winter 2020 for indirect services via Paris / Lyon etc went on sale on Thursday 17 October 2019.
NOTE: There is another Moûtiers in the West of France - the one you want is Moûtiers les Salins. Also, beware of trains stopping at a station en route and de-coupling half the
carriages, leaving them behind! (to be fair this happens in the UK too - we remember being left in Northampton once!)
Comfortable coaches offering up to 8 days skiing with free ski carriage and no transfers with a direct service to La Tania with or without accommodation included. Door to door prices are very competitive when factoring in there is no transfer, airport parking etc.
Snow Express run coaches to the Alps from London (and Folkestone). They operate to many different resorts and will switch coaches at Moûtiers for La Tania. Prices generally start at £159 return but some promotional fares from £99 (bags, skis, resort drop off all included).
Winter 2022 Timetable:
Every Friday departing London Victoria at 18:00.
Arrives Saturday in to La Tania at 14:10 (arrives Moûtiers 12:45).
Departs Saturday La Tania 17:20 (departs Moûtiers 19:10) arriving London 11:00 Sunday morning.
Méribel who operated for over 20 years offering rscheduled return sleeper coach services
from London Victoria to Méribel and La Tania are only operating as a charter operation nowadays.
Weekends no longer have coach options available and will be packaging flight options with all their trips to The Three Valleys for Winter 2017. They did have a loyal following for their regular Thursday night departures from London Victoria returning on Monday morning but costs have seen the cheap flight operators win out for now.
page last updated 23/12/21