Voyages Sncf Winter 2015 Ski Train Sale NOW ON!

The Voyages SNCF 2015 winter train ticket sale is NOW OPEN!

Grab a return ticket to Lyon or Bourg St Maurice from Paris for just £38 per person! But be quick, tickets are limited.

Buy a Eurostar ticket to Paris, either direct or through Voyages SNCF, then purchase a cheap return connecting ticket. Examples:

Paris to Bourg St. Maurice – from £38 return – CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK NOW

Paris to Lyon - from £38 return – CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK NOW

Woyages SNCF Winter Sale 2015

Taking the snow train to the Alps is the easiest option from London. And when prices are this low, you’d be crazy not to book early.

Eurostar Ski Train Tickets Sell Out In Record Time

Train travel to the Alps is more popular than ever. Eurostar announced that tickets for travel during February half-term in 2016 sold out in record time.

Within four hours of going on sale, all the tickets had gone, and New Year dates followed shortly after.

Eurostar Half-Term Tickets Sell Out In Record Time

But…don’t despair. Eurostar aren’t the only operator to run trains to popular ski destinations in the Alps. Voyages SNCF still have plenty of space available, with changes in Paris and Chambery.

Trains run from December 19th and can be booked at http://uk.voyages-sncf.com.

Eurostar Offers New Ski Routes For 2015/16 Season

As well the usual direct high speed service to Moûtiers, Aime La Plagne and Bourg-Saint-Maurice, this year there are two new routes available.

Verbier, Switzerland

Swiss Alp resorts such as Verbier will be more accessible with the new route to Geneva

2015/16 will be the first season that a Eurostar train will run directly from London to Lyon. The journey to Lyon will take just over four and a half hours, servicing access to resorts such as Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes.

The second new route – and a big plus for those who prefer the Swiss Alps – Eurostar has introduced a connecting service to Geneva via. Lille. The journey to Geneva takes just over six hours.

Cost for Eurostar return tickets to the French Alps start at £149, with fares to Geneva starting at £127 return and those to Lyon from £89 return.

Voyages SNCF also provide connecting services, so it is also worth checking their website for prices and availability.

Eurostar January Sale Now On!

Eurostar have launched their January sale! The train operator has put 75,000 tickets on sale, from just £59 return.

You can travel from London to Paris, Lille, Calais or Brussels from only £59 return.

This offer is valid from 2nd January to the 14th January 2015, and customers must travel between 19th January and 25th March 2015.

Eurostar January 2014 Sale - Fares from £59 return

Hurry though, these fares will sell out fast!

The small print: £59 includes travel in Standard Class and for a return ticket between London, Ebbsfleet or Ashford International and Paris, Lille, Calais and Brussels. Offer subject to limited availability. Offer valid for sale from 2 January to 14 January 2015, for travel between 19 January and 25 March 2015. Not valid for travel between 13 and 23 February 2015, 27 February and 01 March 2015 and between 20 and 22 March 2015.

Eurostar Celebrates Its 20th Birthday

November 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Eurostar high-speed rail service between London and Paris, which now takes as little as two hours 15 minutes.

The inaugural Eurostar journey took place in the same week as the launch of the National Lottery, and around and the same time peace broke out in Northern Ireland. As such, Eurostar didn’t particularly grab the headlines in 1994.

Eurostar began life departing from London’s Waterloo station.

Eurostar began life at London's Waterloo station

Eurostar then moved to it’s new high-speed home at St. Pancras International station in 2007.

Eurostar - London St. Pancras International

As Eurostar celebrates its 20th birthday, its CEO Nicolas Petrovic unveiled a new batch of trains that are designed to be faster, more comfortable and more efficient.

Launching later in 2015, the e320 trains (built by German firm Siemens) will reach a top speed of 320kmh, and will carry 17% more passengers to take the potential total number to 894.

Eurostar is not dwelling on its success in the past, however, which has seen the train operator carry over 145 million customers since it opened in 1994.

Frankfurt To London High-Speed Rail Link Put On Hold

The high-speed Frankfurt-London rail project has been put on hold by Germany’s Deutsche Bahn, after delivery delays on Siemens’ ICE trains.

Siemens ICE train - DB

Deutsche Bahn and will focus now on routes to Brussels and Paris, a top manager at the state-owned firm said.

Deutsche Bahn had hoped to open the high-speed route last year and said 400 mile journey would take five hours.

We have not entirely given up the goal of going to London. But for now we are concentrating on going to Brussels and Paris,” Andreas Busemann, head of production at Deutsche Bahn, told journalists.

Cross-Channel train services from the UK to Europe are operated by Eurostar, majority-owned by French state-owned SNCF.

Eurostar is also planning to start direct services from London to Frankfurt and Cologne in the next few years, once it receives its own order of trains from Siemens.

Source: Reuters.com

15% Off InterRail Tickets Until 31st March 2014

Good news for those planning an InterRail journey across Europe!

Voyages-sncf are offering 15% off all InterRail ticket prices until 31st March 2014! The offer is only valid offline unfortunately, so to get your 15% discount just call them on 0844 848 8885 to claim your discount.

Happy Inter-Railing!

Snowfall is burying the Alps

Last year all the talk was about how the Alps were drying up, and how global warming meant that avid skiers had to venture to North America to get their powder fix. What a difference a year makes.

Many ski resorts in the Alps currently have snow depths of over 400cm on the upper slopes, and whilst that is great news for those venturing to ski resorts across the Alps, it also brings an avalanche risk, so take care peeps. According to welove2ski, road links to St. Anton, Lech and Ischgl have all been cut off due to heavy snowfall.

A buried house in St. Anton – photo from @macharza

Driving conditions are also difficult in Switzerland, with accumulated snowfall since Thursday reaching more than two metres in some parts of the country. Train travel has also become difficult, with many snow train destinations such as Bourg St Maurice being cut off.

The freak weather was due to a storm named Andrea. She started on Thursday and continued for three consecutive days, with winds reaching up to 200 km/h. As a result of the snow and winds, the avalanche risk remains 4/5 in most ski areas.

Photo from @Leetownsend – Road Closed in France

Is it a bad thing to have too much snow? Many think so, check out the article at PlanetSKI.eu.

2011 / 2012 Eurostar Ski Train

It’s that time of year again folks, the snow train is about to commence!

As with last year, the main route to the Alps is via. the Eurostar ski train. From 17 December 2011 to 14 April 2012 you can hop on the ski train at St Pancras International or Ashford International and arrive at the resorts of Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne or Bourg-St-Maurice after a 11/12 hour journey.
You can grab Eurostar tickets through our search booking form, which takes you directly to the Eurostar site, or use the ski train specific form below;

More information about specific stations and ski resorts can be found on the Eurostar site. Happy skiing for the forthcoming season!

5 Days Left for the Eurostar 10% Off Sale!

UPDATE - this sale has now ended. For all Eurostar tickets please use the main search form located here

Eurostar are running a flash sale of 10% off for any winter getaways to Paris, Brussels or Lille, between 1st December 2011 and 9th February 2012. The promotional codes you need are below;

From
To
Promo Code
London Paris LONPARIS
Ashford Paris ASHPARIS
Ebbsfleet Paris EBBPARIS
London Brussels LONBRUSSELS
Ashford Brussels ASHBRUSSELS
Ebsfleet Brussels EBBBRUSSELS
London Lille LONLILLE
Ashford Lille ASHLILLE
Ebbsfleet Lille EBBLILLE

Happy travelling!