With an easy connection in Lille Europe on to a high-speed “TGV Lyria” service, passengers who travel to the alps will arrive into Aigle, Martigny, Visp and Brig stations for quick onward transfers to their ski resorts. Eurostar and TGV Lyria will allow ski passengers to carry on-board an extra item of luggage in addition to the normal luggage allowance – such as a pair of skis or a snowboard and at no extra cost.
Nick Mercer, Commercial Director for Eurostar said: “Our research shows ski customers are seeking a more civilised way to reach their resorts by travelling by high-speed rail from London to the heart of the Swiss Alps. Our direct ski services to the French Alps have grown in popularity year on year and we expect this service to the Swiss Alps to have similar appeal.
“With the highest runs in Europe, spectacular scenery and reliable snow, Swiss skiing offers something for everyone. With the resorts located just a short distance from the train stations, passengers have a much more seamless journey than travelling by air.”
Travellers can indulge themselves on their way to and from the slopes by travelling Standard Premier, where they will enjoy more spacious seating as well as light meals and drinks served at their seat.
Eurostar’s direct ski services to the heart of the French Alps are also open for sale. The direct day and night services carry ski and snowboarding enthusiasts direct to the popular French ski towns of Moûtiers, Aime-La-Plagne* and Bourg St Maurice. The 2012/2013 seasonal ski services will run from 22 December (day services) and 21 December (night services) until 13 April 2013.
Tickets for Eurostar’s Swiss Alps ski service and the direct ski services to the French Alps will be available from www.eurostar.com