Whether you're an amateur snowboarder or an expert skier, a tobogganing pro or a master of alpine cooking, the mountains are calling to you! When you find yourself craving winter sports or a holiday in the mountains, whether it's with friends or family, there's nothing quite like heading to the peaks of the French and Swiss Alps by train.
That depends on your destination and/or travel dates.
The seasonal Thalys Snow trains connect Belgium, the Netherlands and the French Alps. Reservations for next season start on September 12.
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With London or Ashford serving as your departure station, Eurostar Ski seasonal trains connect, every Friday and Saturday, Great Britain to the French Alps. Trains will be running until 6 April 2019.
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TGV Lyria high-speed trains connect every day France to the Swiss Alps. Go to Lausanne, Geneva, Bern or Interlaken from Lyon, Dijon, Paris and even from South of France. Reservations are possible from 4 months before departure.
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Austria has a long tradition of winter sports and welcomes visitors looking to enjoy both relaxing and adventurous winter holidays. Whether it's high up in the Tyrolean Alps, in the ski resorts near Salzburg or on the Vorarlberg slopes, this is a dream destination for fans of skiing and winter sports.
It's also worth making a detour to Austria's cities as part of your winter break, as they are at their most romantic at this time of year: Vienna and Salzburg of course, but also medieval Innsbruck, which also boasts nine ski resorts in the surrounding area and thus offers a great mix of cultural and sporting activities.
Do you prefer fun and relaxation to high-level sporting activities? If so, Italy's ski resorts are the perfect place for you. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, delicious food and a great welcome for families (even in the smartest hotels and restaurants). And don't forget: Italy is a much cheaper destination for a skiing holiday than its neighbours!
Italy boasts more than 300 ski resorts, from Sicily and skiing on Mount Etna, to the Appenines and Cervinia in the north, which is only a stone's throw away from Zermatt in Switzerland.
Travelling to the Alps by train has numerous advantages. To sum up a few: