Eurostar launches weekly ski service to the Swiss Alps

Eurostar launches weekly ski service to the Swiss Alps

Resorts including; Verbier, Zermatt, Saas Fee and Gstaad will be served on the new route

This winter Eurostar is joining forces with the high-speed train service, TGV Lyria to launch a new weekly service between London and some of Switzerland’s most popular ski resorts.

On sale from Thursday October 1th, the new ski service will carry ski and snowboarding enthusiasts from St Pancras International and Ashford International to the heart of the Swiss Alps and the Valais region.

Resorts including; Verbier, Zermatt, Saas Fee and Gstaad will be served on the new route from Saturday December 22nd until Saturday April 13th 2013.

With an easy connection in Lille Europe on to a high-speed “TGV Lyria” service, passengers will arrive into Aigle, Martigny, Visp and Brig stations for quick onward transfers to their ski resorts.

For added convenience, 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 – 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 new 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.”

Return fares start from £189 and £299 for Standard Premier seating and can be booked via the Eurostar website.

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