October 2014 – When heading to the ski slopes by train this winter, it’s important for winter ski enthusiasts to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The winter bookings window (for train travel from 14th December 2014) opens at 5am on Thursday 16th October. Early birds will be able to book from 5am via the company’s call centre and at the London Travel Centre on Piccadilly from 8 am where a light breakfast will be provided for early bookers! For travel for services operating from 7th February 2015, bookings will open on 7th November ‘14.
Whether you’re heading for the slopes in France, Italy, Switzerland or Austria, there’s a rail option for you. The perennially popular resorts of the French Tarantaise region are served by high speed day and overnight services from Paris to Bourg St Maurice, Chambery and Moutiers, while Chamonix is easily reached from St Gervais les Bains.
For Italy, the resorts of Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere are served by a direct high speed train from Paris. If Switzerland is the final destination, direct services are running from both Lille and Paris to Geneva, and from Paris to Brig and Aigle for resorts including Saas Fe and Zermatt.
Wherever you choose to go skiing in Europe this winter – let the train whisk you to the heart of the mountains. Reaching the ski slopes by train is becoming ever more popular as increasing numbers of skiers realise that it is a viable alternative to air travel. Key advantages include:
- Generous luggage allowance and no additional charges for ski carriage
- A short or non-existent check in time
- Travel into the heart of the mountains rather than a distant airport so alleviating the need for long transfers
- A more relaxing way to travel with a moving landscape of images flashing by
- More time on the slopes due to the early arrival and late departure of the overnight train
Although rail trips may be of longer journey duration than by air, the bonus of avoiding parking, queues, check-in, security and coach transfers, make for a less stressful travel experience, leaving skiers ready to make the most of their time on the slopes.
Reservations and information – To find out more about taking the train this winter, visit www.voyages-sncf.com, call 0844 848 5848 or pop into the Voyages-sncf.com Travel Centre at 193 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EU.
Note to Editors:
- Voyages-sncf.com was created in 2000, as the travel agent and ticket distribution outlet of SNCF (French National Railways).
- In 2013, the group sold 75 million tickets with an annual sales revenue of €4 billion, across more than 30 countries.
- The group has 650 employees of whom one third are dedicated to European operations outside of France.
About Voyages-sncf.com: Voyages-sncf.com is a subsidiary of the French National Railway Company SNCF and an expert in railway travel to Europe and French destinations. It is a key player in the European tourism industry employing over 1,000 people across its European business. In 2013, the group sold 75 million tickets with annual sales revenue of €4 billion, across more than 30 countries. Voyages-sncf.com has taken a comprehensive approach to its customers that includes 14 web and mobile sites, 5 travel centres and an integrated call centre service.
About SNCF: Present in 120 countries, SNCF is a world leader in mobility and logistics. Its total workforce of 250,000 generated revenue of €32.2 billion in 2013, with over 25% of sales from markets outside France. A public sector group dedicated to public service, SNCF builds on its foundations in rail to offer a broad range of services, delivering seamless door-to-door mobility for transport and logistics operators, passengers and the regional and local governments that are its organizing authorities. www.sncf.com