- TRAVELLING TO BOURG-ST-MAURICE
It is possible to get to Bourg St Maurice from most nearby countries as it is an international railway station. Check out the SNCF website for more details and timetables: www.sncf.fr. It will take about 45 minutes from Bourg-St-Maurice to Tignes, via bus or taxi.
You can contact Rail Europe on 0870 5848848 to find out timetables and connections from anywhere in the UK.
- LOCAL TRAINS
To get the best prices we recommend you split your journey into two. London to Paris, change trains (and station) in Paris under your own organisation and then Paris to Bourg St Maurice on the local French service, not the Snow Train. It is possible to do this every day and most nights of the week during the winter. We also strongly suggest you phone Rail Europe a few times and get a few quotes, as prices will depend on who you get on the other end of the phone!! Don’t ask us why? But it’s true! Basically great tickets, very odd system.
Direct from the UK (London St. Pancras or Folkestone) straight to Bourg St. Maurice. This is becoming an increasingly popular method to get to Tignes. Leaving every Friday night it is a great way to start your holiday. Whether you choose to get a good night’s sleep in your separate couchette carriage or start the party in the onboard bar/disco on the way, the Snow Train is a great service to use. It’s just up to you whether you arrive refreshed and ready for the alpine air or in need of an expresso!
With one of the overnight services you can maximise the amount of time you are able spend in Tignes with up to eight days on the slopes, instead of the usual 5 or 6. www.snowtrain.co.uk.
On arrival at Bourg St. Maurice you then catch a bus, which leaves every hour to Tignes, costing around 15 euros, or a taxi which is usually about 70 euros to your door.
Snow Train from Folkestone:
Hop aboard the chartered coach service from Folkestone on a Friday night for a quick trip to Calais on Eurotunnel. Once in Calais, the Snow Train will sweep you and your Ski gear down to the French Alps in time for some serious slope action early on Saturday morning.
Snow Train From London:
To start your mountain adventure, simply climb aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras International and let it whisk you to Paris Gare du Nord to meet the Snow Train. Your luggage is transferred for you whilst you use your free time in Paris how you wish, before making a short hop across the platform to meet the overnight Snow Train service. Once aboard the Snow Train it’s easy to sit back and relax and have a few drinks on the way to the Alps.
Our suggestion: Choosing the SNCF Train:
If the snowtrain is heavily booked it often works out more expensive. So as we have already mentioned it’s also possible to get the eurostar from London or Folkestone, change in Paris Nord, then get the underground or taxi to Paris Austerlitz station and then catch the overnight train straight to Bourg St. Maurice. This train normally gets in an hour after the snowtrain but often works out a lot cheaper and you still get a couchette. On the return journey the train leaves Bourg St. Maurice at around 9pm which therefore gives you the opportunity to get 8 days on the slopes instead of 6!
On top of this, the times for the UK legs of the journey are more flexible and you can travel everyday rather than just at the weekend, so as with transfers, you can choose exactly how long you stay in the resort. This was the way we always chose to travel before we set up our transfer company.
Phone Rail Europe on +44 (0)870 5848848 for more details but don’t forget to ask for the discounts and Prem fares and make a point of getting them to double check as it can often make up to a 25% difference.