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The Newest Way to Get to the French Alps

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A new high-speed luxury train will take you from London to snowy paradise in about 10 hours.

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Tourists and residents of England are gearing up for a quick and easy route to the French Alps this winter aboard a new high-speed luxury rail service departing two of the most popular train stations in the country. 

Eurostar will run direct day trains to the French Alps on Saturdays between December 2017 and April 2018, as well as overnight trains on Fridays from January to April 2018. Trains leave from St. Pancras International in London and Ashford International in Kent. According to a story in the Telegraph, tickets went on sale last week.

A special page on the Eurostar website says ticket prices start around £150 round-trip. The train’s luggage allowance means each passenger can take skis or a snowboard and two suitcases at no extra charge. 

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Though Eurostar isn’t offering sleeper cars on the route at this time, the company has tricked out trains for extra comfort. Most seats have individual fold-down tables; others are set up in clusters of four around tables big enough for an entire family (or group of friends). There are luggage racks above the seats for small to medium bags and space at the entry of each coach for larger cases. What’s more, each of the trains offers two bar buffet coaches for snacks, meals, and drinks. Continued after slideshow[[[wanderlist_id#446748]]]Upon arrival in the Alps, trains stop at Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne, and Bourg-Saint-Maurice, from where passengers can pick up coaches to ski resorts such as Courchevel, La Plagne, Tignes, Meribel, and Les Arcs (to name a few). Return trains leave from Moûtiers and Bourg-Saint-Maurice.

All told, travel time is about 10 hours, depending on where you get on and where you get off.

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