Les Arcs by Rail - The Perfect Way to Travel!

When you think about getting to the French Alps for a ski break by way of the usual flights, it’s hard not to envisage something of a nightmare scenario. The reason being that hot-footing it through airports, on and off planes and then onto your final destination with a bus or train transfer doesn’t exactly sound like a thrill a minute…which it isn’t.

By contrast, there’s something vastly more appealing about the idea of travelling by train. Taking the snow train to the Alps is less a process of suffering and rushing, more one of opulent relaxation and your holiday starting early. Seriously – would you rather spend two hours wandering around an airport hoping to God that your plane isn’t delayed, or spend the same time sipping a glass of wine while tearing-it across the French countryside?

Much of the time, the reason folk steer clear of the snow train is because they think it’s too complicated. Well, we’re here to tell you otherwise – it can in fact be way easier than any other of transport and on the whole just as quick.

Basically, if interested in heading to Les Arcs by the snow train, you have three primary options to choose from:

Daytime Direct Eurostar Services

If you’d like to enjoy the journey and get your trip off to the best possible start, you can always travel in style on a direct daytime service from Ashford or London straight to the French Alps. You set off on the morning and arrive at your destination early evening, having prior to arrival booked your final transfer from the train station to your resort of choice. It’s a brilliant way of arriving having already had a blast on the way there!

Overnight Eurostar

The second option is essentially the same service as the above, though operated overnight rather than during the day. If you’re the kind that can easily get to sleep in a non-reclining Eurostar seat, then this is a brilliant way of arriving first thing in the morning, fully refreshed and with a full extra day to spend on the slopes.

Regular Scheduled Trains

And finally, depending on how much time and money you have to spare and also what else you’d like to see along the way, it’s perfectly easy to get to Les Arcs and really anywhere in the French Alps by first travelling to Paris and then taking a regular scheduled service to your final destination. Get it right and you could be looking at the most cost-effective option of all, but at the same time it might take you a fair bit longer to get where you’re going…plenty of time to sit back and take in the scenery, though!

Ever since the Snow Train and its infamous disco carriage stopped operating in 2010, people have been a little put-off but the idea of trying their luck with the trains. Take it from us though when we say the first time you experience the difference compared with the horrors of the average airport, you might just keep your feet firmly on the ground every time you hit the slopes in future!

  • Hi, I am sorry its taken so long, but I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your staff. We loved the chalet. We had a fab time and could not have wished for more. Two very new skiers now hooked and one with rekindled passion. Thank you again Martin, Lou and James
  • Can you please pass on your thanks to your team, especially Kate and Loreen, for a great time we had. What a wonderfully spacious chalet in the lovely village, perfect for families. The food was perfect and plentiful, and the hosting was really friendly and relaxed. Many thanks Dominic, Janice and Murray Pearson
  • Thanks for a great week – your organisation was faultless with ski passes and lessons available as promised on arrival, the ski hire was so convenient being run “in house” and the quality met everyones requirements. Transfers were the easiest I have experienced in 30 years of skiing
    Richard Abbott
  • Just wanted to say thank you very much on behalf of all our party for a brilliant week’s holiday. The chalet was lovely, the food superb and our chalet girls, Emily and Zoe, absolutely excellent. You even managed to organise amazing weather for us. I would definitely consider booking with you again.
    Jane Blake