Eurostar Launches New Weekly Ski Service to the Swiss Alps
LONDON, October 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
This winter, Eurostar is forging an exciting partnership with the international
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 11 October, 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 22 December until Saturday 13 April 2013.
With an easy connection in Lille Europe on to a high-speed “TGV Lyria” service,
passengers who travel to the Alps
[http://www.eurostar.com/UK/uk/leisure/destinations/direct_services/ski_train.jsp ] 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.”
Travellers can indulge themselves on their way to and from the slopes by travelling
Standard Premier, where they will enjoy more spacious seating as well as light meals and
drinks served at their seat.
Tickets are on sale from Thursday 11 October and passengers are advised to book early
to avoid disappointment.
Eurostar’s direct ski services to the heart of the French Alps are also open for sale.
The direct day and night services carry ski and snowboarding enthusiasts direct to the
popular French ski towns of Moutiers, Aime-La-Plagne* and Bourg St Maurice. The 2012/2013
seasonal ski services will run from 22 December (day services) and 21 December (night
services) until 13 April 2013.
Tickets for Eurostar’s new Swiss Alps ski service and the direct ski services to the
French Alps will be available from http://www.eurostar.com or by calling 08432 186 186.
Notes to Editors:
On the return leg of the journey, passport and security checks will be carried out at
Lille Europe station during the transfer between TGV Lyria and Eurostar.
Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet
International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Paris
holidays [http://www.eurostar.com/UK/uk/leisure/eurostar_deals/disneyland_paris.jsp ],
Avignon and the French Alps, ideal for travellers looking to enjoy Paris city breaks
[http://www.eurostar.com/UK/uk/leisure/city_breaks/paris_city_breaks.jsp ] and Amsterdam
city breaks [http://www.eurostar.com/UK/uk/leisure/city_breaks/amsterdam_city_breaks.jsp
Eurostar was established in 1994 as a partnership between three railway companies:
SNCF, SNCB and LCR (London and Continental Railways). On 1 September 2010, Eurostar became
a single, unified corporate entity owned by three shareholders: SNCF, SNCB and LCR.
The current Eurostar train was first introduced into service in 1994 carrying 750
passengers and operating at speeds of up to 300kph. Since then, the fleet of 28 trains has
carried more than 115 million passengers between London and the Continent. Following their
refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet.
Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies. Eurostar operates high-speed
passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates vehicle shuttle services and the Channel
Tunnel [http://www.eurostar.com ] itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel’s biggest customer.
PR Contact: Catherine Bayles Media Relations Manager Times House Bravingtons Walk London N1 9AW +44-(0)207-843-5203 http://www.eurostar.com