The much loved and rememberd Snow Train, with its infamous disco carriage, will not run throughout winter 2012– 2013. Rail Europe, which had operated the train for the past 20 years, stopped running it in 2009-10 due to “economic uncertainty”.
The Snowtrain had become an integral part of the ski scene and hopefull it will be back in years to come. Certainly there is an increasing demand from skiers for overnight trains to the Alps. The good news is that there are many alternative overnight - and daytime - trains to European ski resorts.
Snow Train alternatives
If you are heading for the same Tarantaise resorts previously served by the Snow Train, including Tignes, Val Thorens, Les Menuires and Meribel, you can take the Eurostar Direct Ski Train. It runs non-stop from London and Ashford, with both daytime and overnight services. The overnight train has reclining seats rather than couchette accommodation, and for that reason, we don't really recommend it, because it can be difficult to sleep in a reclining seat.
If you'd rather travel overnight in more comofrt, you can take the Corail Lunea sleeper train, which has comfortable couchettes - and no disco carriage. It allows you to get a good night's sleep on a flat bed and arrive in time to hit the slopes next morning.
Without the Snow Train, many overnight journeys involve a change of stations in Paris. However, this is easy to navigate by Metro, RER, taxi or even on foot. For full details on how to do it, see our guide to changing trains in Paris.
While the Snowtrain served only the Tarantaise area, overnight Corail Lunea trains from Paris can be taken to resorts in other parts of the French Alps such as Serre Chevalier, Chamonix, Megève, St Gervais and Montgenèvre. It will also get you as far as Grandvalira (Pas de la Casa, Soldeu, etc) in Andorra.
Trains to Austria
If you fancy Austria by overnight train, there are yet more options. The City Night Line from Paris is a fantastic experience, with a full restaurant on board.
Trains options and train prices
Find out more about train options.
View updated independent fares for ski trains to the Alps on our ski trains price check page.