Eurostar + City Night Line

Thu, 22/09/2011 - 09:26 -- admin


new exteriorCity Night Line sleeper train

By taking a Eurostar to Paris and then a City Night Line sleeper train from Paris, you can reach ski resorts in the Austrian Alps the next morning and have a very comfortable journey.

The City Night Line leaves from Paris-Est station, which is only a few minutes walk from Paris-Nord, where your Eurostar will arrive.

The train is quite comfortable and in the morning passes some great Austrian scenery, with mountains gliding by and little villages on either side.

Not so many skiers realise you can use this journey to reach Austria by train so easily - but you can!


Step 1: Take a Eurostar to Paris

new exteriorBoarding Eurostar at St Pancras

You get an afternoon Eurostar to Paris, sit down, have a chat with your friends, go to the cafe bar, read a book, look at the scenery gliding by, share a joke with a fellow passenger.

There are lots of great ways to use the time and then before you know it your Eurostar is arriving in Paris-Nord.

You may also want to see our guide to what the Eurostar is like.

Step 2: Change from Paris-Nord to Est

new exteriorParis-Est station

So next you want to get from Paris-Nord, where the Eurostar arrives, to Paris-Est - the station from where the City Night Line train departs, bound for the Austrian Alps.

It's a 7-10 minute walk from Paris-Nord to Paris-Est, so if you have wheeled luggage you'll have no problem at all.

If you have too much lugage, you could do also that with a pre-booked taxi, where the driver waits for you at the end of the Eurostar platform, holding a placard with your name. But there is also a taxi rank, a 50 metres to the right of the Eurostar platform.

Don't bother taking the Metro - you would be doing the equivalent of taking the tube from Leicester Square to Covent Garden. 

You can find more information in our guide to changing station from Paris-Nord to Paris-Est

Step 3: Overnight to the Alps on the City Night Line

new exteriorCity Night Line six-berth couchette

Tonight Paris, tomorrow Austria's ski slopes.  Excited?  You will be.

You'll see Paris slipping away through the window, then the suburbs and then you are into the countryside, bound for Austria.

In the morning you'll wake up minutes from the slopes, from Austrian snow, mountain restaurants with their generous portions and after that a good helping of Austrian apres ski.

City Night Line trains are a step up from the French overnight Corail Lunea trains. That little bit extra space and a variety of couchettes and compartments, some with their own cute ensuite bathrooms and showers.

You may also want to see our guide to what the City Night Line sleeper train is like.

Step 4: Transfer to your resort

new exteriorEight-seater transfer vehicle

The final step is to get from the train station to the ski resort.  These transfers are typically between 15 minutes and 30 minutes, although some Austrian ski resorts have stations in the village..

It's a good idea pre-book a taxi transfer (although at stations Woergl you'll find a taxi rank too).

For every ski resort on the Snowcarbon website, we have a transfer guide page to show you taxi and bus options and how to book them.

Eurostar + City Night Line - a film we made

Twelve of us travelled to the Portes du Soleil by Eurostar and Corail, and made a film of the journey.

We travelled in Standard Class on the Eurostar and Corail, sleeping in a six-berth couchette.

The journey was a lot of fun, a good way for friends to socialise on the way and get to know each other at the start of the holiday.

How to book Eurostar + City Night Line journeys

new exterior  Sitting comfortably

There are two ways to book Eurotar + City Night Line journeys to the Austrian Alps.

You can book the journey independently, or you can book the journey via a ski tour operator as part of a rail-ski package with the train included.

Prices start from £160 return from London to the Alps, but on peak dates it can be higher (£230 - £340 return) depending on when you book.

The journeys go on sale from October 2014, and you can book travel dates up to about 90 days in advance.

You can find out more about how to book Eurostar + City Night Line journeys in our guide to booking ski holidays by train.