Corail Lunea sleeper trains depart from Paris to destinations all over the French Alps, as well as some resorts in Italy and Andorra, arriving following morning. Taking these trains are a good way to get eight days skiing instead of six, and get a decent night sleep on the way, because they have flat beds. As such, they provide an alternative to the overnight Eurostar Ski Train, which only has reclining seats. To connect to a Corail Lunea train, you'll need to catch a Eurostar to Paris and then change station, which is easy by taxi.
Resorts in France, Italy and Andorra.
Les Arcs, Chamonix, Val Thorens, Meribel, Les Menuires, Serre Chevalier, Montgenevre, Claviere, Grandvalira
When you can travel
To most destinations, every night througout the winter season
What the trains are like
What it costs
Adult return fares from London start from £124 return in a six-berth couchette, but you might typically pay £160 - £340.
When you can book
For the winter 2013-14, booking will open around 5th October 2013, and you can usually book 90 days in advace of your travel date. However, some tour operators offer rail packages with Eurostar + Corail Lunea included, and you can already book these now. Click on the ski packages section and you can view these. These packages also include a transfer from station to resort, and as well as being easy to book (the tour operator does it all for you) they are good value too.
How to book
There are several ways that you can book a Eurostar + Corail Lunea journey to the Alps.
1. If you haven’t chosen your ski resort yet, you can view our recommended resorts (see above) or visit the ski resorts and journeys page. For each ski resort you’ll be able to see 2013-14 journey schedules and resort guides, and then view booking options for independent travel and for ski packages from tour operators with rail travel included.
2. If you’d like to browse ski packages from tour operators with train travel included, check out the ski holidays by train section, which has packages that you can already book for the 2013-14 winter season.
3. If you know already know exactly where you are going and only need to book independent train travel, then visit our train price guide section, which will give you price advice and point you to the best independent booking options. For Eurostar + Corail Lunea journeys, independent train bookings open around 90 days in advance of your travel date.