It was more than 50 years ago that rail journeys to the Alps were the "in-thing". And whilst rail has never really gone away, for the British it is now making an impressive comeback with the introduction of high-speed trains and the opportunity to travel under the English Channel direct to the Alps.Of course, if you want to go by rail to Switzerland, Austria or Italy, you still have to change at either Paris or Brussels but it is a high-speed train which will speed you in around two hours to one of these european capitals and probably a "fast" train from either Paris or Brussels to the Alps.
For those who have never travelled in Europe by train, it is an exciting experience unlike anything you will find in the UK. Trains are clean, prompt, smooth and fast. The network is vast and timetables are designed with the traveller in mind so whichever alpine country you have in mind visiting for skiing, there will be a train connection. And if you want to ski the French Alps, you can board at London (Waterloo) and get off at the end of the track at Bourg-st-Maurice in a matter of a few hours. There are a few stop en route once you get within sight of the Tarentaise such as Chambery, Aime Plagne and Moutiers with excellent connections to all of the resorts such as Valmorel, Trois Vallees, Les Arc, La Rosiere, Val d'Isere and Tignes.
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