Rail Europe has launched a range of green rail journeys for skiers travelling from London to the Alps.

All rail routes begin at London St. Pancras and connect skiers directly with resorts in France, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria.

In France: [R1305R, Les Arcs] from £109 return (seven hours); [R117R, Courchevel] from £109 return (six hours); [R598R, Meribel] from £109 return (six hours); [R206R, La Plagne] from £135 return (seven hours).

In Switzerland: [R661R, Saas-Fee] from £202 return (7.5 hours); [R424R, St. Moritz] from £229 return (10 hours).

In Italy: [R1606R, Sauze d'Oulx] from £126 return (seven hours); [R1374R, Cervini] from £174 return (10 hours).

In Austria: [R422R, St. Anton] from £205 return (nine hours); [R203R, Kitzbuehel] from £893 return (15 hours).

Rail Europe specialises in tickets and passes for rail travel around Europe. The website brings together timetables, fares, and travel information from dozens of European rail operators to help skiers plan their journeys, reserve seats, and book tickets in a single online transaction. 

On European trains, standard class tickets attract the lowest fares. All trains offer this class of travel, so the budget-conscious traveller can get around Europe at a very reasonable cost. A standard class ticket includes a reserved seat in an air-conditioned carriage. There's usually a bar buffet or trolley service if you want to buy food or drink.

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