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Trains in Meribel

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Relaxing on a train with friends or family, scenery gliding by as your ski resort gets ever closer is a great way to travel – a way to make the journey feel like it’s part of the holiday. There’s more legroom than flying or driving and you can get up and walk down to the café bar. As well as buying a meal and drinks there, you can also bring your own food and drink on board so, if you get a table seat, you can create your own picnic. You can chat with friends, play games, read, watch films, work, snooze – the train journey is time to do stuff you enjoy on your way to Meribel.

Meribel is very well connected to two of Europe's largest cities by train: London thanks to the Eurostar ski train and Paris thanks to the high-speed TGV trains. This complete guide has all the information you need to decide whether you should come to Meribel by train, including a walkthrough with all the steps you need to take to hit the slopes full steam ahead.

Nearest train station to Meribel

There is no train station in Meribel but this doesn't mean that you can't come here by train. Moûtiers, just down the valley, boasts an international train station (officially called the 'Gare de Moûtiers-Salins-Brides-les-Bains') with connections to London and Paris.

What's the closest train station to Meribel?
Located on the valley floor, Moûtiers is the nearest train station to Meribel, around 17km from the resort centre. Eurostar ski trains from London and high-speed TGV trains from Paris stop here. To get from Moûtiers to the ski area, there are local buses running a few times per day taking around 45 minutes to arrive at Meribel Centre.

Read the section about 'Getting from the train station to Meribel' for information on how to reach the ski area.

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Journey time to Meribel by train

You may think that coming to Meribel by train takes much longer than by plane but that's not always true. When adding up your transfers to and from the airport, plus all the waiting time, travelling by train can be as fast as flying. Train travel is also more sustainable and environmentally-friendly – studies have shown that carbon footprint can be reduced by as much as 90% when travelling by train as compared to flying. Plus, coming by train has its very own charms. As well as more legroom, on a train you can enjoy the everchanging scenery – from urban London to the French countryside and the majestic Alps, it never gets boring.

How long does it take to get to Meribel by train?
It depends on where you're travelling from. The London to Meribel train travel time is between 9 and 11 hours while the Paris to Meribel train travel time is about 5 hours, taking into account connections and transfers.

Train prices to Meribel

Train ticket prices depend on multiple factors: the time of year (peak weeks like Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter can be considerably more expensive), your age (there are discounts for children), the size of your group, your destination and even how far in advance you've booked.

Our top tip is that you try and book as early as possible. Eurostar ski train tickets usually go out for sale in mid-July and that's when they're at their cheapest. TGV train tickets from Paris to other French cities are normally available to buy 120 to 90 days before your travel time and, again, the earlier you book the lower the price will be.

How much does it cost to travel to Meribel by train?
Once more, it depends. On average, one-way standard prices between London and Moûtiers by train start at around £100 when booked well in advance. If it's Paris you're travelling from, then one-way standard prices start at around €50.

A few accommodation providers and transfer companies offer special discounts for those coming to Meribel by train, so it's worth asking when booking!

Travelling by train in France

SNCF (Societé Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français) is France's national railway company, owned by the French state, operating throughout continental France and Monaco. There are over 32,000 kilometres of railway laid all across the country, a good chunk of them sustaining high-speed services, the world-renowned TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) which reaches average speeds of around 320km/h. Trains connect cities and towns all around France and even cross the border into Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium. Many routes will begin in Paris, stopping at convenient stations throughout the country before arriving near Meribel.

How do you get from Paris to Meribel by train?
Direct high-speed TGV trains connect Paris Gare de Lyon and Moûtiers every weekend during the winter season (from Friday to Monday). They take around 4 hours and 30 minutes to reach their destination and one-way standard tickets start at €50.

When travelling during the week or the rest of the year, the shortest route from Paris to Moûtiers is to get a TGV from Paris Gare de Lyon to Chambery and then change to a regional TER train to Moûtiers. Travel time is around 5 hours and prices start at €60.

From Moûtiers, there are buses, transfers and taxis going to Meribel (see 'Getting from the train station to Meribel' below).

London to Meribel by train

It couldn't be easier to get from London to Meribel by train thanks to the direct Eurostar ski trains running from the UK's capital to Moûtiers in the winter.

How do you get from London to Meribel by train?
Taking around 9-11 hours, the fastest and easiest route to get to Meribel from London by train is on a direct Eurostar ski train. Eurostar ski trains runs from London St Pancras (and Ashford in Kent) to Moûtiers from December to April. There are two options available:

  1. Daytime Eurostar ski trains leave London St Pancras on Saturdays at 09:45 from mid-December to early April, reaching Moûtiers at around 18:30. This means that the travel time is around 8 hours and 45 minutes.
  2. Overnight Eurostar ski trains leave London St Pancras on Fridays at 19:45 from mid-December to early April, reaching Moûtiers at around 05:30 for a travel time of 9 hours and 45 minutes. There is an extra Saturday overnight service from London to Moûtiers during the February half-term holidays. The best thing about choosing to travel overnight is that you'll add a whole day to your ski holiday as you'll be on the slopes on Saturday morning. However, bear in mind that sleeping on the Eurostar may not be a five-star experience as there are no beds, only reclining seats.

From Moûtiers, there are buses, transfers and taxis going to Meribel (see 'Getting from the train station to Meribel' below).

To return from Moûtiers to London, Eurostar ski trains leave on Saturdays at around 10:15 and 22:55, with a Sunday morning service added during the peak holiday times of Christmas, New Year and February half-term.

When travelling outside winter weekends, hop on a Eurostar train from London St Pancras to Paris and then make your way to Meribel from the French capital.

Getting from the train station to Meribel

There are a few different options when trying to make your way from Moûtiers train station to Meribel. In our experience, the cheapest and easiest option is to hop on one of the local buses that drive up to the Three Valleys.

How do you get from Moûtiers train station to Meribel?
Local buses run from the bus stop right next to Moûtiers train station to Meribel several times per day throughout the year. They take 45 minutes to reach Meribel Centre and one-way tickets cost around €13.50. Find the current bus timetables on our Bus Services page.

Taxi transfers also operate between Moûtiers train station and Meribel. The trip to Meribel Centre takes 25 minutes and prices start at around €60.

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Booking train tickets to Meribel

For more information and timetables, or to purchase train tickets online, visit the Eurostar website (train travel from London to Moûtiers and Paris) and the SNCF (National French Railway Services) website (train travel within France). If you have questions, you can also book by phone but bear in mind that there may be a booking fee involved.

Luggage & sports equipment on trains to Meribel

Being able to carry more luggage with you is one of the main advantages of travelling to Meribel by train, especially if you want to bring your fat powder skis, heavy split board or your bulky downhill mountain bike with you.

How much luggage can you carry on Eurostar trains?
Eurostar's standard luggage allowance includes two large bags (85cm max) and one small piece of hand luggage. On Eurostar ski trains to Moûtiers, you're allowed to take one pair of skis or one snowboard with you in addition to your standard luggage allowance. On Eurostar trains to Paris, skis and snowboards are included as one of your two large pieces of luggage. They must be kept in a protective case that covers them.

Bikes can only be taken on Eurostar trains between London, Paris and Brussels. All non-folding bikes or those over 85cm long need to travel with EuroDespatch, Eurostar's luggage service. Boxed bicycles will be transported for a fee of £30-£40 and fully assembled bikes for £35-£55. Limited spaces available. If you're travelling with any dangerous sports equipment like, for example, mountaineering gear such as ice axes or crampons, you'll need to contact EuroDespatch in advance.

How much luggage can you carry on French trains?
French TGV and TER trains let you carry luggage and bikes (boxed or in a bag measuring max. 120 x 90cm). There is no maximum number of pieces or weight limit but you must be able to carry all your luggage by yourself. Skis are also allowed on TGV trains (max. 2m).

Snowcarbon Journey Planner to Meribel

Snowcarbon was launched in 2009 as the one-stop source for train travel to the Alps after its founder, Daniel, realised how hard it was to figure out which ski resorts could be reached by train and how. They offer a very helpful tool, the Snowcarbon Journey Planner which you can use to design your train trip, from viewing the recommended journey times for any date during the season to journey and transfer information to and from the train station.

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In our experience, the most convenient way to get to Meribel is to fly to Geneva and then and then get an airport transfer.. Learn all about the best ways to get here on our Getting Here Guide.

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