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: Les Arcs from £109 return (seven hours); Courchevel from £109 return (six hours); Meribel from £109 return (six hours); La Plagne from £135 return (seven hours).

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

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

In Austria: St. Anton from £205 return (nine hours); 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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