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Cheap train tickets to France this winter go on sale

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Posted by Holly Tuppen at 09:40 on Thursday 13 October 2011

The new winter timetable features the Paris to Bourg St Maurice overnight service that's popular with skiers heading to the AlpsThe new winter timetable features the Paris to Bourg St Maurice overnight service that's popular with skiers heading to the AlpsToday's the day to bag cheaper train tickets to Europe for Christmas and New Year with the launch of the new winter rail timetable.

At 5am this morning, French winter train tickets went on sale, offering fantastic deals on train travel throughout France as well as connections from Paris and Lille to other European cities.

The new winter timetable features increased services on routes popular with skiers, such as the Paris to Bourg St Maurice overnight service, which now runs every night throughout the winter season.

Tickets running to the new winter timetable are available for travel anytime between Sunday 11 December to Thursday 12 January inclusive on TGV and TGV International routes.

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Here's a flavour of some of the best deals that are on offer:

London - Annecy (from £109rtn)
London - Grenoble (from £109rtn)
London - Moutiers (from £109rtn) 
London - Aime-la-Plagne (from £109rtn)
London - Lourdes (from £110rtn)
London - Geneva (from £115rtn)
London - Strasbourg (from £99rtn)
London - Cologne (from £104rtn)
London - Stuttgart (from £141rtn)
London - Marseille (from £119rtn)
London - Zurich (from £115rtn)

Here are some ideas to make the most of the cheap tickets:

The new direct ski train makes it easy to get to the slope by rail. Map: GreentravellerThe new direct ski train makes it easy to get to the slope by rail. Map: GreentravellerEurostar's Ski Train London to Bourg St Maurice
Eurostar's direct London to Bourg St Maurice service is by far the most effcient way to get to the slopes this year, leaving London after work means you can be on the slopes before lunch the following day. It is free to carry skis on board the train and booking a sleeper ticket means you get to stretch out and rest until arriving in the mountains ready for a day on the slopes. The service runs from 11th December.
For more info and booking see our Guide to Eurostar's Ski Train.

London to Strasbourg, from £99 return
Strasbourg is home to one of France’s longest established Christmas markets, with picturesque stalls selling local specialities, crafts, decorations and, of course, mulled wine. 
For more info and booking see Train from London to Strasbourg. Click here for more information on a train holiday to Strasbourg Christmas Market

Get in the festive spirit with a Christmas market. Photo: RailbookersGet in the festive spirit with a Christmas market. Photo: RailbookersLondon to Rodez
Rodez is the gateway to all the culture, gastronomy and adventure on offer in the Lot Valley.  From here it is easy to get up into the Cantal for small, family-friendly ski resorts or off-piste snow treks through forests and highlands. The medieval town of Conques is an hours drive away, which is particularly magical in winter as carol services held in the impressive 12th Century cathedral float through the village's cobbled streets. 
For more info and booking see Train from London to Rodez. For information on places to stay and things to do in the Lot Valley see Greentraveller's Guide to the Lot Valley

London to Geneva, from £115 return
From Geneva you can head to the Alpine towns of Switerland for festive feasting and markets or take your pick from a multitude of ski and activity holidays. La Source is a health and wellness chalet based in the historical village of Sameons. It offers a week all inclusive skiing and yoga break from as little as £590 per person and will pick you up from Geneva station if you arrive by train. For more info and booking see Train from London to Geneva. For more holiday ideas go to Green Holidays in Switzerland 

>> For more information and itineraries throughout Europe go to our journey planning section: Plan Your Journey by Train.

>> For more winter holiday ideas from christmas markets to dog sledging check out our Winter Holidays

Head into a winter wilderness by train. Photo: ExodusHead into a winter wilderness by train. Photo: Exodus

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