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Has anyone taken the train to Bourg St Maurice?

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mckenzie Sun 19-Sep-10 21:56:54

I fancy doing it next year with DH and the DCs. We are going the first week in April. DH is worried that it will be full of guys getting drunk (I think that's what he did when he was younger smile) and is not keen but I really like the idea. St Pancras is easy for us to get to and it will mean a 20/30 minute drive at the other end.

Any thoughts gratefully received.

TIA

natation Sun 19-Sep-10 22:42:32

If you are considering the train, perhaps it's also worth a look at the other ski valleys connected by train via Eurostar then TGV at Lille, the Mont Blanc area (et St Gervais, Chamonix) or the Maurienne area (eg Aussois, La Norma, Val Cenis). The Maurienne valley is alot cheaper skiing than the resorts connected by the Bourg St Maurice Eurostar too.

We've taken the train to Val Cenis (well Modane then bus) from Lille and encountered no rowdiness. It was with huge cases and 4 children, including 2 under 8s, found it alot less stressful than the way we usually do it now, 10 hours in the car, only the beautiful destination keeps me from going completely loopy in the car!!!!

PatriciaHolm Mon 20-Sep-10 10:09:22

The overnight sleeper (where you get a sleeper cabin) is fine - we've done it a few times. There will be drunk people, yes, but they're not a problem as long as you book a whole compartment!

miffyjane Mon 20-Sep-10 10:28:53

Yes. We have been to many french resorts by train including La Rosiere, la plagne and Les Arcs travelling to Bourg St maurice.

Are you thinking of the direct Eurostar service. The daytime service usually has lots of families on and I think there is a family carriage in second class.
If you are thinking of travelling overnight the direct Eurostar doesn't have sleeper compartments just ordinary seats. I would therefore go for first class if you are thinking of travelling overnight. The seats are more spacious and recline slightly. We took the overnight service pre children and managed to get some sleep and enjoyed the extra time skiing. Haven't been brave enough to do the overnight eurostar with children yet.

The other train option is to go on an indirect service changing on to TGV in either Lille or Paris. Lille mentioned above would be much easier than Paris as if you change in Paris you have to either take a taxi or metro to another station. We found the taxi hair raising (no child seats for starters) and the metro hard work carrying all the baggage but it can be done!

There are also traditional sleepers from paris and possibly lille. If you book first class you are guaranteed a four berth sleeping compartment.

If you need a taxi from bourg to the resort I would recommend a company called Bouzon (they have an internet site)

mckenzie Mon 20-Sep-10 12:19:07

thanks for all the replies. The holiday itself is already booked (Ski Fusion in La Rosiere) and I think the daytime direct train is the one I have my eye on.

Much as the overnight would give us more skiing time this is the DC's first time skiing (unless you count DS going when he was nearly 3 and snow ploughing between DH's legs for a long weekend) and so the whole experience is more important than a few extra hours on the slopes.

fedupwithdeployment Mon 20-Sep-10 13:42:12

Not quite the same, but I took the train (solo) to the Alps this summer. It is brilliant (takes 12 hours and you are there) and we are considering doing it with the DSs. Thye would love an overnight train...just need to check the prices!

miffyjane Mon 20-Sep-10 17:09:01

We took the daytime eurostar when we went to la rosiere and it was a relaxing and enjoyable journey. The children loved it. La rosiere is very near bourg - 15/20 minutes drive up the mountain.

mckenzie Mon 20-Sep-10 19:45:46

thank you both.

ConstantlyCooking Tue 21-Sep-10 10:05:51

we took the train to bourg st maurice, but stayed over in Paris and took an early train from gare de lyon. It was great - very easy and the transfer at the next end was short. DCs loved the idea of an upper deck. Take lots of snacks as the buffet was v expensive.

Mooos Mon 04-Oct-10 01:46:53

We've done it en route to Val D'Isere. It was clean and comfy and very civilised and I remember I gorgeous little French boy getting very very excited when he arrived in "Laundry" and shouted* the name about 50 times (so we do the same now)

*French children shout quietly

Alpinechildcare Tue 19-Oct-10 11:53:26

Don't forget that if you go during the day and change in Paris (only 2 stops on the tube) you can get a quicker train from Paris to Bourg so the whole thing only takes 7 hours. It usually works out cheaper too. I got a return for £98 last time.
http://www.chillchalet.com/travel/indirecttrain.ht m has a detailed page about how to do it.

The overnight train in seats is a bit grim and there were drunk people when I did it, so I always do it during the day now.

lovesnow Thu 16-Dec-10 22:59:08

I've taken the daytime train twice before and changed in Paris it is pretty easy. We did it once by RER and once by cab. Just came across a website called snowcarbon.co.uk which has ski packages with train included - not just on the usual Bourg route but others too. Annoyed that we booked independently for this year as they look good value and include tranfers to the resort. Either way, the kids are excited about the journey again.

BranchingOut Sun 19-Dec-10 11:50:11

Has anyone done this with a toddler? He would be 16 - 17 months at the time of travel - probably toddling but not sprinting!

If you take the overnight option, how do you mmanage sleeping with a baby or toddler? Do they go in a bunk? Is there something to stop them from falling out?

fedupwithdeployment Mon 20-Dec-10 11:17:07

I slept in a bunk with similar aged child on a ferry. I wedged him in and managed a little sleep. It was quite distressing to see the empty comfy bunk!

fedupwithdeployment Mon 20-Dec-10 11:17:38

By the way - it was my DS! I didn't pick up a random child which is how the above reads!

VivaLeBeaver Mon 20-Dec-10 12:19:57

I've just been looking at this, seems expensive - will be £511 for 3 of us and thats taking the cheaper route with one change in it, not the direct route.

Then we have to get to and from London. Plus from Bour St Maurice to the resort. So looking at another couple of hundred ££.

Private jet might be cheaper.

fedupwithdeployment Mon 20-Dec-10 17:01:05

If you are going to Les Arcs, it will not cost much more to resort - just the lift I think straight to resort.

But not cheap - agreed.

BranchingOut Tue 21-Dec-10 12:25:33

Would a set of 'dream tubes' work on a train bunk?

The inflatable tubes attached to a sheet.

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