/ Chamonix by Train ?
FInding it difficult to find prices for tickets on the web.
maybe i'm doing something stupid ? !
Thanks for the info !
No, the railways are doing something stupid with their insistence on market pricing, compulsory reservations and the likes.
It used to be possible until the 1990s just to buy a CIV through ticket from anywhere in Europe to anywhere in Europe at main European railway stations including the UK.
The system is now less integrated than the air travel system.
easyjet.com is your friend :)
I've done Genève to the UK many times and it's a very pleasant way to travel except for one minor problem:
just don't try and take any "dangerous sporting goods" with you like an ice axe. For unfathomable reasons what is allowed on the trains either side isn't allowed on the train in the middle and eurostar's "checked-in" baggage service is beyond a joke.
Other that that it's a case of booking the tickets separately at:
The minor annoyance is that SNCF tickets only go on sale 3 months before but eurostar ones are available 6(?) months in advance so getting the cheapest combination is a little tricky.
I've taken ice axes on eurostar many times without any problems, although admittedly not for 3 years or so, so it might be different now.
I book using eurostar.com and voyages.sncf.com
French tickets are released 3 months in advance, and eurostar 4 months, I think.
I think that the change came in just over two years ago. Before that there was never a problem with anything as long as it wasn't a bomb.
I agree that Genève aeroport to Chamonix by minibus is saner that doing the whole thing by train.
Does the TGV not go all the way to Salanches/Saint Gervais Le fayet? After that you just have to wait for the local commuter train (every half hour, I think).
For the OP look into either Martigny or Salanches/Saint Gervais Le fayet as both of these are the nearest major rail intersections to Cham, in either direction, and both are relatively easy to get to Cham from.
Cheers for the replies !
As already mentioned www.seat61.com is a really useful resource.
Ways to cross the Channel with sharp pointy metal things and avoid stress with Eurotunnel: if coming from Scotland or N England, then the Newcastle-Amsterdam ferry is great and links in well with fast Euro trains from Amsterdam. If starting further south in England, then there's a really well connected train/ferry/train from London Liverpool St-Harwich International-Stena Line ferry-Rotterdam and thence onto fast Euro trains. I've not done this but have seriously considered it - it seems well integrated and good times/ prices.
have fun. trains are the way to go around Europe - much more interesting than flying, and cheaper for taking lots of gear too!
If you are wanting a ticket all the way to Chamonix on the SNCF website Chamonix works as a destination and you can buy tickets right through from Paris.
Look at Eurostar Lille, then Lille Geneva . No need to go to Paris.
Flying to Geneva and getting a transfer is by far the best option. I booked a return to Geneva from Leeds/Bradford with 20kg baggage allowance for £76 a week a ago. Can't really beat that.
Eurostar sell tickets from your local station really cheap. Don't buy the leg to London separately. Instead do your local station to Paris on Eurostar. This then includes the London underground on the ticket.
You need to cross Paris to the Garre do Lyon on the underground. Not too tricky, but be aware that you need a ticket from the Garre du Nord to the Garre du Lyon.
You may need to change - Bescancon I think.
Its a lot of hassle and takes most of the day, so if you are not afraid of flights then ...
I think the cheapest way is the Eurolines coach, but with long legs I find this a very uncomfortable experience which I won't be repeating.
I'll def be travelling on the train again though, good luck, Ross.
It's Ryanair that limit to 15kg. easyJet is 20.
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