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@achilles, I cannot answer your question directly but I know in the past when I have tried to use that route the difficulty was that there were only a couple of TGV services a day from Grenoble that passed through Lille, basically early morning and late evening meaning that you had to leave Grenoble very early /arrive Grenoble very late and that did not tie in with public transport from ski resorts. There were plenty of options to go via Lyon St. Exupery / Lyon main stations but you then need a local train to Grenoble. As I said my experience is from some time ago so things may have changed, for the worse or better.
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@achilles, a couple of times on the way back, when you have to go through customs @ Lille (That's been with the SNCF from Lyon). Facilities ain't great, but easier than changing stations in Paris I guess. Timings just don't seem to work out for us though.
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achilles wrote:
has anyone here tried Lille as the switchover?


I don't live in UK, but I've done a couple of ski holidays with friends from London where we all took the train. Generally, we've met in Paris, often time for a nice lunch in a cafe near a Paris station then off on an early afternoon train down to the Alps, followed by bus out to resort. However, on one of our return trips the timings worked out for changing in Lille, so we did that instead. I think we did alps to Lyon, then tgv from Lyon to Lille and then we split up, they went on the Eurostar and I headed off in the other direction.
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Oh and other point to to note is that in Lille we've had to change stations too, although they're less than 5 minutes walk apart and well signposted.
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@rob@rar, I couldn’t find any listed & when I rang customer service they confirmed that it’s shut for engineering work on those dates.
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Has anyone got to the EOSB on a train? I'm trying to work out if it's feasible at all.
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@The Lady Vanishes, I have vague memories of taking a night sleeper to Moûtiers- then taking a bus to Val Thorens - but TBH I am not sure - memories blur.
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The Lady Vanishes wrote:
Has anyone got to the EOSB on a train? I'm trying to work out if it's feasible at all.
The Eurostar service to Moutiers has finished by that time of the season, but you can take an early Eurostar to Paris (Gare Du Nord) a short train ride or taxi across Paris, to Gare du Lyon, and then SNCF service to Moutiers (one change at Chambery), arriving late afternoon.
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@rob@rar, I couldn’t find any listed & when I rang customer service they confirmed that it’s shut for engineering work on those dates.
That's odd. I tried a dummy booking earlier today on their website and it showed tickets were available for departure on 1 Feb and return the following Saturday.
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@rob@rar, When I go on their website it says there are no trains available on the 2nd or the 9th.
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@skitow, @Arctic Roll and @Rcav, thanks for your input. Looks like I'll probably be going via Paris, then. I might go for. change in plan, and stay with family in the London area before, and maybe after, travel to the Alps. I am travelling by myself. I'll have no skis (they stay in resort) but I will have a chunky luggage bag - so going to a cafe for lunch is a bit tricky, unless I leave my bag in a left luggage locker - googling around it doesn't seem to be a problem to find one.
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Artic Roll, We used the Thello to get from Paris to Milan following the France Wales Rugby match in Feburary, 6 blokes who have played rugby together and travelled, together for 30+ years in a word don't unless you get the better cabins we used the 6 person Couchette never again. It was worse than a sleeper from Moscow to Leninngrad in the late 80's.
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Gordyjh wrote:
@rob@rar, When I go on their website it says there are no trains available on the 2nd or the 9th.
2nd and the 9th are Sundays. The direct Eurostar service to Moutiers/Bourg St Maurice does not run on Sundays. Are you looking to book an indirect service via Paris?
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@rob@rar, yes, I was looking at Ebbsfleet to Paris & then TGV to Geneva to meet the friends who are flying. As I said, customer service told me Eurostar was closed for engineering work on the 1st & 2nd Feb & I can’t see trains on the 9th. If anyone can tell me differently I will be happy to be proved wrong as I would prefer to take the train rather than fly.
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