How to Travel by Train to Morzine and Les Gets
We are often asked about how to travel by train to Morzine or Les Gets.
For many of our guests the main reason for travelling by train is to reduce carbon emissions. Campaign groups such as Protect Our Winters and Ski Flight Free have shown that travelling by train from the UK to the Alps can reduce the environmental footprint of your journey by up to 85%.
However, travelling by train isn’t just good for the environment, it’s also a more relaxing and enjoyable way of travelling to the Alps than flying. The journey is part of the holiday as well and you can skip all the stress of the airport.
This post covers all you need to know about train travel including:
- How do I travel by train from London to Morzine or Les Gets?
- What is the nearest station to Morzine or Les Gets?
- How do I travel from Paris to Morzine or Les Gets?
- How do I book train travel to Morzine?
- How do I travel from Geneva to Morzine or Les Gets by train?
- How long does it take to go from London to Morzine or Les Gets by train?
- How do I get from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon?
- Does taking the train to Morzine or Les Gets cost more than flying?
- Can I take the Eurostar direct to Morzine or Les Gets?
- Does Morzine or Les Gets have a train station?
How do I travel from London to Morzine or Les Gets by train?
There are several different routes you can take through France, but all journeys start at London St Pancras with a Eurostar train direct to Paris.
In winter, there are around 15 Eurostar departures scheduled from London to Paris each day. The journey time usually 2 hours and 20 minutes. It can vary depending on your departure time and whether there is a stop in Ebbsfleet in Kent (where it is also possible to start your journey).
Once in Paris, you change onto the French SNCF network and take a TGV (Train Grande Vitesse) down to the Alps. These trains usually leave from Gare du Lyon with one or two changes along the way.
What is the nearest station to Morzine and Les Gets?
The best station to travel to for either Morzine or Les Gets is Cluses. It is roughly 30 minutes’ drive to Les Gets and another five minutes to Morzine.
Thonon-Les-Bains is the other option. It is not significantly longer to get to from Paris, but the transfer time is about 10-15 longer than from Cluses.
Whichever station you choose to arrive into, Ski2 guests will be met on arrival and transferred to resort in one of our private minibuses.
How do I travel from Paris to Morzine or Les Gets?
You have a few options for travelling by train from Paris to Morzine and Les Gets.
Your best choice will depend on the timetable for your day of travel, the time you arrive into Paris and whether you want to change trains more than once.
- Via Annecy to Cluses (1 change)
Our preference would be to travel direct to Annecy from Paris, then change onto a TER train (regional train) to Cluses. The example below shows an example of this:
- Via Annecy to Cluses (2 changes)
Depending on the time and day you are travelling a quicker option might be to change at La Roche Sur Foron.
The example below is 16 minutes quicker than the example above. However, it only leaves a 5-minute window to change trains, so it might not be worth the time-saving.
- Via Annecy to Thonon (2 changes)
Although Thonon is a slightly longer transfer to the Portes du Soleil resorts than Cluses (see above), you might find this a better option on the day you are travelling, even with an extra change of trains required.
- Via Bellegarde-Sur-Valserine to Thonon (2 changes)
There are some circumstances when you can save over an hour from the journey time from Paris, especially if you are taking a stop-over in Paris on the way.
This example is the quickest journey, taking via Bellegarde-Sur-Valserine, but would only work if you are starting that day from Paris, as Eurostar cannot get you there that early.
How do I book train travel to Morzine?
While there are sites such as thetrainline.com or Rail Europe, where you can book the UK and French legs of the journey in one go, we prefer to book directly with Eurostar and SNCF. Both sites are easy to use and all your tickets can be collected digitally or, if you prefer, printed out.
How do I travel from Geneva to Morzine or Les Gets by train?
You might want to fly to Geneva, but then travel by train to resort. This has been made possible by a new service that opened in December 2019 – the Léman Express
This is a network of railways that links Geneva airport with a wide choice of destinations. There are options for both Thonon-les-Bains and Cluses.
How long does it take to go from London to Morzine by train?
The total journey time takes about 7 hours 30 minutes from London St Pancras to Cluses. This depends on the timings of your trains and also how long you want to leave to cross Paris from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon (see below)
How do I get from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon?
It can take as little as 15-20 minutes to cross Paris from the Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon if you use the Metro system. However, if it’s your first time, or you’re not used to public transport systems, or you have a lot of luggage, then it would be sensible to build in much more time so you feel comfortable.
The actual Metro journey is only 9 minutes on the RER ‘D’ line. The video below shows how simple it is to do it.
An alternative is to travel by taxi. Traffic in Paris can be unpredictable, but normally takes 25 minutes and will cost approximately €20. Snow Carbon has information on how to book a taxi to cut down your waiting time and make the transfer as smooth as possible.
Does taking the train to Morzine or Les Gets cost more than flying?
If you look purely at the cost of the train v. the cost of the flight, then flying is almost always cheaper. However, when you make your comparison calculation, make sure you consider the cost of travel to the airport and/or parking costs.
Do watch out for the chance to upgrade to First Class when you do your cost comparison. It’s often only €10-€20 more and well worth it for the extra space you get.
N.B. You don’t need to consider the cost of a transfer from the airport as all Ski 2 chalet guests have a private transfer to resort included in the cost of your catered chalet holiday.
Can I take the Eurostar direct to Morzine or Les Gets?
No. At present there is a Eurostar service on weekends in winter that goes direct from direct to the Alps, but this only goes to the Tarentaise valley.
Does Morzine or Les Gets have a train station?
No, the nearest stations are either Cluses or Thonon-Les-Bains (see above).
Accommodation Options in Morzine and Les Gets
The Ski 2 team can help with advice on your travel choices to resort as well as your accommodation for when you arrive.
Whether you’re looking for a catered chalet, apartment or hotel, we can help find the right property for you. Simply contact us via our website or call us on 01962 713330