Great news for train lovers this winter with a new Eurostar train service from London to Geneva. Although it has been possible to take the train to the Alps previously, the new service makes it a whole lot easier. Until now taking the train from the UK meant a change in Paris, arriving at Gare du Nord before departing from Gare de Lyon. During busy times this transfer can take up to an hour.
The new service, working with TGV Lyria, means you only have to switch platforms at Lille, with a maximum wait of 30 minutes. In total London to Geneva is possible in 6 hrs and 18 minutes, at least one hour shorter than before and considerably easier.
Tickets went on sale on October 9. with the first service leaving London on December 14. According to The Telegraph "A refurbishment of Lille station is underway, in order to accommodate more connecting passengers. Eurostar will operate four daytime services each week, carrying up to 900 passengers to and from Geneva’s central station."
The new service is the result of a survey which revealed Geneva as one of the most popular destinations in Europe for travellers from the UK. As well as being a gateway to the Alps and the European headquarters for the United Nations, Geneva has a rich and colourful history of religious turmoil and revolution, a handful of fascinating museums and grand monuments, as Sophie Butler reported for Telegraph Travel last year.
The route will also mean easier access to other Swiss cities, with connections which will benefit our guests, to towns like Aigle, Martigny, Sion, Sierre, Visp and Brig.
Research has shown that more and more people wish to travel by train to reach the Alps. With the ability to travel from city centre to city centre, and a generous baggage allowance it is expected the new service will prove popular.