Which ski regions can be reached by train?

There are few places in Europe you cannot reach by train. The most popular and easily accessible winter sports destinations by train are in Austria, Germany, France and Switzerland. For example, you can travel by night train to numerous ski resorts in the Innsbruck area or to the largest interconnected ski area in the world, Les Trois Vallées.
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Do you want a relaxing winter sports holiday by train but are unsure which ski regions are easily accessible by train? Then read on. We have listed the popular ski destinations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France that can be reached by train. Travel times are calculated from Amsterdam Centraal Station.

Our travel advice: take the night train to winter sports

Taking the night train to your winter sports destination has many advantages. Leave Amsterdam, Utrecht or Arnhem in the early evening and travel with Nightjet to your final or transfer station. Although a transfer is required on many of our recommended routes, you will not have to get out of bed in the middle of the night. You can first enjoy a comfortable breakfast. The big advantage is that you will be travelling while you sleep and thus arrive well-rested. That is often different with the car, where you sometimes have a restless night and you end up not winning a lot of travel time due to heavy traffic.

Moreover, the night train saves you hotel costs. One downside of taking the night train is missing the stunning views you get to see when travelling during the day. Although daytime travel is faster, we recommend the night train for its convenience and comfort. Note that not all destinations mentioned below have night train connections.

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Ski destinations in Germany

Winter sports region Village(s) Train station Train carrier Travel time
1. Skiliftkarussell Winterberg Winterberg (Wesf) Regional trains 6.00 hours (change trains 3 times)
2. Mittenwald Kranzberg en Karwendelbahn – Dammkarr Mittenwald Mittenwald ICE International & regional train 10.30 hours (change trains 2 times)
3. Nebelhorn, Kleinwalsertal, Söllereck, Fellhorn en Riezlern Oberstdorf Oberstdorf Nightjet & regional train 13.10 hours (change trains in Augsburg)
4. Garmisch Classic en Zugspitz Arena Garmisch-Partenkirchen Garmisch-Partenkirchen Nightjet & regional train 13.26 hours (change trains in Munich)

Ski destinations in Austria

Winter sports region Village(s) Train station Train carrier Travel time
5. Ski Optimal Kaltenbach / Hochzillertal Kaltenbach-Stumm im Zillertal Nightjet & regional train 14.06 hours (change trains in Jenbach)
6. Kitzski Kitzbühel Kitzbühel Hahnenkamm Nightjet & regional train 14.28 hours (change trains in Wörgl)
7. Schmittenhöhe Zell am See Zell am See Nightjet & regional train 14.44 hours (change trains in Wörgl)
8. Ski Arlberg Sankt Anton am Arlberg Sankt Anton am Arlberg Nightjet & regional train 15.25 hours (change trains in Innsbruck)
9. Ski Amadé Radstadt Radstadt Nightjet & regional train 10.56 hours (change trains in Salzburg)

Ski destinations in France

Winter sports region Village(s) Train station Train carrier Travel time
10. Les Trois Vallées Courchevel, Méribel, Val Thorens and Les Ménuires Moûtiers (Salins-Brides-les-Bains) Eurostar (Snow), TGV & bus (bus ride: 15 to 45 minutes) 8.16 hours (Eurostar Snow, direct) or 8.55 hours (change trains 3 times)
11. Les Arcs Bourg St. Maurice Bourg St. Maurice Eurostar (Snow), TGV & bus (bus ride: 15 minutes) 9.01 hours (Eurostar Snow, direct) or 9.30 hours (change trains 2 times)
12. Chamonix Mont Blanc Chamonix Chamonix Aiguille Midi Eurostar, TGV & Regional train 10.59 hours (change trains 3 times)
13. Serre Chevalier Briançon Briançon Eurostar, TGV & Regional train 13.30 hours (change trains 2 times)

Ski destinations in Switzerland

Winter sports region Village(s) Train station Train carrier Travel time
14. Jungfrau Ski Region (Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau and Wetterhorn) Grindelwald Grindelwald Nightjet & regional trains 12.41 hours (change trains 3 times)
15. Aletsch Arena Riederalp, Bettmeralp, Fiescheralp and Eggishorn Riederalp (Mitte) Nightjet & regional trains 12.47 hours (change trains 3 times)
16. Matterhorn Zermatt Zermatt Zermatt Nightjet & regional trains 13.23 hours (change trains 2 times)
17. SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun Andermatt Andermatt Nightjet & regional trains 14.38 hours (change trains 2 times)