Calling all winter sports enthusiasts – a new overnight train to some of Austria’s biggest ski resorts is on.
The TUI “Ski Express” will depart from Amsterdam every Friday evening between December 23 and March 31.
After leaving the Dutch capital at 5:30 p.m. the service will stop in Utrecht, then continue directly to Austria.
“You leave on Friday evening and you wake up in the mountains on Saturday morning,” explains TUI.
What will the new Ski Express look like at night?
The form will enter Austria at Wörgl, a small border town. From there it will split into two services – one to Tyrol, the other to Salzburg. En route to these destinations, it will stop at Ski stations Gerlos, Kirchberg, Niederau, Soll, Zell Am See and Westendorf.
Customers can book tickets on the Ski Express via the TUI website. However, the train can only be booked as part of a 10-day TUI holiday package.
“The form is a great alternative means of transport for a number of destinations. Above all, holidaymakers want to travel comfortably and easily, it is up to us to reconcile this,” said Arjan Kers, Managing Director of TUI Netherlands.
luggage is included in the ticket price and travelers will have the choice of sleeper cars that can accommodate three, four or five passengers. Three- and four-bed compartments can be booked by private groups.
Passengers traveling in economy class (the five-seater cars) will have to pay an additional reservation fee to be seated with their travel companions.
While the three-bed compartments have fixed “wider beds”, the four- and five-passenger carriages only offer fold-out “berths”.
TUI has partnered with a European startup to offer the service
The new service is part of a collaboration with GreenCityTrip, a Dutch starter offer Travel by rail through Europe.
Both companies already offer night trains from the Netherlands to Copenhagen, Prague, ViennaVenice, Milan and Florence.
“After the successful start of our Cooperation earlier this summer, we are very excited to release a winter vacation product with TUI. We are convinced of its potential,” said Hessel Winkelman and Maarten Bastian of GreenCityTrip.
Traveling by train is much more sustainable option that flying.
According to the European Environment Agency, traveling by train represents 14 grams of CO2 emissions per passenger-mile. Air travel generates 285 grams per passenger-mile.