Fastest journey8hr 11m
Travelling from London to Martigny by train
Fast trains from London to Martigny take around 8 hours and 11 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 800 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Martigny.
Are there direct trains from London to Martigny?
Journeys between London and Martigny usually involve 2 changes of train.
We usually find around 11 departures on the route from London to Martigny every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.
Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 12 departures.
How long is the train journey from London to Martigny?
The London to Martigny train travel time is normally about 8 hours and 11 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
What are the London to Martigny train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Martigny is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:40 and the last train is around 16:01. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 06:18, and the last at 13:31.
When to book London to Martigny train tickets?
Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 5 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from London to Martigny by train.
Which train companies operate between London and Martigny?
More than one train company operates on the route from London to Martigny, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
- Train Express Regional
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
It is easy to travel by train from London to Martigny – the nearest main-line station to the Verbier winter sports resort in Switzerland’s Valais canton. The journey starts with a high-speed run on Eurostar from London to Paris. It is necessary to change stations in the French capital for the onward TGV Lyria service to Lausanne in Switzerland. In Lausanne you transfer onto a Swiss InterRegio train for the final short hop on to Martigny.
This route via Paris and Lausanne is the one taken by most travellers but there are additional options via Geneva. They will not necessarily save you any time, but they are useful at times when there a gap in the timetable on the more normal route.
London to Paris
The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.
Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.
Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Lyon
When you alight from the train at Gare du Nord look for signs to the Metro and RER. Once you've bought a ticket follow the signs to 'RER D', direction 'Melun' or 'Malesherbes'. So long as you're heading in the right direction, all the trains on this line stop at Gare de Lyon. The actual train journey takes around 10 mins with just one stop on the way at Châtelet-les-Halles. Upon alighting from the RER train at Gare de Lyon, follow the signs to the mainline station. The signs read 'Accès aux trains Grandes Lignes'. The whole journey from the concourse at Gare du Nord to the mainline departure platforms at Gare de Lyon will normally take about 40 mins but we recommend leaving at least 50 mins.
If you are arriving at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Metro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.
Paris to Lausanne
Comfortable TGV Lyria trains serve the 480-km Paris to Lausanne route. These trains depart from the Gare de Lyon in the French capital and terminate at the main station in Lausanne, from where it is just five minutes on the Metro to either the city centre or down to the shores of Lake Geneva.
The journey starts with a high-speed dash to Dijon. The train then traverses increasingly hilly country on its way through the Jura to the Swiss border. Once in Switzerland, it takes just 35 minutes to reach Lausanne. There are normally four trains each day on this route, and the journey time is 3 hrs 40 mins. An extra train on certain days takes a completely different route, running via Mâcon and Geneva. It takes over four hours.
Lausanne to Martigny
Swiss InterRegio trains run every half hour from Lausanne to Martigny. Local journeys of less than an hour just don’t get any better than this. Leaving Lausanne, the railway skirts the beautiful Lavaux wine-growing region. Look out for great views across the lake to the Alps beyond. Just after leaving Montreux there is a fine view of the fortress of Château de Chillon. The route then follows the Rhône Valley upstream to Martigny. Trains make three to five intermediate stops on the 55-minute journey from Lausanne to Martigny.