If you are considering a ski holiday in Les Get driving is a lot easier than you may think! You’ll have complete flexibility to travel with as many pairs of skis/boards and as much luggage as you’d like, and you can travel at your own pace – make a few stops along the way, and save a ton on money on flights.
The Northern French Alps are only around 800 km from the port of Calais, and with most of the journey on the motorway, you can arrive straight from the ferry to your chalet in less than 8 hours.
How can you travel to France by car? Eurotunnel Vs The Channel Ferry
Timewise, the Eurotunnel railway shuttle wins hands down, it is probably the easiest, fastest, and most comfortable way to drive to France. The journey from Folkestone to Calais takes just 35 minutes, and the only driving you will need to do is onto the train. There are plenty of flexible booking options, a pet travel scheme and the Eurotunnel even has its own clearly signed motorway exits, leading straight to the check in booths at each end of the tunnel.
The Eurotunnel railway shuttle service
Book the tunnel here:
If you decide to travel by ferry, a service like DFDS Seaways does take a little longer than the Eurotunnel at one hour and 30 minutes to Calais or 2 hours to Dunkirk. However, the ferry is a cheaper option than the tunnel and there are a number of other UK ports where you can make the crossing to France than Dover, including Portsmouth, Poole, Plymouth and Newhaven to Caen, Dieppe, Dunkerque and St Malo in France. Then from the North East, you can travel overnight from Hull to Zeebrugge or Newcastle to Amsterdam. Travelling by ferry also allows you to sit back, relax and take advantage of the restaurants, duty free and kids play areas, as well as enjoy the landscapes of the English and French coastlines.
Book a crossing at one the following links:
DFDS – Channel crossings | Newcastle – Amsterdam
P&O – Dover – Calais | Hull – Zeebrugge
Brittany Ferries – Ferries from Portsmouth
Things to consider…
Break up the journey
The Northern French Alps resorts are less than an eight-hour drive from Calais, so why not break up your road trip with an overnight stop? This way, you’ll have more time to take in a little more of what France has to offer. With just a small detour, you can sample some of the finest French wines from the Burgundy area. The journey also passes through Reims, the champagne capital and home to a world-famous cathedral and just past the medieval town of Troyes, where you’ll find cobbled streets lined with colourful, half-timbered houses and gothic churches with striking stained-glass windows!
When driving from the UK to the Alps, and after you have successfully negotiated your first few French roundabouts you will find that to use the motorways you have to pay road tolls. You can pay for the toll by credit card, debit car or cash. The entrance to the tolls are clearly marked as ‘Peages’ and the journey from Calais to Samoens, in a standard vehicle will cost 72 euros on the toll motorways.
French Motorways are very well provided for in terms of Service Areas, known as “Aires” or “Aires de service”. Distances to upcoming service areas, together with pictograms indicating the services provided, are clearly signposted at regular intervals on the motorways and fuel costs are clearly signposted at service areas to come. However, it is important to note that some the smaller “Aires” do not sell fuel but have lovely picnic areas and stunning viewpoints.
130kph / 80mph – on toll motorways – 110kph / 68mph in wet conditions.
110kph / 68mph – on dual motorways/motorways without tolls – 100 kph / 62mph when wet.
80kph / 50mph – on other roads unless indicated – 70kph / 43mph in the wet
50kph / 31mph – in towns and villages
Seatbelts are required to be worn by all passengers at all times. Children under 10 years old must be in the backseat and must have a child seat appropriate for their weight.
If you are travelling in the snowy winter months, winter tyres are not currently mandatory in France (as of May 2020), however, this may be subject to change.
Snow Chains are allowed, and advised, on snow-covered roads.
Checklist of things to remember:
Full valid UK driving license
Car insurance certificate
A warning triangle and reflective jacket, in case of a breakdown (this is a legal requirement)
When you arrive in Les Gets you can park at the door of the hotel and unload your luggage. if the spaces are all in use we can follow you to the free parking at either end of the village or to the underground carpark 200m from the hotel. In summer, if you do have a car, there are many opportunities for day trips to discover beautiful alpine locations such as Annecy, Chamonix and Evian.
If you have any questions about the journey or booking your holiday please contact the team at the hotel in Les Gets
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