Summer Travel

Self Drive

Many people choose to drive to the Alps. French motorways are quiet, well maintained and routes are easy to follow. The journey takes around 8 hours from Calais.

Routes and Tolls

Simply follow the signs from Calais to Reims, Troyes, Dijon, Lyon, Chambery, Albertville, Moûtiers, St Martin De Bellville. Alternatively head towards Geneva and turn of the motorway at the first Annecy sign and then head for Albertville. This avoids some tolls and is 575 miles – it can take longer or slower depending on traffic or weather. Motorway tolls from Calais to St Martin maximising the use of the autoroutes is approximately £150 return.

All self-drive customers will receive directions and a local area map to ensure the journey door to door is as straight forward as possible.

Ferry or Tunnel

The Channel Tunnel is the quickest way, though not the cheapest – always book in advance and look for a deal. Prices can be as low as £99 for an off-peak return of up to 5 days. If you just turn up and drive on, a return fare of over 5 days it can be well over £250. Please see for more info.

Ferries: The advantage of ferries of course is the chance to get out of your car, do some shopping and visit one of the restaurants on board – you’ll need to stop to eat somewhere on your journey anyway. For details of routes from the UK see