Travel to the French Alps by road, tunnel & ferry

An increasing number of guests choose to drive to the Alps and with the wide range of cross channel travel options it couldn't be easier. From Calais to Courchevel and The Three Valleys (locator maps) takes about ten hours with frequent and generous breaks en route.

Parking in resort is generally good, alternatively there is a range of commune parking facilities. If travelling early season, it is advisable to bring snow chains although the roads are generally kept free of snow.

Your checklist for driving on the Continent

Driving abroad can be a minefield. There's not just driving on the 'wrong' side of the road to think about - there are also unfamiliar rules and regulations to grapple with.

If you're one of the estimated eight million British motorists heading to the Continent in your car this winter, there are a number of things you should do when you prepare for the trip.

  • Check with your insurer whether you are covered to the level required for driving abroad.
  • Check your home contents policy - your motor policy willl have a limit for personal belongings, so make sure your home contents policy provides cover for them outside the home.
  • Don't forget to pack your insurer's contact details, a copy of your motor insurance certificate, a copy of the European Accident Statement supplied by your insurer, your original vehicle registration document, and your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
  • Make sure you're carrying the correct documentation including current passports and valid full driving licence.
  • Holders of old-style licences should consider updating to a photo card licence or an International Driving Permit.
  • Familiarise yourself with the driving rules and regulations of any countries that you are visiting.

New Driving Regulation

From the 1st July 2008, it became French law that drivers must carry a warning triangle and a high-visibility security vest.
The changes are intended to make stopping in cases of emergency, breakdown or accident safer for all road users. The law will also apply for people driving in France in UK registered cars or hire cars.
The change in the law doesn't affect motorbikers, however, as of the 1st September 2008, anyone riding a bike outside of built up areas, must wear a high visibility vest at night, or during the day in the case of bad weather. Failure to comply can lead to a 135 euro fine!