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Ferries and Eurotunnel
Eurotunnel gives a bit more flexibility and does not entail so much waiting around- in our experience anyway. We also enjoy the ferry as it can give a greater sense of occasion. The prices for Eurotunnel vary depending on what time of day you want to travel. gives an overview of all the ferry companies and allows you to find the best price. We normally use Sea France as we find the deals available offer good value and a reliable service.

If you often drive in France or fancy making life a little simpler at the Toll Booths - it can be worth buying a Sanef Liber-T sensor - this charges all tolls to your credit card and is a great way to beat the toll booth queues... Attaches to your windscreen - simply drive up to the exclusive toll lane and wait for the beep and the barrier to lift - no tickets or coins! Details HERE

Driving directions from Calais

It takes approximately 10 hours to drive from Calais and is approximately 620 miles. The French motorways are very good and it is very straightforward to drive, if rather a long and boring journey! The French motorway service stations, or Aires, provide great food and are welcoming to children. Our best tip for doing the journey with children is to have DVD players, or Game Boys, we didn’t know they were there half the time!

Take cash for tolls, we usually allow about 90 euros. Also watch out for speed cameras and keep to the speed limits! We bought an AA “Big Easy Read- France” map book from England before travelling, this showed the position of all the speed cameras but also provided comfort that we were following the right roads.

Our usual route is as follows:
Calais A26 to St Quentin
St Quentin A26 to Reims
Reims A4 to Chalons en Champagne
Chalons en Champagne A4 to A26 Junction
A26 to Troyes
A5, A31 to Dijon
Dijon A39 to Bourg en Bresse
Bourg en Bresse A40, A42 to Lyon
Lyon A432, A43 to Chambery
Chambery A43, A430 to Albertville
Albertville N90 to Moutiers
Moutiers N90 to Bourg St Maurice
Bourg St Maurice D902 to Tignes.

Do make sure you are aware of French speed cameras and speed traps - fines can be large and draconian if you are not too careful.

It is a legal requirement that you must carry snow chains if you are driving in the Alps.  You can hire them at

You are also required by law to carry a Reflective tabbard or jacket in your car. This is only very recent but is an sensible safety addition.

If you want a stop somewhere to break your journey (recommended as it's a long slog!) Novotels are a good choice for families as 2 children can share your room free of charge (good breakfasts too!) or the B+B chain of hotels is another  good value option.

We will send you detailed directions of how to find the apartment in Tignes and where to collect the key, nearer your visit.

Car Parking In Tignes

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