Driving to Morzine This Winter

Morzine is very accessible by car from the UK and in the current climate, driving to resort has become increasingly popular. Driving offers independence and flexibility and means you can pack all the ski gear & snacks without limit!

Morzine is an 8-10 hour drive from Calais, along good autoroutes or if you are travelling from the North, it’s also around 8 – 10 hours from the Belgian port town of Zeebrugge.

Eurotunnel to Calais

A 35 minute journey from Folkestone, this is the quickest way to reach French soil. Whilst your Sat Nav or trusty navigation app may recommend passing through the centre of Paris, we highly recommend you take the route in the direction of Reims, Troyes and Dijon to reach Morzine. If you’re in need of a break from motorway driving, both Troyes and Dijon are historical French towns which you can explore en route.

Ferry Options

If you’d rather opt for the ferry, there are regular services running between Dover and Calais, as well as services to Dieppe, Cherbourg and Le Havre from other ports along England’s south coast. If you’re travelling from further north, there’s a service to the Belgian town of Zeebrugge from Hull.

A few points to note about driving in France

  • The motorways operate on a toll system, with numerous ‘pėages’ along the route. These take major debit and credit cards, as well as cash
  • There are plenty of service stations and pit stops along the way for refuelling both car and belly. We recommend packing a picnic as the food selection is limited and overpriced. There are plenty of ‘Aires’ with picnic benches at which to rest up.
  • Autoroutes have speeding cameras and the police issue on the spot fines, so pay attention to your speed! Bear in mind that the maximum speed limits are reduced in rainy conditions.
  • In the winter, snow-chains will need to be packed (and drivers know how to use them!) – it’s a good idea to purchase these at home and have a practice run before departure so you are prepared. Winter tyres are also recommended.
  • You will need to have the AA motorist’s pack when driving in France (a legal requirement) – at least one reflective jacket, a warning triangle (in the event of a breakdown), breathalyser kit (in date), snow chains (if driving in winter), GB sticker (unless your plate has this), headlight adapters and spare bulbs.
  • You will need your driver’s licence (and check the latest guidance before departure in case you need an international drivers permit also) on you whenever driving, your motor insurance certificate and don’t forget to pack your proof of ID (passport).

Be sure to review The AA guidance to driving in France before you travel, to ensure you have everything you need. 

Once you arrive in Morzine, all of our chalets and apartments have free off-road parking – and if you need more, central underground parking can be pre-booked in advance too.

 

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