Driving to Morzine

Morzine is very accessible from the UK by car. Driving offers total independence and flexibility plus you’re not tied to luggage weight limits.

It’s an 8-10 hour drive from Calais along the motorways and, if you have time, you can opt for a slower, more scenic route.

Eurotunnel to Calais

A 30 minute journey from Folkestone, this is the quickest way to reach France. 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. 

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 also a service to the Belgian town of Zeebrugge from Hull. 

Once you arrive in Morzine, nearly all of our chalets and apartments have parking – perfect for unpacking all your gear and stocking up at the supermarket. Having your car means you can make the most of exploring the local area throughout your stay. (Click here for some of our favourite day trips from Morzine)

A few more points to note about driving in France

  • The motorways operate on a toll system, with numerous ‘péages’ 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. 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.
  • Motorways 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.

Here is a checklist of some of the key things you need before you hit the road:

  • Full, valid UK driving license
  • Proof of ID (Passport)
  • Motor insurance certificate
  • UK sticker on the rear of your vehicle 
  • Reflective jacket and warning triangle (in the event of a breakdown)
  • Breathalyser test kit 


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


Bonne route!


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