Ski Drive Package: Eurotunnel & Ferry
Ski Collection are the ski drive ski specialists, offering self-drive ski holiday packages to the French Alps. Offering Eurotunnel with free FlexiPlus upgrade as well as ferry crossings. Read on to find out more about our self-drive offerings and the benefits of driving to the French Alps.
Why fly? When you can drive!
Driving is by far the most flexible option, where you are in control of your own timetable, can take as much luggage as you need (including ski equipment at no extra charge), stop en-route as and when you choose (see our selection of en-route hotels here). You can also stay in more than one resort and take day trips to areas of interest, while maximising your skiing and leisure time in the resort. Because we have negotiated great prices with the ferry companies and Eurotunnel we are able to offer the best value for money possible. For full self-drive package price details, please refer to the relevant residence page on the website.
Some supplements for peak dates apply, please see below. All our inclusive holidays now include a return Eurotunnel crossing from Folkestone to Calais with a car with Free FlexiPlus upgrade, giving you not only the complete flexibility to travel on the next available departure but also a dedicated Check-in lane, priority boarding and use of dedicated lounge facilities with complimentary facilities (cars below 1.85m high only). For independent travellers we can offer accommodation-only bookings.
Sanef, the French motorway operator has now extended its Liber-t automatic toll payment service to UK motorists. To use the service all you need to do is register online and they will send you a small electronic transponder (or tag) that you attach to your windscreen just behind the rear-view mirror. As you approach the barriers, a device by the barrier will read your transponder (or tag), securely extract your unique reference and then automatically open the barrier without you having to stop. Sign up here.
Relax and enjoy the journey without having to worry about arriving on time for your departure. Leave from home or from the resort when you are ready and avoid the stress of having to meet a particular departure.
Once you are in your designated FlexiPlus lane, you will be boarded on the next shuttle ahead of other passengers. Remember, first on, first off and onwards to your destination.
Designated Parking Place
If stopping off for a bite to eat or last minute shopping then you are entitled to park in the designated spaces close to the Passenger Terminal Buildings.
The FlexiPlus Lounge
The lounge opens 06.00 to 22.00 daily, offering you complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and light meals. Relax in comfortable surroundings with a free newspaper (one per car) or take advantage of telephone/fax/internet access facilities. There is a small shop for any last minute purchases. On your return enjoy the French FlexiPlus lounge; shop for alcohol and confectionery at fabulous French prices. Due to safety regulations of the FlexiPlus lounge parking area, vehicles over 1.85m high are not permitted to access the lounge facilities (but you can still enjoy all the other benefits).
Peak Dates Supplement - Car + 8 passengers. See residence pages for full self-drive package prices.
£20 each way travel supplement applies:
Out Folkestone-Calais 31/03-01/04 In Calais-Folkestone 08-09/04
£99 each way Flexiplus supplement applies:
Out Folkestone-Calais 10-11/02 In Calais-Folkestone 18-19/02
£210 return (plus appropriate supplements)
FREE FlexiPlus Upgrade for all bookings except on selected dates above.
FlexiPlus includes dedicated Priority Check-In, use of Exclusive Lounge with complimentary facilities* and priority boarding. (*only available to cars up to 1.85m high)
35 mins crossing time - up to 3 departures/hour. IMPORTANT: LPG vehicles not permitted.
Eurotunnel FlexiPlus Testimonials
"FlexiPlus is as always an absolute life-saver!" Miss C | Le Hameau du Puy, SuperDévoluy
"Flexi pass gives a real edge. Great way to start and finish the holiday." Dr R | Le Hameau du Kashmir, Val Thorens
“The Eurotunnel FlexiPlus was excellent. As we were driving a long way and experiencing very bad weather in the UK this allowed us to leave earlier and as we had made up time catch the earlier connection. Very welcome addition to the package.” Mr H | Le Refuge du Golf, Flaine
“FlexiPlus was fantastic! We were first on the next shuttle after picking up our wonderful free picnic boxes and other refreshments/papers & mags. Highly recommend.” Mrs P | Le Telemark, Tignes
If you would like to stay close to the Eurotunnel terminal the Holiday Inn Express is the hotel our directors would recommend from personal experience. The hotel is new, good value and it is the closest hotel to the terminal. The Express by Holiday Folkestone is situated very conveniently for the Channel Tunnel and Dover Ferry Port. Ideally situated next to J12 of the M20, five minutes from the Euro Tunnel and ten minutes from the Dover Ferry Port, the hotel is ideal for those stopping over en route to France.
Rooms sleep 2-4 in either double, twin or family rooms.
The rooms have air conditioning, direct dial telephone, TV, tea/coffee maker, radio alarm clock, desk, cot on request and are non-smoking. The bathroom has a hairdryer. Additional information - pets welcome at a charge. Check availability, prices and to book a room (plus full room description) at the Holiday Inn Express Folkestone.
Alternative routes and operators such as Dover-Calais, Hull to Zeebrugge/Rotterdam or Portsmouth-Caen are also available. Some supplements or reductions may apply, please see below.
P&O Ferries 2016/17
Why P&O Hull-Zeebrugge/Rotterdam? Save miles in the UK and arrive first thing in the morning fresh and ready for your journey in either Zeebrugge or Rotterdam. Zeebrugge to the Alps is roughly the same distance as Calais whilst Rotterdam adds about 70 miles. The P&O ferry terminal is in Europort which lies approximately 24 miles from the centre of Rotterdam.
Breakfast & Dinner, save up to 10% on board price by pre-booking. £24 for adults & £12 per child. Hull route - length per M above 6m and height per M above 2.4m - £28.
For more information about P&O Ferries, (including cabins, sailings, schedules), view here
Hull-Zeebrugge / Rotterdam (Car* + 2 passengers)
Off-Peak: Deduct £55
Peak: Deduct £20 Hull-Zeebrugge/Rotterdam 16,17 Dec 16; 7, 8, 13, 14 Apr 17 Zeebrugge/Rotterdam-Hull 16, 17 Dec 16, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 April 2017
Crossing time 10-13 hours. 1 overnight per day. Extra Passenger £7.
Dover-Calais (Car+9 passengers)
Off-Peak: Deduct £57
Peak: Deduct £32 Dover-Calais 16,17 Dec 16; 31 Mar 17; 1, 7, 8, 13, 14 Apr 17 & Calais-Dover 16, 17 April 2017
Crossing time 90 mins (every 45 mins at peak times). Extra Passenger £7.
Brittany Ferries 2016/17
On board accommodation has to be booked on overnight crossings with P&O Ferries from Portsmouth & Hull and Brittany Ferries, please enquire for cabin and Club Class seat prices.
For more information about Brittany Ferries, (including cabins, sailings, schedules etc), view here
Portsmouth-Caen (Car* + 5 passengers)
Mid Week discount: £10
Weekend Supplement (Fri out/ Sat in): £22/car
Extra passenger supplement: £24
High car* Supplement: £28
Crossing time: 6 hours (up to 3 departures/day)
Also available Poole - Cherbourg, Portsmouth-St-Malo, Plymouth-Roscoff
*car above 1.83m - add above supplements
Other Brittany Ferries routes (each way prices):
Poole-Cherbourg & Portsmouth-Le Havre (Economie): £15 discount Mid week and £22 supplement weekend
Portsmouth-St Malo & Plymouth-Roscoff: £15 discount mid week and £22 supplement weekend
Please note that the supplements shown are calculated on the basis of our tour operator allocated space. Occasionally, space may not be available at these fares, in which case we may have to charge the operator's full brochure price. If this occurs, it will, of course, be made clear to you at the time of booking. The same operator must be used for the outward and return journey.
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Please contact us here at SkiCollection once you have booked your holiday and you will be given a special discount to use with Polar snowchains.
Technically snow chains are not always required by law in France. However they are on certain roads when there is snow on the road and the blue and white snowchain road sign can be seen on most mountain roads in the French Alps.
Snowchain French Road Sign On Saturdays when it is snowing, Police/Gendarmerie will often stand at the bottom of these roads and will prevent any vehicle without special equipment from going any further. Cars equipped with snow tyres will only need to add chains if snow is very deep and has not been cleared at all (when driving out of a steep driveway for example). Snow tyres are also not so good on pure ice. 4x4 vehicles make it a lot easier to drive in snow conditions but snowchains are still required in certain circumstances, so the advice is still to have them even with a 4x4 vehicle.
Snowchains are like insurance. You will be extremely glad you have them if you arrive in the French Alps late at night and find yourself stuck 20 miles from your final destination or if you get stuck early in the morning trying to get out of your car parking space in the resort on the day of departure and there is no one around to help you!