Ski Drive Package: Eurotunnel & Ferry
How do I get to the Alps for my ski holiday?
Ski Collection offers Eurotunnel inclusive packages with a free FlexiPlus upgrade at most dates. If you prefer, you can also book a ferry for your self-drive ski holiday (or if you're organising your own travel then we can book just your accommodation). Find out more about our travel options and the benefits of driving to the French Alps below.
Travelling after 1/1/21? Find out what additional documents you'll need to drive in France.
As a positive consequence of Brexit, from 1 January 2021 Duty-Free is back. Travelling by Eurotunnel or ferry will allow you to stock up at bargain prices. You could even buy on the way out for consumption during your ski holiday and then again on the way back.
Current per person (over 17) allowances back to the UK are for instance, beer - 42 litres; wine (not sparkling) - 18 litres and also either: spirits and other liquors over 22% alcohol - 4 litres, or fortified wine (for example port, sherry), sparkling wine and alcoholic drinks up to 22% alcohol - 9 litres. Read full details
Why fly when you can drive!
Driving to the Alps is by far the most flexible option; you are in control of your own timetable, you can take as much luggage as you need (including ski equipment at no extra charge) and stop en-route as and when you choose (see our selection of en-route hotels). Having a car in resort also means you can visit other nearby ski areas.
Driving to the Alps also represents fantastic value for money - we've negotiated great prices with Eurotunnel and the ferry companies. Our Eurotunnel inclusive packages even offer a free FlexiPlus upgrade at most dates!
Ski drive has never been so easy! All our inclusive ski holidays include a return standard Eurotunnel crossing for a standard car with a FREE FlexiPlus upgrade on most dates, 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 the lounge with complimentary facilities.
Some supplements for peak dates apply (see pricing).
Eurotunnel has recently changed its classification of some vehicles and VW Transporter, Mercedes Vito and other vans over 1.85m high are now classed as vans (rather than high cars) so a supplement may apply, please call us for a quote.
Supplements also now apply for cars that need high space.
Begin your journey in style with a pit-stop in one of the FlexiPlus lounges, which are open on the UK and French sides. You can take advantage of complimentary refreshments, free newspaper and magazine downloads and WiFi. The FlexiPlus lounges accept high vehicles.
FlexiPlus fares cost significantly more when booked directly with Eurotunnel, so we are extremely pleased to have negotiated a great deal for our clients.
For a standard car plus up to 8 passengers, FlexiPlus upgrade supplement is nil except for the dates below:
Easter - £15 supplement each way per car
- OUT 31/03-04/04 & 07/04-11/04
- RETURN 08/04-12/04 & 15/04-19/04
Half-term 12/02 - £148 supplement each way
- OUT 08/02-15/02
- RETURN 17/02-23/02
Half-term, 19/02 - £109 supplement each way
- OUT 15/02-22/02
- RETURN 24/02-02/03
Supplement for high space vehicles classed as cars by Eurotunnel (over 1m85 including anything on the roof):
- £8 supplement each way (all dates)
Supplements for an extra car on a booking:
- Please enquire for cost based on your travel date and Eurotunnel ticket type.
- 35 mins crossing time.
Up to 4 departures/hour.
IMPORTANT: LPG vehicles not permitted.
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
FlexiPlus lounges are open on both the UK and French sides of the Eurotunnel. Begin your journey in style with a pit-stop in a dedicated FlexiPlus lounge. The lounge opens 06.00 to 22.00 daily (local time) offering you complimentary refreshments, free downloads of newspapers and magazines, and WiFi. FlexiPlus lounges will accept high vehicles (previously only vehicles under 1.85m were permitted).
Outside opening hours the Passenger Terminal building, situated before border controls in the UK and after border controls in France, will be happy to welcome you. However complimentary refreshments and free newspaper and magazine downloads will not be available.
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. Highly recommend.” Mrs P | Le Telemark, Tignes
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.
Peak Retreats can also book P&O ferries from Hull-Rotterdam if you live in the North of the country or ferries from the south coast across to France. Choose from Dover-Calais with P&O and Portsmouth-Caen, Poole/Portsmouth-Cherbourg, Portsmouth-St-Malo, Plymouth-Roscoff with Brittany Ferries.
Why P&O Hull-Rotterdam? Save miles in the UK and arrive first thing in the morning fresh and ready for your journey in Rotterdam. The P&O ferry terminal is in Europoort which lies approximately 24 miles from the centre of Rotterdam.
Crossing times Hull routes - 10-13 hours with 1 overnight crossing per day
Dover route - 90 mins with crossings every 45 mins at peak times
P&O Prices guide prices - please call us for a quote
Travel supplements and reductions - please note the below are EACH WAY
Dover-Calais - Car+9 passengers: deduct £79 each way. For peak dates* only, deduct £54 (not in addition)
Hull-Rotterdam - Car+2 passengers: deduct £77 each way. For peak dates* only, deduct £42 (not in addition)
Extra passenger - £8pp each way
Pets - £15-22 each way
Club lounge - £12pp each way
Priorité - £12 per car each way
Length - £28 per m above 6m each way
Height - £28 per m above 2.4m each way
Breakfast & dinner - £29/adult each way and £14.50/child each way
* Peak Dates for DOVER - CALAIS 20, 21, 22 December 2019; 03, 04, 05, 10, 11, 12 April 2020; CALAIS - DOVER 12, 13 April 2020
Peak Dates for for HULL - ROTTERDAM 20, 21 December 2019; 02-04 January 2020, 03-04, 09-13 April 2020; ROTTERDAM - HULL 19-21 December 2019; 02-04 January 2020, 09-13, 17-19, 23-26 April 2020
Brittany Ferries guide prices - please call us for a quote
Travel supplements and reductions - please note the below are EACH WAY
Portsmouth-Caen: deduct £30 each way. Then for weekend* only, add £22 each way
Poole-Cherbourg (Economie): deduct £35 each way. Then for weekend* only, add £22 each way
Portsmouth-Le Havre (Economie): deduct £35 each way. Then for weekend* only, add £22 each way
Portsmouth-St Malo: deduct £35 each way. Then for weekend* only, add £22 each way
Plymouth-Roscoff: deduct £35 each way. Then for weekend* only, add £22 each way
Extra passengers on all routes are £24 each way (per passenger).
Cars above 1.83 are £28 each way (per vehicle)
*(W/E overnight Fri out and Sat in)
Onboard accommodation has to be booked on overnight crossings with Brittany Ferries. Please enquire for cabin and Club Class seat prices.
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.
We've arranged a special discount for Ski Collection clients with Polar SnowChains. So if you're looking to buy or hire snowchains, ask us for details when you book your holiday.
Polar Snowchains | 01732 360638 | www.snowchains.com
Snowchains may be required on certain roads in the mountains when there is snow on the road. You'll see the blue and white snowchain road sign on lots of road in the Alps indicating that snowchains are necessary in certain conditions.
On Saturdays when it is snowing, the French police 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!