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 on 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.
Find out about what you need to drive in France. As a positive consequence of Brexit, 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 allowances for over 17s can be found on the gov.uk website.
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!
Here are just some of the reasons to choose a self-drive ski holiday:
- Flexibility - be in control of your own timetable.
- Take as much luggage as you need (including sport and leisure equipment at no extra charge). This is also ideal for families that tend to come with a lot more stuff!
- Stop en route as and when you choose. Make the journey a part of the holiday, maybe visit a little vineyard on the way through Burgundy?
- Make use of the car while in the resort - explore a nearby resort.
- A self-drive ski holiday offers excellent value for money - here at Ski Collection we have negotiated great prices with the ferry companies and Eurotunnel so you can rest assured that you are getting exceptional value.
For independent travellers, we can offer accommodation-only bookings. Most of our resorts are within reach of international airports - Geneva, Grenoble, Chambery, Lyon or Turin (see our airlines and car hire pages).
Eurotunnel Information & Prices
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.
The benefits of Eurotunnel FlexiPlus for your ski holiday
Flexibility - Relax and enjoy your journey without having to worry about arriving on time for your departure. Leave from home or from the ski resort when you are ready and avoid the stress of having to meet a particular departure. During peak travel times, you are kindly requested to respect your reserved departure time as close as possible. The Eurotunnel service is very popular during these peak travel times.
Priority Check-in - Enjoy the use of exclusive Check-in booths/lane where you will be offered the next available departure (up to 4 per hour during most of the day).
Priority Boarding - 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. 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
Ferry Travel Information
Peak Retreats can 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.
- Hull routes - 10-13 hours with 1 overnight crossing per day
- Dover route - 90 mins with crossings every 45 mins at peak times
Please contact us for a quote. We offer the following routes.
Brittany Ferries 2022/23
Travel supplements and reductions are EACH WAY
Car + 5 passengers
Portsmouth-Caen: deduct £40 each way. Then for the weekend* only, add £22 each way
Portsmouth-St Malo: deduct £45 each way. Then for weekend* only, add £22 each way
Plymouth-Roscoff: deduct £45 each way. Then for weekend* only, add £22 each way
- Extra passengers on all routes are £30 each way (per passenger).
- Cars above 1.83 m and below 2.6m high add £28 each way; Vehicles over 2.6m high (inc roof load) add £10 a further on top each way
*(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.
Miss the queues at the toll plazas and arrive at the ski resort first... Book Emovis!
Emovis has 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. So, if you want to skip the queues sign up for a liber-t tag with Emovis.
Snowchains (to buy or hire)
The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable and snow chains are a must when driving on mountain roads. We've arranged a special discount for Ski Collection clients with Polar Snowchains. So if you're looking to buy or hire snow chains, ask us for details when you book your holiday.