By Car:

The quickest ferry channel crossing is by the Folkestone-Calais route.  The crossing takes approximately 35 minutes and is very quick and efficient.

For more information, operators, timetables and prices see:

Please bear in mind that during the winter months services can be affected by the weather and a lengthy delay before you even get on the ferry is not the best start to your holiday.

Eurotunnel is my preferred method if going by car, it is much more reliable and flexible, however during school holidays can be quite chaotic especially on the French side coming home. For more information and fares go to:


Most of the motorways in France are toll roads and the return journey between Calais and the apartment costs approximately 87.00 Euros.

From Calais take the A26 towards Arras, St Quentin & Reims. At Chalons sur Mame, head towards Troyes and Langres then Dijon. From Dijon head towards Macon and just before Lyon take the A46 towards Chambery. This takes you round the East side of Lyon and on to the motorway into the Alps. From Chambery head to Albertville, then Moutiers, Bourg-Saint-Maurice and Tignes.

From Calais, the journey is approximately 600 miles and takes roughly 9 – 10 hours. Watch out for the radar speed traps – you have to pay cash for any on the spot fines and the French Police do not take credit cards!! Remember the upper speed limit is 130 kmh / 80mph on French Motorways.

A European route planning service for your journey to Tignes is available from the following sites:


By Air:

There are regular flights from all over the UK to Geneva, Chambery or Lyon where you can either get ATS (Airport Transport Service – see links) or hire a car.  Alternatively there are some public transport coaches available.


Geneva 2 hours 45 mins 105 miles

Chambery 2 hours 15 mins 88 miles

Lyon 2 hours 50 mins 136 miles