Self-Drive Ski Holidays


Erna Low are self-drive ski holiday experts – we’ve been helping people drive to the French Alps ever since people started to see the benefits of travelling to the Alps by car. Our friendly team has the knowledge and experience to help you plan the perfect route for your next self-drive ski holiday in France.

Driving to resort is not just a low-cost way to travel; it can also be a wonderful way of extending your holiday and visiting more European destinations. The average journey time to the majority of French ski resorts is between 8-10 hours and most of the journey takes place via an excellent network of motorways.

Benefits of a Self-Drive Ski Holiday

  • It can be much cheaper than flying, especially if you have your own ski equipment
  • Travel when you want to – at your own pace
  • Take as much luggage as you want without worrying about baggage restrictions
  • Stop along the way, visiting other locations
  • Arrive at your resort in comfort with no need for expensive transfers
  • Travel in your own vehicle

Crossing the Channel

We recommend using Eurotunnel Le Shuttle which departs from Folkestone and travels under the channel to Calais. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and the journey time is just 35 minutes!

Eurotunnel is quick and easy – simply drive into the terminal and when your train is ready you’ll be called to board. To board the train you simply drive onto the train, park and wait for the journey to start. Most people stay in their cars for the whole journey – before you know it you’ll have made the crossing.

When you book your Eurotunnel crossing with Erna Low, you automatically receive an upgrade to the Flexiplus service, giving you the added convenience of fully flexible travel and priority loading.

Eurotunnel Flexiplus includes:

  • Priority boarding
  • Flexible arrival and departure times
  • Free access to the ‘Flexiplus’ lounge
  • Complimentary snacks and refreshments
  • First on / first off – beat the queues and get on the road faster!

Driving to the Alps

A self-drive ski holiday is the perfect way to travel at your own pace and, with an average journey time of 8-10 hours, the French Alps are easily accessible via an excellent network of motorways.

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Driving distances to resorts

To help you choose the best destination for your self-drive ski holiday, we've put together a handy list of all our European resorts, together with the driving distances, drive time and cost of tolls.

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Travelling by Eurotunnel

We often get asked many questions about crossing using the Eurotunnel, so to help we've put together this handy travel guide containing everything you need to know about travelling by Eurotunnel.

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Overnight stops

Whether you simply want to break up the journey, or to spend a night or two in one of many beautiful locations across France, we've compiled a useful list of the more popular overnight stop locations.

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Pre-pay your tolls

Speed up your journey to the Alps by pre-paying your tolls, allowing you to use the automated 'T' lanes at the toll plazas. Find out more about registering for your Liber-t télépéage tag here.

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Snow Chains

You may have to negotiate adverse road conditions when driving in the Alps and snow chains are a legal requirement in most European countries. Find out more about the rules and regulations here.

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The best resorts for a self-drive ski holiday

See below for some of the resorts we would recommend if you're considering planning a self-drive ski holiday to the Alps.

Our top 3 self drive destinations

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