Self Drive to La Plagne
NEW: “Breathalysers in France” – breathalysers must be carried by all motorists in France.
Self Drive from Calais to La Plagne:
The easiest way from Calais to La Plagne is to follow the A26 autoroute for Reims that passes Troyes and Dijon. South of Dijon it joins the main Paris/ Lyon autoroute, the A6, at Beaune. Lyon is by-passed by taking the A46 and A43 to Chambery and on to Albertville. It is motorway from Calais all the way to Albertville, tolls are about €80 each way. After Albertville it is dual carriageway to Moutiers. For La Plagne (not Champagny) follow the signs for Bourg St Maurice and turn off at Aime and follow the signs. For Champagny la Plagne, at Moutiers follow signs for Courchevel and you will then pick up signs for Champagny.
Self Drive from Chambery to La Plagne
For La Plagne from Chambery follow directions for Albertville, then follow the dual carriageway to Moutiers.
Self Drive from Geneva to La Plagne
For La Plagne from Geneva follow directions for Annecy and then Albertville. After Albertville it is dual carriageway to Moutiers.
For a selection of hotels en-route to La Plagne and elsewhere with Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, Ibis and more:
Essential Motoring Information
Registration Document & Licence – under French law you must carry them with you as well as your insurance policy.
Insurance – any policy issued in the UK automatically provides a minimum level of third party cover within the EU. A Green Card is recommended, as is comprehensive cover. Obtain a European Accident Statement from your insurance company before you leave. Also, check that your policy covers damage in transit Eg ferry/ tunnel.
Winter Driving/ Chains – Conditions can be treacherous on the roads to the resorts and snow chains are a legal requirement in the Alps. Chains are cheaper to buy in France than the UK but expensive in resorts. We recommend the supermarkets at Chambery and Albertville, they also sell cheap petrol. Snowchains, ski boxes, etc can bought in the UK from Polar Snowchains on 01892 519 933.
Equipment regulations – in most European countries the following items are compulsory: Fire Extinguisher, First Aid Kit, Warning Triangle, Spare Bulbs. Please consult your motoring organisation for the latest requirements. Young children are forbidden to ride in the front seat in France; rear seat passengers must use seat belts, if fitted. Make sure you have beam deflectors fitted before you leave so that the lights shine to the right instead of the left. You should also make sure your vehicle has enough anti-freeze. We suggest you carry a de-icer, scraper and perhaps a lighter for frozen locks.
Beware: minor motoring infringements will attract on the spot fines of at least €100. Please note that the French Gendarmes now enforce speed limits vigorously on all roads and any infractions are severely dealt with.
If using diesel we suggest using winter grade fuel when in the Alps: it does not go waxy at low temperatures. This is readily available in France, particularly in or near the mountains.
For the latest regulations and motoring advice contact your motoring organisation.