Travelling to Meribel - Mottaret

 

A quick summary of the alternatives

This page provides 

  • detailed driving instructions
  • full mileages / kilometres
  • journey times
  • maps
  • further hints and links.

On getting to Mottaret from

  • Calais, 
  • Lyon Airport, 
  • Geneva Airport and 
  • Chambery Airport.  

Here are a few points to note:

  • If hiring a car check to see whether it includes snow chains - sometimes this costs extra 
  • Snow chains can be bought for between £30 and £50 in Moûtiers, at the petrol stations or in the supermarkets
  • Snow chains can also be bought in the supermarkets in Mottaret and Meribel 
  • A lot of the French motorways have tolls they generally accept credit cards but its quicker with cash
  • On the French motorways there are kilometre markers in the central reservation every tenth of a kilometre
  • There is ample free parking right by the apartments. There is a free car park about 100 metres from the apartments
  • Breakdown cover - consider a European wide breakdown cover from the AA ( www.theaa.co.uk ) or the RAC - this could be more valuable than ordinary holiday insurance which covers very little.

Hotels to stay in en route

www.Novotel.com           Chambery (hotel code 0409) 

www.hotelformule1.com/formule1/index.html     Reims

Calais to Meribel: 
If travelling from London this is cheap, convenient and hassle free option but it is a fairly gruelling 18 hours. 
It can enable an extra day of skiing. (Most of the travelling is overnight which means you don't lose a day travelling.) 

Detailed directions for direct route to Moûtiers & Mottaret

  • Summary: Calais - Reims - Dijon - direction Lyons - turn off to Chambery just before Lyons - Albertville - Moûtiers - Meribel - Mottaret
  • From the channel tunnel take the A26 (French name) or E17 (Euro-route) - heading in the direction of Paris - Reims do not take the A16 which is also signposted to Paris via Boulogne
  • After 100 km there is a turning to Paris on the A1 - do not take this turning
  • At the 260km mark you will reach the outskirts of Reims, at this point follow the A4 around Reims (this is still the E17)
  • Follow the A4/E17 south until you reach the 167 kilometre marker at which point take the right-hand fork back onto the A26/E17 towards Lyon - as you rejoin the A26 you should be at the 299km mark
  • Continue on the A26/E17 until the 392 km mark where it ends and you reach the A5
  • Take the left fork onto the A5 (still E17) do not go right towards Paris
  • At the end of the A5/E17 take the right hand fork onto the A31 in the direction of Dijon and Lyon
  • Continue on the A31/E17 - it changes onto the A6/E15 (at Beaune) in the direction of Lyon again do not go right towards Paris
  • Just after the peage (toll station) on the A6 take the turning (junction 32) onto the A46 following signs for Chambery and Grenoble do not follow the A6 all the way into Lyon [Go round Lyon - A46 - A42 - N346 - A43]
  • Follow the A46 then take the A42 sign posted to Chambery
  • Then take the N346 (still dual motorway)
  • Then take the A43 signposted to Chambery
  • At the 87km mark (as you reach Chambery) take the fork towards Albertville on the N201
  • Continue through Chambery until the peage and then 2km after the peage take the right hand fork onto the A43 again
  • Continue straight on the A43 towards Albertville, the A43 becomes the A430 before Albertville [do not turn off towards St Jean de Maurienne on the A43]  
  • At Albertville stay right and take the N90 to Moûtiers
  • At Moûtiers follow the signs for the Meribel and Courchevel
  • As you go up the mountain watch out for the turning up to Meribel
  • As you reach Meribel, stay on the right and go below past Meribel and then go through the tunnel and then its three more kilometres up to Mottaret!