Beauty can be found in every continent, but there’s something special about the vast geological landscapes found in Europe. Lakes, mountains, oceans and seas – we’ve got them all here. But when it comes to skiing or snowboarding, it’s hard to beat the Alps’ winter playground. It’s a hotspot for ski enthusiasts, with around 120 million tourists visiting each year. And one ski resort that has become increasingly popular over the years is Morzine.
There are a variety of reasons why Morzine pulls in so many Brits, including its convenient location and fantastic accommodation. Hunter Chalets, a highly regarded luxury chalet provider in Morzine, teamed up with us to help create a practical travel guide to Morzine. For us Brits, Morzine is seen as being close enough to get our ski fix, with half a day’s travel, but far enough away to be an exotic holiday destination. And there are so many different ways you can travel to Morzine.
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With the rise of budget airlines, ski holiday adventures have become far more accessible. Cheap travel deals are not hard to come by these days, since it only takes a little prudence and persistence to land yourself with an affordable holiday. However, a flight to Morzine might not always be the best mode of transport to take, since in some cases it might actually be cheaper to take the ferry. In fact, with Morzine being situated so close to the UK, there a variety of different ways of getting there. Here’s a peek at the best way to travel to Morzine – and some top tips to make the journey less of a hassle and more of a pleasant memory.
Travelling from the south of England
If you’re based in the south-east of England, then you’re in luck. The Dover ferry is both cheap and convenient, with ticket prices starting from as low as £17 each way, if you’re clever. Unless you get sea-sick, ferry journeys are more comfortable, since you can spend your travel time socialising at the bar or in restaurants, instead of being cramped in-between random strangers on a plane.
If surfing the choppy and sometimes tempestuous waves of the English Channel puts you off, then make sure to keep an eye out for deals through the budget airlines. You can take your pick between Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, and City.
Travelling from the North of England
Travelling from the north is a bit more of a journey, if you’re looking to drive to Calais. Depending on where you live, you can expect your travel time to be at least six hours or so. A recommended shortcut would be to take the overnight crossing from Hull to Zeebrugge, which is incredibly convenient if you’re coming from Scotland or other parts of the north.
If you prefer getting from A to B in the shortest amount of time, then your obvious mode of transport is flying. Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, and East Midlands will have plenty of cheap ski season tickets advertised by EasyJet or Jet2. Past Hadrian’s Wall, you can fly with EasyJet from either Glasgow or Edinburgh.
And now that leaves us with the train. Eurostar has the advantage of both being relatively efficient and comfortable. You can take the Friday night train from St. Pancras to Annecy, and arrive at 6 am whilst enjoying the journey in the company of loved ones and some fizz. For many, that alone is the winning ticket. Once you’ve arrived, you can grab the Snow train to Cluses or Geneva, where you can find a quick transfer to Morzine – and be on the slopes by lunchtime!
Pros and Cons of Driving to Morzine
Can’t make up your mind on whether or not to drive to Morzine? This can be tricky, but depending on your circumstances, it can be a truly great experience. Here’s our list of pros and cons to help you make the right decision.
Advantages of Driving to Morzine
You can bring as much equipment as you want: One of the perks of driving to Morzine is that there is no limit to how much you can bring with you – aside from the size of your car. You have the luxury of being able to load up with bulky gear, and you won’t have to face a surplus charge like you would in an airport.
Save money: Splitting the driving costs with your friends might end up cheaper than a flight to Geneva.
The convenience: Bringing a car with you to Morzine can be very useful for a variety of reasons, especially if you have kids. You’ll have the luxury of being able to pick the little ones up from ski school as well as being able to go out on family trips. There will also not be the burden of having to lug your shopping from the supermarket to your chalet.
Exposed to epic scenery: You have the freedom of soaking up all of the gorgeous scenery on the way to Morzine.
If you’re considering driving to Morzine, read our checklist for a family road trip.
Disadvantages of Driving to Morzine
It can still be expensive: If you’re driving out with your friends then this is unlikely to be a problem. But if it’s a family outing, there won’t be anyone to split the travel costs with.
Time Consuming: If you’re more concerned about getting to Morzine in the fastest way possible, then driving obviously won’t be your best mode of transport. Depending on where you are in the UK, driving to Morzine can take up to a couple of days.
However, it’s not always about getting from A to B in the cheapest way possible. Nor is it always about getting to your destination in the shortest amount of time. Some people prefer taking a few extra days to get to their holiday destination by using a ferry, since it’s ‘part of the adventure.’ But for many of us, getting from A to B in our holidays in the shortest amount of time is paramount. We’d definitely discourage driving if this is the case.
How would you travel to Morzine, if you had the choice?
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