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Car Parking in Meribel

Discover & book the top Meribel car-parks

Car Parking in Meribel

In summer you'll probably find it easier to find a space to park your car in Meribel. In winter, a covered or underground parking spot is the ideal place to leave your vehicle as it will save you all the hassle of digging it out after a snowfall, scraping your windows and trying to start a frozen car. However, parking in ski resorts can be tight and so you’ll more than likely end up leaving your car outside.

A few things to remember:

Traffic wardens or “Police Municipal” are regularly seen patrolling the streets on the look out for illegally parked vehicles. Parking in ski resorts can be very problematic especially during high season, so it is always worth reserving a parking space in advance wherever possible to ensure you have a suitable spot to leave your car. Foreign plates do not give you diplomatic immunity from parking fines so if you do leave your car in an inappropriate spot then you should expect to be ticketed or even towed away and impounded.

Parking fines vary from €11 to €135, with €45 being then norm. If you receive a fine through the post you have 3 options: throw it away (although the French authorities are cracking down on non-payment of penalties by foreign drivers), pay it, or contest it. If you decide to pay it then the sooner the better as the fine is lowered if paid within 15 days. You can do so either by buying a “timbre amende” from a tabac or tax office, attach it to the ticket and send it off; or by credit card on this website. Should you choose to contest it, then you need to complete the form attached to the fine and send it off to the Police Municipal.

Always pay attention to signs placed around parking areas in resort that may indicate a market or snow clearing taking place the following day. When there is snow to clear, ploughs show very little respect for things in their way and on more than one occasion have been known to scrape up the sides of errant vehicles causing significant damage. If you don’t move your car it will be towed and left elsewhere in resort, generally on the outskirts of town.

A few tips for parking your vehicle:

  • Park facing downhill and turn your wheels towards the kerb to act as a brake.
  • Leave your car in gear with the handbrake off as it can freeze and you can snap the cabling.
  • Lift the windscreen wipers away from the window so that they don’t stick to the glass and get damaged. If there has been heavy snowfall, clear the snow from your windscreen by hand rather that with your wipers – the weight of the snow can be deceptive and you’ll probably just end up burning out your wiper motor. You certainly don’t want to be without functioning windscreen wipers in winter with all the salt from the roads that sprays over your car.
  • Remember where you parked! – this sounds stupid, but it can be very hard to identify your car under a metre of snow!

Free parking

There are a number of free parking spots in the Meribel Valley, mostly available in designated outdoor car parks. Marked by a white P on the resort maps you can find the free outdoor car parks with ease. Meribel centre has 7 free outdoor car parks, Meribel Mottaret has 5, Meribel Village has 2 and Meribel les Alllues has 3. If you are parking in an outdoor free car park then make sure you have a shovel in the back of your car for those heavy snowfall days, as you may have to dig your car out!

Do not park on pavements, pedestrian crossings, roundabouts or tunnels as your car is likely to be towed, and be careful when parking on the street as you may get snowed in, or worse, towed.

Also see: Car Hire Meribel

Indoor / Covered parking

There are a number of indoor covered car parks in the Meribel Valley. Providing protection from the heavy snowfall and with CCTV you can ensure your car is as safe as possible. 

There are 4 covered car parks in Méribel centre and 1 in Meribel-Mottaret at le Hameau. Tariffs are the same in each and you cannot reserve on line. Call +33 (0)4 79 00 58 92 for further information.

MERIBEL COVERED CAR PARKS
Resort Level Car Park No. of
Places
Height Limit 1 hour 2 hours 3 hours 1 day 7 Days Season
Meribel La Chaudane 110 places 2.30m Free of
charge
€4 €4 + €1.20/h €18 €75 €250
Meribel Les Ravines 156 places 1.90m Free of
charge
€4 €4 + €1.20/h €18 €75 €370 (30 places)
Meribel Les Rhodos 214 places 2.15m Free of
charge
€4 €4 + €1.20/h €18 €75 n/a
Meribel Le Rond Point des Pistes 200 places 2.15m Free of
charge
€4 €4 + €1.20/h €18 €75 €250 (45 places)
Mottaret Le Hameau 77 places 2.15m Free of
charge
€4 €4 + €1.20/h €18 €75 €350

Season passes for Le Rond Point and Les Ravines must be requested from the Police Municipale before 31st December; for La Chaudane, ask at the car park itself.
Parking limited to 8 days max 

In some parking you are limited to a maximum of eight consecutive days. While a seven-day pass allows you to leave and re-enter the car park as often as you like while keeping your space. Spaces cannot be reserved in advance. Tickets are available from machines situated in the car parks.  All car parks are equipped with CCTV. Season passes and spaces are available to rent in some of the indoor car parks, 

Also see: Car Hire Meribel

Outdoor parking

There are also numerous outdoor car parks in the resort, but a major change to parking regulations during the 2008/09 season saw several previously free outdoor car parks become paying, and maximum time durations were introduced for much resort on-street parking.

Remember to check for the maximum duration when you buy your pay-and-display ticket from the pay machine (Horodateur). Areas near to shops (including the outdoor Ravines car park) are limited to 2 hours. Car parking areas close to the Olympic Centre, next to la Chaudanne, in Mussillon and behind the Mottaret Tourist Office are limited to 4 hours, and areas near the lifts (Eterlou, road parking beyond the Tougnète gondola and in Mottaret) are limited to 8 hours.

If you park you car on the street or in an outdoor carpark, remember you may need to move it after a snowfall to allow snow-clearing operations. Yellow street signs warning of ‘Deneigement’ will be erected to warn you of when these are to be carried out. Season-long parking is available at the Olympique, Doron, Ravines and Rond Point car parks.

Marked by a white P on the resort maps you can find the free outdoor car parks with ease. The pay and display paid parking (there can be a maximum number of hours you can stay) are found on the resort map marked by a blue P.

Meribel centre has 7 free outdoor car parks, Meribel Mottaret has 5, Meribel Village has 2 and Meribel les Alllues has 3. Just make sure you have access to a shovel as after a heavy snowfall you may find yourself having to dig your car out!

Also see: Car Hire Meribel

Disabled parking

There are a few spots of disabled access parking in and around the Meribel Valley. All of the main public car parks have disabled parking spaces that give easier accessibility. 

Before setting off it is best to find out where the closest car park is to your accommodation and the accessibility of this car park, check out the resort map where car parks can be located by the P symbol to find out where your nearest one will be.

Also see: Car Hire Meribel

Motorhome parking

The best place to park your motor home or camper van in Meribel is down in the village Raffort. Just 2km from the Meribel Centre, there is a free shuttle bus from Raffort to Meribel which runs every 40 mins or so. There is also the Olympe gondola which will whizz you right up the the Chaudanne giving you access to all the Meribel lifts, ski area and Meribel centre. 

Parking at the Raffort car park is free for your campervan or motor home for the first 48 hours, after 48 hours you must move to the designated campsite area which is run by the Le Martagon where prices are around €31 per day. 

Also see: Car Hire Meribel

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