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Taking your own vehicle to the continent, gives you the flexibility and freedom to truly enjoy your break away. It takes just 35 minutes for Eurotunnel to shuttle you from Folkestone to Calais, making it the fastest channel crossing. Which means you spend less time getting there and more time enjoying your final destination.
With no worries about rough seas or high winds delaying your journey, you can sit back and relax knowing that Eurotunnel is the most reliable way to cross the Channel. With direct links to the motorway networks of the UK and the Continent, crossing with Eurotunnel couldn't be easier.
Eurotunnel offers an efficient alternative to the traditional channel crossing by ferry. As the Eurotunnel service is not affected by weather conditions they offer an extremely reliable service. Over the years, 94% of Eurotunnel's shuttles departed on time. It is the most frequent too – with up to 5 departures an hour at peak periods.
A vehicle entering a shuttle wagon at the French terminal at Coquelles near Calais in northern France. Terminal sites are located at Cheriton (Folkestone in England) and Coquelles (Calais in France). The terminals are unique facilities designed to transfer vehicles from the motorway onto trains at a rate of 700 cars and 113 heavy vehicles per hour. The UK site uses the M20 motorway. The terminals are organised with the frontier controls juxtaposed with the entry to the system to allow travellers to go onto the motorway at the destination country immediately after leaving the shuttle.
To achieve design output, the shuttles accept cars on double-decks; for flexibility, ramps were placed inside the shuttles to provide access to the top decks. At Folkestone there is 20 kilometres 13 Miles of mainline track and 45 turnouts with eight platforms. At Calais there is 19 miles of track with 44 turnouts. At the terminals the shuttle trains traverse a figure eight to reduce uneven wear on the wheels.
Taking your car to the continent offers you complete independence. A channel tunnel crossing offers the fastest cross-channel route so you arrive on the continent, in just 35 minutes. Booking with Ferry Price means you benefit from great value. Combined with Euro-tunnel's well managed fare structure giving you cheaper fares when you plan ahead and travel at quieter times, you really can get a cheap deal. With no fuel supplements and no luggage restrictions, choose the hassle-free way to travel.
Eurotunnel offers a very reliable service with rough seas or high wind delays irrelevant to Eurotunnel's operations. Crossings are frequent, with up to 3 departures an hour at peak times.
The Eurotunnel terminals are very easy to find, thanks to direct motorway links from the UK to France and visa versa.
In the UK: Eurotunnel are near Folkestone, and have our own motorway exit at junction 11A of the M20 straight to our Check-In booths.
In France: Eurotunnel are just outside Calais, take junction 42 of the A16 motorway and the slip road takes you straight to our Check-In booths.
Please check in at least 30 minutes before your booked departure time, (and not more than 2 hours before). This allows for security checks at the French and British frontier controls, and time to get into the boarding lanes.You will need your booking reference number and the credit/debit card you used to make your booking. If you booked online then it is the long number that appears on the booking confirmation screen or the number that our Contact Centre agent gave you. Eurotunnel ask that the cardholder travel in the car as a measure against credit/debit card fraud.
About the Channel Tunnel
The Channel Tunnel (French: Le tunnel sous la Manche), also known as Chunnel or Eurotunnel, is a 31.4 mile undersea rail tunnel linking the United Kingdom and France, running beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover, connecting Folkestone, Kent in England to Coquelles near Calais in northern France. It is the second longest undersea tunnel in the world (after Japan's Seikan Tunnel).
The tunnel carries high-speed Eurostar passenger railway services, Eurotunnel Shuttle RORO vehicle transport and international rail freight trains. In 1996 the American Society of Civil Engineers identified the tunnel as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
Ideas for a cross-Channel fixed link existed as early as 1802 but the eventual successful project, organised by Eurotunnel, began construction in 1988. By 1994 the tunnel commenced operating its through-rail passenger services, linking London to Paris and Brussels, through-rail freight services and vehicle shuttle services. The project's cost overran predictions by 80%, and concessionaire Eurotunnel overestimated tunnel traffic and has met financial difficulty. In 1996 a fire disrupted operation of the tunnel. Illegal immigrants and asylum seekers had been known in the past to use the tunnel to enter Britain, causing a minor diplomatic row over the siting of the Sangatte refugee camp which was eventually closed in 2002.
Eleven tunnel boring machines working from both the UK and France cut through chalk marl to construct two rail tunnels and a service tunnel. Rolling stock using the tunnel includes Eurostar passenger trains based on the French TGV and vehicle shuttle wagons that are the largest in the world; the tunnel has its own fleet of service vehicles. The vehicle shuttle terminals are located at Cheriton and Coquelles, and are connected to the British and French motorways.
History of the Channel Tunnel
A small two-inch (5-cm) diameter pilot hole allowed the service tunnel to break through without ceremony on 30 October 1990. On 1 December 1990 Englishman Graham Fagg and Frenchman Phillipe Cozette broke through the service tunnel with the media watching. Eurotunnel completed the tunnel on time, and the tunnel was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II and French President François Mitterrand in a ceremony held in Calais on 6 May 1994. The Queen traveled through the tunnel to Calais on a Eurostar train which stopped nose to nose with the train which carried President Mitterrand from Paris. Following the ceremony President Mitterrand and the Queen travelled on Le Shuttle to a similar ceremony in Folkestone.
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