Book channel tunnel
The channel tunnel is one of the longest tunnels in the world. It’s about 50 km long, about 40 km of the channel tunnel is under the sea which make it the longest undersea tunnel in the world. Regarding the depth, it’s about 75 meters under the sea. It links south of England to north of France. So, cars, vans and other vehicle can travel from and to both countries. The construction of the channel tunnel had completed in 1993 after 5 years of work. However, the idea was under proposition since 1802. After the construction is finished, the cost is measured to be £4.65 million, now this cost is equivalent to £12 million.
The channel tunnel is divided into 3 separate parallel tunnels, one of them is used as a service tunnel, the other two tunnels are for trains, one is running south (from UK to France), and another is running north (from France to UK).
Crossing the channel
The channel tunnel crossing trip starts from Folkestone in Kent, England and ends in Coquelles in Pas-de-Calais, France. With the wide availability of daily crossing trips per day, you will not find any shortage of journeys at any time. The journey itself is considered one of the fastest journeys between counties in the world. It takes only 35 minutes to cross the channel tunnel. There are different options by which you can cross the channel, you can cross it with your car, motorbike, or you can leave them and cross the channel as a normal passenger.
Crossing the channel by cars, trucks, and motorbikes
Eurotunnel is responsible for operating the transportation of vehicles fromFolkestone, UK toPas-de-Calais, France and Vice Versa. But you will not cross the channel driving your car, truck or motorbike. You will need to use the Eurotunnel car train service. You will only drive your vehicle to this train without the need to leave your vehicle and then wait just 35 minutes until the train reaches the other destination. Eurotunnel trains can carry cars, motorbikes, bicycles, Lories, coaches, and heavy trucks. Crossing tickets prices start from £45 and this is an inexpensive price if you choose to book channel tunnel instead of alternatives. There are other reasons why you may choose Eurotunnel to cross the channel. Your time table will be efficiently considered as the trip doesn’t take too much time. You may think about the £45 you may pay for the ticket, but when you compare this price to cost of fuel that will be saved you will find it worthy to travel by the Eurotunnel service. P & O ferries, DFDS, and MyFerryLink are alternative companies from which you can compare prices of tickets to get the cheaper option.
Crossing the channel by passenger trains
Eurostar is responsible for operating passenger trains from UK to France and vice versa. Passenger trains pass by London, Ashford, and Ebbsfleet in UK and reach Lille, Paris, Brussels and other locations in France. The journey from London to Paris takes approximately 2 ¼ hours. This choice is more suitable for business travelers or normal travelers who want to enjoy a vacation in France. Ticket prices vary on a regular basis according to the time of traveling, the availability of tickets and the class you choose. However, an average price of £69 per ticket is an affordable price to travel from UK to France. You may also find cheaper prices.
Crossing the channel by train and ferry
Some travelers prefer the other option of traveling from London to Paris. It’s by using both a passenger train and a ferry or as it is usually called “train-ferry-train”. In peak times, the availability of Eurostar tickets will be a problem and prices will be higher. So, an alternative like Train-ferry-train travelling will be the ideal choice. Furthermore, some people have claustrophobia that make it difficult for them to travel from UK to France by the channel tunnel in one shot.
In general, train-ferry-train journey is more expensive than a Eurostar journey. It costs about £80 for a one-way-trip. But in peak times, it will be cheaper than Eurostar. Furthermore, there are also cheaper companies like Newhaven & Dieppethat offer the train-ferry-train journey for lower prices that reach £74 for the trip but it takes a longer sea-crossing route. The Dover-Calais route is the fastest and most popular option that costs £80 on average. For a more comfortable trip, the Portsmouth-Le Havre route is recommended, but it costs about £91 per person.
Unlike the quick travelling by Eurostar, a train-ferry-train trip takes about 10 hours and passed by 3 stages. Each one requires a separate ticket.
Where to go?
Regarding the traditional and fastest route via Dover-Calais, you can buy a Calais day tipper ticket for £80 or you can buy separate tickets for UK train, ferry, and French train. Separate tickets may cost you £115 in total but you can reduce this cost to about £70 if you previously booked tickets online. The overall trip passes by three stages:
Stage 1: London to Dover
In order to reach Dover from London, you have three train routes options. The south eastern route is the classic option that starts from Charing, London passing by Tonbridge and Folkestone until reaching Dover in 1 hour & 50 minutes. The second option is the Chatham and Dover route that starts from Victoria, London passing by Chatham and Canterbury until reaching Dover in 1 hour & 55 minutes. The third option is the fastest one, it starts from St Pancras, London and reaches Dover directly in 1 hour & 8 minutes. When you reach Dover, you will need to Dover Eastern Docks where you will take a ferry from Dover to Calais. The taxi will charge you £5 or £6. If you have plenty of time before the ferry departure, you can walk for about 25 minutes to the Dover Eastern Docks but consider a 60-minute for ferry check-in.
Stage 2: Dover to Calais
When you cross the sea through P&O ferries, you will find a ferry departing every hour. It takes about 1 hour & 40 minutes to cross the sea but the trip may delay for 10 – 20 minutes as an allowance for late passengers. The separate cost of booking a ferry online is about £30. Once you reach Calais Maritime ferry terminal, you can take 35 minutes walking to Calais Ville station or you can pay only €2 for a bus to the station.
Stage 3: Calais to Paris
To travel from Calais to Paris, you will find few train routes. So, considering the timing is so important. The cheapest and most common route is the Calais-Boulogne-Amiens-Paris route. If you buy the ticket from the station, it will cost you €40. However, you can save a lot when you previously book it online for only €15. There are other route options that are faster but more expensive like those that pass by Lille or Hazebrouck.