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Top Travel Tips

Save time and a whole lot of stress with our top tips for travelling with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle.

Heading off on holiday can sometimes be accompanied by a certain amount of stress, particularly if you're travelling with children and pets, so anything to make your journey that bit easier is well worth doing. When travelling with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, there's plenty you can do, well before you even leave the house, that will save you time and make your trip as smooth as possible. Read on for our top travel tips that will ensure you arrive at your European destination feeling cool, calm and collected.

Use our route planner

Whether you're holidaying in France or road-tripping across Europe, it's a good idea to plan your route, so you have a clear idea of where you're going and the roads you'll need to take. You can use our route planner to plan your journey from start to finish, via Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, with stops along the way.

Use our handy route planner to find the fastest route to your destination.

Buy a Sanef Liber-t Tolling tag

Like the UK, France has its share of toll roads, and these are operated by Sanef Tolling. To avoid waiting in long queues at tolling booths, we'd recommend purchasing a Sanef Liber-t Tolling tag before you leave the UK. Not only will the tag save you time, but if you buy the yearly pass it will save you money, too. It's a great thing to have if you're going to do lots of driving in France during your trip, or if you visit many times throughout the year.

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle and Sanef Tolling your partners to stress-free driving in France

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle and Sanef Tolling, your partners to stress-free driving in France

Read our guide to driving in France

As you can imagine, France has quite a few driving rules and regulations that differ from those in the UK, so it's important to make sure you're in the know. For example, all drivers (including visitors) must a warning triangle and reflective jacket at all times. To help you keep abreast of these rules, we've created a guide to driving in France, complete with everything you need to know before your journey.

Add Advance Passenger Information (API)

We now carry out exit checks on behalf of the British Government for passengers travelling from Folkestone to Calais, so you must add your Advance Passenger Information (API) before you travel.

Use the PET Travel Scheme checklist

If you're holidaying with pets, you need to make sure they're ready to travel and you have all the right documentation, including microchips, rabies vaccinations and pet passports, or else they won't be able to travel with you. Use our PET Travel Scheme checklist to ensure you and your pets are prepared for your holiday.

As the market leader for pet travel Eurotunnel Le Shuttle have compiled a list of the DEFRA procedures

Search our FAQs

If, after following all of these steps, you still have questions about your journey, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page. Here you'll find the answers to every question imaginable, including lots of great information to make your trip the best it can be. Got a question about passports or travelling in a van, for example? This is where you'll find what you need to know.

Check the latest travel information

This might be one of the last things you do before travelling, but it's probably the most important, as traffic conditions can impact your journey in more ways than one. We make regular updates to our travel information page in order to give you the most up to date information. It's a good idea to check in the days leading up to your departure, as the earlier you know about changes, the better you can plan for them.

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  • BE FLEXIBLE with your travel dates. By travelling a day earlier or later than you intended, you can benefit from great savings
  • Travel at the QUIETER TIMES**. The best fares are available if you can travel outside the busy times. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle operates 24/7
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** Quieter times - From Folkestone to Calais are generally between 00:00 - 06:00 & 22:00 - 00:00. Quieter times from Calais to Folkestone are generally between 00:00 - 08:00 & 22:00 - 00:00. These times are subject to change and availability.
• Pet travel only £17 per pet, each way. Applicable per dog, car or ferret. Fee excludes the vehicle fare.
• All tickets are subject to availability. All fares quoted valid if booked in advance. Tickets purchased on the day of travel at Check-in will vary.

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