Driving to France

Save time and a whole lot of stress with our top tips for travelling with LeShuttle.

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 LeShuttle, 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.

Travel from just £93 each way

Price covers car & up to 9 passengers

35 minutes platform to platform

Up to 4 departures an hour


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  • Like the UK, France has its share of toll roads, and these are operated by Emovis Tag. To avoid waiting in long queues at tolling booths, we'd recommend purchasing an Emovis 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Eurotunnel Le Shuttle takes just 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais – start planning your trip today.


  • 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. LeShuttle operates 24/7

    ** 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.