Ferry to Calais


Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is one of the fastest ways to travel to France. Making the journey in 35 minutes, it beats the 90-minute from Dover to Calais.

Ferries from Dover to Calais

It's a great idea that you've decided to drive to Calais, and with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle your journey will be even quicker than a typical trip by ferry. Driving your own car gives you the freedom to hit the road whenever you want to, exploring new areas of Calais and the rest of France at your own pace.

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle - faster than a ferry to Calais from Dover

  • Prices start from £30 per car (that's including the whole family), making it one of the cheapest ways to travel across the channel
  • With up to 4 departures per hour, you'll find a time that suits you
  • Eurotunnel Le Shuttle only takes 35 minutes to travel to France, compared to a 90 minute ferry from Dover to Calais
  • There are no baggage restrictions, so you can pack as much as you like

With direct links to the M20 motorway, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is much easier to get to when compared to the ferries from Dover to Calais. Wherever you are in the UK, take a look at our handy chart to see how close you are to our Folkestone terminal:

Cities in the UK DistanceDriving Time
London67.4 miles/109km1h 21m
Edinburgh461 miles/742km7h 41m
Manchester275 miles/444km4h 32m
Birmingham194 miles/313km3h 08m
Leeds259 miles/417km4h 13m
Glasgow463 miles/746km7h 22m
Bristol186 miles/298km3h 02m
Portsmouth127 miles/205km2h 08m
Exeter235 miles/378km4h 07m
Newcastle341 miles/549km5h 26m
Please note: These distance and driving times to our UK terminal are approximate and given as guidance only.

Never been on the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle? Here's how it works...

Making your way to your carriage is quick and easy to do, with zero hassle. Once you have arrived, head to one of our check-in booths, where a friendly member of our team will take a look at your booking reference and the credit/debit card used to buy your tickets. When everything has been checked, you'll be handed a departure hanger for you to place in your car.

Self Check-in
Our Self Check-in booths are one of the easiest ways to check in.

Fancy a coffee, some snacks or a spot of shopping? After checking in, you'll be able to explore our passenger terminal building, enjoy a spot of food at Burger King, choose some holiday reading from WHSmith, or relax with a coffee before setting off on your journey.

After taking a tour of the passenger terminal, you will be asked to drive over to passport control where a member of our team will double-check your personal and vehicle documents. 25 minutes prior to your departure you will be called to board your carriage; simply check the customer information screens and then follow the green arrows, which will direct you to your slip lane - easy!

Travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
Simply drive on and you're away to France!

Once you've boarded, you'll be able to stretch your legs and explore the light and air-conditioned Eurotunnel le Shuttle carriages or sit back and relax, as in 35 minutes time you'll be driving off into Calais.

If you want to know more or have any questions, then give us a ring. Take a look at our contact page for more information.

Top tips for the road to Calais

As well as the location of our terminal, Calais is also a great place to start when visiting France. Just a five minute drive away from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is Calais' Carrefour Cité Europe, one of the largest supermarkets in the region. Sample the local cheese, wines, and meats, and pick some tasty snacks for your journey, as you peruse the shop's aisles.

Full of history and culture, the main town is worth a visit, providing you with a true taste of what Calais has to offer. The Town Hall (pictured top) is a majestic piece of architecture that, when lit up in the evening, is a mesmerising sight. Built in 1885, this landmark provides impressive views of Calais, which you'll get to see during a guided tour to the top of the tower.

La Chartreuse de Neuville
The magnificent Chartreuse de Neuville, less than an hour along the Côte d'Opale from Calais | Credit: La Chartreuse de Neuville

If you want to take a break from driving and get some fresh air, then drive to Côte d'Opale in the west of Calais. Once there you'll be able to enjoy a stroll along the Sentier des Balcons d'Escalles - a beautiful 8km coastal path with views of the chalk cliffs and stunning French countryside.

Whether you're going on holiday or travelling with work, making the trip to Calais has never been so easy. Book your next journey with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle today, for a convenient and affordable travel experience.

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Prices start from £30 per car, each way* *£30 Day Trip & Overnight - Ticket must be purchased as part of a 2 day return. Return must be completed by midnight (local time) on the second calendar day. Book your travel now