Ferry to France

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Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is the most convenient way to get to France. It takes just 35 minutes, which is faster than the 90-minute ferry to France.

Thinking of driving to France?

If you're planning your next holiday to France, there is no better way to get there than by car. Driving to France gives you the freedom to explore the area, head off the beaten track and discover the country at your own pace. And when you travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, you will get there in a fraction of the time compared to a ferry crossing to France, which takes at least 90 minutes.

Faster than a ferry to France:
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle

When it comes to planning your French driving holiday, look no further than Eurotunnel to get you on your way. Our service is both flexible and affordable, which means that, with Eurotunnel, travelling to France couldn't be easier!

  • Crossings run from Folkestone to Calais 365 days a year
  • There are up to four departures every hour
  • It takes just 35 minutes to get to France from the UK, making it faster than the ferries to France
  • Prices start at just £23 , which covers one car and up to nine passengers

It's so easy to get to the Eurotunnel terminal in the UK, with direct access from the M20 motorway. Take a look at how close you are with our handy table of 10 key cities around the country.

Cities in the UK DistanceDriving Time
London67.4m/109k1h 21m
Edinburgh461m/742k7h 41m
Manchester275m/444k4h 32m
Birmingham194m/313k3h 08m
Leeds259m/417k4h 13m
Glasgow463m/746k7h 22m
Bristol186m/298k3h 02m
Portsmouth127m/205k2h 08m
Exeter235m/378k4h 07m
Newcastle341m/549k5h 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...

We run Channel crossings from Folkestone 365 days a year, with up to four departures every hour. Our flexible and convenient service gives you the freedom to travel when it suits you.

With our extensive timetable, you can select a time and date for travelling that fits into your schedule. It's so easy to book: simply select your travel dates, choose your preferred time slot and pick one of the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle departure times. You'll be on your way to France before you know it!

1. Arrive at Eurotunnel and check in

From the UK, Eurotunnel is easily reached via the M25 and M20. Exit the motorway at Junction 11a, and drive straight to our check-in booths. Allow yourself at least 30 minutes and no more than 2 hours before your booked departure time.

2. Collect your Departure Hanger

You will need your booking reference number and the credit/debit card used at the time of booking to collect this.

Self Check-in

3. Visit our Passenger Terminal

Once you're through check-in and passport control, take some time to relax and visit our Passenger Terminal Building for a spot of shopping at one of our 11 shops, including World Duty Free, or enjoy some refreshments at one of the cafés. Remember to keep your hanger visible at all times whilst on the terminal site.

explore our Eurotunnel Le Shuttle passenger terminal building

4. Have your passport ready

When it's time, drive straight through to the British and French frontier controls where your passport, vehicle and official documentation will be checked.

5. Drive on

You can start to board approximately 25 minutes before your departure time. There are customer information screens and service announcements to let you know when Le Shuttle is ready. Follow the green arrows to your allocated slip lane, and it won't be long before you're on your way.

Travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle

6. Drive off

Boarding is simple and safe, and you will be directed to your carriage by our friendly team. You stay with your vehicle throughout the short journey in bright, air-conditioned carriages. There's nothing left to do except sit back and relax, or get out and stretch your legs. In 35 minutes, simply drive off at the end of the crossing and be on your way.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Here are some useful contact details to help you out.

Top tips for the drive to France

Once you arrive in France, it's time for your holiday to begin - but where to start? France has a rich and varied culture, with something to appeal to everyone.

holiday in France

For your next family holiday, there's nothing quite like a camping adventure. The kids will love the chance to explore the great outdoors, whilst you can relax and unwind in the countryside. You'll be spoilt for choice with great campsites all over the country, so take a look at our guide to camping in Francefor some handy tips and inspiration.

France is the country of romance, making it a great destination for couples. We recommend heading down to the Champagne-Ardenne region, which is only a short drive away. Its quiet, laidback lifestyle and rich cultural heritage is the perfect setting for spending quality time with the one you love.

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When you're travelling over with friends, we suggest a fun day out of boating and picnics at the Audomarois Marshes, near St Omer. You can drive there in about 45 minutes from our Calais terminus, which makes it perfect for a day tripor weekend break.

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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